Strike two. For the second time I had a rapid complete die off of my fish. Just when I thought I had things figured out from the first time this happened, pretty much all my fish died at once. This was about 3 weeks ago.
Got my water checked today and everything seems back to normal after the die off except for the Nitrates are VERY high. LFS
said do a 40-50% water change.
I think I'm going to give it once more chance and see if I can actually keep any fish alive. I have far from the best setup, but I'm thinking of changing some things. What do you guys think?
Here is some background info:
-45 g tall
-30-35 lbs of LR
-using a large hang on filter
-very average lighting (dont have specifics)
-no protein skimmer
-no power heads
Here is what I'm thinking about going towards:
-another 10-15 lbs LR
-getting rid of filter and replacing with a protein skimmer
-I can get an Excalibur HV 100 skimmer that was used for 1 month for $100.....Is that a good skimmer or a price??
-Get 2 power heads...put one high on tank on one side and one low on tank on other side
Once my Nitrates get back to normal, I might start with a clown or another smaller inexpensive fish and see how it goes. I'm not looking for something outrageous, just your normal 5 or so fish with a few cool inverts.
Any input on any of this would be appreciated. Thanks.