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Old 09-22-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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Curing pukani rock

I have been curing about 40#s of pukani rock I got from brs for about 3 1/2 weeks and I just tested the water for the first time.
Ammonia-0
Nitrites-5
Nitrates-40
Phosphates-.25
Calcium-500
Kh-9

My main question is should I add an ammonia source to the contain, I haven't yet thinking there was enough on the rock already. All these reading were taken with API test kits. I am curing in a separate container because I have read about this type of rock leeching phosphates for a while. Is there anything else I should be doing other than waiting? Thanks any and all advice is appreciated.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:25 AM   #2
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I have been curing about 40#s of pukani rock I got from brs for about 3 1/2 weeks and I just tested the water for the first time. Ammonia-0 Nitrites-5 Nitrates-40 Phosphates-.25 Calcium-500 Kh-9 My main question is should I add an ammonia source to the contain, I haven't yet thinking there was enough on the rock already. All these reading were taken with API test kits. I am curing in a separate container because I have read about this type of rock leeching phosphates for a while. Is there anything else I should be doing other than waiting? Thanks any and all advice is appreciated.
Not the same kind of rock but I'm doing the same thing .
I have 30 lbs of rock in a storage bin
I started 4 days ago and my ammonia hasn't fell or dropped yet .
Sitting at 4.0 ppm
I believe when the ammonia drops you should notice a spike in nitrite .
It appears like yours is going just as I want mine too .
Is it normal for nitrite and nitrate to be tested positive numbers at the same time ?
I thought if there is nitrate eating nitrite they should test at 0
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:39 AM   #3
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When I cycled my freshwater tank I had both nitrites and nitrates reading high for a few days. I'm just not sure what I should do about the phosphates and whether or not I should add ammonia. Either way good luck with your setup.
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