Can I take live rock out?

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I have 75 gallon and I’m guessing 70 lbs of live rock because in the beginning I had no idea what I was doing and listened to the lfs...I wanna take out 2 big rocks will it affect my parameters or any negative effects?
 
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Mainly they take up so much room a lot of them are leaning against the glass / keep having rockslides I rather just have a few peices then these monster boulders
 

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Well 70 lbs in a 75 is ok btw.
I have like idk 130 in my 120 but I like the LR and I'm actually looking for a few more "just right" pcs.
But if you don't like it then you can.
The LR is a BIG part of the bio filter, it is the filter.
How long has it been running ?
I assume it's cycled is this correct?
Taking 2 big pcs out will affect the bio filer but should be able to compensate that in other ways.
I just find it easier to let the LR do the job and not have to mess with anything else store bought.
 
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Not all rocks are equal in terms of surface area for beneficial bacteria so a rule like "so many pounds per gallon" isn't much of a guide. I would remove what you want to with the option of adding some back or using a substitute medium if by some strange chance your nitrate, etc. increases significantly.

I try to keep mine off back tank walls for cleaning purposes, better circulation, etc.
 

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+1 on eye protection and you might want to use a masonry chisel with a carbide tip instead of a screwdriver or whatever tool is laying around to get more precision in shaping your rock. I have Tukani rock and it falls apart if you look at it the wrong way, btw - again, not all rock is equal.
 
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Not all rocks are equal in terms of surface area for beneficial bacteria so a rule like "so many pounds per gallon" isn't much of a guide. I would remove what you want to with the option of adding some back or using a substitute medium if by some strange chance your nitrate, etc. increases significantly.

I try to keep mine off back tank walls for cleaning purposes, better circulation, etc.
It is better than no guide at all and has worked every time have I have used it with the good rock you could get 15 years ago to CaribSea Liferock manmade stuff recently.
 
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Since I haven’t done a water change in over a year I do think the lr is the main reason ...never have a issue with parameters I love the idea of breaking them up didn’t think of that I definitely do not wanna take out a few pieces then suddenly have a parameter swing so idk dang this hobby is stressful my lr landed on my Scoly I’ve had since the beginning now I’m worried it’s gonna kill it I see scapes in the flesh Dk if you can see it it looks black on Camara
 

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