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Old 12-28-2003, 02:46 PM   #1
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amonia and nitrate on 3mo old tank

i have had my tank for 3 mo., 92 gal tank 3 in. live sand 65 lbs lr., sump with protein skimmer and bio balls. i have 2 stars numerous crabs, snails, cleaner shrimp,mushroom corals 2 anenomes. everything is doing fine but my fish got a disease so i pulled them out and put them in a quartine tank 2 weeks ago. i have coraline algae growing on the rocks, my question is about my amonia, nitrate levels, i cant get them to 0 my ammonia stays at 25ppm and nitrate 20 ppm nitrite 0 , ph 8.3 i dont have a akaline tester. what could be the causes of this with no fish.
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ya bio balls trap all wasted food !! slowly pull them out 1/4 at a time to be safe and keep testing !! also get a alk test kit!!
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Old 12-28-2003, 03:42 PM   #3
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You may also wish to have the ammonia test reading verified. It could easily be off and be sure you are testing for free ammonia (NH3) not total ammonia (NH4).

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what is the difference, and should you test for both
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free ammonia is more of the acual waste from fish and the total ammonia is the process of it breakin down if i not mistaken
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Total ammonia (NH4) has no affect on the tank at higher ph values and is therfore not important in a SW tank... No need to test for it.

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