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Old 02-29-2008, 02:07 AM   #1
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I just started setting up my tank, i had 50lbs of sand and 15 lbs of fiji, it was clear running for about 2 weeks, and today i got the rest of the rock, i thought it was cured dry rock, so put it in the tank after washing it in saltwater, and 4 hours later its beginning to smell and the water is changing color to a green tint. What should i do? Take out the rock, do a water change? Is there any easy way?
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Its roughly 80lbs rock total in a 55 gal, with good water flow and a fluval 305
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Are you cycling this tank right now? Do you have live stock in it? Do you have a skimmer on the tank? How long has it been set up?
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no skimmer yet, its been running for about two weeks, 78 degrees
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Sounds like it wasn't so cured after all! Did you get the rock from a reliable source, or was it 2nd hand from a "friend."

Sounds like you're at the beginning of another cycle. Assuming you don't have livestock in the tank, I'd just ride it out and let it cycle again. If you do have livestock, then I'd be testing daily and have plenty of water made up for daily water changes to keep your ammonia/nitrite levels down as much as possible.

The other option I suppose is to take out the rock and let it cure in some other tub of saltwater.
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by cycling you mean trying to build up the bacteria?
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Ok so you are cycling your tank then. Other then the smell you don't have much to worry about. During a cycle you are going to see some not so nice things happen in your tank but that is part of the process. You need to get a skimmer on the tank and that will help with a lot of the smell.
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Yes that is what I mean by cycle. You have no fish or crabs or shrimp or snails in the tank right?
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nothing besides the water rock and sand are in it.
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Good! Then let the tank go through the process of cycling. If you add a skimmer as I said it will help with the smell. You really are going to need one anyway so if you can get one now that will help you out a lot.
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