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Old 08-23-2005, 04:12 PM   #11
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Dry base rock will need no cycle time. I just dumped mine in and it began to help the cycle. The more rock you have the more surface area that you will have to hold the denitrifying bacteria.
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Old 08-23-2005, 04:45 PM   #12
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NNR within the rock will take much longer than a few weeks, months in fact before you see any real results. Especially until the tank matures some and becomes a bit more stable. Aerobic nitrification on the otherhand will occur in a few short weeks. There will be some anaerobic denitrification as bacteria "set up shop" in the various area's of the tank but it's benefits will be negligable on the whole.

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Thanks Steve. I emailed hi rocks asking if it needs curing and Randolph Baxter said, "I suggest just rinse well before adding it as it is dusty.Thanks"

Reference what Andy said above what do you think?
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Dry base rock of this type will add nothing to a cycle in terms of nutrient. The reply recieved from HiRock is exactly what should be done. There will be no issue with it otherwise. All you are adding with the dry base rock is additional surface area's for bacteria and other organism to colonize. It will only improve the tank as time passes, do not be concerned.

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