01-03-2013, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by beaslbob
what is your ammonia reading? And are you using an ammonia lock like prime or amquell? (spelling)
Could be the ammonia is all locked up if you are using chemicals.
The api ammonia kit is extremely hard to read for saltwater at the lowest (.25ppm) level. I ran a tank for 9 years and always got .25ppm with that test kit.
if you do a 10% water change you water will only add .05ppm ammonia which should be easily consumed by aerobic bacteria and algae.
So I don't think the replacement water has much effect on the ammonia. What does is the bioload and tank conditions.
I would consider adding macro algaes to consume the ammonia directly and in a refugium to protect the macros from the livestock.
And just to make sure.. You know my tank is freshwater correct?