I want to start my aquarium from scratch again.
I am getting rid of my rock with artificial corals and crushed coral substrate for live rock and fine white sand.
I found somebody on CL
getting rid of live rock and sand from about 180g tank. I have a 75. For $200 or half for $100. He mentioned that the only thing is that some of the live rock has green hair algae. (as well as nice purple and orange coralline algae).
I could also get new and cured live rock from my LFS
- but at $8 a pound, you can see what I am up for.
My main concern is what to do with my fish during my process. Currently my livestock besides snails and crabs consist of 1 yellow tang and 3 damsels.
Do I need to take them out or can I just plop the new rock and sand into the tank? Should I just sell them and start from scratch? Should I just put the fish into buckets, plop everything in, do a water change, and put them back in when the cloudiness is gone?
Is green hair algae something I can just scrub right off, and then let my tang, snails, crabs, damsels, eat the rest off? The seller just said as long as I have no nitrates and cut the light I could just kill it off. My water is pristine right now. Perfect for quite some time now. What are your thoughts guys?
What is it that I should be worried about? As for my yellow tang, sadly, I probably dont care if it might not make the transition if there is another cycle or something. The thing has always acted weird and seems very stressed even if I had it for nearly 5 months! Everytime I walk up to the tank, the thing darts and hides behind a rock. The damsels love me and come right up to the water if I am feeding them, but the tang runs away. Not like anything I have ever seen. Maybe when I bought it, I should have gotten the less frisky tang. I think this one is a little psycho, lol.