Whats with my params??

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  1. chelonianraces

    chelonianraces Flamingo Tongue

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    So i cycled my tank for 2 months and ammonia, nitrite, nitrate gone to zero, did a 50% water change and added a clean up crew and a small mushroom rock and after then i had nothing but trouble, my ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are all above 0 i did another 50% waterchange, no good.

    here are the parameters for today,,


    SG - 1.026
    Ammonia - 0.10 ppm
    Nitrite - 1.6 ppm
    Nitrate - 40 ppm

    What should i do? currently the mushroom has gone to my friends tank and i have my clean up crew and a brittle star in the tank.
     
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  3. chelonianraces

    chelonianraces Flamingo Tongue

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  4. billielewis3

    billielewis3 Gigas Clam

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    what did you use to cycle your tank? and do you have a deep sand bed that got disturbed?
     
  5. chelonianraces

    chelonianraces Flamingo Tongue

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    I only used my rock, 1'' of sand and some fish food,, after that i did play with rock work a little bit.. sand bed did not get stirred.

    also, i added a piece of rock after the tank cycled, maybe it leached some ammonia/ nitrite in there?
     
  6. NanaReefer

    NanaReefer Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    Have you cleaned your glass with anything? What are you using for filtration?
     
  7. chelonianraces

    chelonianraces Flamingo Tongue

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    I clean my glass with just a dish sponge that has only been used in this application.

    For filtration i just have a HOB Filter with some live rock rubble i've added after the cycle,, soon to be a refugium
     
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  9. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Measure your tap water and see what it shows on those params. Are you using RO/DI filtration for your tap water? Have you double checked the readings with another test kit?
     
  10. chelonianraces

    chelonianraces Flamingo Tongue

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    I've probably misread or didn't wait for proper colouring but my nitrates are more like 60 ppm and not 40.


    Yes i used tapwater (i know it's wrong) , however ammonia, nitrites and nitrates are 0 at my tap.
     
  11. 2in10

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    I find that hard to believe they are 0 if you did a 50% change and your params didn't change. Blow off all of your rock and look for areas of low circulation and remove the detritus from there. Thoroughly clean all of your equipment and do it often, every 2 weeks at the longest. Get a skimmer ASAP and do water changes often. Aerate the WC water after mixing the salt for at least one hour and overnight would be better. Do WCs often, use less food.
     
  12. TritonsGarden

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    Some test kits are made for saltwater and may not work with fresh tap water. You may have gotten a false negative reading.