Originally Posted by PowderBlueTang245
I think the title explains my question but just to add detail I've had the tank operating for approx a month and 3 days ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate outrageous about 80-120 ppm
i have 6 fish total (i know i rushed) blue tang vlamingi tang yellow tang six line wrasse orange damsel and a true perc clownfish 4 corals 1 purple tip anemone 1 colony of starburst polyps 1 clove and 1 carnation tree my question is when can i do a water change on a 55 gallon tank without disturbing any beneficial bacteria I've been doing small water changes less than a gallon jus to keep the algae out of my sand .. The reason why i named all my fish mainly is because the tangs crap like no tomorrow and i currently have a hippo tang with ick so I'm trying to give as much detail as possible please someone help me out thanks in advanced.
OMG. To say your tank is overstocked is an understatement. Using liveaquaria recommendations the blue tang needs a 180 gal
tank, the yellow a 100 gal
tank and the vlamingi tang a whopping 360 gal
tank. If your tank is only 56 they will all likely succumb to ick. I would go back to the store you bought them and demand they take the fish back for a full refund due to their negligence. The anemone might not make it either. They are recommended for established tanks of 6 months or older.
Even if you think Liveaquaria is overly cautious you have a fish that can grow to 2 feet. And another that gets to 1 foot.
You mentioned a hippo tang with ick but he wasn't on the stocking list you mentioned. Which tank is he in? Or is he the blue?