Originally Posted by Jennlee
I started up a salt water tank jan 15. The rock is kupang rock and I was told it was fully cured so I figured it wouldn't have much of a cycle time. The tank was good for about 2.5 weeks. I got a rock covered in aptasia so I bought 2 peppermint shrimp and with in 1 week the shrimp died and the tank had ammonia. Now I can't get it to come down. I had bought 2 strawberry top snails and 2 turbo snails and all that's left is 1 turbo snail. There was a lot of crabs in the live rock as hitch hikers and in total 9 died. I can't stop this ammonia. Any suggestions?
Sadly some LFS
will sell stuff and mislead people to its effectiveness. It sounds like the rock wasn't cured at all, and in any case, you should have still cycled the tank. When you said "I got a rock covered in aptasia" does that mean it became covered, or you went and "got" another rock? I would start a new cycle. If you have a fair amount of livestocj still in the tank, your probably going to have to go into emergency maintenance. I hate BioSpira and other cycle additives, as I believe they create a false cycle. However, what they can do, is add bacteria to the water column which will consume the ammonia present. The other option is ammolock, which binds with the ammonia rendering it less poisonous to livestock. , while still allowing the cycle to continue.