Mystery…xenia still alive after bleached rocks?

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Long story short: I wanted to aquascape my rocks so I broke down my reef tank, dipped the rocks in bleach for 2 seconds, and built a structure with all the rocks while they were dry for 1 week.

I used to have xenia in the old build…a lot of it. Well today I see two pieces of malformed looking xenia poking out of the rocks…

I definitely did not add xenia there. I’m 100% sure. This had to have come from the rocks. I think.

I’m wondering…can live rocks stay alive even if they were dried for a week? Max ammonia was .50 while cycling…and nitrates were 10ppm max. Now it’s 2ppm

Could this be why my tank never went through an ugly stage 1.5 months in?
 
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The xenia is on the right pillar. Second rock from bottom.
 

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