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  1. General Reef Discussion
    So last night I went and picked up a 6 line wrasse and a mandarin (hindsight says this was a poor choice) for my 125 gallon tank. I currently have a damsel and lawnmower blenny and a foxface lo. The tank has been cycled for 3 weeks I've been checking ammonia weekly because I'm paranoid and it's...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I have a fowlr tank and I also have a few fake coral decorations In the tank. they got very dirty and I removed 2 of them and rinsed them off in fresh water ( I know< I should've used RODI). couple of questions. questions: 1- could those decorations have become "live" from being in the tank? 2-...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Started tank 1/17/2016 (I'm aware how new) Tank specs: -29L from petco -penguin power filter model 150 -Fluval aquasky led -bubble wand -koralia power head -30lbs cured live rock -2 bags petco sand Inhabitants: 3 firefish- minus 1 found dead today (1/31/2016) Lost arrow crab- looked like he...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    I have had this annoying "ammonia spike" of 0.25ppm for a week now maybe a little over a week and I have treated with zeolite crystals (which claim to remove ammonia), Prime to detox the ammonia, Stability to boost my bio filter and done 12 gals of water changes. (i have a 20gal long). The ****...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Hey all. Well, I just moved from one city to another. About 6 hours away drive time. I broke down my 40GB, put my rock into buckets, and put my fish + some rock into my old 10 gallon nano as it was much easier to move. I moved everyone the night before so things wouldn't be too crazy on...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys, this is my first post so hopefully someone can help me out! (New to salt water, but I have experience with fresh) I have a 14g bio cube which I want to have corals in eventually. The tank is almost 3 months old, it took a month to cycle and has around 16 pounds of live rock, 20 pounds...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Hi- I am new to this site and reefkeeping in general. I started my tank about 6 months ago. 72 bowfront with 30 gallon refugium. About 2 weeks ago I tested my water and everything was great Ammonia-0 Nitrites 0 Nitrate 0. A few days ago I noticed a trace of ammonia. I bought ammo lock and...
  8. Nano Reefs
    Hello to anyone, hope I don't type anything too amateur and stupid been reading so much on here most seem extremely knowledgable,I have kept freshwater mainly cichlids with good success breeding them well, but anything salty I have learnt from this forums. so therefore i have too many questions...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Hi all. This is my first post re my first reef tank. I have found a lot of great info here so I figured I'd post my questions. I recently drilled a tank for overflow and returns. Made custom sump and plumbing. I purchased LR and LS and began the cycling process. 3 days into it the back of...
  10. New Jersey Reef Club
    So because of hurricane sandy I lost power for four days. I was not prepared for such a lengthy outtage and had to resort to using one battery operated pump that is used to aerate one 5 gallon bucket to provide oxygen to my 75 gallon tank. I was also taking water from the tank and pouring it out...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Ever hear of a minor or non-existent Ammonia spike before nitirite spike begins? 2 days after starting my new tank and adding a raw shrimp, I started testing. Day 1: ammonia= 0.5; nitrites= not tested yet Day 1: ammonia= 0.5; nitrites= not tested yet Day 1: ammonia= 0.5; nitrites= not tested...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Got home from work today to find my coral beauty and lawn mower Benny dead. Checked my water yesterday and all was good. After pulling the fish out I checked again and my ammonia was around .50 from 0 yesterday. Doing a water change now and wanted to know what you guys and gals think might be...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    i recently added cultured gracillaria and added it to my reef tank. a few days after i added it i had an ammonia spike and my water became cloudy. could the algae be causing this.
  14. General Reef Discussion
    I have an autistic son who must have been watching me feed in the past and taken it upon himself this morning to give it a go when I wasn't looking today. He dumped about a 4 month supply of vegetarian pellets into the tank. (Ocean Nutrition - Formula TWO Marine Pellet) I have a 55 gallon...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    Ok so I bought my first online fish and just placed him in the qt tank yesterday. Problem is that I have ammonia (.50 ppm) in the qt tank. My mistake, but got about half of the bag water into the qt tank and didn't think to test it yesterday. So I did a small water change this morning and it's...
  16. Non Coral Dominated Systems
    I have been testing my tank for a few weeks now and my tank has been doing perfect. I used instant cycle LS. I did a 50% water change monday and noticed what looks like smoke all in my water. After the water change I did use the bacteria supplement to keep things in check. I had been using...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    okay im fishless cycling my freshwater tank with fish food. my nitrites are barely starting to rise, so i must have an ammonia spike(my test strips dont have an ammonia tester). but anywho, my tank smells like dirty laundry. could it be the ammonia spike? or the fish food thats breaking down in it?
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Hello all, I just moved everything from my 55gal reef to my new 125. I used new sand and the 70 lbs of rock from the 55 as well as 40 lbs of base rock. The fish and inverts and corals are all looking fine however I have some ammonia with a litttle nitrite. Ammonia is between .5 and 1 and the...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    I've had my 135G Reef Tank for about 3 months now, everything has been fine until I decided to feed the copepods phytoplankton yesterday. I believe i added way too much about 1 teaspoonful. This afternoon all of my corals closed up and the ammonia level is 7 PPM! I immediately added Ammo Lock...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    Hello, This is my first time posting here although I've used your forums to help solve problems in the past. I'd like to start by thanking everyone for the info I've found. We recently purchased a second aquarium from a friend. It is a 135 Gallon tank that was fully cycled with live rock and...
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