Good morning! Seems my fish made it! At least so far. I have them in a 20 gallon aqueon setup. I added Instant ocean Bio-Spira and Prime to new saltwater. After a few hours I tested the water and it was low on the pH (7.5) and 0 for ammonia and Nitrites. There was some Nitrates (40). I had placed the best looking smaller cleaner rock in the tank also and a heater.
It was very late and the chances of their survival in the small tank (not enough water and no room for a heater so getting cold) they were in was much less than the bigger one. After a short acclimation time floating in a bag, in they went.
Also, I was told they were a black clown and a blue damsel. But they look like a maroon clown with gold stripes and a hippo tang to me.
Today I need to get them food. I expect they are very hungry. They are both looking good, swimming around peacefully. The tang is funny since he tries to hide and the rocks are shallow, so he flattens himself in corners or on the bottom. I thought he was sick or stressed but late last night I stayed up reading up on the fish and this seems normal behavior. The clown is very social, he comes over and swims near you. I hope they continue to make it, I have gotten attached to them already!
I am off to shop for supplies. I also need to finish working on the main tank. I will get the ro
water set aside little by little as I work on cleaning and completing the main tank.
I have the live rock in a 20 gallon brute (new) garbage can with heater and power head running. It has the original water in it. There is too much rock so the top pieces are not immersed. The cover won't even close completely. I should have gotten the larger 32 gallon one but it seemed so huge. I don't even know if all this rock will fit in my 75 gallon tank. How do I figure out the weight of the rock? Do I add rock to my tank by weight or by size? Some are heavy some are very light but large. If I weigh the rocks, the water in it (they hold water in all the crevices) alters the weight.
The skimmer looks like the aqua medic t-1000 turboflotor. It has the rio 2100 pump. I located a detailed instruction/setup document online. At least now I can get it back together correctly.
If anyone has an opinion... are there any parts/tubing that I should replace? How well does it need to be cleaned?
As for the plumbing, should i use NEW tubing or just clean out the original as best i can (hard to get all the way in there)?
Should i use the flexible plastic tubing (grey in color) and black plastic return tubing or get PVC
Also, I picked up this thing called a flow meter. It is made by Tom Aquarium Products. You connect it to the return line and it displays the flow rate from 50-250 gph
. Anyone have one of these? Is it worth it to connect it? I am not sure how to measure my flow rate otherwise. More research needed.
I also need advice on the best number and placement for valves. I will need to pick them up since there doesn't appear to be ANY in the equipment I have so far.
Thanks again for all the help.
Oh, and as for the carbon, where is the best location for the carbon bag?