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Old 04-18-2006, 05:52 PM   #1
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Help Bro. & Sis. Beginner Concern

Hi! Bro. & Sis. I have a Question? well before my question I like to tell you my Aquarium setup. I have a 50gal Aquarium, 1 turbo skimmer w/ power head, 1 overhead filter w/ 2 power head, 1 overhead filter w/ 1 power head, 2 under gravel filter and 1 80w light. now my question, 1st question is if you notice I have 3 power head for my 2 overhead filter I just need to know what will I do because every time i but a coral, anemones, feather duster or tube worm they die I don't know what to do coz I think the problem is the current or the wave inside of my aquarium I need help on this one. 2nd is I don’t know how to feed my coral beauty I’ve tried to use flakes, granules and plankton but still my coral beauty don’t eat and I’m afraid that it will died. Pls… help me thanx in advance
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Old 04-18-2006, 06:07 PM   #2
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Welcome to Aquarium Advice!

Do you have any test kits? Could you post the results of those kits?

What kind of water and salt are you using?

You have crushed coral?

More questions later, but I don't want to overwhem you.
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No way 80 watts of light is enough for any coral in a 50 gallon tank.
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Old 04-18-2006, 06:33 PM   #4
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I do not have a test kits

I've use a mix for salt water

the only fish live on my aquarium is 1 damsel & 1 cardinal fish
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there is alot going on in your tank, under gravel filters are old school and IMO not ment for a reef tank.
Test kits, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate and Ph are kits needed to keep the tank running well. You should get these kits and post the readings of the tests.
What type of water do you use?
80 watts NO lighting is not enough for an anemone and 98% of the corals. I have kept Kenya Tree Corals under 80 watts NO lighting for months with growth so it is possible.. But you need to tell about your water quality first..
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The start to fish and coral health is good water, then good enviroment.

If your tap water is not extremely pure, you need to get an RO/DI unit, or buy RO/DI water at the grocery store or pet store. This mixed with a good brand of salt, allowed to circulate overnight in a bucket before being added to the aquarium, is the starting point of good water quality. Pre-mixed saltwater from your local fish store may also be of good quality, but you might want to find out what they use to mix it.
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I've used Pre-mixed from our local pet store... I've tried 1 coral right known Elegant Coral is their any possibility that this coral will live for 80w light? I'm a beginner for a saltwater aquarium, I've tried to add some vit. from fresh but I don't know if it's right, and I notice a red spot on my fish I don't know what to do I don't know what to do in ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate and Ph if i see these... what if ex. I have high level of this element what could I do?
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Elegance corals are among the hardest of all corals to keep alive. Did you cycle your tank? Did the LFS know your setup and still sell you the elegance? You need to do some reading in the articles section. Link is at top of page.
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The saltwater mix you are buying _should_ have the ideal levels of all elements/compounds. If it doesn't you're wasting your money. Usually if something gets out of wack it is either due to A) not enough water changes, or B) something is wrong that we need to help you fix. Unfortunately, there are alot of ways for a beginner to go wrong and get the water all out of wack. Even an experienced aquarist who starts a new tank has to wait for the tank to break in before delicate corals can survive in it.
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On our local pet shop they just tell what to buy and that's it they give advice but they just always tell buy this fish and that… etc… etc… to test the water.


This is my Aquarium setup again.

- 50gal
- 2 wet and dry filter w/ 3 power head
- 1 turbo skimmer w/ 1 power head
- 2 under gravel filter
- 80W light
- few LR
- regular sand

Please give me advice if my aquarium setup is correct or I need to remove or add more devices on my aquarium or is this good for reef tank or fish only tank.

This is the food I have for my fish

- flakes
- granules
- brine shrimp ( I don’t know how to use it because there is no procedure on the package)
- plankton ( I don’t know how to use it because there is no procedure on the package)
- prime poly aqua (vitamins)
- angel drops vita (vitamins)

Please guide me or give more in how to feed or proper procedure for feeding my fishy… fishy…
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