but when I use the Amquel + with the tap water, doesn't it elimate the nitrates like it said it does? I have a RO
water system on its way. Just did a minor 10 gallon water change tommorrow, another tommorrow. I did notice nitrates coming down when I re-tested, were definitely in the red before. I guess since this is my first salt water tank I didn't realize that I over loaded it and wasn't cleaning water enough to keep up w/ bio-load and this must be the end result.
Changing water constant but not too much as to stress fish. Cleaned ALL filter media including protein skimmer which is working great. Puffer is not squinting eye anymore but still goes to the top of the tank ocassionally. Not eating at all, not matter what I try. Anyone ever heard of force feeding a dog face puffer? he will come to the front of the tank like hes fine and looks ok and happy but will not acknowledge food and ends up at top of tank. He's now breathing out of both gills. If only he would eat..he would live.
sterilizer 6x 18w turbo twist on its way as well.
Oh and as for feeding..yes I was over feeding..I didn't think the over feeding would be an issue with the powerful filter..I cut it down drastically..some frozen cubes have a lot inside and I was feeding 2 at a time, somtimes 2x a day, w/occasional clams for puffer/trigger and maybe a small amt of flakes for clown/damsel.