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I want to add a few rocks I’ve had in storage for a few years .
they are in styrofoam livestock boxes and have been dry since I packed them in there a few years ago .

is there a process to cure ( not sure if they have come in contact with any contaminants )
Soaking in a bucket with tank water after water change ?

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If its been dry for a few years then I doubt you have much to worry about. I would still throw it in a buck with freshly mixed salt water, not tank water, and monitor it for a week or two.

If you really want to make sure, then add a small power head and change the water out in that bucket 2 to 3 times that week just to get rid of anything that might leech out of the rock.
 
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If its been dry for a few years then I doubt you have much to worry about. I would still throw it in a buck with freshly mixed salt water, not tank water, and monitor it for a week or two.

If you really want to make sure, then add a small power head and change the water out in that bucket 2 to 3 times that week just to get rid of anything that might leech out of the rock.

Thank you !
There are a few crab / snail shells wedged in a few of them .
 

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If its been dry for a few years then I doubt you have much to worry about. I would still throw it in a buck with freshly mixed salt water, not tank water, and monitor it for a week or two.

If you really want to make sure, then add a small power head and change the water out in that bucket 2 to 3 times that week just to get rid of anything that might leech out of the rock.

I would do this, especially if you are not in a rush, you get to make sure the rock is safe and also start the cycle, I would add a heater too if your ambient temp is on the cold side just to help the cycle, no need is the room temp is reasonable. Add a bit of rock or sand to help the cycle start and a bit of food if no ammonia present.
 
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I would do this, especially if you are not in a rush, you get to make sure the rock is safe and also start the cycle, I would add a heater too if your ambient temp is on the cold side just to help the cycle, no need is the room temp is reasonable. Add a bit of rock or sand to help the cycle start and a bit of food if no ammonia present.
There can be ammonia present if I add it to my established sump .
even if it’s not live yet .
it will be shortly after adding it .
I was asking more for a process to “clean “ to assure nothing from inside the livestock shipping container could contaminate the rocks
 

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There can be ammonia present if I add it to my established sump .
even if it’s not live yet .
it will be shortly after adding it .
I was asking more for a process to “clean “ to assure nothing from inside the livestock shipping container could contaminate the rocks

You ask could you soak in a bucket of tank water to clean them, I was saying that would be good and it would also start the cycle on the rocks? Not sure what I’ve missed?
 
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