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Old 02-03-2005, 10:41 AM   #11
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Our parameters are:
pH is 8.4 (recently it's been as high as 8.5 and as low as 8.2)
Alkalinity is normal
Nitrate just went from 0 to 20 the other day
Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0
Salt 1.021-1.022

Do these sound normal?
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:45 AM   #12
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Did the nitrate spike @ 20 coincide with adding the 8 chromis? Ammonia stayed at zero within 2 days after adding them and feeding?

Just trying to narrow down on problems you're having.
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:59 AM   #13
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We added the chromis on Tuesday the 25th and the other fish on Sunday, the 30th. The nitrates spiked on 2/2.

I think we have ich in the tank now though. The angel & tang are covered in white spots. I just started another topic (see thread titled "Fish have white spots, is this ich?")

The 3 remaining chromis look fine though.
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Sounds about right IMO for nitrate increases due to heavy fish load in a newer tank. Didn't realize there were more than the 8 chromis. What other fish on the 30th?

I believe Lando said it earlier, the bioload may have been too heavy, too quickly.

8 fish on one day, and more 5 days later. That will stress fish and likely cause an outbreak like you're experiencing now.

I did that too when beginning. Hard not to want fish. I added too fast, nitrates went up, and I had a velvet outbreak. 9 fish died inside of two weeks.
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About how long was the cycle? Many times, people are excited about adding fish to their tanks too soon. I have always used a good rule of thumb: Let it cycle for 6 weeks, then test it. I know some tanks may cycle faster, but in the beginning stages of a SW tank, conditions are more fragile than they appear.
Also, you may want to consider only adding 1 - 2 fish at a time. This will help keep the strain off the bio load. In a more mature tank, you can generally add a few more than usual because the tank is ready for it.
If you have ick, you can try to treat it. Although it is better to treat in a QT rather than the main. If it is ick and you do lose them, you will need to leave your tank fallow (fishless) for 4-6 weeks so it will completely die off. HTH

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