I really need some advice here. I have done quite a bit of reading on this website but unfortunately it was after I had a new 50g SW
tank delivered to my house. I was told by the aquarium store guy that SW
tanks were easy to maintain after the initial setup (1-2 months). So I decided on a SW
tank instead of a FW
tank. Keep in mind I have no previous experience but I am enthusiastic to learn. I expected this guy to teach me what he knows and help me for the first few months. I paid him generously for 2 months of help.
Everything this guy has done and said to me is opposite what I read on this board. Also, I am overseas so I have to overcome the translation difficulties and his English is not very good.
Here is what he did so far.
1. Installed a 50g tank with some sort of filtration system in the bottom cabinet, a protien skimmer, a bubble producing device of some sort, a huge and very bright light on top (removed the stock lid), and a bunch of sand. Placed a hydrometer inside to test the salt. (total about $1100)
2. Four days after all of this was installed he showed up with 6 of what he called "diamond carpet anenome". ($50 a piece)
3. Two days later he showed up and fed the anenomes.
I began reading this board a couple days after the intitial install because I just wasn't confident in what this guy was telling me. Apparently, I was correct to be concerned.
He has not done one single test on the water in the tank other than looking at the salt water level with the hydrometer. He keeps telling me not to worry and that he will take care of everything for me. The water level is about 2 inches lower than inititally. I asked him what I should do to refill the tank and he told me to simply put tap water into it.
This seems really wrong according to all of you.
I would really like to have an SW
tank. I am willing to put in the time and the money. I've learned quite a bit from this forum but I need advice on how to proceed.
Thanks in advance for the help.