Hey everyone. I have a question about cycling live rock. We have a new 150L tank which we are slowly trying to build, and so far have an anemone, 2 clowns and a couple of corals, and a second 30L tank we use as quarantine and acclimation tank. We've put two pieces of live rock in the quarantine tank (one after the other) to cycle but keep running into massive issues where the water just goes putrid no matter what. It gets to the point were sure everything has died on it, and even ended up changing the water out because it was just out of control and the room smells like death. We can't figure out why this is happening we check the levels regularly and keep the pH at 8.3 and sg
at 1.026, and it's fitted with a filter, protein skimmer and air stone. The protein skimmer was acting up the other day, filling the reservoir way too quickly (every hour or so) and I took it apart to clean it. I read that it could be due to the air inlet being clogged but nothing seemed blocked anywhere.
My DH and I are just getting frustrated with buy perfectly fine, premium live rock from lfs
and when getting it back home it just tantrums in our quarantine tank. Especially when im think that the rock might already come cured, because the lfs
guy was surprised when I said I put it in a separate tank first to make sure it's fine and let it cycle.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!