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Old 01/11/2008, 11:04 PM   #26
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That is awesome.


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Old 01/11/2008, 11:15 PM   #27
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Are you sure you don't have a giant squid in there?


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Old 01/12/2008, 12:41 AM   #28
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ha ha ha good one ycnibrc!!!


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Old 01/12/2008, 12:46 AM   #29
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Kinda off topic but, i like the rockwork


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Old 01/12/2008, 01:36 AM   #30
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Man, I'd pull out that rock and cure it properly in a rubbermaid container or some other disposable container. That rock is going to spit out junk for a couple weeks. If you have the rock drilled and pinned, it should be no problem to re-do your aquascape. You are going to want to do 50% water changes every other day and siphon the bottom to get all the crap that comes out of those rocks, especially if you didn't rinse them before hand. I wouldn't want to start off a new tank this way. It's not worth the hassle of trying to filter that water. Get rid of it all, rinse the rocks, and start anew with a cure would be my advice.


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Old 01/12/2008, 01:44 AM   #31
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That's wild. Good luck.


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Old 01/12/2008, 01:46 AM   #32
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I vote for 100% drain, scrub the tank, cook the rocks in a tub w/heat for a few weeks while blowing them off and doing partial water changes.

Do it right.


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Old 01/12/2008, 01:56 AM   #33
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awesome, just plain awesome.


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Old 01/12/2008, 06:49 AM   #34
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LOL that is too funny (but sucks at the same time, eh?)

Have things cleared up at all? Any new pics?


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Old 01/12/2008, 07:03 AM   #35
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drain, rinse, repeat.


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Old 01/12/2008, 07:35 AM   #36
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Old 01/12/2008, 08:48 AM   #37
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I don't think this calls for "drastic" measures. Keep a cool head. Your aquascaping was great. You have an eye for it; therefore, it stands to reason you could easily duplicate it.

I vote for some vigorous rinsing of the rocks in RO in a bucket. Empty the tank and start again with a fresh salt mix and begin your curing/cycling. To save salt, just mix to 1.020. As the cycle progresses (get ready for a lot of water changes and some stink) add just a little base rock. Don't try to accelerate the cycle. Keep the temps in the normal range. I don't think you need or want to jump start the cycle. Forget the ammonia and shirmp. A bit of live rock and some live sand and you're set. Remember, as the tank cycles and the parameters come into line, stock your tank SLOWLY! Resign yourself that you won't be adding or seeing much for the first couple months. Tanks aren't considered stable or mature (even when the cycle is complete), for about a six month period, some might say longer. You can add livestock considerably earlier than that, but only hardy species and only a few at a time.

Were you planning a bare bottom tank? You can always at some sand later, but remember it will take time to settle and seed.

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Old 01/12/2008, 08:59 AM   #38
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I'd let it be, too-- if you can stand the smell. Maybe run that canister like Sk8r said. It'll probably clear up on its own in a couple weeks...hopefully.

It'll make for a great tank build diary and a year from now when it looks great it'll give hope to frustrated and discouraged beginners.

Note to self: Do not cycle tank with sugar and ammonia.


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Old 01/12/2008, 09:16 AM   #39
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Update!

Ok, so after aerating the tank with a little air pump all night, we have this:



Woohoo! The water's still kind of gross but not that bad. I'll still do another water change today, as well as try to get the sump and RDSB up and running. The smell is also gone! (Either that or my olfactory nerves have been burned away).


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Old 01/12/2008, 09:28 AM   #40
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I vote for leaving it and add a skimmer. Once you add the O2 from the skimmer, the anaerobic bacteria will be replaced by aerobes, which is also skim out. You should end up with rock with no nutrients at all. I would rather go this route than have everything covered in hair algae, which will be a problem later.

Copy write the process now. It may become the next "in" thing to do! You will be a genius!



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Old 01/12/2008, 09:28 AM   #41
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Looking better so far! Keep up with the large water changes


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Old 01/12/2008, 09:36 AM   #42
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I should add that the change from black to light but murky was caused by the aeration. The water change I did last night only increased the visibility from 1 inch to about 2.5 inches, it was still quite black.


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Old 01/12/2008, 09:38 AM   #43
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You need to skim the heck out of that. Great point by !wrass! Fire up your skimmer ASAP.


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Old 01/12/2008, 09:43 AM   #44
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Once bacteria gets going it can repopulate quickly. You might as well finish what you started and let the bacteria run it's course - i.e. skim the heck out of it. Then it may be worth doing a water change, once the rocks are "clean".


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Old 01/12/2008, 09:58 AM   #45
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I didnt take the time to read all the posts but did any ask if maybe he didnt rinse his carbon when he add it?


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Old 01/12/2008, 10:05 AM   #46
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Duck Tape

Cures everything................or saran wrap it over for the smell........lol............GOOD LUCK AND KEEP US POSTED..........


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Old 01/12/2008, 10:26 AM   #47
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drain, rinse, repeat.

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id just get rid of all that water, cure the rocks in a BRUTE trashcan for 6 weeks, and start it all over. then look up "patience" in the dictionary.





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Old 01/12/2008, 11:20 AM   #48
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Wow that seems uneeded, and the comment about patience was rude...

Just hang in there man and skim, you can cure it in a tank just as easily as you can in a garbage can


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Old 01/12/2008, 11:40 AM   #49
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I agree. The op is doing just fine.


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Old 01/12/2008, 12:31 PM   #50
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I didnt take the time to read all the posts but did any ask if maybe he didnt rinse his carbon when he add it?
That's a good question.


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