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Old 05-01-2008, 08:41 AM   #1
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Exclamation Help!! I have grave yard in my tank.

Help!! Every thing is dieing. Ammonia0, Nitrate5-10, nitrite0, alk 7, mag 1125, phospate 0, ca425, salicate0, iodine 0.01, Ph 8.2 Borate alk whatever that is is 5, salinity 35. I have tested for everything and it is all good. The only thing we did different is change the refugium to a large horse throuth. It is the big long black kind horses and cow eat and drink out of. Could it be leeching chemicals? There is no manufacturer name to contact to find out. We also added a new pump the outdoor kind for ponds. My blood red shrimp died and several snails have dropped and are upside down. Many other snails are burrowed deep ion the sand bed. Most of the fish seem unefected, although two blue green chromis are missing. I am sure more are dead just can' find them. What should I do?? What caused this??? Please help.
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Is that "container" new? What is is made from? From the sound of the problem, inverts dead, it may be leeching copper of some sort. I wouldn't take the chance using it.
All your tests look fine (mag is a little low, but that has no affect on health).
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:24 AM   #3
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salinity 35???
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:43 AM   #4
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salinity 35???
That would be parts per thousand and considered average natural seawater. I am also inclined to believe the trough is suspect. Was this a new or used trough and how was it cleaned? FYI, most used farming equipment should have a test run before hooking up to a main display.
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It is hard black plastic. I will try to get it changed today, Now the few corals I have are looking like they are trying to die too. I am so upset!!
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You don't think it is the pond pump?
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Is the pump new or used?

Also, was the trough new or used?

I agree with the guys, sounds like something coming into the water from the trough.

Sorry about your losses though.
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Oh no!!! So sorry landlocked.
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I doube the pump would cause any problems. It is most likely the trough. Was it new or used?
Did you clean it before using it? Even if it was new it could have been stored next to some chemicals that got onto it.

I would remove it from the system immediately and clean it thoroughly.

Sorry to hear about your losses.
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I doubt if it was the pump. You might just have to go through the process of elimination. Start with the trough (cleaning) and move on from there. What are you using to test your water? Can you take your water to an LFS to double check your results.
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