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joe&rae 10-23-2008 03:33 PM

Bad levels
My ammonia is at .50 and my nitrate is at 40 or so. what do i need to do to fix my problem. my ph is at 7.8 a little low but not bad??

I have two clowns and three damsels a few crabs and frags.

We have had the water cycling for about a year and a half .

pat8you 10-23-2008 03:38 PM

Is your tank still cycling? How long has it been set up and are there any animals in the tank yet? Ph is usually around 8.2 or 8.3 so its a little low but its more important to keep a consistent PH. Increasing surface agitation and good air circulation over the water usually helps raise PH i believe.

Kurt_Nelson 10-23-2008 03:58 PM

Agree... need a little more info about your tank and inhabitants to really give useful advice. But the "short answer" is water changes.

melosu58 10-23-2008 04:16 PM


Originally Posted by Kurt_Nelson (Post 917298)
Agree... need a little more info about your tank and inhabitants to really give useful advice. But the "short answer" is water changes.

Could not have said it better

Kurt_Nelson 10-23-2008 04:41 PM

Hmm... either that post was edited, or I was blind as a bat!

OK - first thing... water doesn't "cycle" for a year and a half. Cycles seem to last forever, but not that long! :) Did you mean your tank has been set up for a year and a half?

How big is the tank and did you just recently add any of those fish? A sudden increase in bioload (adding more than one fish at a time) could've caused a little spike in ammonia while the beneficial bacteria play catch up and increase their population.

pH will normally drop during a cycle due to all the biological activity going on in a tank, so I'd guess that for whatever reason, you're seeing a mini cycle. When the cycle is over, and after water changes, the pH will normally go back up to where it should be.

{Edit: Looking over your previous posts, looks like this is the 56g tank? And also, sounds like you were thinking about adding more live rock, as mentioned here... . Did you end up adding any rock? If you did, and it wasn't fully cured, that could be the source of your ammonia and the mini cycle. Adding uncured live rock to an existing tank will often cause another cycle due to the stuff on the rock dieing off.}

austinsdad 10-23-2008 05:12 PM

Yep. Something is wrong.8-O

pat8you 10-23-2008 05:52 PM

I would do a couple water changes to try and get that ammonia down or it will kill your fish. Your filtration should catch up in a week or two. Until then frequent water changes and it can't hurt to soak your food in garlic to get the fish a little boost and encourage them to keep eating.

joe&rae 10-23-2008 08:39 PM

live rock
i did add rock but it was not live and i have not added anything else but i did change the tank could that have caused this problem and what can i do to fix it

roka64 10-23-2008 09:04 PM

The rock you added could have had some die-off causing the ammonia spike. PWCs will help.

austinsdad 10-23-2008 09:33 PM

Get plenty of mixed salt water to do water changes. your crabs and corals are having a tuff time and could be casualties.

If the ammonia goes up any higher or stays the same after a water change I'd comsider removing the new rock and curing it in another sw container. A bucket'll do. Can you do that water change in the next 24hrs? Now is preferred if at all possible.

How long ago did you put the rock in?

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