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Old 11-02-2004, 04:20 PM   #41
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I guess all I need in the container with the rock is a powerhead (no heater/filter etc.)?

And, for the waterchanges, would it be ok to replace the water with used SW from my main tank (ie. after a waterchange in my main tank), as opposed to new SW?
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Old 11-02-2004, 04:36 PM   #42
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If you've already had it running with the carbon for a bit, most impurities should be removed for the most part. Water changes and scrubing would have also taken care of it to some degree.

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And, for the waterchanges, would it be ok to replace the water with used SW from my main tank (ie. after a waterchange in my main tank), as opposed to new SW?
I would use freshly mixed. It would eliminate the DOC from the main display as being a possible contributor to your ammonia readings however small the chance.
If after a few water changes with freshly mixed and no ammonia, you know the cause.

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Old 11-02-2004, 04:47 PM   #43
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I've not had it running with any carbon.

I can't really do a new waterchange for the rock - so, it's either sticking it out until ammonia is finally at 0 (which I guess could take weeks) or changing 25% of the water each week using used SW from the main. Which would you do?

Waiting is a shame though, because I was hoping for the rock to have been seeding with bacteria for a few weeks in my main tank before I put my corals in!
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I can't really do a new waterchange for the rock - so, it's either sticking it out until ammonia is finally at 0 (which I guess could take weeks) or changing 25% of the water each week using used SW from the main. Which would you do?
Of the two choices I would just let it sit until the ammonia was zero.

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It won't make any difference to your corals.

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Is it likely to take as long as a tank cycling, ie 4 - 6 weeks?
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Couldn't tell you to be honest. I have no idea where the source of the ammonia is being caused from. Could go either way.

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Old 11-02-2004, 05:44 PM   #47
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Okie - so anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, I guess...

Is it possible there could be some dead organic material or whatever (or other contaminate) hidden deep in the rock, that could be released at a future date, even if ammonia is 0 in a few days or whatever?

I can see some black fluff in some of the crevices, as well as lots of strange red/yellow patches etc. on the rock surface.
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Is it possible there could be some dead organic material or whatever (or other contaminate) hidden deep in the rock, that could be released at a future date, even if ammonia is 0 in a few days or whatever?
Anything is possible. You will just have to give it a "best guess" once you get a zero reading on the ammonia. The likelyhood of it being a problem down the road is quite minimal and IMO, not worth worrying about.

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Its just the black fluff and strange coloured patches on it that are worrying me a bit :P

Seeing as we don't know where the ammonia has come from!
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And, I guess if after 4 days in the new container with just the powerhead (with new SW as opposed to old tank SW as used before) if I get 0 ammonia, we'll assume the rock is ok and that it was the "old" water that caused the ammonia before?
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