Urgent Test

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  1. fly

    fly Astrea Snail

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    Hi

    This is the results of my water test for my aquarium, what can I do to correct the results.

    Saltwater test
    Nitrite(No2-) 0.50ppm
    Ammonia (Nh3/Nh4+) 0.50ppm
    High range pH 8.2
    Nitrate (No3-) 160ppm

    Marine reef test
    Carbonate Hardness (Kh) 2 drops, 2 dKh, 35.8ppm Kh
    Phosphate 1 10.0 ppm
     
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  3. Marshall O

    Marshall O Giant Squid

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    Seems like your tank has not finished cycling. How long has it been running, what have you used to cycle it, and what do you have in the tank?
     
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    fly Astrea Snail

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    The tank has been running about 5 months. Im not to sure about the cycle. I have 5 small fish, 5 small crabs and about 3 sea plants.
     
  5. bigdubb

    bigdubb Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    How often are you doing water changes?

    How big is the tank?
     
  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Those test results seem very unusual for a 5 month old tank.

    You can start by doing water changes. I would not not do huge ones all at once, smaller more frequent ones is better IMO.

    You're overstocked per this thread

    http://www.3reef.com/forums/live-rock/black-mold-148149-4.html

    So I would take many of the suggestion of the old thread and apply them to your current issue.

    Start with water changes, improve your filtration and decrease your bio-load.

    I would recheck all those value though.
     
  7. fly

    fly Astrea Snail

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    How often should i do the water change? The tank is about 110 liters.

    Thank you
     
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  9. Zero_Dude

    Zero_Dude Fire Shrimp

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    A lot of people do 20% every two weeks. So you should have been doing 6 gallons every two weeks. I'm not very familiar with small tanks, so maybe 1 or 2 gallons daily for a while. Don't just rely on my advice, though, wait for more experienced reefers!
     
  10. fly

    fly Astrea Snail

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    Thank you!!! :)
     
  11. tom.n.day

    tom.n.day Eyelash Blennie

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    you shouldn't have that high of readings of all 3, did you recently add or have a fish die or go missing? I would do small water changes and add more live rock. consider a proteing skimmer (or a better one) or a sump for more water volume
     
  12. bigdubb

    bigdubb Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Another thought occurred to me. When you finish your tests do you rinse out your test vials with RO/DI water and let them air dry? Maybe you're getting skewed results from tainted tests.