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Old 05-17-2010, 07:45 PM   #1
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Need a little help please!

Newbie here! I have a 35g hex cycled 3 months. Have 1 yellow headed sleeper goby and a valentini puffer. Did water change 1 week ago. Since then, added 2 shrimp and 2 flame scallops. Also added a live rock with toadstools on it. Fed the rock and flame scallops last night with liquid reef plankton. Tonight, water is testing differently. Amonia is in between 0 and 0.25, nitrite is at 0.25 and nitrate is in between 0 and 5.0... HELP! what do I need to do to get all levels back to 0?
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The best thing I know of is a water change, but you did that already lol. I would suggest daily PWC's until you see the levels dropping. But I don't know anything about SW so not sure if it would be the same. Good luck! And welcome. I'm sure you will get your answers soon.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:09 PM   #3
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Just freaking out a little here, because never had water problems before adding the new critters... worried I might be killing something in the tank!
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I would post this same question over in the SW section,, they are super helpful.
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you don't feed the rock. how much of this liquid reef food did you add? it's certainly not the addition of the shrimp and scallops that caused an ammonia spike. it was probably that food.
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:57 AM   #7
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I gave 1 total capful of that reef plankton... the live rock has large live toadstools on it, and was told they had to be fed the liquid plankton, and the flame scallops get the same thing. Told to feed only 3x per week the toadstools and the scallops.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:08 AM   #8
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Newbie needs help with water parameters

Newbie here! I have a 35g hex saltwater which has been cycling for over 3 months. Live rock, live sand, fluval 4 filter and an Aeon 55g HOB filter, with a small powerhead at the bottom of the tank pointed upwards. My water parameters have always been 0 and my salinity around 0.23... I had 1 yellow headed sleeper goby and 1 valentini puffer in the tank. Last weekend, I added 2 flame scallops and 2 shrimp. I also added another piece of live rock which has live toadstools on it. I bought liquid plankton to feed the flame scallops and the toadstools (told to feed only 3x per week about 1 capful to all 3, feeding them for the first time Sunday night)... I checked my water parameters last night, and everything except the Ph has risen..... Amonia is between 0 and 0.25, Nitrite is at 0.25 and Nitrate is in between 0 and 5.0... Salinity is still at 0.23. HELP!! What do I do to get the water levels back to 0? (I did a routine water change this past Saturday, right before I added the 2 flame scallops and 2 shrimp)..... Will the levels continue to go up? What do you think caused it? Again, how do I get the water parameters back to where they belong? (everyone seems fine in the tank right this minute, but worried that things might go South very quickly). Thanks for any advice, by the way!

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That plankton is notorius for fouling up water parameters. Stop feeding that for now and do some frequent PWC`s. After you get you water test results back to pristine conditions then maybe feed one time a week instead of three times a week.
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Thread merged with your other thread on the same thing.
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