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Old 01-27-2013, 11:56 AM   #1
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Ammonia spiked out of nowhere

Hello everyone. Up to jan 25 my ammonia and nitrate levels were fine. Today jan 27 they're off significantly. Amm is 2.0ppm and nitrates are 40ppm.
I do 20% water changes every 2 weeks and things have always went well.
On jan 14- 15 I added a few more inhabitants. 1 spotted sweetlips, 1 yellow tang, 2 coral beauty angels, 1 sea hare, pin cushion urchin, and 1 red ridge coral. Earlier in the month I've added two anemones and one them split and moved further away from the other. My tank is very clear and there's no smell.
I also added a seaweed clip and add seaweed to it often.
For added nutrition I added saltwater plants called Halimeda.
My tank and fish never looked so beautiful. None of my fish are missing and my anemones look healthier than ever. One of them finally came out of hiding.
I'm preparing my water to do a 50% water change right now.

Is there anything I'm missing from diagnosing the problem with the ammonia and nitrate spike?

I appreciate any help.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:01 PM   #2
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Looks like you added too many fish too quick....! That's a hefty bioload for 2 days. You need to slow down and let your system catch up when you add fish. You are going to have to do frequent water changes to keep the ammo down, or else you can watch all those fish breathe heavy and face an uncertain future 8-(
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:07 PM   #3
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I'm not sure but I think 20% weekly is the smallest you should go, not 20% every two weeks
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:09 PM   #4
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I'm not sure but I think 20% weekly is the smallest you should go, not 20% every two weeks
Some people comfortably do 10% weekly, myself included. As long as the amount you change keeps your parameters in check, whatever percentage you do will be fine.
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Ok sorry, just what I've been seeing most people doing! And I agree about the bio load size of te fish you introduced being too much for the filter and al to handle right away,
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Ok sorry, just what I've been seeing most people doing! And I agree about the bio load size of te fish you introduced being too much for the filter and al to handle right away,
No need to be sorry about anything... That's the crazy thing about salt water. There's no black and white methods. There's so many ways of doing things with this hobby!
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:37 PM   #7
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Thank you guys for responding so quickly.
I wanted to go at a slow pace adding livestock, but being that is such an attractive hobby, even my niece and nephew love it. The last few fish added were purchased by them because my sister brought them to see fish at a supply store and she ended up buying the ones the kids liked so much. Being a good uncle I accepted them and added them immediately.
Now I'm in a frenzy to save them.
I don't mind the extra work, I just hope I can get this under control in time.
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I think you'll be ok... Buy some Seachem Stability to help with the extra ammo. Add some every time you do a water change to get it under control. And oh yea good luck, and dont worry too much! These things happen
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And btw you may encounter aggression issues with 2 coral beauties...
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what size tank you got

would also agree with aggression between 2 coral beauty's
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