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Old 08-30-2010, 06:53 PM   #11
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I think you scrubed it enough. Leave it in there and let the cycle take it to it's end. It's some type of fungus and when the food supply goes down it will disappear. As far as water changes, the only reason to do a PWC is if you saw something on the LR that you wanted to save or you used straight ammonia and overdid it. Very few good bacteria live in the water column. It's on the hard surfaces that the bacteria grow.
PS: On a second look at your photos, it could be some form of sponge too.
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i'd like to see that article. natural conditions? would that be rotting live rock perhaps? or maybe a decomposing cocktail shrimp?


it seems to me that a bacteria colony that is brought on by the cycle, would be compromised by interrupting it. when you do water changes, you take out the food the bacteria is using to multiply. once the bacteria colony is established, i would then do a few water changes to remove the excess nutrients.
it's only the way people have been doing it for ever. it's worked that way this long.
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That "yellow stuff" looks a lot like Lichen to me. Was it only on the dry base rock? I had some on my base rock as well that I had to work hard to get off before using.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Re...canic_rock.jpg
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I think I will have to agree with you. I've got two tanks with rock curing, one 50/50 BR LR and the other has pure LR which has finished curing after only 2.5 weeks (nice!) I'll be moving that tank to my permanent 55 gallon tomorrow and then I guess I will try to scrub off the lichen from that other rock and have it recur? Does anyone have any tips for me while scrubbing this or going about my next steps? I'm new to the SW world so I want to get it right the first time.
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i'd like to see that article. natural conditions? would that be rotting live rock perhaps? or maybe a decomposing cocktail shrimp?


it seems to me that a bacteria colony that is brought on by the cycle, would be compromised by interrupting it. when you do water changes, you take out the food the bacteria is using to multiply. once the bacteria colony is established, i would then do a few water changes to remove the excess nutrients.
it's only the way people have been doing it for ever. it's worked that way this long.
It's killing me I can't find it again. Basically the concentrations that we create using various methods are much higher then the oceans. Obviously there is a huge difference, but the amount of food that the bacteria needs to colonize is no where near effected as much as we think it is by doing simple small water changes. I never have, and had always thought the same thing, which is why I found the article interesting.
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