Does NSW seed dry rock?

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Hi If I were to set up a new tank with few pounds of super dry coral rock and aragonite sand (not live) use NSW (from clean source) would it seed my dry rock? How long will it to look beautiful like live rock?
 
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Depends on the source of your NSW. Tropical vs temperate. Near vs off shore?

I use near shore temperate NSW for all three of my tanks and I haven't noticed any tangible contribution beyond some interesting sponges and a few hitch-hiker shrimp. Suspect tropical water might add more.
 
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Depends on the source of your NSW. Tropical vs temperate. Near vs off shore?

I use near shore temperate NSW for all three of my tanks and I haven't noticed any tangible contribution beyond some interesting sponges and a few hitch-hiker shrimp. Suspect tropical water might add more.
I have a friend who is a fisherman he goes fishing in deep sea, he said he can manage to get a barrel of water 40 miles away from shore whenever I need it free of cost..u think it’s better than synthetic salt (it’s a fish only tank with few dry rocks and non live arogonite sand)
 

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I have a friend who is a fisherman he goes fishing in deep sea, he said he can manage to get a barrel of water 40 miles away from shore whenever I need it free of cost..u think it’s better than synthetic salt (it’s a fish only tank with few dry rocks and non live arogonite sand)
Get a batch and test it. Being 40 miles off I'd suspect it's going to be pretty good but really depends on your location, the currents and any pollution sources. I switched from synthetic to NSW about a year ago and have had no issues and corals seem to respond positively after each water change. I do live in Tasmania so very small population and minimal pollution.
 
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Get a batch and test it. Being 40 miles off I'd suspect it's going to be pretty good but really depends on your location, the currents and any pollution sources. I switched from synthetic to NSW about a year ago and have had no issues and corals seem to respond positively after each water change. I do live in Tasmania so very small population and minimal pollution.
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Hi If I were to set up a new tank with few pounds of super dry coral rock and aragonite sand (not live) use NSW (from clean source) would it seed my dry rock? How long will it to look beautiful like live rock?
Likely yes. Regardless of where it is from, NSW will contain a variety of microorganisms, including nitrifiers, that even if not 'optimally adapted' to your specific water conditions, will nonetheless still likely be able to colonize your aquarium. Their nitrification capacity though, may not be optimal.
 
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Likely yes. Regardless of where it is from, NSW will contain a variety of microorganisms, including nitrifiers, that even if not 'optimally adapted' to your specific water conditions, will nonetheless still likely be able to colonize your aquarium. Their nitrification capacity though, may not be optimal.
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Actually, there is only a tiny number of nitrifiers and other organisms that are part of the Nitrogen cycle in free water. Most of it has been shown to be in our rocks and then our sand. NSW may seed your dry rock, but if you are getting open ocean water I would not count on it. You would be much better to use bacteria in a bottle or even better, a piece of rock/rubble from an established tank or from a clean area in sea (if legal).
 

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