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 02-15-2008, 07:03 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
beckyforvols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Port Royal, South Carolina
Posts: 25
nitrites

I had a 10 gallon saltwater tank we started in November 07. Everything went great and we decided to upgrade to 55 gal. Set up the new tank-that was so fun-have lava rock, a little live rock,dried corals,etc. After 3 days,we transferred the old tank to the 55. First the rock and decorations, then the old filter, then the fish. A coral beauty, peppermint shrimp, and a couple grass shrimp. Wednesday we did the transfer, and Thursday evening the nitrites started rising. I had checked the 10 gallon nitrite level before and it was fine. Now this morning after adding 5 caps of Prime last night, it looks like the levels are higher. Fish seem fine. Eating and moving around. What is going on? Please help!
__________________

__________________
beckyforvols is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 08:20 AM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
austinsdad's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
Didja ever have any ammonia? Or maybe you missed it if you did. WOndering if some kinda mini cycle is going on.

What is the nitrite level? And what kinda test kit?

Lava rock? Never knew SW could do that. I believe it may emit something, you sould check.

So, you added new water 45 gallons to the 10g you had. How much rock we talkin here? Less than 10 lbs total? Maybe 5 when yuo JUST consider the live rock? Any sand?

Not sure you have enuf surface that necessary bacteria can live on to deal with the bio-load. I know it's small, but somehting point to "cycle" to me.

Bad test kit? Can ya get the water tested by the lfs?
__________________

__________________
-Ray-

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 08:29 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
beckyforvols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Port Royal, South Carolina
Posts: 25
I have a Tetratest-NO2. I used it to test the water before the transfer, and it showed normal. I did consider the kit may be bad, especially since it showed a rise in nitrites after adding Prime. I think we had the fish store check all our levels before and everything was fine. We did have an issue with clowns not making it in the 10 gallon, but the aquarium store thought they had gotten a bad batch. What do you mean by mini-cycle? I'll take the water down to the store today and have them test it.
__________________
beckyforvols is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 08:32 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
beckyforvols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Port Royal, South Carolina
Posts: 25
Yes, we used a large bag of sand-and there is alot of rock. We only have 3 very small pieces of live rock.The sand is probably about 3 inches think on the bottom. I uploaded a picture of the tank, but I don't know where it went on the site.
__________________
beckyforvols is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 08:50 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
beckyforvols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Port Royal, South Carolina
Posts: 25
Cool pics

Finally uploaded pictures.
__________________
beckyforvols is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 09:05 AM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
austinsdad's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
Still no pics.

By mini cycle, I wuz thinking that the ammonia may had risen pror to the 'trites showing up. Ammonia up, then down followed by a nitrite rise is a cycle. Maybe disturbing the sand during the transfer stirred up something down there.

Need to do a water change now. Maybe 25% or so.
__________________
-Ray-

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 09:22 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
beckyforvols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Port Royal, South Carolina
Posts: 25
Will a 25% affect my bacteria growth too much? The guy at the store didn't want me to mess with it. I did a 3 gallon change the other day.
__________________
beckyforvols is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 09:25 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
beckyforvols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Port Royal, South Carolina
Posts: 25
Click on my name, and it will take you to my album-pics are there
__________________
beckyforvols is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 09:34 AM   #9
AA Team Emeritus
 
austinsdad's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
Well, you could let it ride and check on it daily, But nitrites is not a good sign. If the shrimp are OK, I guess I'd still think the test may be off.

Also, soon you are gonna need to replace the faux fauna. It'll get real ugly after the algea, new tank diatoms, and then corraline starts to grow. As far as replacing it with real coral for a reef, the coral beauty MIGHT give you a problem. Angels and reef don't mix often.

What kinda lighting is on that tank BTW?
__________________
-Ray-

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2008, 09:54 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
beckyforvols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Port Royal, South Carolina
Posts: 25
2 Coralife 50/50 Actinic 03 blue. The guy said this would promote more growth from the live rock. I'm going to research this lava rock thing-I hope we don't have to start all over with the base.
__________________

__________________
beckyforvols is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
nitrites

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
Nitrites Help lym Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 14 03-26-2007 10:13 AM
nitrites won't go down clandon Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12 06-13-2005 09:15 PM
nitrites: need help matmanz28 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 09-26-2004 09:52 AM
Nitrites Keeper Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 9 07-22-2004 01:00 PM
NITRITES MikeysReefs Saltwater Reef Aquaria 30 10-30-2002 09:35 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:52 AM.


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