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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:58 pm Post subject: Live rock Curing Reply with quote

 last  week  i  bought  30kgs  of  live  rock;  after  pre-curing  the  rocks  were  kept  in  a  bucket  with  a  powerhead  for  2  days  ...  there  were  lots  of  die-off  indicated  by  the  smell  ...  the  water  had  turned  dark  green...  2  days  back  i  moved  those  to  my  tank  for  further  curing  and  starting  cycling  with  live  rock  ...  
 skimmer  is  a  weipro  2012,  there  is  a  air  pump  attached  to  the  inlet  of  the  skimmer  ...the  skimmate  is  dark  green  in  color  ...  even  the  water  has  turned  light  greenish  yellow..
 just  wanted  to  know  whether  this  is  happening  as  expected  or  is  there  some  problem  ?
 ph  is  8.4  ..i  havent  tested  the  ammonia  yet  as  the  smell  is  still  there  ...  
 will  the  water  be  cleared  after  few  weeks  ?  i  am  planning  for  a  50%  water  change  once  cycling  is  over  and  before  introducing  any  live  stock  ...
 this  weekend  i  will  be  installing  a  sump  ..  currently  there  is  a  canister  running  which  has  carbon,  ceramic  rings  ,  bio  balls  and  sponge  ..  2  powerheads  and  1  wavemaker  is  operating  for  water  circulation  ...  
 water  temperature  is  around  26  degrees  ...  i  dont  have  a  heater  but  all  the  powerheads  ,  wavemaker  and  canister  keep  the  water  warm  ...normal  room  temperature  is  around  24  ...
 i  havent  found  any  live  critters  in  the  rock  ..few  rocks  have  purple  ,  orange  ,  green  ,  brown  ,  red  color  patches  on  it  ...  hope  these  are  algae  ...  
 please  advise  ...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:14 pm Post subject: Re: Live rock Curing Reply with quote

 what  you  have  described  is  typical.
 Let  it  run  like  this  for  a  few  weeks.  the  patch  of  purple  and  red  should  be  coralline  algae,  Run  some  light  for  few  hours  a  day  and  keep  your  salinity  in  check.
 
 Before  you  add  any  fish  make  sure  your  ammona  &  nitrite  are  0,  clean  your  canister  &  40%  water  change.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:31 pm Post subject: Re: Live rock Curing Reply with quote

 thanks  for  the  response  rahul  ..  should  i  introduce  light  now  or  wait  for  a  couple  of  weeks  till  water  /  skimmate  becomes  little  clear  ?  currently  i  have  only  2  6500k  36w  osram  whitelights  ...  im  planning  to  get  actinic  blue  and  white  lights  ...  my  tank  is  55  gallon  with  15  gallon  sump  ...  
 also  where  in  bangalore  can  i  get  actinic  lights  or  arcadia  marine  white  and  blue  lights  ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:57 pm Post subject: Re: Live rock Curing Reply with quote

 Hi  Anil.
 
 Just  let  the  tank  run  and  keep  all  your  powerheads  and  canister  running.  If  you  plan  to  add  a  sump  and  new  media  into  the  sump  you  may  want  to  do  this  as  soon  as  possible.  Otherwise  the  cyclind  process  may  just  extended  if  you  remove  the  canister  or  the  tank  may  go  through  mini  cycles  which  will  cause  a  large  diatom  bloom.
 
 You  can  turn  the  lights  on  for  2-3hrs  in  the  day.  No  issues  with  ¬†your  existing  light.
 
 I  would  recommend  around  4-6  weeks  of  cycle  time  atleast.  The  temperature  is  just  about  right  nothing  to  worry  about  there.  Post  which  a  80%  WC.  Also  the  overall  flow  rate  in  your  tank  should  be  around  10X  atleast,  with  20  to  30  X  not  being  uncommon  in  a  lot  of  european  hobbyist  and  US  hobbyist.  However  each  may  have  their  own  choice  for  it.
 
 Do  post  some  pics  of  your  rock  arrangements,  so  that  we  could  see  your  aquascape  and  guide  you  on  any  possibilities  of  dead  spots.
 
 All  the  best  and  good  luck.  Remember  slow  and  steady  wins  the  race.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:19 pm Post subject: Re: Live rock Curing Reply with quote

 thanks  nash,  i  will  be  setting  up  the  sump  this  weekend.  Currently  there  is  a  total  flow  rate  of  30X  and  i  can  see  the  water  being  circulated  everywhere.I  have  placed  the  live  rock  a  little  raised  from  the  bottom  using  pvc.  Substrate  is  coral  sand.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:07 am Post subject: Re: Live rock Curing Reply with quote

 leave  your  lights  on  for  2-3  hrs  now,  reason  being  to  save  the  existing  coralline.
 
 I  saw  12000k  T5  HIgh  output  (54watt)  tubes  in  chennai,  He  had  run  out  of  stock  of  HO  actnic.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:08 am Post subject: Re: Live rock Curing Reply with quote

 When  you  intend  to  keep  about  30  kgs  of  LR  in  a  bucket  for  more  than  a  day,  water  change  will  help  reduce  the  stink  and  mucous  on  rocks.  Regular  rock  salt  mix  will  do.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:10 pm Post subject: Re: Live rock Curing Reply with quote

 Friends,
 
    The  colors  on  my  LR  have  started  diminishing  ...  most  of  them  are  turning  to  white  ...  Ammonia  is  around  8  ppm  ...  its  only  been  a  week  since  i  started  curing  ...the  purple  color  has  vanished  ...
 normal  6500k  lights  are  lit  for  5  hours  daily  ...  water  movement  is  almost  30x  ..  PH  is  8.4  ...
 
 Let  me  know  what  needs  to  be  done  ...
 
 thanks,
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 This  happens  most  of  the  times.  Coralline  will  regain  on  its  own.
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 Thanks  Shankar  ...
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 Boosters  like  PurpleUp  sometimes  help  too.
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 White  slimy  wavy  structures  have  started  appearing  on  few  rocks  ..  what  are  these  ?
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 Hi  Anil,
 
 Nothin  to  worry  about  on  vanishing  coraline,   this  is  quiet  normal  in  the  cycling  process.
 
 Purple  up  is  something  i  would  not  recommend  right  now,  complete  your  cycling  process  and  then  start  using  purple  up.  Not  that  is  would  cause  any  harm,  its  just  that  during  cycling  one  would  rarely  see  an  increase  in  coraline  since  there  would  be  ammonia  and  nitrites  generated  which  would  typically  be  the  cause  of  the  coraline  vanishing.  Once  cycled  i  feel  the  benefit  will  be  a  lot  more.
 
 With  regards  to  the  white  slime  stuff,  may  just  be  mucus  being  released  by  some  organism  on  the  rock  or  a  dead  mushroom  or  something.  Just  scrub  it  off.
 
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 Thanks  Nirav.  The  water  has  a  light  green  tint.  Odor  has  decreased.  Skimmer  is  producing  light  brown  color  skimmate.  When  should  i  go  for  a  partial  water  change?  Its  been  only  8  days  since  i  started  curing.
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 That  is  fine...  let  it  be  as  is  for  the  next  6  weeks,  then  test  for  ammonia  and  nitrite.  If  both  read  Zero  then  do  a  60-80%  WC  and  then  you  would  be  ready  to  add  fish.
 
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