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Old 03-13-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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Ich/ High Ammonia

Recently my satlwater tans ammonia levels have raised slowly from zero to 0.25 then s few weeks later 0.25 and a week later up to 1.0 ppm. At this point I cleaned the tank and did a 22% water change on my 55 gallon tank. The levels still did not drop. I added ammo lock and waited. 5 or so days later my ammonia levels went through the roof at 8.0 ppm and my Hippo Tang has developed Ich. He eats and functions fine but the Ammonia levels and ich have me worried. I do not over feed and I have plenty of filters to include a protein skimmer, live rock and. 70 gal. Filter. Please give me advice so All my fish don't die!!
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:59 PM   #2
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How old is the tank?
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:06 PM   #3
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:58 PM   #4
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What's your livestock list? There should be no ammonia present in a fully cycled tank. How much live rock is there, what kind of filter. Tell us more about your tank and hopefully we can help you! Do you QT new arrivals?
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:17 AM   #5
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I currently have:

--Livestock--
5 snails
12 crabs
4 blue chromis
1 blue hippo tang
2 clowns

--Filtration/ Setup--
Protein Skimmer
70 gallon Fluval filter sponge/carbon/bio rock
50 lbs. cured live rock
Sand bed
2 powerr heads 1300 each
2 200 watt heaters
HO T5 lighting
55 gallon saltwater tank

Started with 2 chromis and added 2 fish per week since then . I have not quaritined any fish, as I purchased cheap fish first.

Lost in the past:
1 angel fish- last week
1 snail- 2 weeks ago
2 chromis - in the first week of setup
3 crabs - here n there
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:19 AM   #6
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PH levels is 8.0-8-2

Nitrates and nitrites are fine too!
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:45 AM   #7
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Har you added anything to the tank recently that may have killed off some BB?
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My first guess is the tank isn't/wasn't fully cycled coupled with adding some big fish/too many fish too soon? That's the only thing I can think of to raise ammonia levels that high so quickly. Anything else in the tank that could be dead, missing snail or crab perhaps?
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:48 AM   #9
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how often are you doing water changes? how much water are you changing?
did you test your levels before and after adding each fish?
did you physically remove every single fish you've lost? or did they go missing in the tank?
have you removed any rock from the tank?

the rather quick spike in ammonia means that your beneficial bacteria cant keep up with your bioload. this means you either removed/killed off a substantial portion of bacteria ( it happens) or added fish too quickly without testing. the dangerous part about ammonia is that it sneaks up on you. itll take several days, if not a week or 2, for ammonia levels to spike. adding 2 fish per week could def cause a ammo spike. what id do is drop to feeding every other day, do atleast a 40-50% water change, wait a few hours, then test. also it wouldn't be a bad idea to have someone else test the water (friend, neighbor, pet store).
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and the ich on the hippo isn't really uncommon, its a stress related disease and hippos tend to stress easily. just be careful with him because they get rather large and need a ton of swimming room.
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