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post #31 of 179 Old 04-27-2013, 01:18 AM
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A few questions that haven't been asked. Was is true "cured live rock in your tank or dry base rock? If it was cured, you shouldn't be going through a cycle even being a bit under the recommended 1 to 1 1/2 pds per gallon. If it wasn't cured live rock, your going through a cycle and your damsel will not survive in a tank that size. There will be to many swings in your water parameters due to size.

Did you add the Damsel at start-up based on advice from your LFS? If so, find another LFS.

Do not add any other live stock until it's detemined that your tank is or isn't going through the cycling stage. Especially inverts.
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True. Even "cured" live rock can "cycle" if the bacteria count wasn't high enough, or the trip out if water was too long. Since he was using aragamax live sand, the bacteria count should have been good enough to shorten the cycle to almost non-existant.
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A few questions that haven't been asked. Was is true "cured live rock in your tank or dry base rock? If it was cured, you shouldn't be going through a cycle even being a bit under the recommended 1 to 1 1/2 pds per gallon. If it wasn't cured live rock, your going through a cycle and your damsel will not survive in a tank that size. There will be to many swings in your water parameters due to size.

Did you add the Damsel at start-up based on advice from your LFS? If so, find another LFS.

Do not add any other live stock until it's detemined that your tank is or isn't going through the cycling stage. Especially inverts.
It is cured. It aleady had stuff growing on it when i bought it. Im going thruough cycle, my nitrites are going up. Nitrates are staying at 0 .
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Nitrate 0
Nitrite 3.0
Alkalinity 120
PH 7.6

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True. Even "cured" live rock can "cycle" if the bacteria count wasn't high enough, or the trip out if water was too long. Since he was using aragamax live sand, the bacteria count should have been good enough to shorten the cycle to almost non-existant. The surface area of sand is far greater than the surface area of rock, so the beneficial is always exponentially greater...
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Nitrites are climbing. Can you get an ammonia test today?
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Nitrites are climbing. Can you get an ammonia test today?
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Just got ammonia tested
ammonia 0

Kh is back up to 180
Bought some ph booster.
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I am even more concerned about the nitrite count if nitrates are zero. Almost as if the correct bacteria for the second step in the nitrogen cycle wasn't present.

I personally do not put a fish in any tank for at least a month. The rock and sand will properly cycle the tank, so I just wait for it to mature. Can you rehome the damsel for now? How is he doing?
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I am even more concerned about the nitrite count if nitrates are zero. Almost as if the correct bacteria for the second step in the nitrogen cycle wasn't present.

I personally do not put a fish in any tank for at least a month. The rock and sand will properly cycle the tank, so I just wait for it to mature. Can you rehome the damsel for now? How is he doing?
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The damsel is active,vibrant colors came back, eating well. and the gills aren't red anymore. I bought another 1 1/2 lbs of live rock. With lots of color and live things on it as well as coralline algae
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Water rechecked 4 hrs after adding ph booster & Nitates are appearing now

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Nitrate 20
Nitrite 3.0
Alkaliity 180
Ph 7.8

Hydrometer is reading 1.020
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