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Old 03-14-2013, 08:19 AM   #11
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I fid have a chromis go missing, and the dead crabs as well, minus the shell.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:29 AM   #12
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I have not removed any live rock, I did Add a few tho. Also I had s sea hare a that got scared a week and a half ago and released a bunch of the purple toxin, I was able to remove 90% of it out the tank. Then a few days later he got sucked into my filter intake and was there several hours I assume. Do you think this has anything to do with it? Out of the last 30 days or so that I have added fish , I have done about 5 10% water changes and last week my ammonia was still climbing up to 1.0 so I did a 22% water change testing both before and after with no change in ammonia levels at all. It is frustrating! Also I am aware of tangs and Ich, I noticed he had it prior to the white spots because he was scraping against the rocks. So back to the ammonia, so you recommend a 50% water change?
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:29 AM   #13
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I haven't added anything to the tank in about 2 weeks
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:45 PM   #14
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Sorry to jump in late...how often are you cleaning the filter? Any mechanical filter should be cleaned weekly to remove detritus and whatever else might be in there. It seems odd to me that you would have high ammonia but perfect nitrites and nitrates.

I would slow down on adding fish. Two a week is a lot. Two a month could be too much depending on the fish. You've got to let the beneficial bacteria multiply in order to keep up with the additional bio load. Get the parameters under control and maybe do a fish a month.

Lastly...hate to do the Tang Police thing, but a Hippo in a 55g is going to be stressed. They need much larger, regardless of how small I am sure you will say it is. 180 is the minimum recommended size. Once you get the parameters under control, its health is going to be a concern due to stress. What are you doing to treat the Ich now? High ammonia plus Ich is going to be tough on everything in the tank.
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I have not removed any live rock, I did Add a few tho. Also I had s sea hare a that got scared a week and a half ago and released a bunch of the purple toxin, I was able to remove 90% of it out the tank. Then a few days later he got sucked into my filter intake and was there several hours I assume. Do you think this has anything to do with it? Out of the last 30 days or so that I have added fish , I have done about 5 10% water changes and last week my ammonia was still climbing up to 1.0 so I did a 22% water change testing both before and after with no change in ammonia levels at all. It is frustrating! Also I am aware of tangs and Ich, I noticed he had it prior to the white spots because he was scraping against the rocks. So back to the ammonia, so you recommend a 50% water change?
find the source of ammonia, but until you do, do larger water changes. id do a 40-50% to knock down the ammonia for now, then monitor it as needed. again you need to find the ammonia source. also don't test the water right after changing it..wait an hour or so then test.
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40 % water change reduced my ammonia from 8.0 ppm to 4.0 ppm,, still high
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:58 AM   #17
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keep going with the water changes. youre getting it reigned in. another 40-50% will bring it down to 2.0ish
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Now my ammonia levels are back to 8.0 in the matter of 12 hours with no changes being made!

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Something is causing ammonia to rise that quickly. It does not come from nowhere, so you've got to figure out where.

Are you testing or is it an LFS? If its you, have you taken a water sample to an LFS to get a second opinion? Maybe its a bad kit? Again, it seems odd to have high ammonia, but no nitrates or nitrites. They all kind of go together and if its only ammonia, then trites and trates should be coming soon.

How often are you cleaning your filter?

Are you doing anything to treat the Ich?
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I clean the filter weekly and clean the skimmer monthly or as needed. Since day one my nitrites and nitrates have never changed. My PH has changed but it always was in the normal level during change. The ammonia was at zero for a week or so since I added the fish from day one. It has risen since then from .25 to .50 with a fluctuation plus or minus. Only recently it has surged. My feeding has been the same except recently Ii reduced it. I use the API master test kit and have not tried the LFS as they use the same kit from what I noticed one day. I only have one fish that vanished a month ago. Everything else is either been removed or accounted for. I do not have a quarintine tank as of yet to treat the ich.
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