Hello, I am very new (3 months) to Saltwater, I've always had freshwater but I was given a saltwater set up that someone couldn't be bothered with and it had been overstocked and left to ruin. The tank was a 50 litres (sorry I don't do gallons
), so quite small and had 3 Chromis, a tiny clown, a cleaner wrasse, 2 yellow tailed damsels, a pyjama cardinal, a ghost cardinal (right name?), a boxer shrimp and a choc chip star. they also had two corals, who I think i have managed to identify as a Toadstool and some kind of branching coral (Will put pics for ID). So as you can see, way, way overstocked ( I think anyway) for a small tank.
I went out and bought a 500 ltr Tank with sump and acclimatized them all over into it, there was no live rock in the tank, so I have bought some (slowly...jeez its expensive
). Right now its confusing central, the corals have perked up wonderfully and I started to have a cyano
outbreak, which seems to have now settled. I am having difficulty stabalizing the water.
Nitrates are at 80! Have just done a 20% water change and added some NitrateMinus.
Mag was over the chart but i estimate about 1600
Salinity is at 1.026
I am trying to learn quickly but its all soooo confusing :S i am yet to understand the relationship between the balances, I will keep researching.
What I need to know really is how to get those Nitrates down quickly, the Magnesium levels and anything else I need to change.
Is this all what a new tank will do anyway and will then settle down?
Everything seems nice and happy in the tank, I was also given 3 snakelock anemones and they have split into 6, I don't know if this is healthy or a survival thing, I have read both but everyone does seem much happier now
Any help will be hugely appreciated