Pufferpunk wrote:HUH??? Phosphate doesn't kill fish. Something very wrong with that LFS. My guess is the LR is cycling/curing. Where did it come from?
If you're going to bring your tank to SW levels, you must start treating the tank as SW: sand, live rock, good flow (powerheads), protein skimmer. Marine filtration is nothing like FW. I owuld have prepared for this before raising the SG so high. Large water changes are in order here.
Well I am gonna assume I misunderstood as he may have been referring to my other water readings. He did wish to make it clear that I needed to do a large water change immediately and work on getting some additional live rock and a skimmer established just as you had mentioned. That may be why he said what he said that my fish should have been dead under the current conditions.
I had got the live rock at a totally different LFS which is where I had also got my dead rock many months ago. The live rock was housed in a 60 gallon tub of SW sitting on the floor with some kind of filtration bubbler system running in it. As for the dead/dry rock, I had actually got it a while back from when I first set up my tank as a light brackish setup. Their dry rock was kept in a dry barrel tub thingy. I dunno how long it had been in there. They did have a huge selection of it though.
LongGrain wrote:also, you have your nitrite and nitrate mixed up. 20ppm nitrite would kill your fish in the blink of an eye, 20ppm nitrate is hardly anything to worry about.
brown algae bloom is actually diatoms, its normally for a cycling marine tank, it will go away on its own.
Thanks I corrected my OP regarding the water parameters. I assumed the same regarding the algae that it probably had something to do with a cycling issue. I changed the natural daylight florescent bulbs out with some cooler color enhancing ones to mitigate the bloom a bit.
Nuclear_Glitter wrote:Why are you still using aquarium rocks?
Very cute puffers =]
Thanks and yes are you referring to the gravel? Yeah I know I probably should have changed the substrate out long ago. I still have plans to upgrade to a whole new tank and my plan was to establish a proper setup with that one. I have not had much luck with finding another decent 100+ gallon tank setup for SW that is within my budget so I may have to settle for a 75 or a 90 gallon that I am currently looking at on Craigslist.
My plans for the substrate was to get a couple bags of Aragonite crushed coral or sand and use pool filter sand as a filler for it to save $$$ if I cannot find a tank that already has some included. Again forgive my ignorance as this is my first SW aquarium.
WARNING: Puffers are mischievous little blimps with enchanting powers. You may not be content with having just one.