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Old 06-03-2012, 02:35 PM   #11
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All can just just say its high nitrates I have the problem with. It's ammonia and nitrite the fish don't like......
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:36 PM   #12
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I should say I do have a snakelock in my tank but I haven't seen he for about a week now?
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:41 PM   #13
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All can just just say its high nitrates I have the problem with. It's ammonia and nitrite the fish don't like......
I really wouldn't worry too much about 50ppm NO3 for now, as previously stated that is easy to tackle with water changes.

High NO3 is not terribly surprising considering you have high NH4.

IMO you need to address the important issue of the 0.25ppm NH4. Have a good look around for any deceased tank stock and start immediatley with water changes. If any dead stock is discovered then it needs to come out.

I would also clean all canisters just as routine.

Keep an eye on stock and watch for any signs of ammonia poisoning, gasping, always at the top, always on th bottom, red fins and/or gills, any signs of distress.

You may find that once you beat the NH4 issue the NO3 will also come down.

How old is the tank and how much rock do you have?

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The tank is about 18 month old. I couldn't tell you how much live rock and sand I put in but the sand is about 2" thick and the rock is about 1/3 of the tank.
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OK, thats cool.

IMO, you need to start as I have suggested.

Start at 20% now and then monitor NH4 levels daily.

Make sure you check for that missing stock.

Once you get that back down then we'll tackle the NO3.

NO3 will probably have dropped by then, but let's see.

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What are you running for canisters? Honestly two in series is kinda pointless as the only purpose for them in marine is mechanical filtration so if you want two run them individually. Also what media do you have in them? As stated above do a water change and find that missing fish. Well your at it give your canisters a good cleaning. That alone could be your problem.
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