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corw314

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When Gimpy was trying to get out of the water, the ammonia had spiked. I did a more than 50 percent waterchange and changed the carbon and by the next day she wasn't frantically trying to get my attention any more and had returned to normal behavior and feed. Keep us posted.

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A cautionary tale

Well, as it turned out two large water changes restored Mimius to his old hungry self. Tonight when I came home, there he was on top of a rock waving his arms for attention. I fed him some lobster and he practically ran to get it.

This morning I told some sealed flasks of tank water to work( a hospital). The pH was 7.5, alkalinity closer to 3 and salinity using a refractometer was 1.017! So much for my old test kits and "swing-arm" hydrometer. The pH test kit I was using reads everything at 8.2 regardless if its distilled water or acetic acid. Likewise the alkalinity kit seems to read everything at 7.

I have picked up new Salifert pH and alkalinity kits and will be ordering a refractometer. I imagine the nitrate kit was way off as well. When I poked around Mimius's tank I found several buried large snails that had tell-tale black hydrogen sulfide stains on the shell indicating decomposition.

I say this is a cautionary tale because I guess you have to trust the animals condition more than simply rely on test kit readings, especially when the kits have been sitting around for a few years in a very moist environment. By observing Mimius trying to get out of the water, the question of what was wrong with him was apparent. There was nothing wrong with him, the problem was the water quality, despite test results.

Just wanted all to know that Mimius appears his old self again - thank God, and that it is I who is senescent, not the cephalopod!
 

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So glad to hear that Minimus is OK!

All of us need to pay attention to our test kits. They must be replaced anywhere from 6 months to one year - read what the manufacturer says.

Having a continuous readout of pH throught the Pinpoint monitor has been very helpful to me in maintaining stable conditions. You have to recalibrate and clean the sensor once a month, but that's very little work for the peace of mind it gives you.

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Agreed Nancy, I am going to keep an eye out for a pinpoint pH monitor for peace of mind. The salinity monitor would be good too. Now all I have to do is teach Mimius how to use the monitors and the system will be completely automated! Thanks for all the support and suggestions, Carol your experience with Gimpy was right on the money and just in time. Thankfully this website exists, otherwise I might have waited to do the water changes and things might have come out sadly different.
 

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Awesome news !!! I do love the image of Mimius recalibrating the meters...perhaps with a furrow of concentration on the brow?
Glad it all worked out so well...congrats.

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Instructions

Mimius is definately back to normal, here is a picture of him. I am holding the instruction manual for a pinpoint pH monitor outside the front glass. He wanted to review the calibration procedure...
 

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