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Old 02-24-2010, 04:38 PM   #11
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I have a 29 gallon biocube with no protein skimmer. I bought the tank and set it up with saltwater then went back to the LFS and bought the live rock (abou t25 pounds) and added it to the tank with live sand. After a week i added fish pellets for the ammonia. After a month of good test for PH, Ammonia, Nitrites, and nitrates i added two fish (clown and cardinal). After adding them I checked the water everyday for two weeks and had no change in the tests. I then added a dwarf angelfish red blood shrimp. I most recently added a clean-up crew (30 blue legs, 4 red legs, 4 large snails). I haven't added anthing in about two weeks. Today was the first neg test I've had.
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Read this and let me know if you cycled your tank?

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Well i mean.. in the most recent post it sounds like he cycled his tank. If he tested everyday and saw that his ammonia and nitrite spikes went down to 0, then that would be considered letting the tank cycle. But in his first few posts.. it sure didn't sound like it he cycled his tank..

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OK, it sounds like you got cured LR for the tank which would explaiin the test results. How much 'live sand' did you get and was it the bagged stuff sitting on a shelf or did it come out of a tank at the lfs?

I see no mention of partial water changes. How often are you doing those and how many gallons is each one?

What other filtration are you using?
A cannister or other filter?
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:49 AM   #15
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I have the biocube and just use the biocube fliter system and did buy about 20 pound of live sand (about 2 inches). I do a 2-3 gallon water change once a week. Last night i did a 5 gallon water change. Tested the water this morning and nitrites at 0.25 ppm o ammonia PH 8.2 and nitrate about 15ppm. What should i do next?

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1) protein skimmer
2) Keep doing 20% water changes until the problem is fixed
3) add Chemicals (whould prime help)
4) add marine plants
5) remove bio-balls
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I'd go for option 6... get new nitrite test kit and retest. Options 1,4, and 5 won't do anything about the nitrites. If you truly have nitrites, then it means you have a breakdown somewhere in your biological filtration... meaning not enough. Option 3 would just mask the problem, so I guess that leaves option 2... assuming your nitrite test kit is accurate. I have a hunch it isn't.
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+1 for Kurt.
I learned that in FW many years ago after spending a fortune on meds and still having fish die. Niothing beats regular PWCs done in quantity for helping a tank out. Same is true in SW. A 10% - 20% weekly PWC will cover a lot of other problems (overfeeding, overcrowding to a small degree, etc.)
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Well i did a PWC of about 10% yesterday morning. Test the water today and Ammonia 0ppm nitrites 0ppm nitrates 10ppm. Looks like everything is find but i sure would like to know what caused the spike in the first place.
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