Went to a customers house today to get started on their SW
tank. It's a 75g with about 60-80lbs of LR
, 1" CaribSea Seaflor grade sand, a Fluval 304, a Hagen 802 PH, and two 40w lights (1-actinic, 1-5500k).
The tank had a coating of green and red cyano
on the glass and hair algae about 2-3" thick on the substrate and LR
. Livestock consists of one 3 stripe damsel. Water parameters are as follows
n03: 100+ off scale
: 2.5 meq/l
Cleaned glass, vacumed hair algae off rock and sand, removed bio media from Fluval, added Purigen pack to Fluval, cleaned and restarted PH, and did about a 60% water change. Here's the plan:
Take all rock out and scrub hair algae off it. Rinse substrate. Replace all water in tank with fresh RO
and IO salt. Use Fluval for circulation only...maybe carbon when needed. Add enough Seaflor sand to bring depth to at least 3 1/2-4". Add skimmer...probably Prizm Pro or Seaclone 150...maybe one of the Aqua Remoras if they have a good HOB
. Any ideas or suggestions?
This tank will fall into the FOWLR
category so I'm not too worried about the lights now. I may recommend going with a CS Smartlite with 10000k and leaving the NO actinic. Also would be interested in any ideas for stocking the tank. Want to keep the bio load low...small, hardy fish. Guess a trio of green chromis will go in for sure. Maybe a coral beauty.
Some kind of clown and maybe a sailfin/lawnmower blenny. Ideas?