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Old 11-02-2009, 09:59 PM   #51
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wow, that ammonia is something. i anything dead/dying in theree that might be causing it to spike that high?
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:41 PM   #52
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The live rocks have been in the tank since Wed afternoon. The only thing dead or dying is whatever die off from the LR.
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I checked Xtalreef. I think the thing growing out of my LR is a Digitate Hydroid. It looks like it's dying but I'll pull it off anyway.
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Old 11-03-2009, 10:16 PM   #54
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Smile Turned a corner?

I think the cycle is working. Came home today and the water is much clearer. Did a water test: Ammonia is down to 4.0 (or so) and nitrites are on the rise (looks like around 5.0). Also noticed green spots on the dry rock. I assume it's algae. Took some pics:

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Something growing or alive on the LR. It's orange on the inside but you can't really tell from the pic.
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This is the first living thing that I found a couple days ago. I think it's dead, but I'll pull it off tomorrow when I do a PWC.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:16 PM   #55
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Looking good
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:26 AM   #56
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Thanks Salty Tony! I'm wondering if I can add my CUC yet, but not sure there's much for them to eat.
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Don't add the CUC until the cycle is finished. The ammonia and nitrite needs to be at zero.

Also, the PWC you're planning tomorrow will extend the cycle time. I'd let it ride until finished, then do a PWC, test in a day or two, and if all is fine, then add a small CUC.
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:12 PM   #58
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yeah do what austindad says. after your cycle is completed then youll need to do a major 30% Water change then youll be slaving that for weeks on end ..
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Cool. Thanks all. I'll keep you updated.
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:31 PM   #60
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Another question: What is a drip system for acclimating new arrivals? Now that I'm getting close - and trying to be patient - to adding livestock to the tank, I want to make sure I have the system ready to receive them. Thanks.
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