Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 10-01-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
VivaNemo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 14
levels of ammonia

I cycled my reef tank for a week and decided to add a damsel and a xenia coral...after performing PH . ammonia , nitrite and nitrate test I saw my ammonia is between 0.25 and 0.50 ppm.. are my new friends in trouble? if so, what should I do?
__________________

__________________
VivaNemo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2013, 10:10 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Bectan01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: melbourne, australia
Posts: 1,930
Yes they are, large water changes will keep the amm down but will prolong your cycle (that's what you get for rushing! A longer cycle) there are products you can add to lock ammonia usually not recommended but since you have livestock it might be a good idea. My advice is to take it slow, nothing good happens fast In Saltwater how big is the tank? Just so you are aware damsels are aggressive fish and don't get along with most other species so keep that in mind when looking at other livestock...
__________________

__________________
Bectan01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2013, 10:18 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
AquaRick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 2,638
Check out one of AA's articles on cycling:

The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling - Aquarium Advice
__________________
225G Reef Upgrade
AquaRick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2013, 10:26 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
VivaNemo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bectan01 View Post
Yes they are, large water changes will keep the amm down but will prolong your cycle (that's what you get for rushing! A longer cycle) there are products you can add to lock ammonia usually not recommended but since you have livestock it might be a good idea. My advice is to take it slow, nothing good happens fast In Saltwater how big is the tank? Just so you are aware damsels are aggressive fish and don't get along with most other species so keep that in mind when looking at other livestock...
really?!! wow...I got poor advice at a aquarium store, they told me it was safe. I currently have a 30 gallon tank. Should I just leave it alone than, until it completely cycles? because I really don't want make things worst by adding chemicals.
__________________
VivaNemo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2013, 11:23 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Bectan01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: melbourne, australia
Posts: 1,930
No traceable levels of ammonia is safe for fish, having said that damsels are hardy little meanies so it might make it through. Do you have your own test kits? Liquid ones? It is best you test water yourself and do plenty of research, this is a great forum for advice if you are not sure about anything. Remember pet stores are out to make money and unfortunately they can give questionable advice to make a sale. What is your plans for the tank? What does your set up look like?
__________________
Bectan01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2013, 09:02 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
VivaNemo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 14
Yes i have my own liquid tests..im jus not sure if i need anymore because like i mentioned, im new to this...i have plans of puttin an awesome reef tank with a nice amount of corals to give it beautiful color..i want to place fish but a reasonable amount because i dont want my fishes to feel cramped up in a 30 gallon..but im really focusing on lots of coral..

Heres how it looks right now after 9 days
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3254255487.jpg
Views:	121
Size:	143.3 KB
ID:	200805
__________________
VivaNemo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2013, 01:40 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
TheTodd's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Palm Springs, CA
Posts: 3,110
Yeah...really bad advice from the LFS. It will almost always take 4-6 weeks for a tank to properly cycle. There are additives with bacteria that can speed that up (less than a week using Dr Tim's One & Only). How were you cycling the tank?

Knowing that your LFS is questionable, I suggest using sites like this moving forward. These are experienced people that are not out to make a buck off of you. Another good resource when it comes to picking fish is liveaquaria.com. Pay attention to both compatibility and suggested minimum tank sizes.
__________________
TheTodd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2013, 03:13 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
huma-huma's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: washington Pa
Posts: 5,257
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheTodd View Post
Yeah...really bad advice from the LFS. It will almost always take 4-6 weeks for a tank to properly cycle. There are additives with bacteria that can speed that up (less than a week using Dr Tim's One & Only). How were you cycling the tank?

Knowing that your LFS is questionable, I suggest using sites like this moving forward. These are experienced people that are not out to make a buck off of you. Another good resource when it comes to picking fish is liveaquaria.com. Pay attention to both compatibility and suggested minimum tank sizes.
+1. its prob in your best interest to just accept beforehand that most LFS will give you misleading or completely wrong info (intentionally or unintentionally). if possible, id find a suitable temporary home for the damsels and coral, then go about cycling your tank properly. you don't want to get started off on the wrong foot in this hobby because it can get expensive really quick. (more so than normal). also id recommend a source of RODI water if you are planning on going heavy on the corals. also a decent skimmer
__________________
my 125g Sw...Round 2!http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...220171-33.html
ever see someone cut a 125g in half??
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...-286438-4.html
huma-huma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2013, 01:28 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
VivaNemo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 14
I was basically doing the normal thing which was the live sand, threw some live rock in there, the perfect amount of salt, i do have a instant ocean protein skimmer a heater which keeps the water at about 79-80 F, a Rio + 400 aqua pump power head for circulation, and a solarmax H.O for lighting..since i started off with a regular tank that use to be for fresh water fish i use a fluval 206 canister filter..i also checked my ammonia, nitrite and nitrate a lil while ago and they seemed to go down..the ammonia is a 0ppm nitrite is also at 0ppm, and my nitrate went up to 10ppm..but i dont kno how long thats going to last..
__________________
VivaNemo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2013, 01:30 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
VivaNemo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 14
As for my domino damsel i havent seen em all day 😔
__________________

__________________
VivaNemo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ammonia, level

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.