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JonathanDillio

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  1. Dying snails

    It was officially dead this am 😩
  2. Dying snails

    Soooooo i flipped it over last night and this am it's attached to the glass again?
  3. Dying snails

    Ugh! I hate my local fish store! They know I have a nano and they know I am new to this yet they sell me things that they shouldn't 😩
  4. Dying snails

    I have a fair amount but I wouldn't say a lot. I do let it grow more on my back panel. Do you think they could be starving 😳
  5. Dying snails

    The one that was upside down at he bottom today was a turbo snail (I think Mexican) and he has been in the tank for about 5 weeks now. I drip acclimate
  6. Dying snails

    Help! My snails keep randomly dying and I don't know why. My nitrates have been a little on the high side and it has been a process to get them lower but my last reading was 15ppm and that was yesterday. But All other parameters are perfect. The snails will literally be active and moving in the am and then I will come home from work and they will be upside down at the bottom of the tank. And ideas? My temp is at 80f and my salinity stays at 1025. Any ideas? Can Alk swings hurt them?
  7. Newbie Questions

    Hey guys. So on on Monday I did another 5 gallon water changes and added some purigen and now nirates are slowly going down. Also, before I did that I checked my ATO water, my freshly made RODI water and my freshly mixed salt water and they all tested 0ppm for Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate.
  8. Newbie Questions

    I must have miss spoke. I feed every other day, and I only feed as much as they can eat. I probably end up feeding less then 1/4 cube. My next water change is on monday. I will definitely scrub the back chambers
  9. Newbie Questions

    I use the Red Sea Test Kits and randomly confirm it with the API kit. I tested my water source a couple of weeks ago it everything was Oppm. I use RODI water from my BRS unit. I have done 10g water changes before and it literally had no effect on my nitrates. I know how that sounds, CRAZY. But I swear thats exactly whats happening. I feed frozen/thawed mysis shrimp. I typically thaw out a cube and then use a pipette to feed my clown and the shrimp. They are both great about eating directly from the pipette. I have the Red Sea Max Nano and it has a filter sock that I clean every other day and it has a skimmer. I also use carbon that I change every 4 weeks but I rinse the bag once a week. I do vacuum the sand bed and blast the rock (ever since your previous recommendation) The tank is AIO but I have never cleaned the chambers. When i look in the chambers I never see any algae back there an there is no buildup on the bottom.
  10. Newbie Questions

    I have an RODI unit from BRS and a while back during my cycle I tested my source water before and after adding salts (I use Red Sea Coral pro salts) and everything tested at 0ppm. I'm going to check again today just to make sure. If it tests at Oppm again, the what?
  11. Newbie Questions

    Hey everyone! So my tank has been set up for about 3 months now. I had a slightly delayed cycle that took about 6-7 weeks. I added two clowns and a small clean up crew and then waited about 1 month and added a cleaner shrimp and some more snails. One of the clowns died but I am 99.9% sure that the other EVIL clown fish, that i have now named Pennywise, killed him. Currently, All of the inhabitants in the tank seem happy and healthy BUT i can not get my damn Nitrate below 30ppm. My Ammonia and Nitrite is steady at 0ppm. Salinity is steady at 1.025 an my temp stays between 79.9 and 80.1. I do 5g water changed once a week. I guess I should mention that my tank is a Red Sea Max Nano (20g). What can i do? Is 30ppm ok for the longevity of my fish and eventually corals? I did 10g weekly changes for 2 weeks and even that didnt help, it literally never budges from 30ppm. I have NOPOX from redsea but i didnt know if I should use it or not. My next question is, Is it ok to start adding corals now? This is my first saltwater/reef tank so for now I am only going to do LPS and softies. Is there a limit to how many corals can be added at a time (like there is for fish). And i guess my last question, for now, is : Should i start dosing for Alkalinity? I have a Hanna test for Alk and since the water change on Monday it has gone from 8.1 to 7.5. I feel like this is a dumb question and I really should dose, especially if i want coralline algae to grow but I just want to make sure. Seriously, thank you all for being so amazing helpful through this learning process. I always feel that i am being annoying by asking questions but you guys are amazing!
  12. General Questions

    Hey everyone! So my tank has been set up for about 3 months now. I had a slightly delayed cycle that took about 6-7 weeks. I added two clowns and a small clean up crew and then waited about 1 month and added a cleaner shrimp and some more snails. One of the clowns died but I am 99.9% sure that the other EVIL clown fish, that i have now named Pennywise, killed him. Currently, All of the inhabitants in the tank seem happy and healthy BUT i can not get my damn Nitrate below 30ppm. My Ammonia and Nitrite is steady at 0ppm. Salinity is steady at 1.025 an my temp stays between 79.9 and 80.1. I do 5g water changed once a week. I guess I should mention that my tank is a Red Sea Max Nano (20g). What can i do? Is 30ppm ok for the longevity of my fish and eventually corals? I did 10g weekly changes for 2 weeks and even that didnt help, it literally never budges from 30ppm. I have NOPOX from redsea but i didnt know if I should use it or not. My next question is, Is it ok to start adding corals now? This is my first saltwater/reef tank so for now I am only going to do LPS and softies. Is there a limit to how many corals can be added at a time (like there is for fish). And i guess my last question, for now, is : Should i start dosing for Alkalinity? I have a Hanna test for Alk and since the water change on Monday it has gone from 8.1 to 7.5. I feel like this is a dumb question and I really should dose, especially if i want coralline algae to grow but I just want to make sure. Seriously, thank you all for being so amazing helpful through this learning process. I always feel that i am being annoying by asking questions but you guys are amazing!
  13. Best Test Kit?

    Hey guys! Just looking for everyone's opinion on what the best test kit for my Reef tank is. I have he Red Sea kit that test for Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate. And I also have the Hanna Monitor for Alkalinity. I know I have to eventually start testing CA and MG (I don't have corals yet) so I am just wondering what everyone recommends. Thanks!
  14. Clown Fish had Eggs!

    Hey has rotifers but expects them to eat only that and has not thought of the fact that the rotifers need to eat phytoplankton. He is such an amazing SMALL ANIMAL veterinarian and such a good guy but when he gets something into his head you just have to let him go with in LOL. I'm a registered veterinary nurse for small and exotic animals so my knowledge on sea creatures is limited but I could tell he was impressed with all of the things I learned from here LOL.
  15. Clown Fish had Eggs!

    Hey everyone! The eggs hatched last weekend over night when the animal hospital was closed and they either became snacks or were sucked up by the filter. But....two days later the female layes amount 2x as many as before LOL. My boss (a veterinarian) is being hard headed and thinks he can save some from this group (even though we do not have any phytoplankton, etc) At this point I'm just letting my boss do his thing
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