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Old 10-21-2004, 02:58 AM   #1
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Please help with my live rock!!!

My new set up is going well( I think ) 75gal. bow front coner tank. It has been 3days and I see a little changes in the aquarium. I noticed a grayish algea on the rocks. Can anyone tell me what this is??

My Ammonia level is high at 8.0 and ph level is normal at 8.2 nitrite at .25

I've put uncured 50lbs of fiji LR and 70lbs of LS. wet/dry with venturi protein skimmer at full blast.
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Old 10-21-2004, 06:34 AM   #2
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After 3 days and ammonia at 8. And uncured rock It is probably die off. I hope you don't have anything living in there yet
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I would avocate dunking and scrubbing the dieoff areas and prepairing a water change. With ammonia levels that high the amount oflife that is going to survive the cycle is next to zilch.

Sure the cycle might be a little longer as a result but the quality of the rock will be higher after the cycle.
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Also usually wouldn't advise a water change during a cycle, but in your case you may want to do 1 or 2 to get that level down a bit.
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Hi, Welcome to AA!! I agree with everyone else, do a water change so you do not kill off all of the beneficial bacteria on the rock. You also may want to mix up a butket of SW, dip each rock in it and scrub off all of the dead grey stuff. (Where did you get the rock?) Put the rock back in the tank and continue your cycle.
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Thank you for all your help!!!

So, I should take the rock out scrub die offs(dont know where do scrub) and do a water chages?(how many gal. should I change?) I've 1 blue fish always hide behind the rock(his seem doing ok) If I just let it cycle like this, would my rock die off? What else Can I do besides water chages to lower my ammonia level??
Oh!! what is that gray thing on the rock?
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You can set up a bucket of SW , use a brush to scrub off any obvious dead material, sponges, algae, etc. Rinse it in another bucket of clean SW and place it back in the tank.
I would do a good 30-40% water change and repeat the next day. See if you can get that ammonia down by half at least.
Hard to tell what the grey thing is, maybe a sponge.
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If you already have a fish in the tank then you need to do a 20% water change ASAP. There is no need to use live fish to cycle. It is very hard on the animal. The grey patches are die-off. Once living things, mist likely sponges and stuff. That is what is cuasing you very high amonia level. While the LR is out of the tank net the fish and take it back to the store. Put the cleaned rock back in the tank and continue to cycle.
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Also, water changes are your best weapon to get the ammonia down. Please don't use any additives. When you get the ammonia down by about 1/2, I would stop the water changes for a while to allow the cycle to kick in.
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Is there any way to get that fish back to the store? I guarantee you he is suffering greatly at that high a concentration of ammonia. (It burns their gills and respiratory systems--he may look okay, but he's not.) The LR will cycle the tank by itself, like others have said, so it won't slow anything down to take it out and it will help the fish tremendously.

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