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Old 01-20-2004, 12:33 AM   #1
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so many problems help

ok my nitrites were at 2 so i did a water change and cleaned all the decorations in the tank I took 12g of water out of the 60g tank I listened to the lfs and cleaned the decorations with bleach washed them off real good this was yesterday my nitrites are still at 2 and like 4 of my snail are dead and my hermits are eating them what should i do to fix water thanks jester and are the snails dying from cleaning with bleach I washed them off real good but i dont know why they are dying
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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 01-20-2004, 01:01 AM   #2
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how old is the tank? It seems severly overstocked
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Old 01-20-2004, 01:12 AM   #3
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6 fish doesn't seem overstocked....

the tang and butterfly seem to be the ones that would require alot of space...but the other guys are fairly small.
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Old 01-20-2004, 02:03 AM   #4
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it is about 8 months the only fish in there now are the tang 3inches midas blenny 3 inches and a neon golby 2inches the butterfly died avout a month agoi was never able to get him to eat other than that i have 4 shrimp a camel 2 coral bander they are big about 4 inches each and a pepermint also 15 snails and about 12 hemits
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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 01-20-2004, 01:36 PM   #5
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Seems like you either don't have enough biomaterial to handle the bioload of the tank (bacteria need surface areas to colonize), or most likely you disrupted or killed off bacteria and your tank is recycling. Did you clean the bioballs? Medicate the tank?
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Also did you soak the bleached items in a solution contained a chlorine/chloramine remover? If not, you may have added some bleach into the tank.
Also, I think because you sanitized so much of your media and changed so much of your water, you may have removed significant amounts of you de-nitrifying bacteria colony. As Hoops said above, your tank may now be recycling. HTH
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Old 01-20-2004, 05:24 PM   #7
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I believe though that the nitrites were at 2 before he did anything....although it would be possibly important to know if you did anything similar recently before noticing the nitrite levels.
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I did not clean the biomedia but i did not use a declorinatior after i washed with bleach i just washed off with water and no i did not do anything to the tank before the nitrites were at 2 they have been at 2 for like a month and a half i cant get them down I dont know what else to do would adding more bio balls help I am worried
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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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First off, I would use another brand of test kit, just to be sure that you are not getting a false reading. If this confirms the nitrites, then the only thing you need to do is to cycle the tank. This will allow the relevant bacteria to grow and will quickly reduce your nitrites to zero. At this point any chlorine from your scrub down is no longer there, so just keep that for future. I say again though that I think you probably demolished your bacteria population with the sanitizing. HTH
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what do i have gto do to recycle the tank can i leave the fish in there
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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

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