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@Carol , Its the same as adding a new filter to a Freshwater , it gathers dirt and doesn't have the bacteria to deal with it in the sponges and leaches ammonia and nitrite into the water and the existing one pics up the tab .
Generally in this situation it's always the smaller weaker fish that suffer first , especially if already stressed with moving about tanks etc

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 @ChrisHibs , I understand what your saying Chris , it doesn't work quite like that tho , the food and fish waste dilute into the water column as ammonia , which is on or in all the rock in the tank the seeded rock can digest it's share , but the unseeded can't , causing the spike until the seed rock can deal with it
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Even though it's the same amount of food and waste that the live rock was dealing with before? The rock itself doesn't produce any so I still don't really understand where the extra comes from? Surely which part of the tank it's being created in shouldn't matter if it's taken into the water column and then digested by the live rock? I would understand what you were saying if I had added extra fish but the bioload is the same so unless the rock is pooing the live rock should still be able to deal with the same levels of waste in the water column?

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Reply #33

Yes , the liverock can deal with the waste but the dead rock can't so any food or fish waste caught in the dead rock can't be processed in the same way as live rock , this produces ammonia from this waste in the dead rock , the ammonia will then leave the dead rock into the water column causing the spike before being neutralised through the live rock lowering the spike

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Reply #34

Still not sure Gav, it's only three wee fish in 450 litres of water surely any ammonia would be diluted enough to be easily dealt with by the live rock. My sand sifting starfish, snails, hermits and various snails are all fine, including some really tiny baby snails. The other clown looks as good as ever too so I honestly don't think it's any sort of spike that has caused it? I have managed to get a bottle of melafix from a friend tonight so I'm going to give That a go and see if it makes any difference.

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Reply #36

Looks like melafix might help then. Probably too little to late though I think. Thanks for everyone's help!

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Chris any news on this?
Do not mock the snake because it has no horns.For who is to say that one day it may become a dragon,as one just man may become an army...Water Margin.

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Aye the wee guy didn't last the night unfortunately!

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Im sorry to hear that Chris..
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Sorry to hear too Chris

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