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Old 11-11-2003, 12:37 AM   #1
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nitrite at 2 please help

ok last wensday I tested water and my nitrites were at 4 everything else was good I have changed the water 25% 3 times already the nitrite dropped to 2 I added some nitromix what else can i do i think this happend because i was feeding them to much I have 7 inches of fish and snails shrimp and hermits thanks
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my tank for now is a 60g with a little live sand and then just play sand I got 80 pounds of live rock now I have a wet dry with no bio balls and a protein skimmer and uv steralizer I have power compacts 260 watts I have 1 damsels 1yellow tang 1 flame angel one yellow strip maroon clownfishand and a feather duster and a bulb anemones that the clown lives in and colony polops and some kenya tree corals and 2 fire shrimp snails and hermit crabs and some other crabs

i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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Usually high nitrites either meant the your tank in still in the final stages of cylling or just that the water quality is bad. How often to you do water changes? I suggest for you to do at least 2-15% a month. Also, you can get some fludized filters or more live rock on your tank in order to break down that nitrites. Also, if you can afford it, you sould use some nitrofying bacteria additives, weekly until it goes down. My suggestion would be to use Hagen Cylce at least 2 a week, until the levels have gone down.
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Old 11-11-2003, 01:35 AM   #3
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There is not much you can do to reduce nitrites except wait. Doing water changes will just prolong the bacteria build up that will reduce nitrite.
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ok i will wait it out thank you everything was fine for a month now it went up i dont know y but thanks for the help
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my tank for now is a 60g with a little live sand and then just play sand I got 80 pounds of live rock now I have a wet dry with no bio balls and a protein skimmer and uv steralizer I have power compacts 260 watts I have 1 damsels 1yellow tang 1 flame angel one yellow strip maroon clownfishand and a feather duster and a bulb anemones that the clown lives in and colony polops and some kenya tree corals and 2 fire shrimp snails and hermit crabs and some other crabs

i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:55 AM   #5
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Have you used another kit to double check the accuracy of the first one? Just seems weird to me that your tank was "fine for a month" (You mean cycled, right?) and all of a sudden, nitrites show up.

You didn't wash your bio balls or remove them and replace them with new ones did you? Have you made any changes to your system at all?

What is your feeding schedule, what do you feed, and how much do you feed?
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Old 11-11-2003, 11:54 AM   #6
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Feeding too much could definatley cause it, that and/or not cleaing the filters enough. I couldn't belive how much food was laying in my friends tank the other day just rotting away 8O
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I was feeding them one 3 inch peice of dried seaweed and one peicec of 3inch dried algee 1 cube of frozen mysis shrimp 1 cubefrozen of formula 2 ocean nutrition some formula some ocean formula 2 pellets and some tetra marine flakes I now know this is to much what should i give them
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i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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wow, yeah thats probably your probelm, i would alternate the seaweed and algae same with the mysis shrimp and the other frozen foods and mabey a alternate the pellets and the flakes, you would probably be fine with just the seaweed or the algae on a clip and only one of your other foods, how many pellets and about how much flake do you put in there?
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a pinch of flakes and about 20 pellets as of 3 days ago i am only giving then half a cube of mysis and half of formula two frozen is that enough
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i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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i dont think it will hurt them too have even less, i would get rid of the flakes one day and only do pellets then the next day go with the flakes and leave out the pellets, i know its hard not too feed them but its better for them not too be over fed.
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