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Old 10-03-2013, 10:58 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. I'm new to the site and the saltwater world. I have been doing lots of reading here and have learned a great deal. So about a month ago after doing tons of reading here and a bunch of sites I took the plunge. I picked up a 55 gallon tank, about 30 or so pounds of live rock so far. I put 30 pounds of sand and 20 pounds of live sand. I have a hang on back 70 gallon filter a guy at my LFS recommended. He said he uses it for his salt water tank. I have a dual light with two 10k light bulbs. I also have a nice water test kit. I had used the dr Tim's one and only to help cycle the tank a lil faster. I had two clowns, and a yellow tail blue damsel and one Atlantic condylactis anemone. My water was doing great. Ammonia was 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 0, ph was about 80-82, salinity of water was perfect. Everyone was happy happy happy. All fish were eating well. Anemone was being fed directly with turkey baster. Everything was great. Then. One day last week I come home and see that my daughter was feeding the tank. I told her to stop. The next day I catch her again. So I hide the food. Well the next day BLAM on the right side of my tank this greenish brown hair algae is everywhere but just on the left side of tank. Which I found bizarre. I did about a 10% water change. Also for some odd reason now my tank keeps hitting 80 degrees even though I turned my heater way down. Even turn off lights. Then I ordered a clean up crew which came in yesterday. After about two hours of acclimation I put them in. They were all over the place. But late last night I noticed one of my clowns acting odd. Did water test and everything was fine. I wake up this morning and my clown is dead, the other one seems to be on his way, the damsel looks fine, most of the clean up crew either looks dead, not moving or at the very very top of aquarium and not moving. Is my tank about to wipe? I was going to get a nice protein skimmer next week and add another single power head. BTW right now I am running a single dual power head on the right side. I had one on both sides but they blew way to much water and sand around. Any ideas besides start all over.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:04 AM   #2
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Did you cycle completely? Did the dead fish show any signs of disease? The lights you have will NOT support an anemone . If the anemone is dying from lack of light it may have nuked your tank. What test kits are you using? 0 nitrates in a one month old tank makes me think you have a faulty kit.
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The anemone looks to be the only one that's doing well oddly. I have been checking prams daily and the tank seemed to have cycled. I am using the API saltwater master test kit. The clown looked healthy up to last night. Now the tank looks terrible.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:15 AM   #4
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The anemone looks to be the only one that's doing well oddly. I have been checking prams daily and the tank seemed to have cycled. I am using the API saltwater master test kit. The clown looked healthy up to last night. Now the tank looks terrible.
Do you use Tap water or RODI? Wether the anemone looks good or not right now it will slowly die under those lights. I'd try rehoming it if it foot isn't too dug in. What salt mix are you using? Unplug the heater and see if it is stuck on and that may answer your 80* temp problem.
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Hair algae means it has nutrients to live off of. My tank is normally in the 5-15ppm and I don't get algae growth like your describing. In 3 years my tank has never grown hair algae that I've ever seen so I assume you have some nitrates or phosphates in the water. In small levels your fish will be fine but the anemone is a sensitive animal. Get the water tested at a LFS that doesn't use API. They are notorious for being inaccurate. Idk how they are allowed to sell those kits lol. If it turns out to just be stressed fish then restock and put a good grazer like a lawnmower blenny or some type of herbivore to eat that algae away . An urchin will demolish that algae quickly too. I have 5 in my tank and they will eat from top to bottom all day long.
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I used instant ocean sea salt in the purple bag also tap with the marine conditioner. I don't have any place to buy water. Ammonia went up.
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I used instant ocean sea salt in the purple bag also tap with the marine conditioner. I don't have any place to buy water. Ammonia went up.
Sounds like you didn't complete the cycle and/or you didn't build up the bacteria levels high enough. You can either take everything back to a LFS, do water changes to keep the ammonia down or add some kordon AmQuel to detoxify the ammonia and nitrite. Always over cycle a tank lol. It's much easier and cheaper on the long run.
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My clean up crew won't go near the rock on left. Most look dead. The ones that are on glass are not moving and look dead.
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It looks like you have nitrites. Nitrites are a prime indicator the cycle is only partially completed. How did you cycle your tank?
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My clean up crew won't go near the rock on left. Most look dead. The ones that are on glass are not moving and look dead.
Invert are the most sensitive to parameters being wrong. If they are on the glass holding on then they aren't dead. If they are dead then they will be on the sand bed and not moving. Snails can stay in their shell for up to 3 days sometimes longer because of shipping stress. You need to remove you stock or start detoxifying the water with AmQuel when the ammonia or nitrite levels rise
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