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Old 01-23-2012, 08:13 AM   #1
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High ammonia = dieing new corals

I have a 30 gallon tank and just started adding corals into it. After adding a silver Xenia mushrooms and a Christmas favia my ammonia levels are up to 4.0 and my pH is at 7.4. My silver Xenia has been shriveled up for 24 hrs now and doesn't look promising. I've been adding ammo lock but my ammonia has been on the rise. And the favia looks alittle faded in color. Any suggestions?I added a picture of the Xenia and favia. Thanks for your help
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:39 AM   #2
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How long has the tank been set up sounds like its not cycled and the ph is way to low should be 8.2/8.3 what are your other readings trites trates.
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Increase water circulation and do water changes (unless it's not cycled, then i would remove all livestock and let it cycle).
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:06 PM   #4
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I did a water change sat before the tests and then went to that pet place in Lancaster PA and they said put in nite out II untill It goes down with a part water change today. Hopefully that'll work. Guess we'll see
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Another bottled bacteria cure. Please let us know the results.
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:14 PM   #6
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Temp = 78. Calcium=440. KH 10. Phosphate .25. Nitrite 0. Ph 7.4. Ammonia 4.0. Nitrate 0. Salinity 1.025. Tanks been set up for 4 months and all levels were good before I added the corals
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I lost a duncan to a 0.25 ammonia spike for two days. The zoa is still closed and I don't know if it will ever open up again. Do you know why your ammonia has spiked? It happened for me because I was changing filters and unfortunately the old filter broke before the new filter was fully cycled... if that's what you call it.
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Your phosphates are really high.
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:19 PM   #9
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Not sure why it spiked. Only change was I added the corals and did normal water changes.
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What kind of filter do you have, and have you cleaned it lately? I just cleaned my canister filter after two weeks and it was NASTY! From what I've read, the die-off from what gets caught in the filters can also cause an ammonia spike. Now, that's what I've read... don't know it from personal experience.
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