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Old 07-07-2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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Established rock

So ive been told i MIGHT have established rock which means i dont need to cycle. I put a shrimp in and took it out after about 4 days then checked my parameters and everything was normal apart from the ph needs to be a little higher and i had only 1 ammonia level which i could get rid of with water changes. I would like everyones opinion on what they think thanks
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While trying to cycle dont worry about the PH. The added ammonia and nitrires will skew that. But yes if you have estabished LR you might not see much of a cycle. I would stay with the cycle for another week to be sure.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:25 AM   #3
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Can you explain to me how the established rock doesnt need a cycle ?
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Live rock has die off from when it's moved, so sometimes you get a small ammonia spike and thats pretty much it. My first tank had establised rock form some guys 300g breakdown. I dosed with ammonia and saw my cycle complete in a week. And that was at 4ppm of ammonia.
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See im stuck what to do now though should i put anything else in my tank ? because i left the prawn in but then i took it out because it was basically separated all over the tank and the smell was terrible.
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genral hardness 180. Carbonate hardness 180 (whatever that is). ph 7.5. Nitrates 40. Nitrite 0 . ammonia 1.0
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Thanks, I'm sure an expert would be around soon to explain. Only thing I know is ammonia needs to be 0.
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I know when i shown one my parameters he said i might not need a cycle, he suggested a water change and a ph buffer and ill be able to put fish in but im confused haha
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