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Old 05/29/2018, 01:46 PM   #51
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What does the ammonia help with in starting a tank?

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Old 06/07/2018, 08:34 PM   #52
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I'm doing a major upgrade to my tank (going from 75 to 250G) I have a bunch of dry rock that i am going to use, but I am also planning on reusing the rock currently in my tank.

Should i take one of the rock currently in my tank, put it in a container with the rest and let it cycle? How long?


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Old 06/11/2018, 07:29 PM   #53
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I tried to fit 1 lb per gallon in my tank and it was 75%full and just looked like stacked rock


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Old 06/12/2018, 08:15 AM   #54
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The ammonia feeds the bacteria to start your cycle

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Old 06/12/2018, 09:08 AM   #55
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I'm doing a major upgrade to my tank (going from 75 to 250G) I have a bunch of dry rock that i am going to use, but I am also planning on reusing the rock currently in my tank.

Should i take one of the rock currently in my tank, put it in a container with the rest and let it cycle? How long?
Great idea. Let them soak together for a month. That should give the bacteria plenty of time to spread. You could drop a table shrimp in there for food to increase the bacteria. No need to worry about nitrates since the water will not go in the DT.


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Old 06/12/2018, 09:16 AM   #56
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I tried to fit 1 lb per gallon in my tank and it was 75%full and just looked like stacked rock
Ya prob not the best look. You have other options for filtration and waste break down. Macro algae in the sump, filter socks....ect. Dont forget the water changes. Take some rock and move it into your sump. Works the same there and in the DT. The 1 lb per gallon is figuring you have a well stocked tank and feed it well. If you can stay away from overstocking you do not need that much rock. For example I have 18 fish in my 500 gal tank. none are over 3 inches. Most being 1" to 2". Thats about 1 fish per 25 gallons.


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Old 06/12/2018, 09:18 AM   #57
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Thank you for the response. I'm new to this whole reef addiction

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Old 08/17/2018, 04:34 PM   #58
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Dry rock has been in my fishes tank for about 5 weeks now. I decided to let it cycle while clowns were in QT. Ammonia and nitrites are both 0, but nitrates are really high somewhere between 40-80ppm. I have been doing 12% water changes each week and nitrates don't seem to be moving. What is my next step? Clowns can't go back in with the nitrates this high correct?

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Old 10/01/2018, 05:36 AM   #59
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Ok, when I had my last reef 15 years ago, almost all our rock was freshly imported. Now, it seems as though the SOP is to build a base with mostly dry rock and seed it with a few pieces of live. What ratio is preferred? I like a lot of rock, so I was thinking maybe 100# dry and 50# Florida aquaculture


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