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Old 09-30-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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I'm mike from Blackpool England just jumped on here to gain the advice I need when I need it from people that aren't after my money! Currently got a 15 gallon reef tank with a maroon clown! Valentini puffer and a watchman goby (which has lost all it's colour!) with a half decent clean up crew!
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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Warm welcome to Aa! Ok, well afew questions first,
Is your tank cycled?
What are your water parameters?
Have you owned tanks before?
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:23 PM   #3
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My tank is fully cycled it's been running for 2 1/2 years now my salt levels are around 1.25 to 1.27 and unfortunately that's all I can tell you as I take my water to local fish shop to be tested! Which were all ok but with very high nitrite at the min!
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:29 PM   #4
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Well you've just answerd the question. Nitrite is terrible stuff and would 100% cause stress and loss of colour.. you need to bring it down, yu should have barely a trace. Have you checked your filters arn't being ristricted? Could be old tank syndrome.

Im guessing you dont you have a water testing kit? You should get one. Im supprised your SW tank has lasted 2nhalf years without one so you must be doing something right.

If you get a testing kit youd be able to cross off some possibilities,

I know too well that rising ammonia and nitrite can be caused by blocked or restricted filters.

When was your water last tested and when was your last water change? Do you buy water from the lfs?
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My last water change was about an hour ago! And yes I do buy the water from the lfs the only thing that may be restricting is the string algae that has bloomed in the past months but I'm told this will be due to the high nitrite! He lost the colour before the nitrite spiked so apparently this could be due to him changing into a female due to him gaining sexual maturity.

I have been looking at test kits recently and I will be purchasing on after I get back of my holidays in a couple of weeks!
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:09 PM   #7
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Cheers mate! Thought I'd better get some advice seen as my tank looks a mess now rather than a nice reef
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:55 PM   #8
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The algae is more likely to be because of high nitrate not nitrite. Theres a big difference as nitrite is more toxic.

How much water are you changing? If youre fosh are creating more waste than your changing out it will just continue to build.

For example: if you fish create 30ppm of nitrate weekly and you change 50% weekly it will continue to grow.

I.e 50% of 30 is 15.

The week after you fish produce another 30ppm so now you have 45ppm

50% of 45ppm is 22.5ppm

So now you have 22.5ppm + 30ppm for the next week, you now have 52.5ppm

50% of 52.5 is 26.25ppm +30ppm is 56ppm and so on.

Id recommend more changes. This would also help with your algae problems as high nitrate cause excess algae growth.

People will do small changes weekly and one big change every month or so to make sure they dont continue to build.
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If you want to get a handle on it quickly your should drain 80% then add 10% drain 10% drain 10% drain then fill er up. This should reduce your nitrate or nitrite in full. I recomend keeping your fish in quarantine until the ph balances out to avoid ph shock while you do this.
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:33 PM   #10
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I got everything checked today and parameters are bang on! So gonna do another big water change then the owner of the lfs said to kill the light for a couple of weeks to solve the algae problem! After I take my coral to the shop for him to look after!
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