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Old 01-05-2011, 11:32 PM   #1
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inverts die quickly such as hermit crabs, snails, shrimp, urchin.

I need some help. My fish are fine but inverts die quickly such as hermit crabs, snails, shrimp, urchin.
PH is 8.4, temp is 79, shows 0 nitrites, 0 nitrates,
posphate tested at LFS showed small amount. Salt is 1.22
Copper was also tested but was negative
I put in 2 hermits awhile back were dead in 24 hours. The live rock had Aiptasia and it is gone.
I need advice from the folks that have dealt with this.
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I am guessing the 1.22 is a typo and you mean 1.022. That salinity is too low for inverts. They need the normal oceanic salinity of 1.026. You say you tested for copper, have you ever used copper in that tank before? Also what is your reading on ammonia?
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Yes typo 1.022, ammonia is showing .25ppm. No copper has been introduced to tank. Recently installed R/O.
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I kept a tank at 1.023 for years and no problems with my inverts. Some are much more fragile though with acclimation overall. How do you filter your RO? Seems like it might be an upfront issue with the source water. Chuck has a good point though, did you ever use copper? Even it the tests read negative, often even slight trace amounts can be deadly.

Silly question, but what kind of fish do you have?
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Oops, you got in between us while i was typing. Do you have a DI unit as well? and how are you acclimating them?
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How do you acclimate them to your tank?
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I spent almost two hours to acclimate the fish and inverts. Small amounts of tank water added to bag. The R/O DI unit was purchased from Filterdirect using filters that came with unit. The source water is from a well and LFS really stressed the RO/DI unit. Copper has not been used.
I have a 300 gallon acrylic tank with 4 different tangs, 1 yellow foxface, 1 royal gramma, 1 six line wrasse, 2 cardinals, 2 clowns, around 100 lbs of live rock and 4 large pieces of lava rock.
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Hmmmm. Got me stumped for the moment.

Do you hear any clicking or snapping noises when the lights go out?
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Do you get the inverts from the same place? (I'm stabbing in the dark.)
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Ammonia is not helping out. Where is it coming from?
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