New rock in 9 year reef

Discussion in 'Nuisance Algae (including bacteria)' started by Zazzy, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Zazzy

    Zazzy Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

    Feb 27, 2017
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    Woodstock, GA
    So I added more dry rock into my reef and over the past week ONLY that new rock began to form diatoms and air bubbles. I dose 20ml of white vinegar everyday. My nitrates are undetectable and don't have phosphate test kit but just added a ton of phosguard little more then I should have to be safe.
    all my parameters are in check. I also upgraded to an40 gallon sump around the same time. Is this just a mini cycle

  2. mdbannister

    mdbannister Ahh...the Reef Life Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

    Nov 18, 2012
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    Ontario, California
    By my understanding, a cycle involves ammonia levels registering, converting to nitrite (again at detectable levels) and then finally nitrate. So, in my understanding, this isn't a "cycle" but rather just the new rock going through the new stages to become "live"
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