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Old 12-01-2013, 11:13 PM   #1
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Utterly terrible test results in the matter of 1 week! Please help!!!

75 g reef
1 yellow tang
1 arrow crab

November 24, 2013
pH: 7.8
Ammonia: .5
Nitrite: .25
Nitrate: 5

December 1, 2013 (today)
pH: 7.8
Ammonia: 8.0!
Nitrite: 2!
Nitrate: 80!

What am I doing wrong????
I have no clue what to do other then getting supplements and doing water changes. Really frustrated and could definitely use some help from people who know what they are doing so if you do then please respond!
Thank you.
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:30 PM   #2
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75 g reef
1 yellow tang
1 arrow crab

November 24, 2013
pH: 7.8
Ammonia: .5
Nitrite: .25
Nitrate: 5

December 1, 2013 (today)
pH: 7.8
Ammonia: 8.0!
Nitrite: 2!
Nitrate: 80!

What am I doing wrong????
I have no clue what to do other then getting supplements and doing water changes. Really frustrated and could definitely use some help from people who know what they are doing so if you do then please respond!
Thank you.
How long has the tank been setup? What are you dosing? Sounds like the tank is cycling. Either that or your test kit is wack
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I set it up over 3 1/2 weeks ago. I swore it was already cycled before
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How's the yellow tang doing? Those test results seem like they would kill him quickly. Also, how did you cycle the tank?
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Using live rock. And I can't really tell. He seems to stay in the cave a lot and gets scared when I come around. I don't see any signs on him that I think would be bad
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Maybe try retesting a few times
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Yeah it could be the test kit. How's the arrow crab?
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What could be wrong withy the test kit? It's the API brand,
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When I cycle tank unusually find the forth week is usually about the peak of cycling. And for saltwater tanks cycling takes longer.
You should take the tang and arrow crab to the lfs.
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Would it be safe to put them in my other 29 g tank for a little bit?
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