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No I had no luck from sources in my regionstella1979 said:Were you ever able to source some live rock for the tank? I'm not sure how much you've learned in the time since this thread started but I like to help so I'll approach this like you're a total newb... 'kay?
Live rock is just what it sounds like... rocks which hold life such as feather dusters, copepods, microfauna, etc. What's important here is that live rock, just like biomedia in a filter, hosts beneficial bacteria. So, a nice chunk of live rock could give you an instant cycle. The key when getting live rock for an instant cycle, (as well as beneficial microfauna and possibly some not so great pests), is keeping it wet... because if it begins to dry at all, life will begin to die. It is crucial that this doesn't happen because the death of BB will not only ruin plans for an instant cycle, but the death of any life on or within the rock will then cause an ammonia spike once the rock is put in a tank. Dead organics, any way you slice it, equals breaking down organics, which equals ammonia.
So, I see you're doing your best to make things work and agree that this is a tough way to cut your teeth on the marine side... but cycling isn't all that different from freshwater. You need beneficial bacteria, and the only way to get it is via cycling (like you're doing), or from an established source... meaning mature live rock or seeded filter media.
Hope this helps!
It's already halfway through the cycle, I just need to get the nitrites down to complete it.
After the water change it's down to 0.2 I'll change again in the morning to get it further down.Fisker said:Definitely get those nitrites down. I'd be expecting problems pretty soon from high nitrites - more so than ammonia.