Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-12-2008, 01:59 PM   #1
AA Team Emeritus
 
ryshark's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,649
Controlling PH in Hospital tank

I am having a real hard time keeping my PH above even 8.0 in my hospital tank with SG of 1.009. It keeps falling down to around 7.8 and then I put in Seachem Marine Buffer which raises it over 8 quickly. I then realized quickly is probably not good. So today I got a drip line going with the buffer. Is there anything I could put in there to help maintaing the PH/alkalinity? Maybe some type of calcareous calcium based decoration or something (if that exists)? Right now all I have in there are the PVC. Or do I need to switch away from the Seachem Marine Buffer? My two tiny clowns in there seem fine, my 3" hippo tang looks way better now but pretty much just lays down on its side half way under a PVC most of the day and night. I can't blame it though it is going through a cycle, my ammonia has constantly been .25 it is now finally starting to drop very slightly but my nitrites are now .25, throw that in the mix with a fluctuating PH and a SG of 1.009... poor fish. I am doing the best I can with frequent PWC every single day since last Friday. Thanks.
__________________

__________________
ryshark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2008, 02:23 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 250
try using some amquel plus to detoxify your ammonia and nitrites untill your cycle completes. Also I would not worry about your PH, just keep it stable and your fish will do fine while in the QT
__________________

__________________
JoshsReef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2008, 03:44 PM   #3
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
Why are you doing Hypo? Just wondering. Ick?
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2008, 03:52 PM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
 
ryshark's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,649
Yes my tang has ich. I hit 1.010 two days ago and got to 1.009 yesterday but I still see a few white spots. I thought the parasite "explodes" at low salt levels. Is this only after it falls off the fish? I put some food in the tank and the tang is much more active now, but I am still going to go get some of that Amquel+ today. That sounded like a good suggestion, thanks.
__________________
ryshark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2008, 04:09 PM   #5
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
Read this on the QT and Hypo procedure. HTH

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/20...ture/index.php

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2003-08/sp/index.php

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/20...ture/index.php
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2008, 11:09 PM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
ryshark's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,649
I put some of that amquel+ in my QT. My tang seems more active now. My ammonia and nitrite readings are about the same though. Does anybody know if I am suposed to get lower readings after adding that stuff or am I getting the same readings because it "detoxifies" it and does not actually remove it?
__________________
ryshark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2008, 11:12 PM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
ryshark's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,649
Melosu, the article you sent says 1.009-1.010 has been reported to kill the parasite in 14-days. So that makes sense why I am still seeing a couple white spots on the tail fin. Thanks for the article.
__________________
ryshark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2008, 01:03 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 250
You will still get the same readings. it does not change the amount of ammonia, nitrites, or nitrates in your water it just makes them harmless. It gives you a chance to cycle your QT without having to worry about the safety of your fish.
__________________
JoshsReef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2008, 11:52 AM   #9
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
When I did hypo I had to do 2x/day 10% pwc's to keep things in check. I did one before leaving for work and another after dinner. That was in a 30 gal so it was only about 3 - 5 gallons each time. I always had at least 2 buckets of mixed sw ready to go. After a week or so the biowheel kept the ammonia and nitrite in check but I still did a daily pwc for pH and nitrate export.

Total PITA but worth it.

When I got my blue tang and put it in QT it always went under a piece of pvc whenever I approached. It took about 3 weeks for it to get comfortable with me being near the tank. Now it will eat nori out of my hand in the main tank.
If you are on the other side of the room and very still does it come out from under the pvc? It might just be uncomfortable with its new surroundings.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2008, 02:33 PM   #10
AA Team Emeritus
 
ryshark's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,649
Yes, if i am away from the tank across the room it will come out sometimes. Or if I put food in there it will come out. I'm used to it being an active fish in my main, not a fish that lays on its side half way under PVC most day. But it sounds like yours acted the exact same way. My has only been in there for a little over a week, I know you said it took yours 3-weeks to get used to it. As long as it survives this 6-weeks and makes it back into my main and does not get Ick again, I will be very happy. This morning my PH was down to 7.4, I don't know if I sould leave it be like Josh recommended or add a drip line with some buffer. What I did so far was a 10% PWC with a PH of 8.0
__________________

__________________
ryshark is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
hospital tank, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Building a hospital for my hospital tank Sharkbutter DIY Projects 12 05-29-2009 03:48 AM
Hospital Tank MarkW19 Nano Reefs 5 10-31-2007 11:01 AM
Controlling Tank Order after a water change T1TAN23 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 13 03-20-2005 02:03 AM
Controlling your quarantine tank for ICH. soh15 Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 5 02-15-2005 08:44 PM
Hospital Tank talenzmeier Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 4 08-23-2003 05:27 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:19 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.