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Old 07-21-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
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opinions on amoninia spike

I've been kinda lazy about my tank for the past month because of just really bad days, but I'm feeling a lil better so I must get back to it. Also my buddy Maple hooked me up with a bunch of stuff, nothing like new stuff to kick the love back in.

Anyway I noticed alot of my sps stn and even my nems are looking sad. I did a Wc last week and started back with my gfo and carbon after a month of being out of supplies. Last night one of my nems was looking really bad so I decided to do a full panel of test. Everything came back ok except there is some amoninia my guess with elos kit is .3. I remember when I did my waterchange my fuge pump had failed and the small amount of water in the fuge was spoiled. I'm guessing it had been that way for a week or so. I vacumed out the fuge but I did leave the sand.

This is my guess of where the amoninia came from. Thoughts? Whats the best method for removing it small or large WC

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Old 07-21-2011, 12:26 PM   #2
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i meant WCs plural I know its gonna take more than one.

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Old 07-21-2011, 12:27 PM   #3
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ditch the salinity salt...

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Old 07-21-2011, 12:32 PM   #4
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ditch the salinity salt...

hey I'm not the one that brought that thread back. I've had good luck with that salt. I hope your just joking but if your not please explain.

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Old 07-21-2011, 12:35 PM   #5
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Not joking. I heard it from another member. Do me a favor and test the newly made saltwater for ammonia.

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Old 07-21-2011, 12:39 PM   #6
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Argh really? I just did a wc last night with a new batch of Salinity. First time using the stuff.
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I think you'll find that the Member had an issue with a single batch of Salinity, and it is not a problem across the entire product line.

Ammonia is used in the manufacture of magnesium chloride, and this is a guess, but I'd bet not all the ammonia was removed from the mag chloride component. Mag chloride, BTW, is the second highest percentage component of sea salt, after NaCl.

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Old 07-21-2011, 12:57 PM   #8
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I will test the new batch though. I doubt this is my problem but I'll do it for you guys. I don't know if the test would be good though its a mixture of whats left of like 3 buckets.

Edit: so a few small or a couple of large WC, I'm about to start so I need some advice never ran into this problem yet.

Edit: plus I've been using this bucket and the mixture all year and I test at least once a month so I really doubt its the salt.

Edit: other test it was like 1 30 in the morning.

Ph 8.1
N02 .02
N03 1
Calcium 450
Mag 1200
Kh 10
Amoninia .3 in between the .5 and .1

Edit: salinity 1.025 checked with calibration fluid. target is 1.026

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Old 07-21-2011, 2:08 PM   #9
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Anybody on the advice? One or two big waterchanges or 5 or so smaller WC, just about done mixing the salt.

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I used RC for years. As said above ammonia is in the salt process. When I would mix a new batch it did have a very low amount of ammonia. But when it aged over night the ammonia was undetectable.

I doubt your results are from the new salt. I would verify the results with another kit.

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I would do one large wc and then a couple of small ones the following days

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Old 07-21-2011, 2:18 PM   #12
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I trust the test because I used it plenty and always gotton 0 but because of the fuge thing and then the livestock not looking so good I feel confident its correct. Only other one I have is an API I'll give it a shot.

I was gonna go with the big change unless someone else had a viable reason why not to. The way I look at it is if I do small ones I'm just removing a small amount and then thinning out what is left. So If I do a large one in my mind I have a better chance of thinning it out better vs the small ones. I hope I am thinking right. For nitrates though I've always heard to do several small ones over the large ones. I'm about to do a 30 gallon change and retest. Wish me and my livestock luck.

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If you do have ammonia from the spoiled fuge, one would think that in a day or so the bio filter would have taken care of it and your nitrates would be up.

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Blake,
I would do what you tank is used to. If you do small water changes normally, then do several small changes now. Likewise if you do large changes normally.

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I just don't know I get the same results on the clean water and the tank water out of the elos test, but a slight differance out of the API, it may be a bad test kit. I can't find an experation on it. I'm doing the WC anyway. I don't know

Edit: I'm gonna mix up a small batch of Reef crystals in a few and test both kits on it. I'm going to wait and let my wife read the results because I half A color blind anyway. Greens and blues and yellow get a lil mixed up.

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I would do what you tank is used to. If you do small water changes normally, then do several small changes now. Likewise if you do large changes normally.
Not trying to argue but, if one was to have any amount of ammonia in their normally ammonia free tank, wouldn't it make sense to do a large wc to dilute the remaining ammonia in the water regardless if one only did small wc's or even rarely?

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Not trying to argue but, if one was to have any amount of ammonia in their normally ammonia free tank, wouldn't it make sense to do a large wc to dilute the remaining ammonia in the water regardless if one only did small wc's or even rarely?

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Yup....probably would if the NH4 level is too high, but several small WCs done closely to one another or a single large WC probably wouldn't have much different a net result.

First thing I would do is throw some Prime in there to detoxify the ammonia he does have, then do my water changes, large or small.

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Yup....probably would if the NH4 level is too high, but several small WCs done closely to one another or a single large WC probably wouldn't have much different a net result.

First thing I would do is throw some Prime in there to detoxify the ammonia he does have, then do my water changes, large or small.
I think you mean NH3

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I think you mean NH3
My bad...not NH4 ammonium, ....NH3 ammonia.

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That being said, was there a pH shift? That can cause harmless NH4 convert to toxic NH3

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