How do YOU define 'curing' rocks?

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As per title. A lot of aquarists talk about curing their rocks, whether live rock, dead rock, etc.

I've kinda heard all sorts of definitions on what each person considers 'curing' rocks to be, but that has been spread over many years, and perhaps what I thought was the curing process almost ten years ago is not the same thing now.

So I want to hear from you guys. How do you define the 'curing' process for rocks?
 
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Yeah the process 10 years ago when we used mostly live rock meant we were giving the rock time for most of the die off to happen. With dry rock there can be decay depending on the source so it can be similar but yeah I don't know that there is really a solid definition on what curing is or how it should be done other than the basic process.
Ofc bacterial growth is also part of the process but that is also simply called cycling.
 

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Yeah the process 10 years ago when we used mostly live rock meant we were giving the rock time for most of the die off to happen. With dry rock there can be decay depending on the source so it can be similar but yeah I don't know that there is really a solid definition on what curing is or how it should be done other than the basic process.
Ofc bacterial growth is also part of the process but that is also simply called cycling.
This, raw, uncured LIVE rock from the ocean would be cured in vats, on racks or in display tank until it is safe to use.

Cycling IMO is just running your DT with live or dry until all the bacteria are present and stable, but could be considered the back side of the "cure".
 

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As per title. A lot of aquarists talk about curing their rocks, whether live rock, dead rock, etc.

I've kinda heard all sorts of definitions on what each person considers 'curing' rocks to be, but that has been spread over many years, and perhaps what I thought was the curing process almost ten years ago is not the same thing now.

So I want to hear from you guys. How do you define the 'curing' process for rocks?
Curing to me meant putting the rock in bleach to remove old organics from the rock. There's also acid curing. I have the acid, but I've always been hesitant to use that method. I pay good money for rock. I don't like destroying it for no good reason.

Cycling is a completely different process for me and not what I think of when referring to curing.
 
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