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Old 05-15-2005, 05:19 PM   #1
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I just did a water change on my 16 gallon nano reef yesterday and everyone looked fine when i went to bed. when i woke up the tank was cloudy white and i could barely see my fish. Residents list= 2 sm percula's, 1 lawnmower blennie, 1 sm tomato clown, 2 shrimp, hermit crabs, and 2 anemones. My large bubble tip anemone had completely disappearedand i cant find a trace of him anywwhere. I've been running the system without a skimmer for several months but when this happened i called my lfs and they told me to put it on the tank and it should clear it up. Well it did in about an hour to the point where i could see into the tank and thats when i noticed my missing anemone. I tested the water and ph=8.1 (i raised it using seachem buffer), nitrites=.25, ammonia= 1.0, and the nitrates=15. I'm very worried about my other anemone and my fish. How big of a water change can the system handle? I usually do a 5 gall change every two to three weeks. Also is there anything else i can do, i'm very worried. I also think my bubble tip got sucked into a powerhead but i still cant even find pieces of him and he was about 6 inches in diameter.
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Old 05-15-2005, 05:35 PM   #2
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In my opinion you have too much in that tank. For a 16 gal tank the two percs are probably enough. I would wait a bit and see if it clears up. If not do another water change tomorrow and check your params again. If absolutely necessary your system can handle probably a 90% change. HTH
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Old 05-15-2005, 05:36 PM   #3
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You can do as big a water changes as necessary. I think your suspicion are right on with the powerhead. When it happened to mine, there were no signs except for a very small piece of flesh left on the intake. I have a bigger system (55g) with 100+ lbs of liverock and it had no effect on my water but, in such a small system, I imagine it could really mess things up. Good luck. Maybe running some carbon if you don't already might help clear things up as well.
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I'll bet a good deal of money your bubble-tip got sucked into your powerhead. Watch your nitrates for the next few days! I would suggest doing a large water change and seeing how it goes from there.
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I'd match water as closely as possible and keep the ammo under .2 (change it 2x a day or if the water gets up over .6 I'd change 50%-70% of the water at a time). I've gone so far in times of crises (though I didn't have an anemone at the time) and everyone fared just fine.
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:07 AM   #6
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Thank you very much, i'm going to do a fifty percent water change todayand maybe another small one tomorrow if it still looks bad. I know i have too many fish in there but i told a friend i would take some of his fish when he took down his tank. I originally only had the two percs and the blennie. My water has cleared up with the help of the skimmer and hope fully a few water changes will fix things. I just hope my anemones dont suffer cause they lok pretty bad with all the ammonia in the system.
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my remaining anemone still looks horrible. He wont attach to anything and he just kinda stays curled up. He is a long tentacle anemone, is there anything i can do to help?
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Make sure you water and salt are mixed very good before you change the water. Also make sure temp matches tank. HTH
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Honestly, the way that tank is stocked, I wouldn't hold much hope for the anemone. I think the tank is too small for 2 false percs, let alone everything else you have in there.

Normally I try to stay positive, but there's no way to sugar-coat what's going on here.
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Well the tank is much better now after i did that large water changer yesterday. My blennie has his color back and everyone is looking much more comfortable. I'm still trying to find a home for my tomoato clown. My remaining anemone is starting to look a little better and i thin he might pull through. I fed him this morning and he already looks much better. I'm goign to do another small water change either today or tomorrow depending on what my tests look like.
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