Hello i'm new to this sight and I have a 55 gallon tank and I have 3 questions.
1) i've only had my tank and system since May/03
and my ex-LFS
recommended a Fluval 303 as my filter, which I have since learned is crap for saltwater fish tanks. I currently don't have any fish in the tank, which I will get to in a sec but I'm wondering what is the best recommendation for my size fish only tank. I also want to know should I run them side by side or completely start all over which I assume will equal re-cycling the tank.
2) I started cycling my tank off with one big damsel. After the cycle was over I did a water change and mistakingly used only tap water (I confused the instructions of my LFS
when they told me to top the water of the tank off with freshwater with doing this also when I do a water change). After this I went out and purchased an orange clown. Right away the Damsel was picking with the small clown and then within a week he died. I brought a water sample to my LFS
and they advised me that the salinity was terribly low along with the PH
. Sooooo they had me purchase some Kent's superbuffer and advised me to follow the directions to it closely..............did that and I wasn't seeing any results in a weeks time so I went online and saw someone say something about using baking soda, I used it and BBOOOMMM!!!! the PH
spiked really high and the Damsel ended up dying. I went back to the LFS
and they advised me to just sit on it for a week and put food in it midway through the week to give it something to break down and it should drop......it didn't, now I'm into the second week and they left me with the same instructions again. I want to know what you guys think I should do to get it lowered. It's at 8.6 and has been for about 2 weeks, lights on and off.
3) Should I use a Tetra pond UV
-Sterilizer for my salt water tank, it was recommended by the ex-LFS
but on the uv
-sterilizer itself it says it's only to be used in freshwater.
Sorry to be so long-winded.