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  1. Question Strange Growth on Rock


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    Greetings,

    Quick question: I am in the process of cycling a 29 gallon using the fishless method. Current water parameters are:
    Ammonia 1 ppm, level maintained by adding ammonia every morning
    Nitrites 5ppm, reading as the maximum on the color chart, so it could be higher
    Nitrates approx 20 ppm

    I'm a little surprised to be reading nitrates so early on in the process (less than two weeks). I thought it would take a while longer for them to show up.

    My question is that I've noticed a fuzzy, white moldy growth on one of the large rocks. I have attached pics.

    I wonder if I should take the rock out and scrub it off with a coarse brush and let it sit in a separate bucket for a while, or perhaps boil it on the stove. Or maybe just leave it alone? What do you all think?
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    First off, your nitrites are too high and will interfere with the cycling - do a large water change to get the nitrites below 1 ppm. Your dosing of ammonia is excellent. Your nitrates are high, but the WC for the nitrites will fix that too.

    The growths look a little like fungus but I'm no expert - others may have more information. If it is a fungus, I'm at a lost to know what it could possibly feed on.

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    Alrighty - one large water change coming up as soon as I get home from work this evening. I assume that since the tank is still cycling, I should avoid stirring up the gravel? Is 50% too much water to change?

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    I wish I could help identify what that stuff is growing on your rock. Just to safe, I would suggest just cleaning that stuff off. Better safe than sorry

    I would also wait a few days before doing any waterchanges. The nitrite eating bacteria grows a lot slower than the bacteria that eats your ammonia so they will need time to catch up. If you don't see the nitrite levels changing after about 5 days, then I would suggest about a 50% waterchange.

    As you already have a good level of nitrates, I'm guessing the nitrite eating bacteria is off to a good start and just needs a little more time.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    I agree with Cliff. If you're doing a fishless cycle, then there really is no need to be doing any water changes at all. In my opinion, those perameters look great to set up a very nicely cycled tank. I would leave it alone and let it run its course.
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    I now agree with Cliff - the water change should wait. Lowering the nitrites that low would interfere with the nitrite growth. I was thinking ammonia levels ... .

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    OK - water change, cancelled!

    But what about the fuzzy white stuff? Leave it, or attempt to remove it? I could swing by the hardware store on the way home and grab a coarse metal brush.

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    Good idea to clean it off but isn't a wire brush rather aggressive? Could a regular scrub brush work with hot water? Maybe even boil the rock first, and after it cools brush away any leftovers?

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    Boiling rocks is not a great idea, some will explode. Personally I would just leave everything alone and not clean anything during cycling. Just let it go until the cycle is complete then scrub it off in tap water.
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    A toothbrush works nice to clean stuff off. It gets into the small crevices.

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