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Old 10-24-2005, 03:17 AM   #1
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experiencing a few deaths in my new tank (stocked too quickly, rushed), and i have discovered that my ammonia is at about 0.35 (i was thinking it was 0 for weeks because i wasn't giving the test enough time to fully develop). should i go ahead with a massive water change? how much for my 55 gallon? i want to do everything i can to help the survivors (button and leather polyps and a few vertebrates, all acting normal and looking healthy). could carcass decay of contributed to the ammonia level? 90 lbs liverock, RO/DI water, 80F, pH 8.5. thanks
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NO2? NO3? PO4?
I would go with 5-10% changes every day or couple of days.. untill the NH3 came down.. JMO
massive changes might be stressfull.. if you have any visible remnants of decaying matter try to sypon it out it will add to the nutrient load.. HTH
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I would actually do about a 20 gallon water change as soon as your salt is ready. Please make sure temp and ph are the same as the tank....and the fresh mixed water is well aerated and aged a bit. Then I would follow up with a 10% change every other day until everything is back in shape.
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I would actually do about a 20 gallon water change as soon as your salt is ready. Please make sure temp and ph are the same as the tank....and the fresh mixed water is well aerated and aged a bit. Then I would follow up with a 10% change every other day until everything is back in shape.
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I agree with greenmaji and hara. You need to get ammonia down quickly. A good sized water change, about 20% at first is a good idead. Then follow up with a 10% change every few days after that.

And yes, decaying fish is a wonderful source for ammonia.

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alright - did a 15 gallon water change, ammonia still at about .25. will succesive smaller changes likely fix the problem?
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Yes. It will. How long after the water change did you wait before you tested? I would do them everyday until you see your level going down more significantly. When you do a water change, are you vaccuming your sand as well?
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waited about an hour to test - i'm scared to vacuum my sand because it is so fine, i don't want to kick it up everywhere (or even actually suck the stuff up). i had cloudy silt like issues with it before. is vacuming it a pivotal thing to do? thanks again
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No need to vac the sand bed It will not help remove ammonia. Yes, on the dead fish if left in the tank can cause a amm spike so take them out. Like the others say WC is the way to deal with the problem. Remember not to rush the time you need to cure your water and bring it up to temp and matching the slainity.

How many is a few deaths?? 2-4-6? large fish?
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I would not vacuum the whole sand bed. Just hit the spots where debris gathers. Once your sand has a bacteria on it you should not have cloudiness issues. If you do stir up some " dust" it should settle in 2-3 hours. The best thing you can do is daily water changes. If you can get poly or pura filter pads they will help.
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