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freakchem
03-15-2014, 06:06 AM
Hi everyone, this is my first post...
I just started to cycle my 20 gallon water tank. After I dump a spoon amount of ammonia, I found the NH3 level spike to 8 ppm. I am completely shocked and don't know what to do next.
Looks like I have 2 options,
1. Replace the 20 gallon water (this probably is the worst scenario.)
2. Just wait till the ammonia level drop below 2ppm.

Is there suggestions on my next movement? Thanks.

P.S. : I did learn a lot from the post. I am really happy to have such a place to learn these knowledge.

talldutchie
03-15-2014, 07:06 AM
Doing a 50% water change seems the most obvious solution

Cliff
03-15-2014, 01:47 PM
Is this a marine aquarium ? Either way, replace the water as 8ppm is way to high for either FW or SW.

If this is a marine aquarium, what do you have for live/dry rock ?

freakchem
03-15-2014, 07:07 PM
I'll do it. Thanks

freakchem
03-15-2014, 07:08 PM
Is this a marine aquarium ? Either way, replace the water as 8ppm is way to high for either FW or SW.

If this is a marine aquarium, what do you have for live/dry rock ?

This is a marine aquarium. I have dry rocks. I don't quite get what do you mean by what I have for dry rocks...

Cliff
03-15-2014, 08:33 PM
How much dry rock do you have ?

If you are cycling with dry (or dead) rock then you certainly do not want very high levels of ammonia at all as your rock will act like a sponge, soaking up and trapping ammonia inside and releasing it later on. Assuming all your rock is dead / dry, I would suggest a 100% water change followed by re-curing your dry rock for a few weeks before you start to cycle you tank again.

The below two links can help with that
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http://www.reefaquarium.com/2012/cycling-a-marine-aquarium/

http://www.reefaquarium.com/2013/curing-rock-for-marine-aquariums/

freakchem
03-15-2014, 11:22 PM
How much dry rock do you have ?

If you are cycling with dry (or dead) rock then you certainly do not want very high levels of ammonia at all as your rock will act like a sponge, soaking up and trapping ammonia inside and releasing it later on. Assuming all your rock is dead / dry, I would suggest a 100% water change followed by re-curing your dry rock for a few weeks before you start to cycle you tank again.

The below two links can help with that
~
http://www.reefaquarium.com/2012/cycling-a-marine-aquarium/

http://www.reefaquarium.com/2013/curing-rock-for-marine-aquariums/

They are all dry rocks. Thanks for your suggestion. I'll do a 100% water change and recuring the dry rocks. Hopefully, I can make it work next time:l19: