Terrible time for a crash.

Discussion in 'ASAP' started by reefnJeff, Jun 19, 2012.

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  1. reefnJeff

    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    Just as I was starting to feel relieved seeing my Ammonia level drop, it peaked again, this time close to 1.0ppm and I got new Coral coming in today. MY GOD! I can’t find anything dead, last week I cut back on the feeding when I first noticed my Ammonia up to 0.25ppm and I stopped using flake food. I did several small water changes though the days. I changed my filter media in my canister filter and cleaned it, so when you do this and everything is clean and new inside there, when it gets re-colonized with bacteria can that cause this to happen? Because I have no idea what else is doing it.
     
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  3. Toallhisdoom

    Toallhisdoom Dragon Wrasse

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    grinder37 Whip-Lash Squid

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    Or Prime,both are good ammonia binders.asap

    Edit-no,I don't have spikes when I clean my canister,but I clean it once a week,any longer i've found will allow enough bacteria to colonize to create a small spike when cleaned.I also don't keep any biofiltration media in it (rubble rock,ceramic rings,etc) as I don't want my canister being a part of my biofiltration,just mechanical/chemical.That's what my liverock is for.
     
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  5. reefnJeff

    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    Your right Toallhisdoom, long term solution is get rid of all fish, get rid of the canistor filter and rely on the skimmer only to make a heathy enviorment for the Corals only :/
     
  6. epsilon

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    my guess is you lost some of your good bacteria in the cleaning process and started a mini cycle... What size tank? Live rock and amount? are you running a Protein Skimmer?
     
  7. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    What do you have in your system now?
    How big is the tank and how much LR
    Also how old is the tank?
     
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  9. reefnJeff

    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    :bigcry:That could be the reason grinder37, last weeks cleaning and changing was the first time I did it since I set the tank up 4 months ago, my bad!! I did prime it, how long will this last? If I shut the Canister filter down would the live rock, etc get it down faster?
     
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    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    I got a 40b, I got about 40 lbs of live sand and about 90 lbs of live rock, the tank is 4 months old.
     
  11. grinder37

    grinder37 Whip-Lash Squid

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    Read the bottle,in emergencies,you can safely overdose prime by up to 5 times the normal dose.I also added more to my first post that you may want to read.
     
  12. reefnJeff

    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    There is 2 perculas and 1 gramma, snails and reef hermits, 2 peppermint shrimp, a porcelan<? crab, then my coral