Hello, I sent in a water sample to my LFS
yesterday afternoon and they tested it for me. I need some answers. PH
is 8.2, no ammonia nor nitrite, 25 to 45 ppm
of nitrate, 1.027 SG
and 80 degree temp. My LFS
told me that the salinity is high and I should reduce it to 1.020-1.023 to have better results with the slime on the percula, since high salinity such as 1.027 tends to irritate the fish, causing it to secrete excess mucus. I don't believe that because the salinity in the ocean in my area is 1.028 which is even higher and none of my other fish in the tank are experiencing the problem with slime. I would think that SW
fish would be happier and more stress-free in natural ocean strength such as 1.027-1.028. What's your opinion? They also said that the nitrates are a bit high, too. However, since there's no corals in the tank, nitrates are not that important unless if they go over 50 ppm
. Should I go by this scenario? Also, ny tank doesn't have a protein skimmer, but I'm planning on adding one soon. My current filtration system is a penguin bio-wheel 330 along with a small power head for circulation. Should I remove the bio-wheels and add the skimmer or, should I just leave them in place and add the skimmer as well? Thank you!