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Old 03-12-2012, 02:49 AM   #1
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Dry rock

Can dry rock cause an ammonia spike?

I know live rock can if added too much at once but what about dry?
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:04 PM   #2
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Dry rock should not have anything on it that's why it is called dry rock
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:05 PM   #3
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Ammonia comes from something decaying in the tank.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:14 PM   #4
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You should be fine adding dry rock.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:41 PM   #5
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Dry rock can indeed add ammonia sometimes. Think about it. When its added to water it can re-start a decaying process if stuff is still on it. First, brush it off real good under water with a stiff brush. Test the water anyway after adding it. Never assume that because it's dry, there'll be nothing to decay further.
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Okay, thanks.. I was just told not to add it b/c it slows the cycle time and can cause spikes out of no where.... I guess it makes sense now... Thanks for the help
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So, you're cycling now? How long and what is the ammonia reading at now?
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:58 PM   #8
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No, but I am trying to piece together my costs as and try to get it right the 1st time w/o problems... My Lfs suggested against it but during my research it seemed recommended that I use mostly dry
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