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Found lake stone- beneficial bacteria?

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I have some river/lake stones that I have in de-chlorinated water (testing the phj/.gh/kh in a bucket).

Do they already have beneficial bacteria on them? I would think they have too... is that something worth trying to preserve? or use chlorinated and kill everything on them before adding them to a new tank prior to cycle?
(pros and cons I guess). Thoughts?

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No I would clean them and not worry about any BB on them. Most of the BB will be in your substrate. In most setups there will be more BB in the tank surfaces then in the filter contrary to popular belief.
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I agree. You're risking bringing harmful along with the beneficial
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Ok, into the steam oven they go!!! So excited! 500 degrees with automatic steam, then cool down.
Then I can start stacking the epic puzzle (I think there is about 45 pieces... lol)

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I would not put rocks in a steam oven at 500F as their is always the possibility they might explode depending on their composition.

Just give them a good scrub with water and a scrub brush that has no chemicals on it.
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