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Old 10-11-2014, 04:36 PM   #11
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I just bought a 3 pounds dead rock very porous to start the cycle immidiately. The guy at the reef store told me carbon dosing is for helping bacterias. So carbon + BB in bottle + no skimmer for a day should help. They don't sell their cheatos, they have not finished the moving process.

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I just bought a 3 pounds dead rock very porous to start the cycle immidiately. The guy at the reef store told me carbon dosing is for helping bacterias. So carbon + BB in bottle + no skimmer for a day should help. They don't sell their cheatos, they have not finished the moving process.

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If im not mistaken, carbon dosing works through heterotrophic bacteria not our beneficial nitrifying bacteria. The heterotrophic bacteria then needs to be skimmed out to remove the nutrients it takes up or else it will just die and redeposit them.

Also, adding dead rock will likely cause an ammonia spike all on its own.
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as long as you have no live stock
i would think the sand bed would hold enough bb to support all the coral
as long as your not feeding corals
i would add a hob filter fill it with live rock rubble just to be safe
i kept a feeder tank bare except for a small filter with live rock rubble and a small golf ball size of cheato in tank and that was a 20g long with 100s of live feeder shrimp and never seen a spike with 5g weekly water changes and the feeder tank had a ammonia source
but if its just coral i think you'd be safe
its just like a frag tank
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but if its just coral i think you'd be safe
its just like a frag tank
With 2 clownfishs.

I maximum fed my corals and fishs 1 day before removing rocks, now I minimum feed my clowns. I'll add BioMax (porous ceramic) to my Fluval C4. My corals can be fine for 3-4 weeks without feeding...

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Also, adding dead rock will likely cause an ammonia spike all on its own.
Oops, didn't know... I'll take a NH3 test tonight... :s


I'm just thinking about that... When my bleached rocks will be clean, there'll be a lot of nitrates phosphates in it probably ? There was a lot of brittle stars, amphipods and bristles worms in it... The bleach bucket is now brown and all gunky...
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With 2 clownfishs.

I maximum fed my corals and fishs 1 day before removing rocks, now I minimum feed my clowns. I'll add BioMax (porous ceramic) to my Fluval C4. My corals can be fine for 3-4 weeks without feeding...

Oops, didn't know... I'll take a NH3 test tonight... :s


I'm just thinking about that... When my bleached rocks will be clean, there'll be a lot of nitrates phosphates in it probably ? There was a lot of brittle stars, amphipods and bristles worms in it... The bleach bucket is now brown and all gunky...
I am not 100% sure how that works. The decomposition process is how ammonia is made from proteins. But without bacteria in the water to act as decomposers I don't know how much ammonia will be left in the rock. I would imagine it's safe to put in bleach free water and start curing it by now.
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I am not 100% sure how that works. The decomposition process is how ammonia is made from proteins. But without bacteria in the water to act as decomposers I don't know how much ammonia will be left in the rock. I would imagine it's safe to put in bleach free water and start curing it by now.
So I can rinse my rocks and put a lot of prime and all the thing, then put a powerhead (I have an extra 600 GPH) in the bucket and wait for thoses rocks to cure ?

Could I try to clean them with 4 gallons vinegar first ?
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So I can rinse my rocks and put a lot of prime and all the thing, then put a powerhead (I have an extra 600 GPH) in the bucket and wait for thoses rocks to cure ?

Could I try to clean them with 4 gallons vinegar first ?
Yeah, the prime and bucket soak should be good enough. I wouldn't bother with the vinegar though.
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Whoah, thoses rocks smell bleach like hell !
They secrete a nasty brown gunk !
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Whoah, thoses rocks smell bleach like hell !
They secrete a nasty brown gunk !
heheh yeah, it's gross. I bleached a bunch of my rock not too long ago.
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I fear nitrate raise when I'll put them back in the tank...
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