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Old 03-13-2014, 06:13 PM   #1
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Tank 2 redo

Last one! What needs to happen to make this tank into something workable? I guess it was originally a saltwater invertebrate tank. There are currently some anemone looking things and some snails in it. I'd like to get fish for it when it's all said and done. Tank is 29 gallons. Thanks for the help and advice.

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Old 03-13-2014, 06:16 PM   #2
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Clean the outside and test your levels
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:17 PM   #3
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Dang, give it lots of love. Hope to see pics of it after

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Old 03-13-2014, 06:57 PM   #4
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That tank is a mess. Whomever, didn't have a clue. Those anemones you see in the tank are pest anemones called aptasia. They spread very quickly and sting corals they touch. All that salt creep all over it is from that HOB filter and whatever that airline is connected to, making bubbles. Get rid of that air stone thing and get yourself a power head.
You will need more live rock also. I would start this tank from scratch. take out all the rock and scrub it off with a scrubbing brush. You could use a bic lighter on those anemones if they are out of water. You will have to take the snails back to your LFS to have them hold them, because this is not a one day fix. i would get about 20-30 pounds of dry rock and cycle the tank with the new rock.
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I would also either toss the sand bed completely, or wash it out THOROUGHLY. If disturbed, I would imagine you would have a decent ammonia spike.
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:18 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. Looks like both of the salt tanks are going to be a huge undertaking which I was hoping to avoid. Oh well. Guess I get to do it the way I want with the tanks instead of being stuck with what's there.

Is the rock in there Okay? If I scrub it well it should be fine in the cleaned tank right?

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After several lengthy discussions with my husband about it, my plan is to just clean the tank as best I can. Because the tanks aren't actually mine, they are in the classroom I teach in and the previous instructor is "absent" due to a legal issue but could come back or decide he wants the tanks back, I don't want to drop a bunch of money into the tank. Here are my thoughts:

1. Rip everything out and scrub it like a crazy. I am planning on moving the snails into the big salt tank during the cleaning. When I take out and scrub the rock, do I need to keep it in saltwater or can I just do that in the sink?

2. Take out all the sand and rinse it really really well.

3. Remove all those parasitic anemone things from the glass and filters and change the filter. I found a powerhead in one of the cabinets so I'm planning on adding that on too. I know HOBs are probably not the best for salt tanks, but it's what I've got at this point.

4. Put the rock back in and add some of the rock from the big tank to it. This should be okay right?

5. Let everything cycle for ? amount of time.

6. Add fish and/or inverts. I was thinking of putting the fish from the big tank into this one. Until I know if the tank will be mine for good, at which point I'll get fish I actually want.

In the big tank there are:
2 yellow tail blue damsels
1 three striped damsel
1 six line wrasse
1 clown fish no idea what type. Pic is of him

Could any of these go in the 29 gallon?

I guess in the end I'll be doing a FOWLR tank. Is there anything else I should know/do? Thanks for your help.


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Tomato clown and I think they should all fit in the 29g but it would be fully stocked then
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Rinsing the rock off with fresh water will kill most everything on it (except the aptasia unfortunately). If you aren't adding corals, there's no need to worry much about the aptasia. They are too small to eat fish. you could also try adding a couple peppermint shrimp. In many cases they eat aptasia. you said you wanted some inverts anyway.

As for the sand, if you plan to rinse it out and re-use it, I would wait a few weeks and test for ammonia before reintroducing livestock.

Those damsels can be very aggressive. I would watch them carefully if you decide to use them in the 29. Also, they are very hard to catch, and I always tell folks to not add any fish to their tanks they aren't absolutely in love with. Why don't you just use the bigger tank and skip the 29 completely?

What kind of power head did you find? Post a picture of it and read any info off of it.
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I'll post a pic of the power head once I get back up to the school. I'm not doing the big tank because the teacher who it belongs to made it VERY clear that it was his tank and he would be taking it if he is asked to resign. I just don't want to put all the time and money into it for him to come back and take it. That and I've NEVER done saltwater. The big tank is just overwhelming.


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