Chalky White Powder

Discussion in 'Live Rock' started by Squarry, Dec 8, 2009.

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  1. Squarry

    Squarry Plankton

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    I decided to clean off my Fiji live rock a bit with a turkey baster and a white chalky powdery stuff blew everywhere from on and inside my live rock.
    running Berlin Method
    dkh = 9
    calc = 380
    all other params are in check

    I have been dosing calc and alk code A&B
    is this calcium build up?
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  3. vankirk

    vankirk Sea Dragon

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    I think its just natural die off. like our skin cells do. normal to some extent i believe
  4. JJK

    JJK Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    Yeah, a combination of dust, detritus, and other crap that builds up on rocks. Every once in a while just take a turkey baster and blow the build-up off the rocks. Your filter feeders will love it, since it provides food for them.
  5. ddaasshh

    ddaasshh Spaghetti Worm

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    it definitly wont hurt anything in your tank. Its always a good idea to clean that rcok so good on ya.