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Old 06-20-2011, 11:48 PM   #11
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I use regular mixed saltwater for my top offs when I need to go higher.
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I would def test for copper, you never know. You don't have your own regular test kit? Maybe something is a miss. I also second the idea of using a dechlorinator if you are using tap water.
Ok thanks you both. I am going to try to get to my fish store tomorrow but it is an hour away so it might not be possible. Something is defiantly not right here it might have been the salinity. I only hope it is an easy fix.

Is it possible it is my Nitrates?
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yep thats all you do, you never want to mix salt when there is live stock as the salt can do some damage in crystal form
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I know shrimp are very sensitive to nitrates so your best bet is to get your own API master saltwater kit and maybe a copper test kit. You could be leeching out metals too, I figure best to test for copper just in case. I test for copper with all the new live rock I get to be sure.
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Ok thanks a lot. I will get that ASAP.

I also got some dry uncured LR on vacation. I was wondering how best to introduce it into my system.

I know you are supposed to put it in a bucket with warm saltwater and circulation. What do I do after that? What do I do to jumpstart a cycle in the bucket with the uncured LR?
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This might just be for freshwater, but are you sure your snails were dead? They often sleep or retract or stay still for long periods of time. Did you sniff them to make sure?
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I know two of them are dead as they "trap" door fell out. When I picked up the one today something blackish fell out of the shell and got blown across the tank by the power head. It was the deteriorating snail

The shells haven't moved for a while I am confident they are all dead. I just can't find that last one.
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Oh dear... I'm sorry to hear that... :-/ That is definitely dead. I agree with the others, as snails are particularly hardy, that it could be an unknown source of copper.
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OK thanks for the input
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did you say you use tap water for water changes and don't remove the chlorine first? if so, chlorine is poison to these creatures.
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