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Old 12-28-2011, 02:58 PM   #1
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I had my water tested like 2 weeks ago.. everything was perfect except PH was low.. like 7.4-7.8ish.. (i think thats what they said) anyhow.. they sent me home with some Marine Buffer to add.. which a week later i got it to 8.3. So Since the water tested ok we decied to bring home a porcupine puffer. The only thing we currently had in the tank was some LR.

So Since we got the puffer he seems to be doing well. So went to the LFS and got a spotted box fish and more LR. Then again went to the LFS and got a Humu Humu and a little more LR. So they are all living together happily and eating well.

I just tested the water and here are the numbers.. I need help getting them to where they should be. Also, will the fish survive? I am semi new at this saltwater tank

Tank Specs: 60gal
Fluval 305 filter
Puffer,Boxfish and Humu Humu
12lbs (est) of LR
Sand bottom

I just tested the water it is

PH-right around 8.. more less purple then purple..
Ammonia-around 1.5ppm
Nitrite-around .50ppm
Nitrate-10-20ppm

I think the ammonia is high due to over feeding.. i accidently put too much krill and shrimp in there.

Since I still have marine buffer I mixed 2 teaspoons in a cup and added it to the tank. so hopefully I can safely bring that up.

any ideas for the rest?

I appreciate ANY assistance
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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Ok so lil update. after i posted that i decided to do a little waterchange.. it was about 6gallons.. so less then 25%.. How long should i wait to test it again? Should i have done more then just 6 gallons for those numbers?
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:39 PM   #3
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I usually wait an hour to test.
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:39 PM   #4
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Did you even cycle your tank? That ammonia should drop to 0 very quickly.
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:05 PM   #5
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I think the addition of more LR may cause a little spike in ammonia too if you have some die off.
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:24 PM   #6
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Ya it will but it should convert into nitrite then to nitrate. You shouldnt have present ammonia in the tank. Or nitrite for that matter.
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:00 AM   #7
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Hello I think you will be ok if you can fix these two problems

1. Tank too small, 125g+ recommended
2. 13lbs too little, 60lbs+ recommended (for your 60g)

There's plenty of other things that will help you will minimizing water changes.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:21 AM   #8
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is it unheard of for these 3 fish to be in a 60gal tank?

I added stress zyme, stress coat and Ammo Lock.. Should I do more water change this evening? I tested again after doing a little water change.. everything was still high except the PH.. it was where it should be.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:54 AM   #9
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Here is a pic of the tank.. The white on the sides is from adding the Marine Buffer.. Not sure if this shape of a tnak makes a difference..
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Your tank is not an ideal foot print for those 3 fish you have...
Your ammonia should never be anything but 0...Did this tank go through a complete cycle ...
I would strongly advise you to get the fish out and add more LR and let the tank cycle ,then get more adequate fish for your tank...It is a nice hexagon tank and will look great with the right fish ie. clowns,hawkfish,firefish,dottybacks ect..
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