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Old 11-04-2014, 12:31 PM   #1
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New 46 Gallon Bowfront! Suggestions Please!!

Just acquired a used tank that already had live rock and sand in it.
It was pretty dirty so I cleaned the tank up pretty nicely and added new water.
I did keep the rock in the water as I transported it as well as I kept a layer of water over the sand during this process.

So with that said I have since added all new water and got everything set up.

My current readings as of last night were as follows:

Ammonia - 1.5
Nitrite - .25
Nitrate - 5-10
Need a new PH kit as that wasn't included in what I got today.

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Thanks in advance for the help and suggestions!
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Hopefully that works?!
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Old 11-04-2014, 05:36 PM   #3
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Ok, just did all my tests again.. And it look s like they all went down about half. Hopefully good news?

Ammonia - 1.0
Nitrite - 0-0.25
Nitrate - 5

Remind you my fresh water isn't even a full 24 hours old yet.




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I did about 15% water change or so to get my ammonia levels down..
After a bit or letting it circulate my new readings are

Salinity - 1.020
PH - 7.8
Ammonia - .25
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 10
Temperature - 80
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Well, your salinity is low now. You want to aim between 1.024-1.026. If you are cycling and there is no livestock in the tank, why do water changes? Just let it run it's course.


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I can bump the salinity up no problem.
And I was told to do a water change because my ammonia was high and they didn't want it to kill off my live rock


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Live rock is in reference to the bacteria on the rock that consumes the ammonia and nitrites in your nitrate cycle. Can too much food kill? Maybe, but that's a pretty big sandwich.
Just toss a cocktail shrimp in the tank and let nature take its course. Don't waste your money on water changes during a cycle UNLESS there is livestock in the tank...and rock doesn't count.


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So did the water change basically start the cycle over?

Curious, as I'm learning as I go as well..

Because there's ammonia in there already, and nitrites were high. Now they're low. Nitrates were up near 40 now 10.

Thanks for answering!


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And I understand the it's the bacteria on the rock not the rock itself is alive! LOL

Also the rock and sand were in an established tank already? Idk if I mentioned that or not? Does that play a factor?


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It can play a factor if it was kept wet and used quickly.
The bacteria lives in the rock and sand, not water.
The fact that you are seeing the ammonia is turning into nitrite and them seeing into the nitrate means you are seeing it cycle and that the rock didn't keep the bacteria in it alive.


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