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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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What are your other water parameters and how long has the tank been setup?
 

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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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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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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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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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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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FYI CP, don't bother letting it sit. Todays advanced chemistry holds chloramine indefinitely. It is not like the drinking water of 10 years back that you leave out over night and find all the bad stuff has evaporated out. Just treat it with Prime or Amquel and use it 10 minutes later.
 
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