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Old 01-05-2009, 12:34 PM   #31
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I wanted to give an update on the tank. As of this morning January 5, six days after the incident, my ammonia has finally started to drop. I am 4.0 PPM on the ammonia, 1 on the nitrites, and 20 on the nitrates. I did a partial water change yesterday, but only 10 gallons, so I believe that I am making progress.

Once again, I appreciate all of the input I have received from everyone.

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yeah...trash cans with a power head keep it constantly mixed...ready for emergencies like yours...I agree 10 gallons is no bueno
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I was previously doing a five gallon change every week, which amounted to 15% per month. I did not have much in there, remember.

Anyway, the ammonia has now dropped to zero again, the nitrites are at either 1 or 5 (those two colors look so alike on the chart!) and the nitrates are back down to 10.

In a week or so, I think that I might be able to put back the fish.

Someone had said to me that the reason this happened may have been that even if the rock was properly cured, the fish guy's transporting it to my house in wet newspaper rather than in water would cause die off.

Whatever the cause, it seems that the tank is settling down pretty quickly. I did have 160 pounds of live rock in there already.

Gotta get that big rubbermaid can for the water changes!

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