For those of you who dont know me yet, I like living on the edge. I'm not happy unless im totally stressed out. This last little fiasco proves it. I have a 55gal Reef tank that started out as a FOWLR
, that i set up for one inhabitant, a Hawaiian Dragon Morey Eel. His name is Bruce. When i got him in Feb. of this year, he was about 10" long. Now he is close to 24". He has 2 tank mates, Prince a Purple Tang and Tyson a Harlequin Tuskfish, not to mention the forever depleating supplies of inverts
As far as the reef portion, I have about 17 different kinds of corals in my tank, a DSB
, and 110lbs if LR
Well, to make a long story longer, I am limited on space and figured out a way to add a 10 gal
fuge under my tank, connected to my 10 gal
trickle filter. I had to place my skimmer into the fuge for it all to fit right. After a while i noticed that the skimmate smelled more like plant life than fish waiste, so i decided to take the skimmer out for a while to see if the tank will benifit from having more goodies (technical term) flowing into the tank from the fuge. I removed the skimmer 3 weeks ago. DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU HAVE AN EEL IN YOUR TANK!!!! Tonight i tested my water params and this is what i got Ca
9.0, Amonia 0 - 10, PH
7.8, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 80+!!!! Holy crap thats high!
So, tonight I did a 10 gal
water change, and i'm making more water for tomorrow. I added baking soda to the water for the PH
(per Fantasy Reef's advice). I put my skimmer back into the fuge, and it is breaking in all over again (expected). I replaced my pre-filters, and my micron pads. And last but not least, i added GAC
to the Sump.
Im not a religiouse man like some
but if you wish to pray for me, i would not object.