Please help, everything is dying

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  1. Lemar

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    Hi

    I'm desperate. Please help. My power was off from 3 until 6:30 this morning. Power was restored, and everything seemed fine in the tank.
    We were away for the day, and when i got back 2 hours ago, 80% of my livestock was dead...

    I just tested nitrites and ammonia
    Nitrite < 0.05mg
    Ammonia <0.01mg

    PH = >9.4 which has sky rockted since yesterday. was 8 now suddently over 9.4
    Alkalinity = 5
    I dont' have enough R/O water to do more than 20% waterchange.
    Please help, must I use normal tap water

    I've got one tube anemone and few feahterdusters and 2 clownfish left
    Clownfish are gasping....

    The tears are rolling, can't even see my computer screen, why must this happen.....
     
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    Really sorry Lemar.
    What is/was the temperature of the tank?
    I would guess your ph shot up as a result of you kalkstirrer dumping a whole lot of kalk into the tank.
    DONT USE TAP WATER. Are there any reefers near you that you can get water from?
    Also if you can move what everlivestock is in the tank over to another reefers tank, they will hopefully make it.
     
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    Dude i think the O2 levels may be your problem !!!

    Do the water change NOW and if you have an air pump with an air stone put that in and oxygente the water ..... skim a little wetter than usual to get rid of the dye off that has occurred ..... the bacteria in your sump will have been the first to dye off !

    I think using tap water should be a LAST resort !!!

    Wish i could help more .... are there any reefers in your area??????
     
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    By the way, I highly doubt that the ph could have caused so much of damage as my ph shot up to about 9.6 once with no losses. My guess would be high/low temperature and low oxygen levels in your system that could have caused the deaths.
     
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    have you dosed anything, perhaps kalk or something?

    you need to lower the pH, perhaps Baked bicarb of soda (if i'm correct has a very low ph), but this cannot be done to quickly,

    mayby remove all livestock to buckets and drip with new mixed water, even dechlorinated tap water if not enough RO to mix.
     
  7. Lemar

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    Only Ann, and they are away for the weekend.
    I've got airstones in, my temp is 25 at the moment. Usually varies between 25.2 and 26.7

    Can't move them anyware. I did 15% waterchange. what can i go to get ph down alkalinity up?? I do not have a buffer
     
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    Where is Lichtenburg? Anyone know of any reefers that we can contact to help out Lemar?
     
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    Is there any dead livestock decaying in the tank that you have not removed???
     
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    Pump air as much as you can!, As Meks said, probably not the ph that has caused this, and don't worry about the alk right now.
     
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    Iv'e got a 500 liter display tank. catching remaining live stock, is going to be extremly difficult, as they are hiding behide LR

    Must I try bicarb, I'll need more instructions, have never done it before
    PH in our tap water i = 7.4 I think if i use tap water it's going to be bigger shock and alkalinity = 18. Shucks, that's huge!!!
     
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    even a bucket, large tupperware, enything to get them out there for now!
     
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    in the northwest province, far from civilization.... :(

    the closest place is rustenburg, which is 160 away. dont know anyone there
     
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    NO, it will Increase the pH!,
     
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    would the stress of catching them not be too much for the livestock to handle ????

    Are the fish showing signs of recovery or are they still gaping for air?
     
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    Ok there is alot of foam coming from the skimmer, and just now when my husband touched it, it shocked him... could that be a reason for die-off?
    Althought when we touch water it does not shock
     
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    Keep the skimmer going! doubt it, as its not shocking him in the tank water?
     
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    ok two are gasping for air (the nemo and one false eye damsel)

    Other false eye damsel, 3 other 3-stripe damsel fish are swimming around
    update, as you can see not alot of fish swimming around anymore
    [​IMG]
     
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    just keep pumping the air! hopefully it will help.

    have you re-checked your parameters?
     
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    Im missing 2 fish, that I cant locate... they must be somewhere decaying
     
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    ok another question, when i touch the tank im not shocked.
    When i touch the water and the tank i shock, what can cause this?
     
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