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Old 01-21-2003, 09:59 AM   #1
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Ammonia starting to climb???

My ammonia levels are suddenly starting to raise. Any thoughts as to why? Nothing has changed over the last few weeks. I think I've been overfeeding, Can that cause an ammonia spike? I'm doing a water change today and will be sure to get the levels down, but need ideas on why it happened. Here are the stats:

I have a 30 gallon tank up and running since last Nov. About 15lbs live rock, 2 small false perc clownfish, 2 peppermint shrimp and about 12 turbo snails.

Water quality has been beautiful (amm0; n'ite 0; n'ate 0; ph 8.2, temp 78 ) and steady since the cycle ended. I do a water change every 3-4 weeks; last one was around the 1st of the month.
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Overfeeding can be a problem. How much are you feeding?
A dead snail can do it too. Doesn't take much in a small system to overwhelm the biofilter.

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Old 01-21-2003, 11:38 AM   #3
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thanks. All my snails seem present and accounted for....I'm cutting back on their food and hope the water change will help.
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I only feed every other day. However, I dont know your livestock, you may have something that has special dietary needs and has to be fed everyday.
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Old 01-21-2003, 02:19 PM   #5
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I would continue as if there is an ammonia problem, but I would not rule out the possibility of a faulty test. Double check it with another kit.
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what filter are you using?1lb per gal of live rock min. do you mean nov.2002 2months ago?.
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Yes, Nov 2002. I had heard 1 lb of live rock to every 2 gallons, I think on this board, but i could be wrong. I have an filter w/bio wheel. My false percs are still pretty small, so I don't think my bio-load is all that bad.

Newest update is that ammonia seems to have gone back down to near 0 a week after the water change, but I continue to monitor closely.
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the correct answer is 2lbs per gal. on a 30gal,60lbs of live rock. you can get by barly on 1lb per gal. my 30 thrived for 12yrs. now it's a 75gal oceanic. walt the bio wheel should be off, it is only going to give you problems with high nitrates. if you can't take it off, then clean it often.
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I agree with troutman, 2 lb per gal if possible.

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Im curious, did you have a dsb, maybe you could put to rest some of the OTS theories.
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yes, and what is OTS. OTHER TANK STORIES
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