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Old 02-15-2008, 10:10 AM   #11
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BTW-I may have been mistaken on the rock base we're using-Lace rock may be what we have. All the info I've seen on lava rock varies. Some say they've used it w/no adverse effects. Others swear it will kill your fish or leach bad chemicals in your tank. Hopefully I was mistaken, because the majority of what I read leads me to think lava rock would not be good for a tank.
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I'm going to move this to the SW section of Getting started.
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:26 AM   #13
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Is the new rock base rock or LR?
How much new LR did you add?
Was it fully cured?
How long was it out of water before you got it into the tank?

It does sound like the new tank is going through a cycle.

A pwc will not affect your bacteria levels. Most of the bacteria coat a surface; sand, rock, glass, plastic, etc. Very little bacteria are in the water column. That why doing a 20% - 30% pwc is recommended to help get water parameters back to normal -- dilution is the cure to pollution.

Please post all the parameters you can test for.
Temp, pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and any other tests you may have.

How many pounds of rock do you have altogether?
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:21 PM   #14
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Temp is 77, pH is 8.3, Nitrites are 1.6. I don't have a nitrate test kit yet. Salinity is .022. The base is lace rock. We have only 3 small pieces of live rock as yet, and yes it was fully cured at the aquarium we deal with. It was only out of water for about 10 minutes. Not sure of total rock pounds
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Am about to do a 25% water change. Will advise.
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Didja confirm whether it's lace or lava rock??

If not sure, I'd certainly remove it. You said "may be what we have".
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yeah!!

It is lace rock. Just finished a 25% water change-checked the nitrites 5 minutes later, and they're already gone from 1.6+ to 0.8 verging on 0.3!!! Everyone in the tank still looking good. Thank you everyone for all your help. Will keep updating.
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Yes keep us updated. Nitrites must be at 0. Any amount is leathal for your tank.
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:50 PM   #19
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They're hanging right at 0.8 now. I'll recheck in the morning, and if they're still elevated will do another pwc.
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What are you using for filtration besides the LR?
Please list all the equipment you have in the tank and all the livestock.

Those nitrites are coming from somewwhere and we need to figure out where they're coming from if you see any increase again.

Hopefully that last pwc will work and the tank can catch up overnight.
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