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Old 01-23-2014, 10:35 PM   #1
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Alkalinity problem !

Hey guys just checked my water and my Alk went from 8 to 7 should I be worried ? My BTA does not look good at all. Also my candy cane hasn't opened up in 3 days everything else looks fine. Please help.
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:13 AM   #2
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Any idea how long it took for your Alk to did 1 dkh? What is it normally at?
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:29 AM   #3
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Normally at 8. Took 3 days I guess.
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The Meg dropped too.
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This happened after a water change
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:11 PM   #5
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Any help guys? Just did a test alk is still at 7 and now the ammonia is a little high. Going to do a water change in 2 days. Should I be worried ? Click image for larger version

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The presence of ammonia is very alarming. Did you cycle your tank prior to adding livestock?
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The presence of ammonia is very alarming. Did you cycle your tank prior to adding livestock?

Yes cycle for about a month. Last night my BTA looked like it was dying no tentacles and it had something coming out it's mouth. Could that be the problem ? This morning the BTA got it's tentacles back and is looking better.
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Can anyone tell me how to rase my Alk ? The rest of my water is back to normal. Just want to get the Alk back now it's at 7. How high should I bring it up have LPS and a shrimp in the tank no fish ?
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The answer is water changes. This is the solution to almost every problem you can face. I would also assume you are feeding your tank and that this is causing the ammonia readings, since there aren't any fish to provide a constant supply of ammonia to feed the bacteria in the nitrate cycle.
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