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Old 03-06-2006, 02:56 PM   #11
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Is the LR cured or not? I would not test for NitrItes until you see your ammonia spike and start to drop. If your LR is cured then I think you will need to keep the ammonia levels as well as the nitries low as to not harm the life on the LR.

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Old 03-06-2006, 08:03 PM   #12
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The LR was cured. What should I test? ph and nh3 ?
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:00 PM   #13
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Degbowl, I have been thinking about 2 percs, a pearly headed jawfish, a clown goby, a royal gramma and a cleaner shrimp... Thats my plans today... who knows...may change tomorrow or the next day ... LOL... I saw a fellow AA reef members tank in person and they have a very cool clown goby perching from rock to rock... you ought to think about one.. they are wee little too... little on the bio load LOL.

Are you happy with your hirocks order? Got a pic? I am thinking about ordering... I bought 30 lbs LR from my LFS but they are 4 larger pcs.. I need some smaller to build and aquascape.. I think I will get a box if the pcs are small enough to shape my "reef".


I *think* I will order off line as well... I havent shopped prices... but I want a nice size clean up crew What are you thinking?... 10 snails 15 blue legs I'm guess ing ... but my crabs always eat my snails...
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Old 03-07-2006, 01:57 AM   #14
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If you order the cheaper box from hirocks.com then you will get the smaller pieces. I bought the other box with larger pieces. I bought from them off ebay. It was cheaper than buying from website. That was for the box I bought. You might be better off ordering from website. I put the baserock in first then put in the sand. Then I put the LR on top of that. The LR has algae all over it. The baserock was nice but not as colorful yet.
I was trying to get ideas for a clean up crew. I was thinking along the same way as you.
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Old 03-07-2006, 10:56 AM   #15
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If the lr was cured then you will need some source of ammonia to cycle the tank. The lr should have beneficial bacteria on it so the cycle should go fast. If you don't "feed" the bacteria it will die and you will effectively have uncured rock. I would test the ammonia, sg, ph and nitrites since you are showing some. You may not see a large ammonia spike since the rock is cured. Watch for the ammonia to drop to zero. A then I waould start to add the nitrate test. This should move along quickly so I would test every other day for now. Other opinions may vary from mine.

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Old 03-18-2006, 11:43 PM   #16
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SG 1.024
ph 8.5
nitrite .3
nh3 .3

Still waiting for ammonia spike. I am getting plenty of algae growth and my skimmer is getting some yellow skim mate.
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