ok sorry about the delay in posting again, i went down to reef and fin (not-so-local FS) today to get some inspiration and advice.
im going to stick it out and keep the fish in the 46. the yellow tang, despite a massive water change, died
the other two fish are fine, and according to the LFS
store test i now have a reading of zero for ammonia. im going to pick up some new tests i think.
as far as equipment goes..... well i was going for just FOWLR
, my smaller tank is dedicated to corals and whatnot, eventually perhaps but... here goes. im prepared to be yelled at.
i have a HOB
thats rated at ~200 GPH
for watermovement and to hold carbon. i removed the sponge i had in there yesterday and dont plan on replacing it, perhaps that was part of the issue. i have two PH
's on there, one is a zoo med and the other i have no idea. they are pointed across the tank at eachother to create turbulence. im afraid i dont have enough water movement, so i ordered 2 maxi jet 600's today. i currently have a seaclone protein skimmer that doesnt do much.
i admit, i was hasty, i had the tang (another adoption) in just a 20, and was worried about his welfare so upgraded to quickly to the 46. unfortunatly the equipment wasnt up to par with such a water volume.
i had 25-30ish lbs in the tank before, i picked up ~15 more (pre-cured, fear not) today. i have about 30 lbs of sand in there too.
so to recap and fill in the blanks after my long and rambling post, i plan on adding two more powerheads, removing one that is failing, upgrading my protein skimmer to an aqua c remora in the next month, and probably before spring upgrading the lights.
oh and one more question... i was under the impression that water changes should be done once a week at a volume of 20%. the LFS
employee i talked to today told me that i should only be doing that volume every 4-6 weeks, and informed me that doing water changes so frequently could throw off the ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels. i was thinking of compromising and doing a water change once every 2 weeks at a 15% volume. what do you guys think?
i hope i answered everybodys questions... i just want to get it right this time.
the tank is not completely covered.