My mother has a 55 gal FOWLR
and it's in some bad shape. I want to help her out but I want to make sure the plan I have drafted won't cause too much stress.
Here's the problem: Her tank parameters are waaaaaay off, she has two fish with ich, has inadequate filtration (no skimmer and only 15-20lbs LR
), and the tank is overcrowded (2 ft long honeycomb eel, 6 in porcupine puffer, 4 in niger trigger, 5 in yellow tang, and a long tentacled anemone, an orange linkia starfish and a chocolate chip starfish. This tank was originally setup by a LFS
and has been maintained by them monthly and they pretty much just suck. The tank is approx. 18 months old and covered in hair algae. Her water params are:
nitrates: 140-150ish (had to dilute the sample down to 1.25ml tank water, 3.75 ml distilled solution to get a reading)
: 4.2 dKh
My plan of action is to have her get rid of the eel for starters and try to convince her to get rid of the anemone, then I'm going to replace the current substrate with some fresh aragonite sand (she has crushed coral atm and its filthy.) Then I'm going to scrub down her live rock in a bucket of tank water because it's covered in gunk and hair algae. While doing this is was planning to do a 50% water change and I also plan to remove her 2 star fish and set them up in my 10 gal
After the initial clean up, I'm going to begin a 4 week treatment of hyposalinty in the DT (that's why I'm moving the starfish and anemone out.) to get rid of her ich problem. We are also going to add a bak pak skimmer (no sump), an additional 20 lbs of already cured LR
and run a generous amount of phossorb to try and get a handle on the phos. I also told her to reduce feedings. She was feeding the tank 5-7 feeder fish a day! Now she is only going to feed some frozen and occasionally some live food every other day (I also told her the puffer needs some crunchy food like snails to stay healthy.)
What do you all think of my initial action plan? Does it look like too much or am I on the right track?