The Story begins on July 3 2004 I picked up my new to me 90 Gal
saltwater system. Which I bought from a friend at work. This tank had not been with out its problems. He had it up and running and all his fish (3) got sick and died. He stoped taking care of the system and green algae had taken over the bottom of the tank and most of the rocks. We drained all the water from the tank and moved the tank to its new home in my house. Using a Kitty litter cleaner sifted the sand in the tank and scrubbed all the rocks to remove most of the algae. Filled the tank with city water and treated it Prime to remove Chlorine and all the bad stuff from the water. We left one Filter Cartridge in the filtering system as not to remove all bacteria from the tank. We added Instant Ocean salt bringing the Salinity to 23-1.017.
Thought that was right they said 23 so miss read the meter. And added Quick Start to the tank to help start the bacteria growth.
on July 10 2004 Added 10 Blueleg hermit crabs and 4 Turbo Snells.
on July 17 2004 Added 10 Blueleg hermit crabs and 4 Turbo Snells.
Also added One Yellowtailed Damselfish
on July 24 2004 Added one Fancy Serpent Sea Star
on July 25 2004 Added 4 lbs live rock which we had removed from tank and taken to friends house and keep in his tank. along with added two frags
of Star Burst Polyp Coral (Green) from his tank.
on July 26 2004 Came home from work to find that my tank was turning green. Found that both Filter cartridges were clogged. And we panicked and replaced both filter cartridges. My friend check the salinity of the tank finding that it was way too low. We started mixing saitwater to raise it to 1.023 (to this day only have it up to 1.021)
As the days went by after that the green algae started getting worst only floating the water not growing on anything. My water is green.
on July 28 2004 I added another Bottle of Quick Start to replace the bacteria in the tank coming to the conclusion that by replacing both filter cartridge that we had removed the bacteria from the tank. Turned off the Skimmer and changed my lighting to only run for 3 hours a day.
as of this day August 1 2004 my tanks water is still green.