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    Senior Member nbreau's Avatar
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    Dead Bristleworm

    Hi All,

    My tank has been cycling/setup for about 12 days now and the following parameters are

    Nitrite 0
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrate 2.5
    Salinity 1.023

    Last night I came home and flicked on the tank lights to notice a 4" long bristleworm laying across a rock... I nudged him a little and he was still alive.

    I got up this morning and he hasn't moved. I'm assuming he's dead... and my green stripped mushroom seems a little more closed up than usual.... could anything be going wrong with my tank ? Could this be some kind of side-effect of the end of the cycle ? The only thing I've done in the last week (last night) was add about 5 gallons of water as topoff due to evaporation.


    should I be worried ?

    Nick

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    5 GALLONS of topoff water?
    on a 70ish gallon tank, 5 gallons could throw your salinity way off... That reading of 1.023, was it before or after the 5 gallon top off?

    You should topoff your tank daily so that it doesn't sway your salinity too much...

    Other than that, I can't really think of anything at the moment...
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    Senior Member nbreau's Avatar
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    The salinity check was after the topoff, it was at 1.025 before the topoff.

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    Exclamation

    That salinity change was way too drastic. You don't want to change more than 0.001 a day, i.e. go from 1.025 to 1.024 maximum.

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    Senior Member nbreau's Avatar
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    ouch... well better making that mistake now then when i have anything in my tank other then bristleworms and a couple of mushrooms....



    my temp seems to be fluctuating between 79 and 82 (hit 84 a few times, been real warm here lately)... is this too much of a fluctuation as well ?

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    The temp on my main tank fluctuates about 2 degrees daily. And that's with 3 fans in the canopy! Those darn MH's and summer heat... Anyhow, that shouldn't be too much of a problem. Ideally, you want to stabilize all your conditions, including temp.

    However, my other tank has a fan blowing on it constantly, and the heater actually comes on to stabilize the tank at a constant 80-81...

    So if you have access to a fan, that could help.
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