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Old 05-24-2010, 04:47 PM   #1
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Question water parameters good or bad?

60 gallon fish tank
fluval 405 filter
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ph = 8.3
nitrite = .1
nitrate = 0
ammonia = .25ppm according to my test kit i have to calculate it and it comes out to like .35ppm
Alkilinity = High. my test kit has three different ranges from low - normal - high. mine is in the high range.
Salt level is good. dont remember the axact value though.

i changed out like 5 gallons one night and in the morning my small yellow tang and small blue tang were dead. also had couple clown fish die already. the tank has been running since feb this year so its fairly new.

can some one help me with my water parameters. do they look okay or what can i do to fix them.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:52 PM   #2
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Welcome to AA!

Your tank isn't yet cycled, and that's likely what's causing your deaths. Check out the link in my signature about the Nitrogen Cycle, that'll explain what's going on in your tank. Basically, you need to keep your ammonia and nitrIte levels at 0 to maintain your fish's health.

What kind of test kit are you using? If you're using the colored test paper strips, I'll recommend you get a better liquid test kit, these are much more accurate and give a better idea of what's going on in your tank.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:00 PM   #3
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welcome to AA. nitirites need to be zero and i agree not cycled yet.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:08 PM   #4
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ya think since its be running since feb it would be cycled though?
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:46 PM   #5
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That's why they made test kits. That's the only sure way...
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:52 PM   #6
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thats true..
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:16 PM   #7
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ilostnemo, so many people forget the fine details of saltwater reef keeping and look for an easy fix. That is why so many fail at this. And by todays standards reefkeeping is a snap and all you have to do is follow a few simple rules and they are...."Nothing good happens fast in a saltwater tank and "Test, test, and test again".
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:37 PM   #8
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well i thought it would be cycled by now..i never had a problem with ammonia until recently..and i have a marine lab test kit by red sea.. my alkalinity is in the high range from 2.9 - 3.6. i am not sure of an exact number. just out of no where my ammonia began to rise.also noticed some of my rock began to turn somewhat white from the back...could that be the reason why my ammonia has gone up because at one point it was at zero.
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At what point was it 0? How long ago and what ddi you have in there then? Give us a timeline of events leading up to you adding the fish and they dying.
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Okay, rereading your post it seems that you may have cycled your tank, but if you don't maintain a bio-load your tanks bacteria would then die off and you would have to cycle it again. So when you added your fish, the bio-load started again and a new cycle began and the spike in ammonia killed your fish.
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