So the roomies and I aquired a 200 gal
very nice salt water tank in the beginning of the week for free. (long story)
Needless to say, none of us have taken care of a saltwater tank and we are pretty much lost.
In the transport, we were able to save about 85% of the water, but still had to put in about 30 gal
. (We were told the proper procedure to do this and were also given the little filtering device to put in good water). So at this point. The water looks great, the live rock inside is once again growing stuff, but the chemistry is off.
I took a water sample down to the local fish place and they told me that the amonia is a little too high, the nitrites are in the stress level, and the nitrates are above the scale.
There were very happy fish in the tank just 4 days ago, so why are my Nitrates and Nitrites now high? The roomie seems to think that the tank is naturally going to balance out... Is that the case, or is there something a little more drastic that we need to do?
Please post any information that you have and any suggestions that would be helpful.
Thanks and Gig'em