1. ajtomase

    New fish acclimation (w/ammonia blockers)

    I'll be getting the first clownfish for my tank from someone who is quarantining them for me and they informed me they ship their fish in water between 1.024-1.026 and has ammonia blockers in the bag. I know that when I open the bag, the increase of oxygen will raise the pH which will also raise...
  2. Y

    Cycle question, ammonia and nitrate but no nitrites?

    Hey everyone! I set up my waterbox 20 a few days ago, and added dr tims ammonia and one n only to start the cycle. I dosed ammonia to 4ppm, and have been testing daily. I'll attach a screenshot of my excel spreadsheet with test results. I've been recording ammonia and nitrates from day 2, but...
  3. Y

    Cycle question, ammonia and nitrate but no nitrites?

    Hey everyone! I set up my waterbox 20 a few days ago, and added dr tims ammonia and one n only to start the cycle. I dosed ammonia to 4ppm, and have been testing daily. I'll attach a screenshot of my excel spreadsheet with test results. I've been recording ammonia and nitrates from day 2, but...
  4. marcus07

    Fish rescue attempt

    Hey all, I’m currently in the middle of an attempt to rescue my neighbors fish. My neighbor was gifted an aquarium by their child without know much of anything about caring for them. I need some help with diagnosing the cause of death I’m getting.(I’ve lost 4 fish within the first 24hrs) The...
  5. T

    A New Year's Reef Chemistry Puzzle (How to totally remove 10ppm ammonia in 10min)

    Happy New Year! Here's something a bit different just for fun. A riddle or puzzle of sorts. Here is a "product" (not really) that completely removes large amounts of ammonia very quickly (really). Below is a video of the process. 1L of tank water with ~10ppm total ammonia added 2.3mL reagent A...
  6. D

    Extended fishless cycle of dry rock(3-5 months). What to use to fuel bacteria?

    Will be setting up a new tank, upgrading and learning from prior mistakes that I made with current tank(6 years running). It will be dry rock and bare bottom. Starting sterile and keeping up with a good quarantine regime to avoid pests issues, bare bottom for flow for SPS, and for cutting down...
  7. SaltwaterGuruNeeded

    Cycle stopped during fallow?

    Here are my Parameters...I've had an ammonia reading for about a month or so now... How can I fix this? I have snails and a shrimp in my tank. Day 46 of fallow. Ammonia (API) 0.5 - 1ppm Ammonia (Salifert) 0.5ppm Nitrite (Salifert) 0.05ppm Nitrate (Salifert) 2.5ppm Phosphate (Salifert) 0-0.03ppm...
  8. unchaotic

    Dosing Ammonia with Prime

    I don't want to start a debate on whether or not (and how) Prime detoxifies ammonia. There are plenty of raging debates on that already. I want to ask a purely hypothetical question. Now, assuming Prime does what it says (remember, we're not here to debate this), would a person be able to...
  9. JamieTotten1996

    EMERGENCY Dead Crab in Back Sump

    I have a dead crab in the back sump of my DT, it’s fallen down the chamber the skimmer is in and gone under into the second chanmber laying beneath my mechanical filtration, will I have to pull my sump apart to remove it or should it be okay to decay naturally, I have seachem prime I could use...
  10. Caito

    EMERGENCY I need help - cycle

    Tank has been ‘cycling’ for 5 weeks now. 32 gal 3ft Have sand and dry rock in it from day 1 Added clean up crew per the instruction of my LFS for 19 days now Havent added any fish yet because my parameters are absolutely shocking. I don’t understand why. I feed a tiny bit of brine shrimp every...
  11. SaltwaterGuruNeeded

    What lighting for Salifert Test?

    The Salifert Ammonia Test is really hard to read for me between 0, <0.15, and 0.25. the readings look different in all types of lighting. Near the window it has a brownish hue to it, not deep brown, but you know... In a white lit room it can be white, yellow or brown depending which way I am...
  12. C

    Aquarium Systems SeaTest test kits

    Has anyone had any experience with the aquarium systems seatest test kits? any reviews/experiences? cant find anything on them, my LFS recommended them but im getting "odd" or just unexpected readings and dont know if i 100% trust them yet. Im using the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate test kits of...
  13. S

    Nitrobac bottle dosing.

