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Old 03-17-2014, 12:25 AM   #1
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ID:	228486so my ph is 8.2 and my nitrite is 0 but my ammonia is .50 and my nitrate is 80-160 I think anybody know why ? I've had this set up for three months has two clownfish and mushrooms . I do ten percent water changes once a week and have a 150 gallon aquarium with a sump and a skimmer .
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And I test once a week my nitrates have always Ben high and have Ben trying to get them down with culerpa in the sump .
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Some thing has to be wrong with that kit. At those levels fish would be dying.
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:12 AM   #4
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Hmmm idk how old it is could be the test kit maybe .
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:17 AM   #5
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High nitrate, even that high wont kill fish. the ammonia level isnt that high either, its not good by any means but it will slowly kill a fish rather than immediately like say a 4ppm ammonia reading.

Have you added anything recently to the tank? Has anything died recently in the tank?
And finally, how did you cycle the tank? How long did it take? Any live rock and how much? Add any of that recently? Something is causing a spike....Need to identify it and fix it
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I bought it from some one and kept the water so it was cycled and I only add purple up . Other than that I see a mushroom floated off my rock but it's not shriveled up .
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My guess on live rock is 20-30 pounds lol I know it's not enough but I'm working on it
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Have you tested your water that you use for water changes? What kind of water do you use? Tap water or ro/di water? ANd you can stop using that purple up, its just calcium.

If there is no ammonia at all in your source water i would do a rather large water change and see what the reading is. It will make your nitrates go way down as well. You need to get rid of that ammonia first and the big water change will do it I bet. How big is your tank?
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I use tap water and I have a 150 gallon I was thinking of doing a 30 percent water change tomorrow .
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:31 AM   #10
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And no I haven't tested my water I'll have to do that as we'll tomorrow
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