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Old 02-27-2004, 10:01 AM   #1
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Just got LR from liverocks.com...seeing large ammonia spike

I received my LR from liverocks.com on Wednesday and used bearfan's instructions for carbonated water dip. Ammonia last night was around 4.0 and nitrite around .25. I am mostly concerned because I have two damsels in there now that had just been through the cycling period, though I know better now. I had asked about adding the LR because of this concern and received support. So, I just want to do the best thing for the tank to help ease the stress. Should I just plan to do frequent water changes and monitor closely? Or should I do something else.

BTW, the LR is beautiful and I am finding things still. I think I got a couple sea serpents and possibly a cucumber. I posted some pictures for id, as well as a tank shot, in the Identification forum.

Thanks for the advice,

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Yes you should prepair a fairly sizable water change. Also take a look closely at the rock for obvious dead/decaying items. If you find them then remove them from the rock with a stiff brissle nylon brush.

This will help lower the source of the ammonia.
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Old 02-27-2004, 12:27 PM   #3
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bearfan's instructions for carbonated water dip
Can someone help me find this? I have not quite figured out the search system on this site.

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Old 02-27-2004, 12:39 PM   #4
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firerescue2002,

I did a search for carbonated (keywords) and bearfan (author) and it returns the following URL:

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...ght=carbonated

If that doesn't get you there, then use the same search parameters.

Hope that helps,

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Old 02-27-2004, 01:58 PM   #5
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Stay after your water changes. Mine is begining to fall off. I kept my water changed so that it never got above 2 but now it seems to be below 1 where if was at 1 this morning.
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Old 02-28-2004, 03:17 PM   #6
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bearfan's instructions for carbonated water dip

i would never do this !!! yea it works to get mantis shrimp out but your also killing/stressing out alot of critters that ya spent all the money on the rock for !! not a good idea imo !! if your worried qt the rock and drop in a raw shrimp and watch for these critters ya dont want then remove them !!
i just got my 45 lbs and when pulling the rock out there was two mantis shrimp swimming around the bottom of the bag !! well im keeping these guys in a smaller tank cause they are to cool imo and something that should be admired for what they are !! but carbon water is more harmful than good !!!
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I got my rock on Tuesday from Liverock.com as well. Still only see a .5 ammonia reading. I did no carbonated dip. I put the rock straight in. Could the dip cause more dy-off causing higher ammonia?
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Could the dip cause more dy-off causing higher ammonia?
I don't know but mine got to 2 before dropping off.
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imo yes doing a dip like that will kill more than it does good chasing out a poor mantis shrimp
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yes doing a dip like that will kill more than it does good chasing out a poor mantis shrimp

Where were you when I was getting set up to do my dip? I started not to do it but I did.
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