Live rock

Discussion in 'Live Rock' started by Fishez, May 12, 2004.

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  1. Fishez

    Fishez Bristle Worm

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    I just got 3 Lbs. of live rock and 7 Lbs. of base rock , and i was wondering how long it will take for my base rock to look like my live rock. and if there is anything i can do to speed it up . And I also have a question about my tank cycling , I took a water sample to LFS and they said my cycle was already done and my tank is ready for new fish if i wanted to put some in , but my tank has only be up and running for 18 days. I always thought it took atleast 5 or 6 weeks for it to cycle. but i saw the tests and my ammonia was 0.0 ppm , Nitrites 0.0 ppm, and pH 8.2 .
     
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  3. mojoreef

    mojoreef Bristle Worm

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    Did you see any levels of ammonia or nitrites or nitrates at any time??? 18 days seems a little quick. The LR will color up and liven up with time

    Mike
     
  4. Fishez

    Fishez Bristle Worm

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    This was the first time I had my water tested so I dont know if anything spiked.
     
  5. Land_Fish

    Land_Fish Guest

    Would be a good thing to get your own test kits.
    What LS did you use? We have had some people post here that use a sand that was saying it cycles the tank faster. I think it was GaMmA and someone else that used it. Do a search on LS as it was just last month they posted about it.

    Did you add a raw shrimp to the tank?
     
  6. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    3 # may have cycled fast. I would invest in More LR. As 10# in a 30 may not provide the amount of filtration you require.
    And ya, did you feed your tank during the cycle?
    (The Shrimp thing Naut is talking about)

    J
     
  7. JOER0178

    JOER0178 Peppermint Shrimp

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    to speed up the base rock becoming live you can put the live rock by a power head blowing water onto the base rock that will speed up the process a bit
     
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  9. Fishez

    Fishez Bristle Worm

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    yeah I fed em flake and raw Brine shrimp , did the shrimp help it cycle faster? I used CaribSea Argonite.
     
  10. Fishez

    Fishez Bristle Worm

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    what kind of test kit do i need? Just Ammonia, Nitrites and pH ?
     
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    JOER0178 Peppermint Shrimp

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    a master test kit will have ammonia nitrate nitrite and pH, there are also test kits for alkalinity,phosphate, calcium. but for cycling you only need the master test kit
     
  12. Land_Fish

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    It would depend on what master kit you are talking about.
    Most are not accurate. Salifert has one but it is alto of $.
    Get what you can afford but you get what ya pay for. ammonia , Nitrite, and Nitrate are 3 you need to cycle with. Calcium, alk, pH are 3 needed for reef tanks and alto more if and when you really get into this hobby.