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Old 11-01-2004, 03:03 PM   #31
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I didn't use carbon (my filter won't fit in my container and I dont have any carbon yet :P).

I guess the ammonia came from the rock then - how do I get rid of the ammonia, so to speak?
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Old 11-01-2004, 04:06 PM   #32
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Scrub the rock with a clean brush, do a water change every few days, wait a few more days, retest and see where you stand in about a week. Seems odd to have ammonia without a source but it's more than possible there could have been some dried organic matter you didn't see.

Your not trying to cycle the rock or cure it really. You just want to make sure that it does not add impurities/die off to the display. Once you gte a zero ammonia reading your good to go. Just keep doing the above 'till you get a zero reading.

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Old 11-01-2004, 06:00 PM   #33
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I scrubbed all I could before I put it in the last time - its hard to get into all the crevices etc!

Hmm, I'm starting to think maybe liverock was the way to go...perhaps easier!
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Would have been the same if not more work but quite alot more costly$$

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Old 11-01-2004, 06:06 PM   #35
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Hehe...

Grr, was hoping I wouldn't have to do all this...

Scrubbing will be useless because I've scrubbed all I can...

I guess I can't do anything else if ammonia keeps showing up? My waterchange equipment is actually the equipment I was using for the rock, so it's very hard for me to do a waterchange for the rock :P
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Good job I didn't just put it in my tank I guess? :P
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Old 11-01-2004, 06:15 PM   #37
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Yup

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If I do as you suggest, and scrub and try again, and I still get ammonia, will I have to actually "cure" the rock?
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Old 11-01-2004, 10:11 PM   #39
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Not in the truest sense, if you do the water changes it will go alot faster. If you cannot/do not want to do the water changes just let it ride. The ammonia will eventually read zero, you just need to be patient.

I'd love to know why the ammonia though, doesn't make a bit of sense for dry base rock.

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Handling contaminates perhaps?

So basically I'm waiting for the rock to cycle? Could take a good few weeks?
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