The above sounds good. I am kind of surprised that your tank is doing so good with topping off your tank with chlorine filled water (assuming you are in a city). Good on you
Before I give yo any advice I will warn you that I am in the process of setting up my own first SW
tank, but this is what I have learned along the way.
Coraline is the tiny growth that is most often seen on live rock. I am sure that there are other that could comment on this better but if you have LR
you have coraline growth.
Have you looked at a RO
system. You can use the bottled stuff to remove the chlorine/chloramine but the best is reverse-osmosis/de-ionization. By the same token the systems are very expensive, and somewhat impractical for beginners like us (I am lucky, the tank I am working on is in the lab of our highschool and it has a water distiller).
Well I would suggest that you give us the parameters of your water:
, salinity, temp, nitrites, nitrates, ammonia,
as well as the specifications of your tank:
size, inhabitants, lighting etc.
and I hope that there are others more knowlegable than me to expand on those topics!
In desperate need of help, but very excited to learn. I have tasted the world of aquariums and now I'm hooked.
Here is what I have now...
maxijet 900 powerhead
100W (maybe 150W) heater, but heating isnt a prob
1.5 inches of crushed coral
some decoration stuff including a couple peices of old dried coral.) Not sure if it is real to be honest...
Crappy lights that I am going to rebuild, just for come flourescents