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  1. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    I don't think you need to do daily testing anymore. Just test ammonia and nitrite periodically or if something seems out of whack. Test nitrate before water changes to make sure it doesn't get out of hand (at least for a while, until you know more of what to expect from week to week from this...
  2. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    Yeah, unfortunately they won't give very accurate readings for GH and KH either. Liquid tests would be better. Were all of the above numbers from the test strips? What are the results for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate using your liquid test kit? I hope you enjoyed your trip!
  3. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    Looks good. KH is about where we want it. It will be higher after your trip because the crushed coral has all those days to leach. We'll see what the test says when you get back. What test kit did you buy? It also looks like you have regained your cycle just in time for the trip, so...
  4. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    You might be further ahead to just fast them while you are gone, especially being as you haven't had time to monitor the feeder for a few feedings before you went. It IS an option. I have a feeling that no matter which way you do it, you are going to worry about the fish, but it just might be...
  5. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    I really know very little about the different automatic feeders, so your guess is as good as mine on them. If you don't have time to get the KH test kit, it will wait until you get back. The crushed coral will have more time to make adjustments to the water now that you aren't doing daily...
  6. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    You should really get a KH test kit, or GH/KH, test kit, so that you can track how the crushed coral is doing. You want to try keeping the KH around 3 or 4 degrees with weekly water changes. That's enough to keep pH stable but shouldn't cause problems with water changes. You shouldn't need to...
  7. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    There is a good chance it will. How many days will you be gone? How are your numbers today?
  8. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    The coral should be fine. When do you leave? There is really no need to clean the tank unless you are leaving tomorrow for your holiday, just leave the tank process the ammonia that is left. You can add more TSS if you like, but I am not sure even that is necessary. It looks like your tank...
  9. toosie

    20 Gallon Tank Suggestions For Hard Water Tank?

    Higher pH does not always equate to hard water, especially if the water is from a municipal water supply. Water treatment plants adjust pH to prevent it from causing problems with the pipes. Also, if you tested pH soon after getting it from the tap, the pH may not be the same as when you allow...
  10. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    A normal dechlorinator is awesome. No problem there then! But use more TSS. 10ml isn't enough. It isn't something you can overdose on, unlike chemicals. Give it a couple of good glugs at least.
  11. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    If those are the current levels, just dump in TSS, unless you want to see if this tank is actually going to finish its cycle without it. But remember that you need to wait 24 hours after using Prime to use TSS, so instead of doing the water change (which would require the use of Prime), you...
  12. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    Well, let's see what the ammonia and nitrite go up to when you test tomorrow. Maybe they will stay low enough that you will be able to just use the TSS and avoid the water change. And if the filter comes in tomorrow, then you'd be able to rinse all its media and pour the bottle of TSS into the...
  13. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    If this tank still isn't cycled, then putting half of the stock into another tank, and using TSS 24hrs after Prime, would give all of your fish more of a chance of survival while you are gone. So if that is something you are considering, then there would be nothing wrong doing that. Getting a...
  14. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    Well, I must be nosy and ask why you want to set up another tank. Do you want to get a larger tank to put your current stock in? Do you think your current tank is over stocked and a second tank would help spread out the bio load? Are you starting to suffer MTS (multi tank syndrome)? All of...
  15. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    Yes, I believe I recommended that in a June 10th post. If you replace this filter, cut off the filter media from the plastic frame and place it into the new filter along with the new media. And being as this tank wants to be stubborn, you might still want to get a bottle of Tetra SafeStart to...
  16. toosie

    Advice For How To Get Outlandishly High Ammonia Under Control

    I'm pretty sure you mean the nitrate test is a bit problematic in this range. . But that's ok. I'm not concerned about the nitrates. They are still in a good range.
  17. toosie

    High Nitrates

    That does indeed look good! I would still suggest testing for a few more days, and of course, monitoring the KH to get the amount of crushed coral needed tweaked. Congratulations!
  18. toosie

    High Nitrates

    My personal preference would be to do a water change, because I am of the same mind as @scarface above, and believe Prime should be used as a dechlorinator. If Prime has the ability to detoxify the last bit of ammonia, I consider that an added bonus, but not something I am comfortable relying...
  19. toosie

    High Nitrates

    Just add some. What is there will still be leaching. We just had you remove too much in light of all of the water changes you've been having to do. It's hard to judge how much under these circumstances, so you'll need to let the testing guide you on that. It won't always be such a pain, but...




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