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post #1 of 12 Old 03-28-2007, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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so i have a 55 gallon tank that has been fully cycled for nearly 3 weeks. in the tank i have 50lbs of lr, 3 damsels, a maroon clown, coral beauty and a six line. i have a seaclone 100 protein skimmer( i know people say its junk but it was free and better than nothin). but recently ive had high amonia levels that wont go away. ive tried a couple water changes but it goes to 0 and right back up the next day. is my protein skimmer that bad and cant keep up with the bio load or am i just missing something.

also i only feed them about 3 times a week.
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-28-2007, 06:13 PM
What are your other water parameters and how long has the tank been setup?
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-28-2007, 06:18 PM
how much skimmate is being collected in the skimmers cup? Is it all watery or thick?
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-28-2007, 06:24 PM
Also forgot, how often do you do water changes with and with what type of water? Its glad you know your skimmer isnt the best technology. But then free isnt bad either. :D
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-28-2007, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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nitrite is 0 but nitrate just went up to 10ppm but i jsut did a 20 gallon water change last night. also i have a mushroom that i got on a peice of rock and he seems uneffected by any of this.
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-28-2007, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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in the skimmer there is foam but ive got a tube commin out of the top into a bottle and thats all liquid and black as anything. but it is a mountain dew bottle so its makin it a little darker
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-28-2007, 06:34 PM
also what test kit are you using?
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-28-2007, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113074

this one here, is there an expiration date on them at all cuz it is about a year old
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-28-2007, 07:14 PM
I dont like them kits but most LFS test with them. Go to your LFS and have it testedand compare theres with yours and if they get different then get a new one. But what water are you using for water changes.
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-28-2007, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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i dont think my lfs sells RO water so i use tap water and let it sit for a day or two and then use water conditioner. i change about 20 gallons once a month
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