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Old 09-06-2007, 07:38 PM   #11
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I believe the plan is to get the bulk of the dead stuff off by brushing and changing water. At some point I want to transfer this rock to the tank so that it and the tank will continue to cycle together. Unless I hear otherwise I plan on placing the rock in the tank in a week.
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Sounds like a plan to me!

When I got my lalo rock, I thought the same. "wow, what a rip, this stuff is dry" but I am quite surprised at the amount of life that is still on it after a, I'm sure, extreme amount of ammonia exposure. Little critters are tough.

The rock looks colorful now, and will probably turn stark white after you put it in your tank, but no worries, it will color up within a few weeks of light exposure and more colonization by other critters.

Thanks for the update.
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The fact you got a piece at least 2x's as big as your hand says something- especially in a 30 lb lot. Looks like great rock- Good luck!
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Old 09-07-2007, 04:39 AM   #14
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Excellent.

That one large piece was for me, they just sent it to you to hold for me until I'm ready!
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Congrats!

Now, stop messing around and get the tank together and get that cycle going.
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Old 09-08-2007, 01:42 AM   #15
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So here we are 30 hours after placing the rock in its curing tank (garbage can). I decided to check the water to see if things have gotten started yet....

Ammonia- 8ppm
Nitrite- 3ppm
Nitrate- 20ppm

Is this typical? This does not follow the traditional thinking of cycling a fw tank. I'm thinking of doing a water change just to try and keep the initial shock to a minimum.

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I'm guessing the high ammonia is the cause. Sounds like plenty is rotting off of that rock though. I'd change out the water for new water soon.
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:10 PM   #17
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I gave the rocks a scrub and changed the water Sat. Now 24 hours later things do not seem so catastrophic.

Ammonia: 2
Nitrite: 2
Nitrate:15

Those are still some high levels but not nearly as bad. I suppose it's good to see that there are bacteria present at all levels.
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now in a couple of months at the hands of this "mad scientist" this tank will probably look like a show tank for "the great barrier reef" if i know sparky!!! good luck there c ya later
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Old 09-13-2007, 11:18 PM   #20
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Made my second water change and the smell is almost gone (or I am used to it). We'll find out once the wife goes into the laundry room. I moved the rocks from the garage into the house

Ammonia and nitrites are coming down nicely and nitrate is on it's way up.

Rocks in their new home with fresh (salt)water.

There is still some color on them which surprised me...

Can anybody tell me what I am looking at?

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