Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-23-2008, 11:19 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 11
Exclamation Hi trying to help stepmom

My stepmom is in the hospital with ketonacidous (sp?)(high sugar caused her organs to start shuting down, so don't know when she'll get out). I'm taking care of her pets. I found this link on her desktop and wonder if you can help me with her saltwater tank, cause I have no idea what to do. Where do I begin?
__________________

__________________
BlueBubbles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2008, 11:36 AM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
An t-iasg's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Criders Corners, PA
Posts: 9,891
Hi BlueBubbles and welcome! We're sorry to hear about your stepmom and hope she gets well soon. I moved your thread out of the Welcome Wagon forum and into the Saltwater - Getting Started forum to get you the help you need quickly.
__________________

__________________







An t-iasg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2008, 11:38 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
Sorry to hear about your stepmom. They'll get her sugar back under control in the hospital, so hang in there.

When you log on to this site you will see the forums that are availabe. Scroll down to Saltwater and Reef and then select the area you need to post. For instance, for general help post in Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started . If you are having a spefic problem with a fish or coral post in Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral .

Before you post please include the following information in your post IF you know it. If you don't, please get us as much information as you can. We need to know as much about your setup as possible inorder to help you. If you don't know, please just write that you don't know what we are talking about and someone will try to help you. Now for the questions..
Are you have having a problem?
What size is your tank? (total gallons or dimensions)
How old is your tank ? (how long has it been set up and running)
How much LR, a/o LS is in the tank? (Live rock and/or live sand if any)
Is the LR cured ? (when)
How did you cycle your tank and when?
What inhabitants do you have ? (all fish, shrimp, crabs, etc.)
What filter are you running ? (HOB-hang on back; wet/dry (under the tank), or just describe the equipment. "A picture is worth a thousand words"
What PHs are you running? (power heads-small pumps in the tank)
What kind of salt are you using , and how are you making it?
What kind of H20 are you using ? Distilled , tap , RO/DI (reverse osmosis/deionized) ?
Are you using any additives?
What are your water parameters ? (Do you have test kits and do you know how to use them?)
Ammonia
NitrIte
NItrAte
Calcium
PH
SG (specifc gravity used to determin salt concentration).
Temperature

Oh, and WELCOME TO AA !
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2008, 12:26 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 11
Thanks for your concern, i hope your right but this has been going on for almost 2 years, she's insulin resentant. At one point they tried 120u at each meal and shes lost over 70lbs. But...........

But here's what I know,

Are you have having a problem? Yes I think her shrimp thingy died, found
what looked like it's body stuck to the
filter.

What size is your tank? 18 gal
How old is your tank ? We (my dad, little bro and myself) got it for her
last month around the mid of Feb
How much LR, a/o LS is in the tank? don't know
Is the LR cured ? don't know
How did you cycle your tank and when? Don't know
What inhabitants do you have ? Little blue fish with yellow tail and did
have a little white shrimp with horzonial
redish bands
What filter are you running ? It saids whisper and is inside the tank
What PHs are you running? Don't know
What kind of salt are you using , and how are you making it?
Haven't made any yet but in the fish drawer theres a box that saids Instant Ocean
What kind of H20 are you using ? tap (I think because I found a bottle (Prime) of stuff to remove chlorine)
Are you using any additives? I think Prime
What are your water parameters ? Found some strips
NitrIte color between safe and caution
NItrAte ok
PH acceptable
Alk ideal
SG don't know
Temperature around 78 degrees

I know her user name and I have her log if that will help.
__________________
BlueBubbles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2008, 12:49 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 11
Stepmoms tanks

The 46 gal has all fresh water fish mostly tetras, small catfish and her prize Placo (shes had him for over 5 yr). the 2 1/2 has her two bettas in it. These I've helped with the saltwater I don't know anything about. She keeps a log on each tank, would the info in it help? Oh and My step Mom is Susie Q
__________________
BlueBubbles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2008, 01:50 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 11
Ok heres what I got from her log on the saltwater tank.

