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Old 02-10-2008, 04:34 PM   #1
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Live Rock 2.0

After 12 days in my new tank my tank has completely cycled.
My concern is that my Live Rock looks pretty bare.
When I got it it looked incredible and now it pretty much has
just some green and red left but for the most part is bare bones.
During the very short cycle the Ammonia and Nitrite never got too high.
I was wondering if this kind of die off is normal and will my rock be OK
and come back?
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:29 PM   #2
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What was the highest reading on your ammonia? How many lbs of rock in what sized tank?

Just wonderin if it did cycle. Change water yet?

The answers may help us gauge what's going on better.
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What was the highest reading on your ammonia? How many lbs of rock in what sized tank?

Just wonderin if it did cycle. Change water yet?

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1.0 ppm

40 lbs

30 gallons

yes, no question. It went from having no ammonia to having ammonia.
Then less ammonia and nitrite. Then no ammonia and nitrite. Then only nitrate.

yes 50%
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Did you buy cured LR?
1.o ppm of ammonia is pretty small. But, if you saw the spike and drop for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate (no drop) then you are ready to add livestock to your tank. Start small with just 1 item.

You will be amazed at what the LR looks like in 6 months. Things just start showing up. Take pictures every week.
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I agree that it will grow back to better than what it looked like. Mine got all white and then a month or two after the cycle it started to look better.
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ya'll sure it was a successful cycle with the ammonia topping out at only 1.0???
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ya'll sure it was a successful cycle with the ammonia topping out at only 1.0???
Depends on weather the LR was already cured. 12 days is awfull quick for a cycle.
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The cycle could be that quick with fully cured LR. The bioload is neglible but the spike, small as it was, did occur. Adding something small at this point SHOULD be fine.

I used 50 pounds of uncured Fiji in my 125 for the cycle and my ammonia hit 8 (or more, the chart stopped at 8).
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OK, add a couple snails and hermits too, right?
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Come on Ray, you know how much I despise hermits :p.

Yes to snails, no to clawed animals other than shrimp.
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