Desc. Tank 120 6' long, Elvis (stars & stripes approx 7-8") & Cheech & Chong (GSP approx. 3")
Last wed.(7/2) I added 3 snails to my saltwater tank. 1-tubo snail and 2-cerith snails. Friday (7/4) morning I checked my nitrates and they were at 80, ammo. .5, nitrite .25
. I checked the turbo snail and it seemed to be dead. In two days my nitrates went from 5 to 80. I did a 50% water change and took all 3 snails out and threw them away. This is the only thing I could figure that caused the nitrate spike. On saturday (7/5) I checked my water again it was at nitrate 40, amm. 0, nitrite .25 I did another 50% water change on sunday (7/6). On Wed.(7/9) my nitrate 20, amm. 0, nitrite 0 again I did another 50% water change. I checked my nitrate saturday (7/12) and it was still 20, amm. 0, nitrite 0. In the meantime I was making more water and goofed. I added the salt first which made the water in my holding drum very cloudy and I was waiting for it to clear. I ended up dumping it yesterday (7/13)and started over. I am now letting the water sit until tonight when I get off work to do another 50% water change. This morning Elvis is not his spunky self. He has been eating good and he just ate yesterday. Could the high nitrates be causing him to act lazy? His color is good but he's staying in his cave and not swimming about begging for food like normal. He does come out to meet me at the glass but goes back into his cave shortly afterwards. The ph has been 8.2 the whole time, no temp changes (steady 79). Just a little worried and need some advise. I put the snails in there as a test. I wanted to see if they would eat them or if I could actually add snails to the tank. I won't be adding any more "ever". Cheech and Chong are acting normal, zipping around and begging for food. I have been feeding them mussles, clams, shrimp (soaked in vitamins and garlic guard) and sea veggies. After they clean the shells I take them out, usually within 3 minutes or less. The actual food is usually gone within 30 seconds but I leave the shells in there a bit longer to give cheech and chong time to get a few more bites. Feeding is every 2-3 days. I then empty my protein skimmer which goes nuts during feeding. I will be at work all day so when I get home, I'll do another 50% water change and post an update. Just let me know if there is anything else I should do.