    Hello. I’m currently at the end of the cycle for my tank. Ammonia is trace and nitrites have risen and are now nearing 0. Nitrates were at 25 ppm so I’ve done a 25/30% water change today to lower it somewhat. from advice on here I have added my first fish today and all appears to be healthy...
  14. S

    Cycling tank with "Red Sea Pro Reef Mature Kit"

    Hello. I am currently in the process of cycling my Red Sea Max Nano reef tank. I've added 20lbs of Carib-sea special grade live sand and about 15-20lbs of Carib-sea Life rock shapes (spored with bacteria). I've also added a mesh bag worth of Fluval bio tubes (for surface area for bacteria)...
  15. C

    Anenome ammonia nitrite spike

    Hi all, I have a 7 month old 50 gallon frameless with a 15 gallon sump (all i could fit). Protein skimmer, single chamber media reactor down below, and refugium (not doing much since I got the reactor), and tons of bio media. 6 fish in all. Some beginner corals. Sea stars, hermits, and snails...
  16. J

    Detected ammonia in established tank

    Hello, I have a 100g tank with a 34g sump. I've had it going since October 2020. Recently, I've added a new dry rock and 2 media bricks. I haven't tested ammonia in a long time. The red sea kit I have, I purchased in July of 2020. I just tested ammonia because a firefish I have, I haven't...
  17. mamareef

    How do I cycle my new tank!? Confused!

    Someone please tell me how I am supposed to cycle a 20 gallon IM nuvo fusion. I can’t seem to get a clear answer from the internet/YouTube. Apparantly there are a billion ways to do it!? I will be using caribsea live sand and caribsea life dry rock. I am making my own saltwater with rodi water...
  18. ChandlerTingle

    Cycling Process

    So I’m on the 3rd day of cycling for my 38 gallon tank with the products Dr. Tim’s Ammonia Chloride and API QuickStart. First Day the Ammonia was on 2.0 ppm and has been for the 3 days but Nitrites have not gone up. Should I be worried or is this normal, Which day is usually when you see the...
  19. DeNovice

    Will chaeto drop nitrate and phosphate to zero?

    I have been consistently getting 0 on Nitrate and Phosphate. I have chaeto in a back chamber that’s literally doubling in size in about a weeks time. I give it 18 hours of light which I’d read was recommended. I also have green hair algae forming on the sand. As of yesterday, my ammonia level...
  20. adamlodge14


    My new tank (15 gallons) is about 2 1/2 months old with a Yasha goby/ shrimp pair and a cleaner shrimp with some soft corals. I finished the cycle about 4 weeks ago but have had a spike of ammonia going to 0.55 I am going to do an immediate 20% water change and add more beneficial bacteria...
  21. Reefster78

    General Cure and Ammonia

    Hi everyone. Got question. If I'm curing with general cure and will test water with RedSea ammonia test, will it be readable? Will it work normally? I ordered ammonia checker but didn't receive it yet. Thank u
  22. gr2

    Ammonia test kit help

    Hi everyone I’m having some trouble reading whether my ammonia is at either 0ppm or 0.25ppm. In person it has more of a green hue but it has tested this color for about a week now. My nitrite is at 0ppm. I’ve attached a picture with flash and without flash. What do you guys think?
  23. B

    Cycling with ATM Colony - Day by Day Examples of Parameters

    Hi All, Have just started my Waterbox 70.2 Reef yesterday using the ATM Colony route. Wanted to get an example of how peoples parameters read daily for the first week through using this route as i have not seen this anywhere online and want to get a view of how this approach has worked for...
  24. A

    Free Ammonia after RO, Safe to Use?

    Hi Reef2Reef. Have a quick question about acceptable chloramine and ammonia levels coming out of an RO filter. I'm using a 4 stage RO filter only (No DI) and testing finished water quality for chloramine and ammonia, and testing using an API saltwater test kit. Currently reading somewhere...
  25. csab1n

    How long it takes for a tank to re-cycle on average?(and how long can corals go without lighting?)

    So I just did a 4 day cross country move and brought all the livestock and equipment with me. I threw out all the old sand. Unfortunately most of my live rock had to go in the trailer, submerged under water in a tote. Needless to say it was less than ideal to begin with, but I had no more room...
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