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Old 10-01-2014, 09:10 PM   #1
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.25 ammonia levels.

I'm away from home for a week because of my job and a turbo snail died and brought my ammonia up to .25. My wife doesn't know how to do a waterchange. So I guess my question is will this crash my tank. My wife sent me a pic of the tank and everything looks pretty upset. My logic is the biological filtration should break down the ammonia by the end of the day to nitrates, then the 10 gallon fuge I have plumbed to my 20 gallon tank should consume the nitrates pretty quickly. Does this sound about right?

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Old 10-01-2014, 09:13 PM   #2
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I'm jumping into sw here, will prime detox same as fw application?

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By the time you figure out what to do it'll have converted to nitrates. I highly doubt a snail death raised your ammonia that high. That is one large snail if so. I'd be more inclined that it is a poorly done test.
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By the time you figure out what to do it'll have converted to nitrates. I highly doubt a snail death raised your ammonia that high. That is one large snail if so. I'd be more inclined that it is a poorly done test.
I would say poor test result but everything in the tank is closed up. It was a really large turbo snail around 2 inches. Would prime actually work for saltwater?

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Why wouldn't it?
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Why wouldn't it?
Good call

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It official my tank is in ruin

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Sorry to hear the bad news on your tank. A 20 gal tank is really difficult to maintain as the parameter can fluctuate very quickly. If you have a larger tank like 60 gal the bb could probably neutralize the ammonia from the dead snail of that size. The 2 inch snail is just too large and your bb is overwhelmed. The prime could have helped if it was applied on time. Was the snail removed when it was found dead?
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So what happened? Even in a 20g I find it hard to believe that a dead turbo snail could crash a tank. Ive had miltiple turbos die in that size of a tank without issues.
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So what happened? Even in a 20g I find it hard to believe that a dead turbo snail could crash a tank. Ive had miltiple turbos die in that size of a tank without issues.
I have no idea man. I left for 5 days and came back and most of my zoanthids are melted and my frogspawn is shriveled up. I'm going to do 5-10 gallon w/c daily until it gets better and dose prime daily. Hopefully it'll get better


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