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  1. Dikdaan

    Dikdaan

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    Are you experiencing any problems in your tank?
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    Brief Description
    Hi all

    I just tested my NO3 levels and it is sky high!!!! Like in really very high. I am looking for info on the web but cant find anything that really helps...

    Why would the levels be sky high and how can i get it down?
    Tank size
    1200X450x450
    System Volume
    350liters
    How long has your tank been running?
    12months
    What livestock do you have?
    Livestock
    tomato clown X4
    clarkii clown X2
    blue yellow tail damsel x4
    pajama cardinal x2
    three spot damsel x1
    boxer shrimp x1
    hermits a lot
    snails also a lot
    Coral
    H. Magnifica nennie
    massive pincushion (50cm across) and a few smaller ones
    colt coral (base 15cm around and standing 25cm high)
    hammer coral
    various polyps
    various shrooms
    brain coral
    pulsing xenia
    Water Parameters
    NH3.... 0.25
    NO2.... 0.2
    NO3.... high range - 250
    Alkalinity.... - 2
    pH.... - 8.2
    Salinity.... 1.025
    Temperature.... - 28
    RO water TDS reading.... - 1
    What lighting is over the tank?
    T5's: 2x actinic and 2x white
    Pumps and equipment
    Sump:
    DSB with cheato
    skimmer TS1
    In tank:
    tank bout 350 liters including sump
    2cm aragonite base
    40-50kg LR
    Maintenance
    feeding twice daily with different things. Flakes in the morning, 2nd feeding gets exchanged between frozen foods and omega one.
    Using Tetra salt. Dose with iodine once a week
    Other info and photo's.
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  3. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

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    You sure something did not die?

    Somewhere you cannot see. Check if hermits are all together in one spot. Having a feast.

    BTW, that is too many clowns for a 1.2. Maybe you are lucky, but noramally guys get problems later on as they mature and the dominant one change into a typical woman. :)
     
  4. Dikdaan

    Dikdaan Thread Starter

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    Yes there's nothing dead in the tank... The second tank only needs lighting then the clowns will be split up and a friends tank will start cycling the coming week and he is also getting 2 of the clowns...
     
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    NO3 that high i would go for plenty water changes, and something like NP reducing pellets or Zeolites etc.
     
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    Check the test kit first.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Yip agree with NJ. Cross check with another test kit. If it still remains high, cut down on feeding and increase water changes.
     
  8. Dikdaan

    Dikdaan Thread Starter

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    Okay dokay, so feeding is a go low at the moment and to get a new test kit tom as well?
    All the fish looks happy and healthy...Anything i should do tonight?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Set your skimmer to skim wet, and increase the photo period over your macro algae :)
     
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    Dikdaan Thread Starter

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    Ok thanks! I started a second skimmer in the tank tonight as well... The photo periode of the macro algea will be increased as well. How does the other parms look?
     
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    Is this in ppm or the other one??
     
  12. Dikdaan

    Dikdaan Thread Starter

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    Its in milli equaivalent per liters...Can the spike be because of a DSB crash?
     
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    In my experience- when my Dsb (sump) broke, I had algae bloom as well as high nitrates.

    All the critters in the sump who was supposed to keep the water parm in balance, was cut out of the equation
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    First - double check your test kits with another reefer if possible, your Nitrite and Ammonia readings are a bit of a concern as well, they should both be 0.

    Just in case, as a preventative measure, I would recommend buying some Seachem Stability to dose in your tank, it will not harm anything and may help to prevent ammonia and nitrite reaching toxic levels. This should give you bit of time and hopefully prevent any livestock from dying until the problem has been rectified.
     
  15. Dikdaan

    Dikdaan Thread Starter

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    How would i know if the dsb has crashed? I will get the water tested at the lfs...
    There is a bit of algea but not a lot though
     
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    Me bad, I thought you meant, your dsb/sump did crash. Dean is the one that can answer you
     
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    Alkalinity is also too low.
    Start dosing kalkwasse, 1 tea spoon every 2 days (slurried with 1.5L of water and drip fed)
     
  18. Dikdaan

    Dikdaan Thread Starter

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    Okay people the tank is stable again...Thx for all the advice
     
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