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Old 11/11/2017, 09:56 AM   #1
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Nitrogen cycle and new live rock

I bought some live rock which is in a tank at the moment and I've just tested the water and I got the following results;

Ammonia - 0ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate- 10ppm

Does this means it is cycled and ready to go? Is it safe to put my fish in a 50ppm?

Thanks



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Old 11/11/2017, 10:38 AM   #2
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How long has it been setup/cycling?


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Old 11/11/2017, 10:39 AM   #3
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Wow I need those readings. Lol time to get more live rock i guess

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Old 11/11/2017, 10:46 AM   #4
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How long has it been setup/cycling?
I bought fully cured rock. I had some in since yesterday and bought a bit more today.


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Old 11/11/2017, 10:48 AM   #5
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I bought some live rock which is in a tank at the moment and I've just tested the water and I got the following results;

Ammonia - 0ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate- 10ppm

Does this means it is cycled and ready to go? Is it safe to put my fish in a 50ppm?

Thanks
I used API for the Ammonia and nitrite and salifert for the nitrate. The reading is actually 10ppm not 50. I was looking at the viral from the side which is incorrect. With the salifert you look from above and it reads out at 10ppm.


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Old 11/11/2017, 01:34 PM   #6
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"Cycled" means stable and with enough bacteria to consume the ammonia waste in your system. It's hard to answer that when the rock has only been in the system for a day. Does it look clean? Was it exposed to air or otherwise likely to have a lot of die-off?

Clean rock without a lot of live/dead crud or waste on it, which is kept in properly maintained water, can certainly be "cycled" without waiting any time at all in a new system. Dirty live rock caked with waste or dead algae/whatever that's been mishandled or shipped across the country may test out the same on day one, but after a day or two you may see a spike that lasts a few weeks as things settle down.

So, you really have to let us know how the rock looks and how it was handled. Or, wait a few days and test again.


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Old 11/11/2017, 02:09 PM   #7
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"Cycled" means stable and with enough bacteria to consume the ammonia waste in your system. It's hard to answer that when the rock has only been in the system for a day. Does it look clean? Was it exposed to air or otherwise likely to have a lot of die-off?

Clean rock without a lot of live/dead crud or waste on it, which is kept in properly maintained water, can certainly be "cycled" without waiting any time at all in a new system. Dirty live rock caked with waste or dead algae/whatever that's been mishandled or shipped across the country may test out the same on day one, but after a day or two you may see a spike that lasts a few weeks as things settle down.

So, you really have to let us know how the rock looks and how it was handled. Or, wait a few days and test again.

Rock is really clean. They person I bought it of said it had been in their vat for at least 6 weeks. And I bought it home in water. About 40 min drive. The other pieces were shipped in some waters and we're delivered next day via courier.


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Old 11/11/2017, 02:55 PM   #8
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Its cycled already.. (as in before you even got it)..


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