just curious... did you start the tank with RO/DI? did u add tap water at any point?
We have never used tap water in the tank. We bought store made salt water from our LFS
. Found out about 2 weeks ago now that the LFS
R/O D/I system was broken and we had
used their water for water change. We found this out after already using 10 gallons of their water which was FULL of silicates and phosphates! That is when our issue got totally OUT of control. At that point we started using Walmart distilled and salt mixing it ourselves for 24 hours with a power head. That is why we are doing so many water changes.
Here are our readings now:
Phosphates .1 (says critical on the Salifert test)
Silicates 0 (Salifert test)
temp 80F (this is as low as we can get it to go with our lights)
(One week ago, silicates were 3ppm and phosphates were .25. That is when we started with very frequent water changes, using our own mix and put a phosphate pad in our canister filter. We have one more phosphate pad unused yet, should we change that yet?)
We are feeding once daily, in the morning
One day mysis, next day brine, next day flake and start over.
We are not feeding too much because the food is gone in about 30 seconds (we have some piggies in the tank).
We are not
draining the shrimp before adding it but we are mixing it with tank water, not tap water. Is that OK? Do we still need to drain it?
Lights on from 7am - 7pm
moonlights on the rest of the time
Also, our cleaning crew is very small. I think there is only about 1 snail remaining and about 4 hermit crabs.