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  • Birthday 03/26/1962

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    Silver Spring (near Aspen Hill)
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    reef aquaria, ice skating, crafts, trees, fresh air, mountains, camping (only in zombie-free and axe-murderer-free zones)

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  1. My tank looks the same as this. I couldn't do anything with salt water for a while due to an allergic reaction on my hands. But when I eventually tested my unused water, it had ammonia in it. I bought some ammonia sponge stuff so the test then read zero - there wasn't any point in making all new saltwater when the water in the tank was (presumably) also taking in ammonia , but I didn't want to add ammonia (the tank reading was zero, due to the usual biological process). I discovered some spots where it turns out cat was peeing in secret, put an end to that nonsense. Hopefully I can get my tank back on track too, which could have started happening sooner if it weren't for me being allergic to the steering wheel of my car.
  2. The Sofresh brand at Petco has a version of litter specifically for breaking down ammonia. I usually use a sand-sized crystal litter, but I'm going to try this ammonia stuff - it is a cheaper litter but it still might be better as far as ammonia goes. I got some ammonia reducer filter pads at Petco today, to try to catch up ammonia before it feeds algae. I need to figure out how to put them in the tank. I have some HOB filters, one is a double biowheel exlg penguin filter - I might put that on with pieces of the ammonia pads stuck in it.
  3. The air filters designed for removing ammonia are embedded with carbon, alumina, and potassium permanganate. The machines are exceedingly expensive. There are some HVAC unit filters that are still around $100 just for one, so I will keep looking for something cheaper that will fit the unit.
  4. I'm thinking of getting something like these air ammonia test papers: https://m.ebay.com/itm/Hydrion-AM-40-Ammonia-Test-Paper-0-5-10-20-50-100ppm-Tests-ammonia-in-air-/370934069428?_mwBanner=1&_rdt=1
  5. It seems those lady palm plants are really expensive. I'm trying to find some other good ammonia eaters that are not toxic to cats because my cats eat my plants. I think in this airborne ammonia situation, the algae growth in the tanks is quite ironically a good thing. Algae uses up ammonia more easily/faster than nirate, so it is keeping everything else in the tanks from dying of ammonia toxicity.
  6. WELL I can thank you, Mari, for your thread because I finally just now got around to testing my clean water and it does have ammonia in it. It must be ventilation for me, because I did not have this problem in my old place where I had 3 cats not just the 2 that are here. Here, there is only one window in the main area, which is a sliding glass door that has no screen component so I don't leave it open (cats will run out and bugs will fly in). I better solve that ventilation problem then see what happen. I am going to buy some kind of ammonia media to use while I am trying to get the airborne ammonia problem solved. I wonder how many other people out there are also having this issue behind their aquarium woes. I always associate poor ventilation with pH problems, but would never have guessed this ammonia situation. Maybe we need a sticky post on the effects of air quality components on water quality and the potential associated issues (like low pH, algae, and others). The post would need to include some air quality control solutions.
  7. https://www.homedetoxing.com/air-purifying-plants-remove-ammonia/
  8. Yep, and I am pretty sure one of them peed a few times in a sump I used to have (can't get to the current ones).
  9. Algae. Maybe I should do an ammonia test of my new water. I never test for ammonia except for in a QT. I hope ammonia in the air isn't the reason for my algae problem.
  10. LOL. I've had reef tanks long enough to know what is what. There are a handful of people here that might be able to to tell me something I don't already know or haven't already considered. I'm not going to keep stressing myself over the dang stupid tank when I have so many other things to be stressed about right now and on top of that have physical pain keeping me awake all night almost every night. The only small tank I ever had that was effortless and still had "perfect" water, was roughly 12 years ago, a 16 high office tank that I had sectioned a third of off and packed with caulerpa, and had a 4-5 inch DSB because I was only using PCs and wanted corals closer to the light. There was no sump, no filter, no protien skimmer. Water changes were 50% roughly every 3 months. Undetectable nitrate and undetectable phosphate. I would love to try to duplicate on a larger scale, but I'm afraid of having a DSB that size go foul. Maybe when the tank sees that I'm not going to let it get the best of me and am not going to give it up either, it will work things out on its own.
  11. Green hair algae. I probably had bits deep in my liverock from when I had the bigger tank before I moved 3 years ago, I just didn't ever see algae because the tang ate it. I guess that it why we don't see so much algae on the reefs, the algae eaters eat it at a pace that keeps up with the growth. I pretty much knew, when I decided to have a smaller tank, that without a tang I would probably have algae issues. My favorite fish of all time is yellow zebramosa tang - I can't wait to be able to have another one. Thanks for the suggestion. I'm going to look up the fluxanole as suggested. I just don't want to have to dose a bunch of stuff.
  12. Pudding wife..... I thought zoanthid names were crazy.
  13. Last night my water alarm thing didn't go off and I fell asleep in my chair with water on. There was an empty 12g tank on the floor next to the 40 brute, and luckily the way the water was slowly spilling over around the brute rim sent it right into the 12g. The 12g started to overflow after that, but things would have been a lot worse if I hadn't been too lazy to put that empty tank somewhere besides the floor (it's been empty for over a year).
  14. Do you have cats? It isn't unheard of for them to pee in containers of water, crazy as it sounds.
  15. How do grains of sand not get through into the pump? The plates for UGF do have holes or slats in them, so there must be some grains going through there building up over time. I would hate to have to take all of that apart to fix a problem.
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