I'm new to saltwater aquariums. Like a lot of folks, I thought I had it figured out. I have really enjoyed being a lurker here and didn't feel like I had anything to contribute until now.
I has my 36 gallon tank up and running with a few hardy fish for ammonia sources. I added a couple peppermint shrimp to help scavenge stuff. All of a sudden, one shrimp carcase was drifting along the bottom of the tank. It looked like the fish had picked it over pretty good and left a hollow shell. A day later, the other shrimp was lying dead on the bottom. I quickly removed both. While I thought my nitrogen cycle was complete, I had an ammonia spike. I used a couple PWC
's and some amquel plus and a few days later, I had a clear tank, no ammonia, no nitrite. So, back to smooth sailing.
Then, something happened. Or had happened. My ammonia spiked again. at first to 1 ppm
. 12 hours later 2ppm. PWC
and ammo-lock. 24 hours after starting the spike reached 8ppm. Nitrites still zero. Nitrates steady.
So, any guesses about what happened and what I found?(I'll post the details in a few days)
I am still fighting the problem, but I think I have an edge on it now.
I hope this is a good post to get to know everyone with. Thanks to all the folks who post here.