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Old 01-06-2015, 01:28 PM   #1
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Ammonia stuck but my tank looks great

So i upgraded my tank from a 55g to a 100g, using existing rock (23kg) also added another 15kg of mature rock from lfs. Used new sand (25kg). I cycled my tank using a shrimp and after 4 weeks I had to add the few fish that I had in my old tank, I had nowhere to keep them any more, I also had corals attached to the LR from my old tank. The ammonia levels have never dropped below 0.2 and my nitrate/nitrite are 0. What's going on, the tank has been running for 6 weeks and in a previous post I had mixed advice on if the tank would even need cycling again as I was using matured LR.

Prams: ammonia 0.2 nitrate 0 nitrites 0

I'm running a bubble Magnus curv 7 and a gyrator 1000 with 500ml of nitrate pearls

Stocking: 4 chromis and one algae beleny 12 hermits, 7 tubos 2 emeralds

All living feeding happily

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Old 01-06-2015, 02:03 PM   #2
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What test are you using? If you had detectable ammonia your coral wouldn't look like that. I would suspect either not testing right or a bad test kit. The use of rock from your already established tank would have ensured no cycle would occur.
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What test are you using? If you had detectable ammonia your coral wouldn't look like that. I would suspect either not testing right or a bad test kit. The use of rock from your already established tank would have ensured no cycle would occur.
That's true, but it's possible that there is a problem with the rock that was newly added causing some ammonia leeching. It's most likely the test though.
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It is odd that there are no nitrites or nitrates, as the beneficial bacteria from the live rock should be moving the ammonia towards that end. With only a few fish in a larger tank, that could take a while to register.

Can you take your water to a LFS to see what they read for parameters?


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Old 01-07-2015, 07:57 AM   #5
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Hi guys, using a tropic Marine expert kit, I did get the lfs to test but they use the same kit, I'll get a different kit today. Cheers


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I have not heard much feedback on that kit. I'm not sure I would worry too much if the corals are looking okay. Were those pictures current, or before the swap?


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The pictures was today, the fish are feeding really and are so lively. This is the test Click image for larger version

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There's so much coralline algae on my rocks, no die off ( white patches) so I'm thinking it must be the test kit, bit annoyed as this test cost me 45 notes! Any advice on a good kit?



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