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W8lifts
08/24/2011, 04:57 PM
SO my live rock has been curing for 10 weeks now and everything is at zero except phosphate which is at 1-2 ppm and driving me nuts because I will not add one piece of coral or a snail until I Have a consistent reading of 0PPM. Any suggestions out there if not I will just keep watching live rock for another 10 Weeks!!!! And my TDS Meter is 180 input> 0 Output. Two protein skimmers and three power heads, one heater, and a lot of patience!

Palting
08/24/2011, 04:58 PM
Run some GFO.

disc1
08/24/2011, 05:05 PM
I will not add one piece of coral or a snail until I Have a consistent reading of 0PPM.

That's a bit nuts I think. Soft corals will help bring the phosphate down some. So would macroalgae.

specialreef
08/24/2011, 05:15 PM
you taken to "cure" your Live Rocks.
How many water changes? Are you using R/O water? Rocks could be sourcing this PO4 ,more flow would help during curing? ....but i agree macroalgae would help.

W8lifts
08/24/2011, 05:21 PM
TDS 0 yes I have a five stage RODI Unit and just did a 100% water change. and perform a 25% water change weekly. As stated all is zero but phosphate I think I will run GFO as I do have the equipment to do so already was just trying to go without doing it

W8lifts
08/24/2011, 05:23 PM
SO my live rock has been curing for 10 weeks now and everything is at zero except phosphate which is at 1-2 ppm and driving me nuts because I will not add one piece of coral or a snail until I Have a consistent reading of 0PPM. Any suggestions out there if not I will just keep watching live rock for another 10 Weeks!!!! And my TDS Meter is 180 input> 0 Output. Two protein skimmers and three power heads, one heater, and a lot of patience!

Wife just tested the water it went down to .25 PPM with that 100% water Change we shall see if it climbs back up

fishysteve
08/25/2011, 09:37 AM
I think not adding anything is a bit extreme. Like stated above, you can add softies or macro.

Uncle Salty 05
08/25/2011, 09:58 AM
The bacteria that make live rock live need food to survive.
If it has been soaking for 10 weeks without a food source there are probably little if any bacterial colonies left.

fishysteve
08/25/2011, 10:31 AM
Also a reading of 0 phosphate is a little unrealistic. Just start adding things and enjoy your tank. If you're going to let this drive you crazy, then you're going to put yourself in the looney bin. Just enjoy it.