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Old 04-21-2004, 02:16 PM   #1
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Do I need to do water changes during cycling with LR in the aquarium?
I don't want to kill all the life that came w/ the LR
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You wont kill the life.. It will feed off the NO2 NO3 from the cycle proccess. Changing water will only prolong your cycle duration.
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if you're refering to macro life (crabs, snails starfish etc) then you should just watch your ammonia and nitrites. If those become really high they can kill off the macro life. Lots of folks do suggest small partial water changes when cycling with uncured LR as, depending on the LR and the amount of it, it can create very high amonia and nitrite levels.
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Thanks.

What would be a really high ammonia reading?
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I would perform water changes at an ammonia level of .5 or higher.
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I would perform water changes at an ammonia level of .5 or higher.
Even though hes cycling his tank?

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I've let my ammonia levels go up to 2.0-3.0 when I do a fishless cycle in my FW tanks. That's what I read and it worked for me.
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Even though hes cycling his tank?
YES. Allowing Ammonia and Nitrite to go sky high all in the name of a shorter cycle at the expense of any hitchikers on the rock is not a valid method IMO. While the cycle may be longer the amount of life that will survive the cycling process with be greater.
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I probably lost alot of hitchhikers in my years then.. hehe.. but I have always cured LR in a seprate container rather than use my display tank..

I still manage to gain some hitch hikers though..

BTW to the poster. If that LR was shipped to you and wrapped in news paper rather than transported in water.. Most of what was alive is dead already..
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How can they even call it LR if it's not in water? lol
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