So if you read my intro you know that I just regained control of my 19gal SW
tank, and put fish in there that I actually want... Got a few things I want your ideas on....
So PH... mine is 8.8 or higher (the chart only goes to 8.8 but it looks a little darker than that, its almost black) the LFS
was only 8.2 so after 45min acclimation the fish are doing good its been 3 days, but I'm wondering if I should try to lower it and fight that up hill battle, or just leave it? It bothers me cause I have NEVER had issues with my PH its always ran around 8.2 - 8.4. My tap is only 7.6. And just some other info my FW
tank is about 8.0.
Here's a touchy topic bristle worms.... So back in the day they were BAD, now after doing some reading people have decided they are GOOD.... I'm not so sure I believe this. I had a health Lg turbo snail that was the sole survivor of my carnivorous Velvet Damsel... Turbo snail was cleaning the side glass like normal one night and I noticed a few med. sized bristle worms (3 - 5inch) climbing on the glass near him, I was a little uneasy but didn't think they could actually kill him.... next morning I came out and they were INSIDE his shell and ate him from the inside out.... Good? I think not.... What can I do to get rid of them? I tried trapping them and that worked okay, but I'm thinking more of a long term solution such as a shrimp, crab... something??
So more tank info... 19gal bow front, about 15lbs of crushed coral mixed with about 5lbs live sand substrate. 20+lbs live rock, Over the back filter made for 40gal tank. So far in the tank I have 1 Domino Damsel, 1 4-stripe Damsel, 1 Yellow Tail Damsel, 1 False Percula (all fish are only about 1-1 1/2inch long) and 1 Lg Turbo Snail. In about a month or so after water goes back to normal (if it spikes at all) I want to add 1 Sm. Goby (haven't exactly decided on type), 1 more Turbo Snail.
I do about 2-3gal water change once a week and rinse out filter every few days and change it about every 3-4weeks. I live in AZ so I do not have a heater on the tank and the water stays around 78 year round, sometimes have to put bags of ice in water during the summer to keep it down.