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Old 08-29-2011, 08:29 PM   #1
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Anenome Died -Spike in Nitrates/Trates- What to do?

My condy anemone recently died. I wasn't able to get it out in time, so it caused spike in my nitrates (20ppm) and nitrites (1.0ppm). I want to save the fish (clownfish, dottyback and a flame angelfish). I've done about a 10% water change, removed all the visible pieces from the tank, and i am doing another water change. Is there anything I should or should not be doing?
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:59 PM   #2
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Wut size is ur tank
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:12 PM   #3
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the size of the tank is 30gallons
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:24 PM   #4
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I would do another water change as soon as possible to be safe. taking out 3g probably wasnt enough to get all the toxins out of the tank.

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Just be cautious when doing the water changes not to stress your fish out. Carey is right though 3 g is not enough. I would go 5g but not anymore than that.
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So far i changed 4g of water and still a trace amount of nitrite (.50) . I was also concerned about stressing my fish out and i was gonna let it sit for a little hopefully it drops to 0.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:23 PM   #7
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If it doesnt I recommend cleaning your live sand just enough to stir it up just incase it settled in your sand then let it clear up and you will have a spike but do another water change. Two days later do another. I've heard this works and some people don't recommend it but in this case it would probably help.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:31 PM   #8
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I still had a Nitrite reading when i woke up this morning i actually have a 10lb bag of LS would it be ok to mix some of that into my sand bed so i have more good bacteria in the tank?
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My answer would be yes I doubt it would hurt anything and it may help. Did you test your alk levels?
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:57 PM   #10
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I'm not sure I would be mucking up the sand bed though, specially after the nem did a number on your readings.

water changes will do the trick, just be gentle...lol You need to get rid of those nitrites before they do any damage.
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