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Old 10-15-2014, 05:47 PM   #31
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5 days now without ANY Live Rocks, ammonia still at 0 and nitrites too.

There's only the clownfishs that are unhappy because they're homeless. All corals seems in good condition.

My now dead rocks don't smell bleach anymore, I think I'm ready to cure them.

Should I use old tank water or I'm better to use fresh salted RODI water ?
4-5 gallons required.

Also, do I need a heater in my curing bucket, or this is optionnal ?
You dont need a heater but it would speed things up. I would just use some salt water to do it so the cycle would get started
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You dont need a heater but it would speed things up. I would just use some salt water to do it so the cycle would get started
I mean, is it better to use old tank saltwater, or new saltwater ?
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I mean, is it better to use old tank saltwater, or new saltwater ?
Ahh gotcha. It shouldnt matter.
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UPDATE:

The 5g bucket water with the dead rocks and a powerhead is reading 1.5 ppm ammonia and 0ppm nitrites. So I just put a heater to raise the water temp from 21C to 28C.

Should I wait for a cycle or just rinse thoses rocks until there's no more ammonia leaching ?
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It you have only ammonia in the bucket with rocks and no nitrite or nitrate then what you have is no bacteria in rocks.
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It you have only ammonia in the bucket with rocks and no nitrite or nitrate then what you have is no bacteria in rocks.
Yes, I know, theses are LR I killed with bleach. Now they dead...

The question is, should I wait for a cycle before I put them back in the tank, or just change the water until it stops leach ammonia then put them back to the tank..
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If you are curing the rocks they are not yet ready to go back to your tank since they have not yet cycled in the bucket. Otherwise the ammonia due die off will have consequences. Get the reading of nitrate also.
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If you are curing the rocks they are not yet ready to go back to your tank since they have not yet cycled in the bucket. Otherwise the ammonia due die off will have consequences. Get the reading of nitrate also.
What's the max temp in C for cycling and curing ?
How much time it takes ?

Why reading nitrates ? No nitrites spike yet...

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I just noticed it's 3 weeks ago you started the curing. Did you use any LR to seed them in the bucket and did you put raw shrimp? If not then your rocks are not ready. High nitrate indicates bacteria is doing its thing.
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I just noticed it's 3 weeks ago you started the curing. Did you use any LR to seed them in the bucket and did you put raw shrimp? If not then your rocks are not ready. High nitrate indicates bacteria is doing its thing.
No I just put the bleached rocks into old saltwater tank. I have no more LR in my tank. I didn't put raw shrimp, as thoses rocks are leaching ammonia...

Can I seed them with live sand ?


And for nitrates, I mean, why test nitrates when there's still no nitrites ? Nitrates will appear after nitrite spike...
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