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  1. JCerillo70

    JCerillo70 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Hi guys!

    Trying out something alittle smaller this time with a 29 gallon.

    30 lbs of dry rock - 40 lbs of "live sand" - bottle of bio-spira. This would be week three - whisper 30 filter and a reef octopus classic 1000 skimmer (hob) 19" refugium (hob) inbound.

    PH=8
    AMMONIA= 0.50
    NITRITE= 0
    NITRATE= A LITTLE OVER 0.5
    SALINITY = 1.029
    TEMP RANGES AROUND 81 DEGREES

    Still no algea bloom... since Tuesday i have a chromis in there and a couple hermit crabs creeping around eating pellets ive been dropping in.

    With all this live bacteria i put in and the sand i would think by now i should be good to go but the ammonia part confuses me. Any advice on my levels?

    thanks guys
     
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  3. JCerillo70

    JCerillo70 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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  4. Swisswiss

    Swisswiss Caribbean Reef Squid

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    I would bring that salinity down. the ammonia could be due to the "rotting" uneaten pellets
     
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    JCerillo70 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Did a water change and brought it down to 1.026 - going to buy more hermit crabs today and see if that helps
     
  6. Swisswiss

    Swisswiss Caribbean Reef Squid

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    assuming feeding is the problem then cut slightly back on that..... at 3 weeks I personally wouldn't feel safe to assume my cycle is completely over... the added bio load of the chromis most likely has a part in responsibility in the mini ammonia spike as well smaller volumes of water foul faster than large ones. monitor your values for the next week and see how it goes from there.....I have a single hermit in a 120. several in a 29g might not work out for the best.....
     
  7. Zissou

    Zissou Fire Shrimp

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    I agree with Swiss, hermits are not the answer and too many will just cause problems. I run my 40 with zero crabs, safer for corals in my opinion
     
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  9. JCerillo70

    JCerillo70 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Update:

    went to lfs yesterday they didn't have any nitrite test kits but they do test water. im going to bring a sample sunday to them to get it pro tested.

    via my API test tonight

    PH: 8.4 (ADDED A LITTLE BOOSTER)
    AMMONIA: 0.05
    NITIRITE: 0.0
    NITRATE: 20 (BIG JUMP FROM 10 YESTERDAY)
    SALINITY: 1.026
    TEMP : 78.7

    ANY INSIGHT?
     
  10. Swisswiss

    Swisswiss Caribbean Reef Squid

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    its good your Nh4 is dropping, 20ppm no3 isnt dangerous for your fish or inverts, lets see what your LFS gets
     
  11. SantaMonicaHelp

    SantaMonicaHelp Astrea Snail

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    Hi JCerillo70,

    Welcome to the forum :)
    How is the tank now?
    Zhenya