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Old 06-25-2004, 11:05 AM   #1
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Amonia Spike = Red Tang

ok I posted this over in the sick fish formun, but I now know why my fish is sick it is an amonia spike.

I had 100# of lr from lr.com. I added another 30# to my tank, on tuesday, that had all ready cycled and had be running for close to 4 months. I had one yellow tang (which is now turning red). All of my levels were fine until this morning.

Last night I heard some snapping sounds. uugh a Mantis shrimp. So I took one of the new rocks out (smelled fine) it did not have a "dieoff" smell. I did a hypo dip. Nothing cameout but I know he is in this rock because it was snapping when I pulled the rock out. I put the rock back in and waited to test the water this morning. Now that rock is white with hardly any coraline on it and I have an amonia spike of .25. Now my corals are all closed up and not looking to good. I did a 5 gal water change this morning and I will do one more tonight.

Do you think there is anything else that I can do?

Do you think that the Mantis shrimp could have killed something in the tank like my brittle star or a snail? or do you think doing the hyposalinty dip killed something in the rock? I don't think it was the rock it's self since it was such as small amount compared to what I had and It did not have any smell.

I will be devistated if m tang dies. He is my first fish and I only had him for a week. Please help

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Can you put him in QT until the tank stabalizes?
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I only have a 20 gal QT and I think that would stress him out too much. He is a new fish and he is very skitish (spl?) right now. He hides all day so I think he is kind of stressed.
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With that much LR and with you just removing one rock to dip, I would not think the ammonia would spike at all or if so, it should not last.

Do a water change to help out and I wuld think all would stabalize on its own. Unless something else is happening.
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With that much LR and with you just removing one rock to dip, I would not think the ammonia would spike at all or if so, it should not last.
That's what I was thinking. I added such as small amount in relation to the amount I already had. That's why I think that the Mantis shrimp killed something. Man I was just posting how I got lucky with now Mantis shrimp in any of my rocks now I get one. Oh well maybe I can trade him for some frag if he comes out peacefully
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