ok, I checked my water before and after filtration and after salt. The filter is the problem I believe, but the tap measures 0 nitrates and 0 phosphates, but the aquarium pham filter measures .1 phosphates and 10ppm nitrates, how can this be? Unless my tap has trace undetectable amounts of both and they have accumulated in the cart than this is the only way, no? My tap at this point is better although I am doing a 30 gal
water change tomorrow with distilled. As far as the food the cubes are very small and my fish consume it very fast and the tang is very fast and very hungry anytime he sees me near the tank he thinks it's feeding time. If I feed them less which I have tried then they get pinched in bellies by the 2nd day and I don't think this is healthy either. I did have some nitrate removing cubes under the wet dry that the LFS
told me to change only every 6 months and it has only been 4, but I took these out tonight, emptied my sump in the wet dry and these cubes were gross and dark brown. I am going to try only using the kent nitrate granules in the filter bag and see if this helps if I change them 1 time a month. One last question, my skimmer was fine until I put in the kent phosphate removing granules in a filter bag in the sump. I took them out and changed for new ones after 2 days, but my skimmer fills a gallon of clear water after only 15 min or so. Is there any reason this could be happening? I checked the skimmer and it is ok and set to the lowest setting, I also added red slime remover about 6 days ago because the phos was causing red slime in my sand bed. What could have caused my skimmer to go haywire? I hate running the tank w/o a skimmer with so much bad stuff going on. And oh, can I put a vlamingi tang, yellow tank, pink anthias, and 4 perculas in a 30 gal
for a month for my ich treatment or will they be stressed? I know dumb question, but this is all I have room for is a 30 and before I buy it what else do I need as far as filtration for the month of QT
for the ich? And also how many water changes in the QT
tank while treating it? I hate to ask the LFS
because I am learning they are so stupid! I really want to get this all under control asap
so any more suggestions would be wonderful and thank you all sooo much for your help. My tank would be destroyed beyond repair if it weren't for this forum!