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You might want to check your phosphates and see how bad the rocks you got are. Some are not so bad, but some can be awful. I have been reading multiple threads about dry rock leaching phosphates and folks fighting GHA for 6 months because of it. There is a way to draw it out in a very short time.

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It may just be the rocks I got from BRS day two of them cooking with GFO running around GFO my phosphates came in at .04 per Hanna checker. But when I started my tank with Marco rocks I had a good bit of hair algae, I am overall happy with the Marco and the BRS.
 
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Yes. It will affect the corals. What you could do is pull the rock now and put it in a brute can and do this process, and then cycle the tank.

Have you tested for phosphates yet?
 
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I havn't. I was planning on starting the process today. I already have the sand and rock placed in the tank just waiting to add the saltwater. I was going to do that today. My only fear of removing the rock now is I really really like my rocks cape and I don't want to change it. However, I think I'd rather do that than deal with HA for 6 months. So what do you recommend me do?

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I would see if you can find the seaklear product at a local pool supply or phosfree and use RODI in a brute trash can and get it done before you start cycling. I am going to do this with the pukani rock for my next tank. But like I said, you might not have to. You might have gotten a good batch of rock.

For now I would pull the rock, rinse any dead matter/debris and dust etc off then put it in a brute can fill it with saltwater put a heater and a pump in it and let it sit for 2 days. Test for phosphates and go from there.
 
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So, pulled the rock and put in brute can with saltwater on Saturday. Checked phosphates last night and they were at .12, so I'm gonna say I'm good to go. I moved the rock back over to the display and got my saltwater mixing to start the cycle tonight. I ended up purchasing another three peppermints to help with the aptasia issue and all that is left now are large aptasia. I'm gonna hit them with aptasia x tonight and then the peppermints should be able to keep it clean from there.
 
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