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Old 02-10-2005, 03:54 AM   #1
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LR smell !!!

my LR arrived yesterday from LR.com. it is so smell. i can smell the rocks from the outside of the aquarium. it's even worst when i turn on the powerhead!
what should i do?
actually i ask this Q for my friend.

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Old 02-10-2005, 04:51 AM   #2
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Give it some time and plenty of fresh air. You may also try adding some GAC to help.

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Watch the amonia levels and if they get too high do a water change.

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Old 02-10-2005, 08:45 AM   #4
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I used carbon in a quick filter when my dead shrimp were maximally stinky and it worked like a charm. So far I've seen (and smelled) 3 shrimp "melt" during cycling.

My goal is to be fully cycled (sand only) in order to add lr some time after feb 26.
30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 02-10-2005, 10:49 AM   #5
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I suspect the live rock isn't what smells, but rather some of the hitch hikers didn't make it and are rotting away.

Keep tabs on ammonia an nitrite and do water changes accordingly. Don't add any livestock until both levels are steady 0.0ppm for a week, and you start getting an increase in nitrates.
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Old 02-10-2005, 02:20 PM   #6
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What does it smell like? Strong odor of ammonia or strong odor of the ocean?
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Probably just the protein skimmer if you have one going,

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