What happened to my live rock?

Frozenguy

New member
I have had live rock curing in a couple 20 gal tanks for about 10 days now.

I put it all into my main 80 gallon tank along with two different bags of live sand. Nature's Ocean and Ocean Direct. I did NOT use the bio magnet clarifier included with Ocean Direct.

When I transferred the rock, it looked the same as the day I put it in. Rocky with green pink and red colors.

Now over night as my water cleared, the rocks are left covered in either a powdery silt or some type of growth or both.

Before:
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After (over night):
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A sea K

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If it looks like powdery silt I would guess you added sand as well and the insueing dust storm settled out overnight leaving a dusted appearance?
 

Frozenguy

New member
If it looks like powdery silt I would guess you added sand as well and the insueing dust storm settled out overnight leaving a dusted appearance?

Ok yeah I hope it's just a powdery silt. I did add sand. Well sand was the first thing I added, then some water and then rock then more water.

Thanks for the response!
 

Frozenguy

New member
Upon closer inspection, visual and tactile, it appears to be an algae that has collected a ton of dust. Will this have an effect on the colors?

My cycling parameters are 0 ammonia, 1 ppm nitrites, and 5 ppm nitrates.

Once the nitrites hit 0 I can add my CUC right?

I'll be drilling some rock pieces to use with pvc so i need to do that before getting the CUC anyways.
 
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