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Old 04-26-2013, 04:12 PM   #21
 
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Are the lights on? You can experience pH swings with the lights off.

Do a 50% water change since you have no inhabitants now. Give it a few hours then retest.
lights are on
i still have the damsel
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:19 PM   #22
 
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lights are on
i still have the damsel

Forgot about him. They are very hardy though.

Do a 25% change. If you do add baking soda, read this first:

An Improved Do-it-Yourself Two-Part Calcium and Alkalinity Supplement System by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com

It needs to be prepped. I don't like to add sodium bicarbonate without calcium though...
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:20 PM   #23
 
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Forgot about him. They are very hardy though.

Do a 25% change. If you do add baking soda, read this first:

An Improved Do-it-Yourself Two-Part Calcium and Alkalinity Supplement System by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com

It needs to be prepped. I don't like to add sodium bicarbonate without calcium though...
I got tums lol Jk

But i did the 25% change with the ro saltwater. How many hours to wait to test again?

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Old 04-26-2013, 04:37 PM   #24
 
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But i did the 25% change with the ro saltwater. How many hours to wait to test again?
Give it two or three hours and post the results. I will try to keep an eye on the clock.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:17 PM   #25
 
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Give it two or three hours and post the results. I will try to keep an eye on the clock.
Just rechecked
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0.5
Alkalinity 120
Ph 7.8
Is this better?
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:58 PM   #26
 
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Looks a little better. Can you do another water change first thing in the morning?
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:08 PM   #27
 
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Looks a little better. Can you do another water change first thing in the morning?
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I should be able to do a very small change, im almost out of water. Also im afraid the damsel has been affected by the drop, the gills are red and he is turning colors, which i read can mean stress.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:49 PM   #28
 
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Can you post a pic? The stress might be elevated nitrite and ammonia levels. I wish you had an ammonia test.

Forget the morning water change of the damsel is stressed. Post test results first thing in the am.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:06 PM   #29
 
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Can you post a pic? The stress might be elevated nitrite and ammonia levels. I wish you had an ammonia test.

Forget the morning water change of the damsel is stressed. Post test results first thing in the am.
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My camera broke... so i cant get any pics... all i can tell you is the scales over the gills looks very red. And the fish is a really light blue color, it doesnt "act" stressed per se but visually it showing the signs. SO test the water in the am?
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:16 PM   #30
 
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Yeah. I want to see what they look like tomorrow. Wait until the light has been on for an hour or so.
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