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Old 08-21-2005, 03:57 PM   #1
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Will Base Rock Provide NNR

With little or no (5lbs presently) of LR will I see Natural Nitrate Reduction (NNR) with base rock alone? (until I can add LR...)
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I have 8 lbs of lr and 54 lbs of lbs of base rock. My trites/trates/amm are 0. How much base rock do you have, and how long has it been in the tank?
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I don't have any, I am asking to see if they will provide NNR before I buy any.
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Old 08-21-2005, 07:36 PM   #4
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The lr that you have will seed the baserock and then it will become lr over time. I don't think that it is that much time either, a few weeks or so.
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Yeah. Wonder if you have to cure base rock
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Old 08-22-2005, 12:18 AM   #6
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If your tank is cycling, you can use the base rock as part of the cycle.
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Old 08-22-2005, 12:45 AM   #7
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I C. But yeah I'm through the cycle. Will it cause an ammonia spike tho, cause I don't want to hurt my fish or inverts.
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In that case, you would probably get an ammonia spike (if the rocks are not yet cured). If you are concerned, get a Rubbermaid tub and place the them in there with a powerhead or at least some airstones. Do a water change every other day. Or, you could test the water they are curing in. If you have a spare skimmer, you could even set it up to skim the curing tub.
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Old 08-22-2005, 11:35 PM   #9
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SW aquarium rock used as part of the nitrification/denitrification process is irrelavent in terms of live or dead base. Either will work with the same effectiveness. Both will take just as long before you see NNR nutrient depending.

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Base rock will become "live" as far as NNR within a few weeks. It won't look pretty for many months, but that doesn't matter to the biofilter
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