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Old 01-20-2011, 09:54 PM   #21
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Just raked some sand found nothing checked levels and ammonia is 0 but nitrates is between 40 and 80.... I am going to change water right now but I only have about 3 gallons ready until I go to store tomorrow .... Do you think my fish will survive?
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Should I let more oxygen in through protein skimmer would that help at all
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Should I let more oxygen in through protein skimmer would that help at all
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They will for the short term but for the longhaul No. You`ll need to get rid of your tangs or get the larger tank soon. The bioload is just too great for that tank.
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Is there anything I can do in the meantime until I get a bigger tank
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Do your water swap. I wouldn't panic to much. Just breathe and relax. Do a good water change tomorrow. And let your protein skimmer do it's job. Hopefully you dont have a seaclone
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Ok thank no not a seaclone but my protein skimmer is starting to get alot of brown on inside mostly the tube can't really see in it is it suggested that you ever clean the skimmer and also I have a penguin biowheel 350 hang on filter with carbon.... Should I change carbon or even take it out ?
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You could change your carbon. But don't change it all. 50 percent. Maybe 65. And yeah it's a good idea to clean your skimmer about twice a year. If it's looking nasty I would put it in a bucket and run it in water and vinegar. It will clean it right out. Just make sure to run it with straight water for a bit afterward
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Now the filter has 2 carbon packages one on each side if I changes one would it matter which one I change??
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No it won't matter. I would swap out half of both. Or are they the pre made bags. If they are swap 1 out and in a couple of days swap the other. You don't want to get rid of all that good bacteria. Also switch to makin your own bags
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