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Old 02-20-2012, 08:47 PM   #31
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How did you cycle the tank? Maybe uneaten fish food and poop accumulated in the corners and when you fired up the power heads it stirred it all up causing a spike?
It's unlikely that there was a toxin on the power heads that killed the fish but not the inverts.
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For the strange case something was on the Powerhead. You should always rinse things before putting it in your aquarium.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:19 AM   #33
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I started my cycle with just live rock..I didn't know about the raw shrimp deal until afterwards. I did see an ammonia spike and to trites then trates so I figured cycle was over. Everything has been fine for weeks until now. Also if there was some sort of toxin on the new PHs it would still be dissolved in the water and may kill any livestock I add to tank right?
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Highly unlikely that was the case.
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I'd be more likely to believe that the die off from your LR didn't create enough BB for the livestock you put in. Increase of food + poop + fish and then stirred up by the new PH. I agree with Mr X.
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Ok so after my WCs to remove excess ammonia I should be good to add more livestock? Or give it awhile to make sure I have enough BB
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No I wouldn't add livestock for at least a week or two let bb grow and be good before you add more. Feed lightly also.
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Do NOT add any livestock until you have no ammonia or nitrites in your tests after dosing your tank with ammonia. Dose pure ammonia and give it 10-12 hours and test. If you have any readings besides nitrates you are not fully cycled. If you end up with 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and (for example) 0-10 nitrate do a PWC to remove the nitrate. Then you will be fully cycled and can begin adding livestock to your tank.
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Do NOT add any livestock until you have no ammonia or nitrites in your tests after dosing your tank with ammonia. Dose pure ammonia and give it 10-12 hours and test. If you have any readings besides nitrates you are not fully cycled. If you end up with 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and (for example) 0-10 nitrate do a PWC to remove the nitrate. Then you will be fully cycled and can begin adding livestock to your tank.
I have already cycled if u read the past posts I have already seen ammonia spike to nitrites then to nitrates with readings finally of 0 ammonia 0 nitrites and around 10 nitrates. The only spike of ammonia i've seen since was the spike after having dead fish which will cause a spike do to decomposition of fish
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This is not a fresh new set up it has been running for two months
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