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Old 10-24-2006, 11:09 AM   #11
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How old is this tank? I presume you've got bare bottom for now too. My guesses are that 7 fish may be too much for now too in a 40g. Teeny chromis? If not too much now, you'll be limited on your population down the road. I'd suggest getting rid of 4 of'm. I'm thinking it's a combination of the 7 fish and those filters Roka is talking about.
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the chromis aren't really big, but they aren't exactly tiny either. i plan on getting rid of most of them already like you said. i don't have a bare bottom, i have CC, but i plan on changing it out. i'll just have to disconnect everything on the filter and change it out this weekend. i'll test everything again, and let everybody here know. i'll write again tonight when i get home.

alright, i did the water change last night, and today i checked it when i got home from work. i tested the nitrates and the ammonia, and the results are as follows....

ammonia - .25
nitrates - 20ppm

i still haven't gotten into my filter to clean it up at all, but i still plan to when i get a chance. as long as i keep up with the PWC every couple days for a week or so, should i be in good shape? and about the ammonia, can i just get some chemicals to drop it down, or is there a different way to take care of that?
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:14 AM   #13
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can i just get some chemicals to drop it down, or is there a different way to take care of that?
I'm not a fan of chemicals to adjust water... OK maybe a PH buffer once in a while.

80-160 on the 'trates down to 20 now, and half the ammonia you started with now @ .25, I'd say stick to your current plan and PWCs. Let's see what happens when you deal with the filter. When is the plan to remove the CC? Otherwise, I'd not do chemicals and would stay on your present course.

Are the inverts doing OK?
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my snails are doing great, and pierre (my banded shrimp) seems to being doing good as well. my star has been acting funny lately, i'm not sure why. he has been moving around, just incredibly slow. and he hasn't been getting on the glass either. he's been acting like this for almost 2 weeks now. i actually thought that he might be dead, but then i saw him moving around. any thoughts about him?
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Guess I'm wondering about those high readings if they lived thru (alleged ) 80-160 nitrates and .50 ammonia. Wondering if those first tests that alarmed us were true. Got snail,s a star, and shrimp lving thru that? Hmmm....
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Steve, I would get the numbers down and then worry about changing the substrate. I would also suggest switching out the substrate a little at a time, anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 and wait a week, so the beneficial bacteria and critters that live there will have a chance to migrate.
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that's what i had planned on doing for when i switched the substrate. i'm not sure why my readings were so high, but it had been a while since i had done a test, and also about 2 weeks since i did the water change, and i got worried. i will change the water again tomorrow, and hopefully it was just a spike that i just so happened to catch. i'll keep everybody posted.
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