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Old 07-27-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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I've been up and running for 9 weeks now. I'm running a 55gal. 50lbs live sand and 40lbs cured live rock. My question is does my cycle start over every time I add new live rock. Bc I've been adding live rock every week to the tank since I've started. I test my water every week good results. I've even had my LFS test it. I'm also looking at adding 10-20 lbs of dry Fiji from Craigslist and what will that do besides eventually turn back into live rock.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:40 PM   #2
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Cured rock should have a small impact on your ammonia levels, dry rock should not effect them at all, uncured rock can spike your ammonia, so to answer your question...it can definitely start a mini cycle...but it won't necessarily, it just depends.
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Thx for the reply. I've had very low ammonia results. One tiny spike but that was at week 6 I added 3 gal of RO water for top off and it went away. The rock I'm looking at must have been bleached bc it's clean looking
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How did you initially cycle the tank?

When moving live rock you can lose some of the beneficial bacteria and it will cause a slight ammonia rise- but if you are fully cycled it should be minimal. Base rock is best to add after a cycle. If the rock isn't fully cured it is best to cure it in a big bin with a power head and watch the water levels.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:31 PM   #5
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How long does that take and what's the presedure on doin that
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:38 PM   #6
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How about this rock I believe it's base rock. I found it
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How about this rock I believe it's base rock. I found it
Base rock is pure white and has been dry for a very LONG time. Where did you find it?
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:57 PM   #8
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My backyard. It's also wet bc it's been sitting outside
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Hose it off really well and let it sit in a bucket of saltwater with a spare power head or pump and see if you get any readings in a week.
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Personally I wouldn't use it, but I suppose you know better than anyone what has been in your backyard. This time of year our neighborhood is sprayed with pesticide for the mosquitoes, If I were to use it....I would bleach it well and let it air dry before using it.
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