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Old 07-08-2013, 12:09 AM   #1
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Chem readings

Ok folks, here we go again... I've had my tank (29g w/10g sump) set up for about 4 weeks now...... I have been adding little bits at a time as I can. 3-4 weeks ago I added 10lbs of live sand and 3lbs of live rock in the sump..... 1week ago I added 40lbs of live sand.... Yesterday I added about 3lbs of live rock and 15lbs of base/dry rock in the DT and a clump of cheato algae in the sump tank....... Tonight I did a chem check and had the following results.....
Salt 1.023
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0.25
Nitrate 20
I'm new to salt, so what does this mean?!?! Am I on the down slope of my cycle or is this normal levels? I have somebody that needs to regime some fish, but I don't want to move them just to out them in bad water...... How soon can this be done?!?! TIA..... You folks have helped me a lot this whole process and its nice to have every bodies knowledge and experiences to help!
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:52 AM   #2
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You should be finishing up your cycle soon but every time you add more uncured rock to the tank you are extending your cycle. New live rock will have a lot of die off from organisms in the rock that dried out and died. Dry rock surprisingly has a ton of stored ammonia as well.

It is safe to add fish when you are no longer getting readings for ammonia / nitrite as well as low levels of nitrates (as close to 0 as is reasonable) although I would only do them 1 at a time every week or so to give BB the time to adjust.
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Ok.... So basically every time I add either dry or live rock I'm going to get a little spike in my chems?!?! And as soon as that all levels out I should be good?
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yep, pretty much. It's much better to just cure the rock before adding.
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yep, pretty much. It's much better to just cure the rock before adding.
That was my next question..... So how would I cure the rock before hand?!?! Do I do this with live rock or dry/base rock?
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To cure rock just put it in a separate container of salt water with some sort of water flow, either a powerhead or filter, and let it sit until you get 0 readings on both ammonia and nitrite. I would do it with both live rock and dry rock. The only type of rock this isn't necessarily needed is fully cured live rock although it would still be a good idea to put it through a short curing process.
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