>>your tank sounds over crowded even after the angel's loss<<
So I've been told by several experienced people in these forums. I believe it. Trouble is, our adult daughter, who started the SW
tank, trusts an LFS
guy who says we can have more fish than the "one fish-inch/5-gal
" rule of thumb (that we're still over). Such politics complicate our efforts to maintain the tank while she's away (sigh).
is affected by CO2
balance, which is affected by light? Interesting. I wouldn't have guessed that, since those molecules have no H-ions. Hmmm .... We did test it this morning, dawn-ish. We'll start watching for differences between AM/PM tests.
>>alkalinity<< I thought ph
was a direct measure of acidity/alkalinity, the latter being the base side of the ph
scale. I understand that dissolved salts are not the same as base ph
, which I believe is a predominance of HO
ions. But I think you are saying that more dissolved salts tend to increase baseness - higher ph
We do try to vac the CC
a little at water changes, but using our simple siphon, we don't get much. Better way? Not another expensive gadget I hope
No, we didn't medicate the tank. I understood what that would do to the beneficial bacteria culture. We medicated him with Maracyn 2 in a quarantine tank, but I think we waited too long, and he was too far gone.
Appreciate your advice.