Originally Posted by TheFragile
Ok I need some help!!! I have a freshwater aquarium so I have a little experience with tanks, but none with salt water.
My supervisor was let go 3 weeks ago and it's become clear that he is not coming back for his tank / fish. He has a clown fish, and urchin, and 2 pink shrimp. We have been feeding them 2 1/2 tablets of frozen brine shrimp a week. I brought in my algae cleaner to help keep the sides clean, but I'm not sure what to do about the sand? It could use to be cleaned.
The tank is about 5 gallons of I had to guess. It has a built in filter that I think sucks in water from the bottom and shoots it out of the top. I'm also not sure how to clean that filter, and I'm not sure about making new salt water. I grabbed a container of stuff to make salt water and have added some already and they seem to be fine, but is there a kit I can get to test the salt content before adding it to the tank?
I know I need to get an API Chen kit, I just don't have the money at the moment.
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2 1/2 cubs is a lot of food for the stock in that tank
in no time you could see a bad algae out break with all those phosphates your adding to a 5 gal
you need to get a hydrometer to check salinity to much salt can kill and same with not enough , you should never go over 1.026 or under 1.021
most salt mixes will mix 1.025 when 2 cups of salt is added to 5g of ro
water do not use tap water .
You said you you have a fresh water tank and brought in your algae cleaner
fresh water fish don't live in salt water !
your going to need a test kit .
when you top off just use ro