Hey guys just checked my water and my Alk went from 8 to 7 should I be worried ? My BTA does not look good at all. Also my candy cane hasn't opened up in 3 days everything else looks fine. Please help.
The presence of ammonia is very alarming. Did you cycle your tank prior to adding livestock?
Yes cycle for about a month. Last night my BTA looked like it was dying no tentacles and it had something coming out it's mouth. Could that be the problem ? This morning the BTA got it's tentacles back and is looking better.
The answer is water changes. This is the solution to almost every problem you can face. I would also assume you are feeding your tank and that this is causing the ammonia readings, since there aren't any fish to provide a constant supply of ammonia to feed the bacteria in the nitrate cycle.