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Old 01-18-2011, 10:07 AM   #31
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Ok I will mix one up, 50%? Is this like a mini cycle?
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yep. it's because you don't have very much surface area, with so little rock.
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:15 AM   #33
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Ok, thanks alot for your help! I am going to get some more rock as soon as I can.
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:40 PM   #34
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Ok I read the test wrong, nitrite was at .2 I did the water change now it is a little les than .1. Should I do another pwc or wait? I don't have anymore water so I will need to go get some.
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i would get another change ready. you said you had ammonia too...what was the new ammonia reading?
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I just tested it again ammonia is around.25 nitrite .1 nitrate 4 ish

It is a red sea test kit. Do they expire?
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yep. gotta get that ammonia down, or remove the fish and leave it cycle.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:07 PM   #38
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What do you recommend I do with the fish? Why is it cycling so much?
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well, it's not "much". a cycle is a cycle. when the tank is cycling, bacteria colonies grow and cover all available surface area. you removed a lot of the surface are when you changed the sand. you don't have enough bacteria covered rock to be able to compensate for something like that. all you have is those little pieces and the glass walls of the tank.

it's best to move the livestock to another tank (perhaps the lfs would hold them for you for a couple weeks?), and then let the bacteria colony grow uninterrupted by water changes. if you do not and stick it out, the fish may or may not be ok through it. detectable ammonia is definitely stressful to the fish.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:24 PM   #40
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I see, the picture is a little deceiving on my live rock I would say there is around 20# I am supposed to have around 35#? . When you say remove the live stock do you mean the fish coral and nems?
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