Tank- 18 gal Marineland 24" x 12" x 16"
hood - 60hz 50watt
filter - whisper10-30i 20 Lbs LS
heater- 100wt UL
Skimmer- BioPro Sk-40 air driven



Nitrate Nitrite ALK Ph Silinty
3/10 ideal safe Ideal Ideal 1.021
3/12 Ideal safe Ideal Ideal 1.021
3/14 Ideal safe ideal ideal 1.021
3/16 Ok Caution Ideal Ideal 1.023
3/18 Ok Caution Ideal ideal 1.023
3/20 Ok Caution Ideal ideal 1.023
3/22 Ok Caution Ideal Ideal 1.023

Water Change
3/15

3/15 added aqua safe and 36 drops of prime
3/16, 3/18, 3/20, 3/22 added 36 drops of Prime


Current inhabitants: Blue yellow tailed damsel, and Coral Banded Shrimp

NOTES: 3/20 CBS's color getting dull-shed soon

3/18 ordered complete Test kit Ebay
3/20 ordered 10lbs LR and wavemaker Aloha Aquariums
__________________
BlueBubbles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2008, 01:55 PM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
Please wish her well from all of us. I am somewhat familiar with her tank from reading her previous posts.

You are probably seeing a shrimp molt. Shrimp have an exoskeleton that they must shed when they grow. It looks just like the shrimp. The shrimp then goes hiding for a couple of days till its new shell hardens.

Do you have a test for ammonia?
I'm concerned about the rise of nitrite. Test strips are not very accurate. Do you have any liquid tests that you can use?
Please post her log too when you can.

Now for two very important points; PWC's and top off.
A PWC is a partial water change. You need to do a PWC weekly or more often if there is a problem with water chemistry. A PWC consists of removing 10%-20% of the tank water and adding a like amount of water that has the salt added to it. You first need to use the Prime on the tap water (or get distilled water at the store). Then you should heat the water in a mixing container and add a small pump to mix it. Then add the salt. Most salt requires about a half-cup per gallon. It is very important to mix the PWC water to the same SG and temp as the tank.
Do you have a plastic contraption that says hydrometer on it anywhere? (click on the link to see what some look like).
A refractomer would give a more accurate and consistent reading of SG.
You should mix up the salt mix and let it aerate with a power head in the bucket overnight (24 hours is better) before doing a pwc.

Top Off. The tank will lose some water due to evaporation every day. That causes the SG to rise because the salt does not evaporate with the water. Therefore you need add just plain water every day to every other day to make up for the water lost due to evaporation. You need to use the Prime if using tap water, but again using distilled water is best.

Please post her log for the marine tank so we can see where the tank stands.

If you have questions about the freshwater tank, please ask in those forums.

Good luck and thank you for taking of the tank for your stepmom.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2008, 01:59 PM   #8
AA Team Emeritus
 
An t-iasg's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Criders Corners, PA
Posts: 9,891
BlueBubbles,
Thank you for posting this information. I don't have a saltwater tank but I do know that the inverts, like the shrimp, molt and shed their shell periodically. When you said the shrimp died and stuck to the filter, that may not be the real shrimp. That may just be the molt or the old shell that was shed. The molts do look real, so hopefully the shrimp didn't die - it was just the molt that you saw.
__________________







An t-iasg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2008, 02:00 PM   #9
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
OK, it looks like I was right about the shrimp molting from reading her log.

NOTES: 3/20 CBS's color getting dull-shed soon (that would be molting)

3/18 ordered complete Test kit Ebay Did this arrive yet?
3/20 ordered 10lbs LR and wavemaker Aloha Aquariums
Did the Live Rock arrive? DONOT put it in the tank if it is not already in there. You will need to cure it (make it safe) before adding it.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2008, 02:07 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 11
Not sure if anythings got here. What does it look like? How do I cure it? I just got here last night, when my dad called. Oh and My dad called and said that they've got her sugar down from 623 to 425. Dr said that she was lucky not to have went into a coma.
__________________

__________________
BlueBubbles is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tring to help stepmom 2 BlueBubbles Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 6 04-01-2008 10:39 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:00 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.