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Was it previously in a tank? If so, you probably don't need to do anything because there's going to be enough organic material to keep bacteria alive indefinitely. If it's new dry rock, you should be good as long as it has gone through a cycle to build up bacteria levels.

Either way, nitrifying bacteria levels constantly change according to the actual amount of available NO3, so as long as you don't do something that literally kills it, it should be ok without any continuous nutrient supply.

With that all being said, you still probably don't want to shock it and assume that it will provide sufficient filtration without easing into whatever nutrient load you have planned for a tank. Basically don't stock all at once and expect good things to happen.

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