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Old 09-20-2013, 06:31 PM   #1
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How to keep amonia down?

Ok, I did exactly what I wasn't supposed to do. I put ten pounds of uncured live rock in my 25 gal tank and crossed my fingers. It's been in for a couple hours and amonia is already coming up. Is there anything I can do besides chemical correction?
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:42 PM   #2
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Water changes to keep the level down
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:04 PM   #3
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Well, in the last week, I have changed out 50g to get my nitrates down. My parameters before i added the live rock were :nitrates 10 - ph 8.0 - amonia 0 - temp 78.5

My test kit might be off a little too. I'm going to retest and see. I got all the dead stuff I could out of the rock and rinsed everything before I put it in. The coralline is still good and purple, red, and orange. It's really pretty rock.



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Old 09-20-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
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Thanks Grizz i appreciate the advise. I'm doing water changes with 5gallon kentwood jugs. So it's kinda a pain in the butt. Lol. But I will do it if I got to. How long do you think it will take for the ammonia to go down on its own VS water changes.
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Are you cycling the tank? If so I would just let it run its course.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #6
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Cycling is not totally out of the question. Only have a clown a serpent sea star and a couple zoas. I might just let it go and see what happens. If things get any worse I'll do water changes. But I checked the paras again and it's looking better. Ammonia was at .50 and now it's .25. So I feel a little better
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Just keep on eye on things no need to stress you stock sounds like you had a mini cycle You should be ok in a few weeks
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Ok, I did exactly what I wasn't supposed to do. I put ten pounds of uncured live rock in my 25 gal tank and crossed my fingers. It's been in for a couple hours and amonia is already coming up. Is there anything I can do besides chemical correction?
That's your problem, ten pounds of uncured rock. Bacteria has to build up to convert your ammonia to nitrite, than to nitrate. That's the cycle. Your ammonia won't go down till the cycle is complete. Try some bio spira or something like that to speed it up
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:25 PM   #9
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Well I picked out my liverock one by one and pulled all the dead things I could find out. I found things dead in there that looked crazy. I found like 40 small clams that were dead and sponges and something that looked like part of the rock but it was squishy. It smelt like death and when I was pulling it off orange slime came out. But my ammonia has fallen a lot scence I did this. It's down to .10 and everything seems to be perking up. Nothing dead so far, it's been 4 days. Hope it keeps doing good, critters: serpent sea star, lawn mower bleeny, maroon clown, feather duster worm, and like five new corals that made the trip, and a mussel that made the trip.
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You could use a product like Prime or Amquel to make the ammonia less/non toxic.
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