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Old 03-15-2013, 02:00 PM   #21
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Hmmm...that ammonia is coming from somewhere. You say you never had nitrites or nitrates, so the tank never cycled? That would mean no beneficial bacteria, which would explain the ammonia spike, but its odd that its not converting to nitrites then nitrates. Your stock does not seem like too much bio-load for an established tank, but could be without enough BB to keep it in check.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:05 PM   #22
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I cycled it for 45 days but I never had any livestock in it while I did it. Like I didn't use any fish to cycle it.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:09 PM   #23
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I uploaded my test results into my photo album as ammonia
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:04 PM   #24
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How did you cycle it then? Rotting shrimp, adding ammonia? The cycle needs something to get going.
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I was under the impression the live rock would create the cycling
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:36 PM   #26
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I was under the impression the live rock would create the cycling
Not at all. It helps to speed it up a lil but you still need to properly cycle
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:10 AM   #27
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The beneficial bacteria needs a constant source of ammonia, either from fish waste, rotting shrimp or by dosing with pure ammonia.

The one missing fish was probably eaten by the crabs...can't imagine that could continue to raise ammonia so much, so fast. I'm not sure about the sea hare releasing the toxin,,,I'm not sure if that has anything to do with ammonia levels.

I'd keep the water changes going and make sure that filter is getting changed regularly. Hopefully the BB can get going. I'm not sure why the ammonia is not converting to nitrite or nitrates though.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:35 PM   #28
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Are your fish still eating?

My fish stress when my ammo levels hit 2. Try comparing test results against another kit, or test newly mixed water that should have 0 ammo.
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Yeah they are all eating fine even the tang with the ich is eating. He was very lazy the last 2 days untill yesterday. He was active all yeaterday, I think he is overcoming it.
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Since day one my nitrites and nitrates have never changed.
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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.
from these two statements, you've told us indirectly that your tank never properly cycled and that you added fish pretty early to the tank. Simply adding live rock to a tank with no source of ammonia wont do a single thing, itll actually kill off the BB on the live rock ( they need to eat too). at this point frequent water changes, significantly reduced feedings, and time will help fix the problem. essentially you need to play damage control long enough for your BB to build up. I don't think any of us caught onto proper tank cycling the first time (or even the second time) around so its an honest mistake that we all make. just stay steady at this point and don't overreact (that's the worst thing). hopefully when the dust settles, youll be a lesson smarter and more thankful for the fish you have good luck
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