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Old 02-21-2006, 12:50 PM   #11
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I just bought 50lbs of LR & 50 lbs of base rock for this tank.

When i get the LR in a couple of days, should I take the shrimp out? or leave them in with the LR?

Also how should I place the rocks? Should the LR be on the Top, Bottom, or Mixed with the base rock?

P.S. How long does it usually take for base rock seeded with LR to become Live?

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Old 02-21-2006, 01:20 PM   #12
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You should have sufficient die-off from the lr in order for the bacterial cycle to continue. I would take the shrimp out once you get your lr. I put all my base rock on the bottom and lr on top mostly for aesthetic purposes but also not to bury any “live” stuff on the lr

The base rock is basically lr without the bacteria/pods/algae/coral on it but will still become biologically active within about 2 months serving the same purpose as your lr does in providing biological filtration. As far as color and other life it could take as little as 6 months or as long as a year or two to “look” similar to the lr. It mostly depends on how much life your lr has and the quality of lighting.
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Old 02-21-2006, 01:31 PM   #13
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Day 4: PH: 7.8, NO2: 0.25ppm, NO3: 10ppm, NH3/NH4: .50ppm

Day 9: PH: 8.0, NO2: 0.25ppm, NO3: 5.0ppm, NH3/NH4: 0.25-0.50ppm


I still havent gotten the ammonia "Spike" that everyone talks about... My ammonia hasn't cleared 1.0ppm yet!

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Old 02-25-2006, 10:57 AM   #14
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Day 4: PH: 7.8, NO2: 0.25ppm, NO3: 10ppm, NH3/NH4: .50ppm

Day 9: PH: 8.0, NO2: 0.25ppm, NO3: 5.0ppm, NH3/NH4: 0.25-0.50ppm

Day 12: PH:8.0, NO2: 0.25ppm, NO2: 10.0ppm, NH3/NH4: 0.50ppm


Is this normal progress for almost 2 weeks into the cycle?

It doesn't look like much is happening...

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As long as you keep detecting nh3/no2 I wouldn’t worry about a spike. Your lr will still build up enough bacteria over the course of the cycle even if you never see a nh3 spike. If nothing was happening then you wouldn’t still be detecting nh3/no2.
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:54 PM   #16
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Hey guys,

On Feb. 28th I put the LR in the tank, and took out the shrimp. The LR was shipped on Thursday, Feb 23rd, and didn't arrive at my home untill the 28th, (5 days). Thanks to the stupid people at International Marine Fish .com.

Anyway, So I assume 90% of that rock is dead anyway.

When I took the rock out of the box/bag, it smelled really bad, which by then was to be expected, I rinsed most of the LR off with fresh water, and put it into the tank.

Alot of the alge and stuff on the rock has fallen off and is either in the sand or stuck to the filter intake.

When you open the glass top of the tank, it smells like a faded version of what it smelled like when I first opened the box/bag.

I tested the water today, and the Ammonia was over 8.0ppm, the Test only goes up to 8.0ppm, and the color of the test was darker than the 8.0ppm color.

There is also alot of those furry bubbles (Like in the picture above) all over the LR.

Is there anything I should do? or do I Just let the tank be?

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The die off on the lr is waht is causing the ammonia to go that high. You had ammonia in there and now the die off is adding to it. I have not heard of ammonia levels that high. I would do a 60 - 70 % pwc to get the ammonia down around 3 and let the cycle to continue to take its course. It may have added some time to it since you had the lr die off but it should be fine. The fuzzy stuff is the lr die off decomposing. You may want to contact your supplier, if you paid for lr and recieved that much die off due to their mishandleing of the sale then I would want a partial refund.

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Old 03-06-2006, 07:01 PM   #18
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Thanks Brian,

I did contact International Marine they are going to send me 15lb of LR for free. Hopefully it comes in better shape and will help my other LR recover.

I will do the water change tonight.

Is there anything I can or should do about the Fuzzy stuff? or will it go away with time?

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I would leave the fuzzy stuff until the cycle is complete. After that I would remove it, using a suction tube or turkey baster.

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