First, to answer your questions:
Originally Posted by mr86mister
So this was a freshwater tank before and now you are turning it into a saltwater? I'm just a bit confused by the decayed plant remains in the fuge and why are you adding freshwater to the system? You may know something I don't so just explain to me why you did that.
1. The tank was NEVER a FW
tank (at least not under my ownership).
2. Fuge had some macro algae that decayed and its remains were removed
3. Fresh water needs to be added to keep salinity in check. Due to evaporation salinity goes up (salt does not evaporate, just water) so FW
needs to be topped off at a rate of half a bucket a week.
Second, my apology if I had confused anyone.
The full history of the tank is here: Marine World (10 Gallon)
Here are a few milestones:
The tank was bought with a clown and a damsel, LR
, and two-three Haitian anemones + aiptasias.
A clam and some stones were introduced to the tank from LI Sound. - stupidity never to be repeated.
Full tank crash - death of most of the corals & fish.
Supidity never to be repeated: the canister filter was turned on after being shut off for a period of 1 month.
Ammonia spike to 2.5+
9/8/08 - 9/22/08
Frantic attempts to recover / rebalance the system by daily PWCs, intro of CPR, filter maint.
Ammonia kept registering high.
There was nothing left to salvage except for pests (aiptasias & haitan worms). Gave up and let the things take their course.
Decided to gather myself up and re-start the hobby.
Checked ammonia and voila: it dropped to 0.25 with NO wather changes, just few additions (top offs) of FRESH water to keep salinity in check.
So now I'm seeking advice, guidance, walk thoughs with step by step instructions on how to re-claim a small part of Indo-Pacific.
I had success with Kenya Trees, clowns seemed to be happy too - so that's what I'll be aiming for, unless I get the pair of mated clowns with a host anemone.
I just found out (lol) that I have AquaClear 30 (150 Wt)
heater in my Freshwater 45 gallon tank. What if I swap it with the 200 Wt
one that is currently servicing my 10 G? I know I don't need that 200 Wts in just 10 gallons anyway.