Muriatic Acid Bath

Discussion in 'Coral' started by CookieJar, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    That should be fine but check PH. You could always use Baking Soda to help neutralize it.
     
  2. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Soak until the pH of the water isn't acidic
     
  3. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    yeah the soaking is to basically dilute the acid that is still left. Basically any hole and nook that there's enough surface tension in the acid to hang on you'll get muratic acid still, diluting it (soaking) with water just reduces that.
     
  4. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    the acid will also "neutralize" on the rock by reacting with the carbonate. Once the pH is above...say3-4, feel free to use a powerhead to accelerate the process.
     
  5. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Is this a preferred method to soaking the rock in bleach?
    Do some of the goodies in the rock survive the acid?
     
  6. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    I would never soak rock in bleach. Too hard to remove residue from the pores (imo). Acid will neutralize. Peroxide will react with light and surfaces.
     
  7. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Yes IMO for #1 and no to #2 (depending on strength of acid and duration of soaking)
     
  8. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    Thanks for the reponses.
     
  9. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    When I was a kid my father used to take the dead ornamental coral out of the tank every so often to clean it.
    He would just soak it in a bleach solution, let it dry out for a few days, then put it back in with the fish.
    If I recall we had most of the fish for many years.
    I like the acid bath method.
    I have a few rocks covered with some green palys I need to deal with.
     
  10. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I would use a dechlor if doing the bleach method. I'd soak it in freshwater afterwords as well.
     
  11. houser

    houser Past President

    +1 but my dad had me on dechlor duty ahh good old days
     
  12. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    Good ol' days? I still do it on a few tanks, on site. Bucket of hot water with 1/3 cup of bleach, soak corals for 20 minutes or so, rinse corals in hot water, place corals in a bucket of hot water with a bunch of Prime for around 20 minutes, remove corals and rinse, place in tank. Been doing that since forever, thanks Modern Aquariums! /shameless plug for a company that's 2,665 miles away/
     
  13. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Yep. Good ole days. You are just old and nearing the point of becoming obsolete...I HATE bleaching fake (dead) corals
     
  14. tuberider

    tuberider Guest


    It pays the bills man, plus I have to maintain a certain amount of OG status, some people are too chicken to bleach on site, does that ring a bell there chappy?
     
  15. seminolecpa

    seminolecpa Past President

    I used to do the take out the coral and bleach it for the clean asthetic look too back in the day in my FO tank.

    I did it with all of the rock in my current tank btw.

    Bleach for 24 hrs (would guestimate I used a 10/1 maybe 15/1 mix)
    Soak in FW for 24 hrs
    Dry in sun for 24 hrs
    Soak in FW with dechlor for 24 hours
    Dry in the sun for 24hrs or until chlorine smell is gone
     
  16. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Dechlor didn't due it's job if you got a chlorine smell after using it.
     
  17. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    I'm guessing not enough dechlor, or lack of circulation to get chlorine out of the pores.
     
  18. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    I'm guessing Na2S2O3, it's not as good as the new stuff (whatever is in that....)
     
  19. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Cloram-X is better then PRIME for an action like this. Don;t get me wrong, PRIME has it's place in my cabinet.
     
  20. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    I use Pond Prime ;), the best stuff I've found, it's WAYYY more concentrated than the regular prime and smells much worse so you know it has to work.
     

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