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Old 05-17-2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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tank failure?

Ok so i went a little longer than normal on my water test and i decided last night i better test since one of my corals was looking sick, i know i should have kept up on testing... so my results were alarming, i have 0 nitrates and 0 nitrites and very low amonia i dont know what happened or how this could happen the tank is almost 1 year and 4 months and up to now everything has been going good minus fighting the green algae that wont seem to go away no matter what i do. im starting up my 60 gallon salty tonight so im not to worried about my other one i just hope i can keep everything stable y i get this one up and going any ideas or hints to whats going on would be extremely helpfull thanks everyone
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:04 PM   #2
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what is your water change schedule? how do you export nutrients from this tank?

i would do some large water changes immediately to save the rest of the inhabitants.
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:09 AM   #3
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i do my water changes every sunday afternoon once a week, 15% everytime, i have a protien skimmer if thats what you were asking and korillia power heads and a 6 bulb t5 light fixture
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Did something very large die recently? Over a year old tank and ammonia now? You say "very low ammonia". I say there is a problem or you got a bad test kit. I'd try to confirm that reading ASAP.
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and most importantly what do you consider very low? its better to just give the actual reading as the test kit doesnt measure very low.
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it doesn't matter how low. any detectable ammonia is toxic.
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True dat!! I didn't make that clear in my first post. ANY ammonia is a bad thing.
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it matters if your trying to fix a problem. if its .25 it might be a spike from new stock. if its .50 you likely have a diffrent problem. just saying its very low or i have a little ammonia doesnt really help at all in solving problems.
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UM...... other than the ammonia you have great readings or did I miss something there? zero's across the board wouldn't be alarming I wouldn't think? Of course the algae could be using the nitrates?
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Algae is using up your nitrates and phosphates. It uses those, along with light, to make food for itself. Without those things, it would die. Having any algae is an easy and reliable test for nutrients. (Just doesnt tell you have many ppm you have).

You need to track down the nutrients door way into your tank.
1)PWC water/Topoff water
2)Food/over feeding

Since you are battling algae and doing a 15% PWC weekly, you are likely over feeding, or using bad food.

Another thing to check is your lights.
1)On too long
2)Old bulbs color shifting

I wonder if dying algae will release nitrates and phosphates directly into the water column? Maybe you are pulling the algae out and letting it drift around?

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