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Old 11-12-2014, 11:35 AM   #71
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The only way to know is to get a better quality test kit. Personally, ive never had any issues with freshly bleached rock leeching phosphate over a long period of time.
So without testing I should I be ok with two 100% WC after the rocks are cured ?
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So without testing I should I be ok with two 100% WC after the rocks are cured ?
Two 100% water changes on the display or the container you're curing your rocks in?
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Two 100% water changes on the display or the container you're curing your rocks in?
Lol in the bucket :p I never do more than 25% WC on the main... Usually 15%.

This was my tank straight before I discovered thoses hydroids everywhere...
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Is 5-10ppm nitrites too much to continue cycle progress? Ammonia went from 1.5ppm to zero, nitrites near >5, nitrates went to 20ppm... I don't know the initial value of nitrates... So can't compare. PO4 undetectable (Cheap test kit)

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Ammonia has now stopped leaching and rocks are inhabited with one type of beneficial bacteria. If you leave it as it is, your nitrate should go up some more up to 80 ppm while nitrite will start going down. Then you can replace water 100% and see if ammonia, nitrite and nitrate will remain close to 0. Phosphate is irrelevant during cycling or curing.
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Old 11-16-2014, 03:50 AM   #76
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Ammonia has now stopped leaching and rocks are inhabited with one type of beneficial bacteria. If you leave it as it is, your nitrate should go up some more up to 80 ppm while nitrite will start going down. Then you can replace water 100% and see if ammonia, nitrite and nitrate will remain close to 0. Phosphate is irrelevant during cycling or curing.
Don't know if they stopped leeching ammonia... It's just been automatically converted to nitrites if they still leech ammonia... For sure, this water is viscous and dirty... There's a kind of brown color.. everywhere... (diatoms?) So I'll wait for nitrite --> trates step, and 100%WC.

I'm impatient to see if thoses rocks will lead to algae bloom when I put them back into the main...
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Your nitrate should be higher now than yesterday. Since your test kit is not that accurate, you can find out if ammonia has stopped leaching by replacing the water 100% and then take the readings the following day. Algae bloom is caused by another condition in your tank like excess nutrients due to over feeding and the lighting.
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Your nitrate should be higher now than yesterday. Since your test kit is not that accurate, you can find out if ammonia has stopped leaching by replacing the water 100% and then take the readings the following day. Algae bloom is caused by another condition in your tank like excess nutrients due to over feeding and the lighting.
For algae bloom I mean GHA, sorry.

I'll wait for nitrites to go near 0 then 100% WC and mesure nitrates.
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Nitrites now at 0.

I'll wait for the main waterchange time and do 100% WC in my bucket with old tank water then put them back. Thanks for advices !
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Chill, 100%WC done, 0NH3, 0NO2, 0NO3, 0PO4.

Ready to go back to the zoo ! Thanks guys !
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