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Old 08-11-2009, 08:34 AM   #21
 
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...I'm just going to sit quietly while the adults talk. No but seriously the KH is a 179/ppm (10 dKH).
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:04 AM   #22
 
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How are the inhabitants doing? Have they showed any signs of stress over the past couple of days?

Can you re-test everything and post the results? I would like to know where all the other levels are, including: temperature, salinity, Calcium, Nitrates, and pH. And let me know if the lights are on and how long they have been on when the tests were taken. Thanks.
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:30 AM   #23
 
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How are the inhabitants doing? Have they showed any signs of stress over the past couple of days?

Can you re-test everything and post the results? I would like to know where all the other levels are, including: temperature, salinity, Calcium, Nitrates, and pH. And let me know if the lights are on and how long they have been on when the tests were taken. Thanks.

Lights have been on since 9:30AM and this is what I've got so far...

Temp: 87F
Salinity: 1.020
Calcium: 400
Nitrates: 10 (Maybe 15)
pH: 8.2 (Maybe 8.3)

I'm using API kits. Both the NO3 and pH are on th dark sides so the "maybes" are inbetween 2 colors.
As for my fish, everyoy looks good with the exception of y Hippo having ich.
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:40 PM   #24
 
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Are you measuring with a Hydrometer?

If so, then the specific gravity reading that you are getting is lower than your actual specific gravity. This chart shows the relation between sg and temp.

Your sg might be closer to 1.024, considering your temperature...
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:29 PM   #25
 
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The other thing is that 87 is a high temperature for ich to survive. I have heard of ich treatments that involve reducing your salinity and raising your temperature. I don't know if you're trying this, but I suggest reading up on it first. I myself have never tried it; I personally use garlic and do small feedings, multiple times a day.
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:12 PM   #26
 
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Yeah I'm using a hydrometer. As for the ich, I agree with your approach. About the only thing I used to do were fresh water dips but since I don't have a freshwater tank anymore I just stick to garlic and Kent Marine's Rx-P. It works REALLy well IMO. Thanks for the link by the way!
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:17 PM   #27
 
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Pasfur, what test kit do you recommend? Also do you use Test strips or drops? Thanks
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:41 PM   #28
 
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Pasfur, what test kit do you recommend? Also do you use Test strips or drops? Thanks
Next time you should start a new topic for questions unrelated to the existing topic. However, I use the Red Sea Marine Lab test kit. I test primarily for alkalinity, calcium, pH, and Nitrate.
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:17 PM   #29
 
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the temp being higher will increase the life cycle of the ich but having high temperatures also has downfalls. metabolisms are faster, more oxygen gets used but ontop of that warmer water doesnt hold disolved oxygen as well as cooler waters, and so forth.
i would get atleast a fan blowing over your lights or sump or if possible a chiller. if your going the chiller route try looking for a used one first on craigslist or a local reefing club.
what are you feeding the tang and how often? i would also use selcon with the garlic and a squirt of live black worms would be beneficial but def. not to many or to often esp since tangs diet mostly consists of mixed algaes.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:57 PM   #30
 
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I have dried seaweed (red & green) and she loves scallops/clams. Went after some black worms too. Everything is frozen. Once I get a few bucks I'm going to grab something that is more specifically designed for tangs.
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