I am new to the forum and really new to owning an aquarium.. I have always wanted a reef aquarium... I scuba dive when i can (on holidays mostly, cause its too cold in Melbourne :p ) and always love to watch docos about fish and new places... Anyway so all these things combined i dived right in..
I went to the local aquarium shop/collected items online and so far i have:
AquaOne complete 200 Lt tank (52 Gallons)
1x xp-30 mini skimmer
1x AquaOne Aquis 1200 canister filter
2x sunsun vibration jvp-102 pump
1x boyu intermittent switch
1x airstone and pump
API liquid test kit
coral subtrate (pieces about 5-10cm big)
So I have been having lots of problems from day 1 which i admit my eagerness was to blame but i feel i have learned some lessons but now i am getting stuck...
anyway so i setup my tank about 5 weeks ago with 9kg of live rock and rocky subtrate (should have gone sand)
left it for a week and brought 3 fish (an angelfish, a goby and 2 clownfish) the fish were happy for about 12 hours(or so i like to think) but when i woke up my fishtank was a pool of ammonia (darker than 8 PPM
on my tests.. )and everything was dead apart from the goby...
SO i brought some books and DVDs and read more about the mistakes i made and what to do next.. kept the water in the tank did a few water changes every day almost for 2 weeks (ranging from 80% at the start to 10% later on).
2 weeks after this i brought more 17 kilos of live rock. I was foolish and added it all at once and well i had several crabs on the rock and they ate the goby as he went missing the day after(also just after i named him
poor Henry ).
its been 4 weeks now and my tank has been cloudy for at least a week or more.. I performed a 85% waterchange on the weekend..my water was clean (also tested clean) and I foolishly assumed i fixed my issues as i was getting around .5 PPM
of ammonia in my tank (compared to the 8 PPM
i was getting before) so I went into the aquarium shop just to look and well I couldnt help myself again and brought another goby (this one is about 9 cm long) (as well as an airstone and pump) as i caught my crabs in a trap i setup with a coke bottle previously so i thought it would be ok..
I only just got the powerheads yesterday as i thought that might increase waterflow to resolve my problems.. but my ammonia has spiked up again this morning to 8 PPM
and the tank is really cloudy white..
So just now i have performed a 50% water change, cleaned my filters (I never did this part last time everything died and i did not clean the bio balls) from tank water and setup the tank and added a 5x dose prime..
My water is still really cloudy (but only half as bad) getting a read of about 4 PPM
now of ammonia.. I really dont want to kill my only fish again.. is there anything else i can do, or am i doing enough?
Sorry for the long first post... Would really appreciate the advice to fix my tank up..
thanks in advance