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Old 06-10-2010, 04:41 PM   #1
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025 Ammonia

Help. 30 gal. saltwater tank with FOLR, cycling I hope. I can't seem to get my ammonia down below 025. All other numbers are great. I've tested both my well water and spring water before and after adding salt. The water seems to stick at 025 after salted and before I put the water in the tank. Could the testing chemicals be the problem? The ammonia has gone up and I've used chemicals to reduce it but can't break the 025 barrier. I'm doing weekly water changes. Any ideas. What can I do to end this cycling madness. It's been 8 weeks. Oh, I also have a very happy Foxface alone in the tank, two stars and snails. If I have to start over again can I leave them in the tank?
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Maybe get your LFS to check a sample to double check.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:37 PM   #3
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So your ammonia is at .25ppm before you put the water into the tank ?? So you mix up your water and salt. You test it and it reads .25ppm ammonia ??
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:39 PM   #4
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Check the water right of the tap or it may be time to replace your RO membrane.
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And try a different test kit. Is yours dated with an expiration date? If not, get another kit and have your lfs test a sample.
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I agree on all counts above!

Something is not jiving right.
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:10 PM   #7
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cmor1701d: I went shopping at my LFS yesterday and bought a new API testing kit. Came home did another 50% water change. I did a 40% change two days earlier. That evening after I was sure the newly added water had circulated.. Voila...with the new kit I checked everything. Guess what. All parameters registered perfectly. Checked the water again this morning and got the same great numbers. Hopefully, the SW tank is cycled. If the numbers hold through the weekend, I'll add a couple new fish next week. Wish me luck.
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I've done that. If you view cmor170d you'll see that things are getting better. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for your reply.
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What are your nitrite and nitrate readings?
Until Nitrite is ZERO and nitrate his risen you have not cycled the tank.
Both ammonia and nitrite are toxic to fish. They can tolerate low to moderate levels (10 - 50 ppm) of nitrate.

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also, i think weekly water changes(during a cycle) would be slowing down the cycling process.
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