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Old 10-26-2004, 01:24 AM   #1
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inverts raise ammonia?

can adding inverts to a new tank raise the ammonia a little. on sunday afternoon we added about a dozen hermits and about a dozen snails to our newley cycled tank and tonight the ammonia went up to .25 from zero. the nitrite and nitrate levels have stayed at zero. if it means anything the cycle seemed to be very "soft" and quick. after the peak of the cycle all levels went to zero for a week before we added the crabs and snails.

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Old 10-26-2004, 01:35 AM   #2
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i added about the same amout and it had little impact on my tank....i'm still a newbie though.
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Old 10-26-2004, 02:04 AM   #3
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that many snails can impact the ammonia a little you could probably smell it in the bad, but not enough to actually hurt anything, the tank will settle back to normal within a week. this is a good lesson as to why you want to add one fish at a time to a tank (with exceptions to small schoolers)
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Grammar police!!
please don't misuse the word 'impact'
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=impact

(sorry, I have a BA in English, and entirely too many people use 'impact' incorrectly)


(and yes, I scream at the tv and radio when they misuse the word too)

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Old 10-26-2004, 12:24 PM   #5
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i guess i misunderstood adding. i thought you could add a group of inverts like that because they didnt waste as much. i did however understand not to add more than one fish at a time. i will wait a couple of weeks before adding anything else

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Make sure they're all still alive. Any die-off might've created some ammonia too.
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they are still all alive and very active. they dont seem uncomfortable. moving around and eating non stop. maybe something in my live rock died. i did fish out some of the remains of a missing emerald crab that came on the live rock. i guess he is not missing anymore

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If you haven't done one yet, you can always do a water change to help decrease the ammonia as well.

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Grammar police!!
please don't misuse the word 'impact'
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=impact

(sorry, I have a BA in English, and entirely too many people use 'impact' incorrectly)


(and yes, I scream at the tv and radio when they misuse the word too)

/rant
Isnt the word impact used as a metaphore in that context? 8)
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so a BA in english makes you an expert in what form of English? standard, inner city vernacular, British, Aussie., southern dialects. I am curious because as a future linguist i believe language changes over time and since impact is noun that would make it open class meaning that it easily changes its parts of speech.

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