Thanks everybody for your comments - sorry for the late delay.
Kurt - you are correct about the stock lighting - but I swopped the standard halogen for LED
's- used MR11 bulbs - equivalent to 20w output. The stock halogens were bleaching the live rock - and I noticed a big difference with the led
's. Am now looking for strip lighting for moonlight - hopefully if not longer than 15cm, I'll just attach to the existing fixture. Do you think I need more than that? Eventually, I am aiming for some soft corals in there.
I got the anemone on 10th April - and although I'd only ordered 2, there were 4 larger ones, with 3 stragglers - tiny little babies. They've all grown quite a bit since I got them - the pic on the cowrie shell is of one of of the stragglers- was a small 5mm across when it came in! So in total, I now have 7 in there - yes - I do know that's too much - I just haven't got the heart to just throw them away
. Hubby suggested asking LFS
if they wanted them - hmm.
Will take your advice and leave the tank fishless for now.
mrgo2d - yeah - never thought of anemone for that purpose! However, when I got home on Friday, actually found the fish (somewhat devoid of color) under an overhang of rock - the anemone obviously spat it out!
So I did another testing this morning, salinity is 1.023, nitrates still at 160
More water changes?
Shrimp moulted this morning- seeing as I've only had him a week - isn't that too quick? Should I be worried?
What a worrywort I've become!!!
Seriously, guys, thanks for the comments - keep them coming!