I'm thinking about getting a bubble tip anenome. Wanted to get feedback about if my tank setup is ready to handle one.
I've had a pretty stable 75g tank for a few months now, one minor outbreak of black spot ich 2 months ago on my yellow tang (right after bringing him home) that was cleared up with a FW
dip and hasn't returned. Water params are very stable, doing weekly PWC
's, and have yet to have any sort of ammonia spike.
Ph is stable at 8.2, ammonia/nitrite 0.0. I'm not checking calcium - do I need to?
I have about 45 pounds of LR
, 10 of which is in the sump. I usually add a few pounds at a time, as my LFS
gets it in.
Temp hangs around 82 steadily. Ambient temperature in the room is 77-78 constant, so I'm getting head from the lighting hood.
Currently I'm using the stock floursecent lighting, built in to the tank's hood, only about 60 watts total.
I have a 4x65w Odyssea on the way (4 more days!) with 4 moonlights. I'll mount that on the legs, and that should cool the tank off considerably when I remove the hood. I can't use the lights I have now without the hood.
I don't think I have any "jumpers" that can get out of the tank (see list at bottom).
I'm running a Coralife SS 125, which is removing about one full load of dark, extremely smelly goop every 2 days.
I'm keeping nitrates at 10 or under, and have added a small fuge with a little chaeto to assist with nitrate removal. It hasn't grown any yet, but hasn't receeded either. I think I need some better lighting on it to really get it growing.
The water is very clear, except for a few days after a PWC
over 10%, then I get a greenish algae bloom for a few days - I have a 24 watt UV
filter on the way which should help with that.
I have a little bit of coralline algea, which my parrotfish has nibbling most on, but I can already see more growing in other places, and some starting to grow where the parrotfish has scraped it off.
Does everything sound "good to go" for a BTA?
2 Pajama Cardinalfish
1 Royal Gramma Basslet
1 Blue Damselfish
1 Yellow Tang
1 Lawnmower Blenny
1 Coral Beauty Angelfish
1 Cleaner Shrimp
1 Arrow Crab
2 dozen hermit crabs
a couple turbo snails
1 serpent star (I think - I haven't seen him lately