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Shawn_Schlorff 02-28-2009 09:58 PM

calcium problems
i can't get my calcium up over 170-180 and my nitrates are spikeing every couple of days but i can't figure out why i changed the feeding of my fish to 2 small porsions a day can anyone help?

ccCapt 03-01-2009 09:21 AM

I would say testing error. Calcium at 170 is pretty much impossible.
When you say nitrates are spiking, do you mean they rise and then fall on it's own? If so, I would again suspect testing error.

Shawn_Schlorff 03-01-2009 09:38 AM

sorry calusiom is 340 and nitrates are not comeing back down they go up in a couple of day i do a water change and bring them down

ccCapt 03-01-2009 10:16 AM

What salt are you using? What are you using to try to raise the calcium? Have you tested alk and magnesium?
What kind of filtration do you have? Rising nitrates is a normal occurance. You can lower them with water changes, use of a refugium with marco algea, deep sand bed, etc. What you are seeing sounds normal. How many fish do you have, how often do you feed and what do you feed?

Hmmmm...that's alot of questions. ;)

Shawn_Schlorff 03-01-2009 10:24 AM

my sand bed ios about 2 inches deep and i run a a fluval 304 filter i feed the 2 clown fish and 1 shrimp and i serpent star fish 5 ml cube of brine shrimp a day half in the morning and the other half in at night salt is the stuff my pet store uses i dont know the name i through out the bow the bags say not for resale

themangia1984 03-01-2009 12:18 PM

If your nitrates are spiking I would cut back on the feedings. Feed only every 2 some times every 3 days. That should help a little.

Shawn_Schlorff 03-01-2009 01:10 PM

thank you could makeing the bed deeper help?

sqrle 03-02-2009 01:12 AM


Originally Posted by Shawn_Schlorff (Post 959585)
thank you could makeing the bed deeper help?

For sure it will help. One thing you should try to keep in mind when you feed is the actual size of the fishes stomach. One of those 5ml cubes are HUGE compared to a clownfishes stomach, so there is no way they can eat all of that. It will just sit in the tank and rot. When you feed it next the old food will most likely be still hanging around on the rocks or wherever, and it just keeps building up.

ThrowedToad 03-02-2009 03:32 AM

Just to chime in with my own question. Are calcium suppliments such as found at local pharmacies, good or bad?

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