chichimom79's 10 Gallon Contest Tank


reef junkie

Parameters are (just did a water change about a half hour ago):
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5 ppm
pH 7.9
phosphate <.25 ppm
dKH 8
calcium 440
SG 1.026
Temp 78

Hydor Koralia 240 (x2)
Tetra 2-15 Gallon submersible auto-adjust heater
AquaClear 30 (using sponge only with occasional carbon- also have chaeto in here)

Yellow Bar Maroon Clownfish pair

Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Astraea Snails (x2)
Nerite Snails (x2)
Scarlet Hermit Crab
Lots of hitch hiker brittle stars

Neon Trumpet
Candy Cane
Radioactive Dragon Eye Zoas
Acans (x5 assorted-don't know the names)
Fuzzy Mushroom (looking unhappy)
Encrusting Hydnophora

May the best nano win!! Good luck everyone! :Cheers:

pH 8.0
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5
temp 78
SG 1.025

Added two blue-leg hermits and an astraea snail.

The tank seems to be doing great other than a hairy mushroom that has been declining in health for several weeks for unknown reasons. I have put it in very low light and low flow to see if I can get it to recover. Also had a hitch hiker sponge start to disintegrate. Don't know what that's all about.
The tank has had it's first nitrate spike. I am unsure of the cause, but I lost an emerald crab I put in on Friday, and my cleaner shrimp was dead this morning. Everything else is fine and I am doing daily water changes to get back to the 0-5ppm range I try to keep. Sigh...
Parameters are
pH 7.9 (struggling with this. I know it's acceptable, but I want 8.2 damnit!)
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 15
temp 78
SG 1.025
I don't think so. All of my equipment is new since March. Would I feel it if I stuck my hand in or would it depend on how much voltage was leaking out?
Well, that in itself is a bit of good news at least. So back to guessing. I guess the trates could have done them in, but like mentioned before, they really were not through the roof high. I wonder if you might have some sort of predator in there that you are not aware of? Are you finding the bodies in the mornings.