Corals dying after tank upgrade and water change - ALK finally lower at 13 but Ammonia is 4! HELP!

Discussion in 'Coral' started by Batiatus, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. Batiatus

    Batiatus Guest

    Yeah, even my wife said that all the people that we met who has a fish tank are really nice. They like to talk and tell stories. She said maybe because it does takes allot of patience have a tank.

    Anyways. I called Petco, Petsmart and Petfood express and none of them carries the Turbo Calcium.
     
  2. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    I would just refrain from adding any chemicals to your tank. Stick with daily/bi-daily water changes. Pick up your own set of test kits "If you don't already have them" and just moniter the tank. Adding chemicals is not the solution to the problem
     
  3. VietNR1

    VietNR1 Guest

    When you say filtered tap water, how are you filtering it?
     
  4. Batiatus

    Batiatus Guest

    Reverse osmosis and pur 3 stage filter
     
  5. Batiatus

    Batiatus Guest

    wifey just called. she bought a new test kit and Alk is at 20 now and the rest shoot up also ph ammonia and so on. I think its about to crash
     
  6. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

    man.... sorry to hear
     
  7. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I just checked out the tank... API alk test kit two times says 12.5-13, not so bad. However, some corals looking pretty bad, a couple look gone... Ammonia spike time. It was 4+ added some prime and live bacteria, tank is pretty new, more live bacteria might be a good idea! I think the main culprit now is a high ammonia level and a fairly new tank strugglng to deal with it. I say let it be for tonight and test for ammonia and nitrite tomorrow and go from there.
     
  8. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

    is he running carbon on this tank??/
     
  9. Roc

    Roc Guest

    what about the water changes, are you doing them? If not start RIGHT NOW, it will do wonders for your issues
     
  10. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Running odysea carbon, not my choice, I'm not doing changes etc, just there to test and offer an opinion
     
  11. Batiatus

    Batiatus Guest

    just tested the water again, alkalinity is 13 still and amonia is still at 4. we are doing daily water changes and thinking of moving the corals to another tank. corals are not doing better at all and now the fish are all hiding. really dont know what to do.

    btw, thanks for dropping by mike
     
  12. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    Even after the water is testing ok it is still going to take some time for the corals to show signs of recovery. Just keep up the water changes and give it some time. The best thing to do is not to panic and do something drastic.
     
  13. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    +1
    And this is a good reminder about the level of 'nasties' that build up in a sandbed. While I don't exactly think sandbeds are ticking time bombs, they definitely CAN be nutrient sinks and certainly are not needed to grow coral.
     
  14. Batiatus

    Batiatus Guest

    Finished a 25% water change. Alk is at 12.5-13 but ammonia still going up. Calcium is at 450. My two anemones and mushroom looks swollen
     
  15. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Remember, the new water in should be "ideal".
     
  16. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    Test you new water before you add it to the tank. Make sure the new water is ok before using it.
     
  17. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Anybody else think some live bacteria is a good idea?
     
  18. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    Not me, I'd default to lowering the bad levels through a series of carefully performed water changes. I tend not to add stuff in order to remove stuff as a general practice.
     
  19. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I do :) But I also agree with Jim to an extent. Right now W/C is the best bet (maybe with some bacteria added to it)
     
  20. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Toss some ammonia absorbing media into the equation.
     

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