Originally Posted by thincat
I would not use a glass top for a reef tank. It prevents CO2
gas exchange with the water surface.
Could I leave the back 2" plastic strip off? I understand the concept of what your saying but I think there is a point at which the gas exchange will be enough with out the top vs with half a top. I have two powerheads on the surface so my water agitation is high I would say.
And I'm not going crazy reef, just some mushrooms, polyp and maybe an anemone.
You guys may or may not agree with the decision I made a few weeks ago, I added my first fish to the tank. An adult clown.
A co-worker had him in his 8 year old fish only 175 gal
tank and he wanted to go aggressive and was afraid he would not do well so I took the fish off his hands.
I got water samples from 3 lfs
in my area that deal with saltwater, I tested there water with my kit and what do you know... The readings where the same expect for nitrate, mine was a little higher (5-10). My next test kit will be API for sure because I dont think my redsea is accurate.
The fish looks very happy and swims in this nice section of current
. I have been doing pwc
weekly to keep nitrate down.
I changed the carbon in my csnister for the first time since I got it :/ and I plan on getting SearchEm de-nitrate this week.
Since I put the sand in when I moved my tank the full flow of the 305 Fluval was moving the sand too much, the flow is low now and I will keep it that was so the de-nitrate will work as it should around 50gph.