Tank is empty. I tore it down this morning/afternoon in order to catch all of my fish. It was a headache. Tomorrow starts the day of quarantine for 6 fish. The 6 fish that are still alive at least. I have managed to lose my lawnmower blenny, diamond goby, wrasse, banner fish and my pair of clown fish. As you can tell I was way over stocked. But I did regular water changes. However, my tang kept fighting ich. Needless to say the ones that died were the ones that hardly ate... Except for the clows I thought for sure they would be ok.
At the same time I had a huge issue with Cyanobacteria. I made the mistake of going to the corner water store and filling my top off with their RO
water. Big mistake!!! It was full of silicates. I did that for a few weeks... that's when the headache came in. I had green slime and cyano
everywhere... On my rock, corals, walls of the tank, sand bed. No matter how much I cleaned the sand bed it kept coming back. It kept growing like rapid fire!!! I'd clean it one day the next day there was twice as more. Obviously I was doing something wrong.
Today was the fourth start of tearing it to shreds in hopes that it won't return! If it does then I hope I don't give up on this saltwater stuff. It's totally depressing!!! I did a 50% water change, siphoned a lot of sand out that had cyano
. Took out the rock and scrubbed the crap out of each one in a old tank water and hope I got every nook and cranny. All my levels are ideal. Everything is back to normal level wise. My hopes is that my phosphates stay low and ill cut back on my lighting to 8-10 hours. I think my lights were running 12 hours with the whites and blues.
Although this has been discouraging its been a huge lesson to me on what to do and what not to do. Needless to say only three of the six fish are going back into the tank after QT. the other three are going to the LFS
after copper treatment, hypo and some mitrodonizol (However you spell that) and some other additive that goes with that. Ill get them back into shape and send them on their way to the LFS
. So, after much thought ill need some help with stocking the tank again. Ill have two chromis, and a blue damsel in the tank (after the two months of having a barren tank). Ill keep the QT up and running to QT the new fish. The only thing that I really want in their is two clowns and a couple more chromis. Other than that everything is questionable. In all honesty I rather have a reef tank after this ich madness... But I miss my clowns. :/
So there's the scoop. It's been a long day. I'm pooped. My fish are pooped... But at least my DT looks good.