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Old 10-16-2011, 02:11 AM   #1
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Red face hope im not in danger

just checked my levels 5 days in and are

pH 8.4
ammonia .50ppm
nitrite 0ppm
nitrate 40-80 freshwater test not sure if its even relevant since it is not sw
calcium 380ppm
phosphate 2.0ppm
specific gravity 1.021
temp 78.7 F

i do have almost 50 lbs live rock thats really starting to purple and produce fans with a pair of fire clowns. do you guys think it should be higher or lower for this early? im kind of a control freak but dont like chemicals. LFS advised me to use purpleup but it really clouded the water and i felt the fish were too early in the tank to be put through that again. so ill check them again tomorrow in the am and post results. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:18 AM   #2
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A few pwc will help
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:57 AM   #3
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Do water changes to get rid of that ammonia and get a saltwater nitrate test kit. Also raise your salinity to 1.026. The phosphate level is extremely high and will lead to nusiance algae problems. Are you using tap water?
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no im using ro water
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:58 PM   #5
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where did you get your rock from, its totally possible your PH4 has leached out of the rocks if it was in a tank that was pooly maintained or miss treated.

just keep up with regular water changed untill the PO4 is out you can also invest in a phosban reactor to help rid your fish world of phosphates
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I did a 10% wc levels down to 0 and used a little prime to lower the ammonia
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:04 PM   #7
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And my sg is 1.025 don't wanna raise it anymore today. Btw lots of purple and brown growth on all the rocks but 2 there base rocks so not too worried
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1.025 is perfect for a reef, leave the SG there. just keep an eye on your ammonia and nitrite. how did you cycle your system and are there fish in it right now?
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