Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 05-18-2009, 09:14 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Middle Village, NY
Posts: 2
First Tank need advice,

So as you can see I have a new hobbie! My first salt water fish tank. Its a fish only tank. I purvhased it from someone who had it for a month, so I was already a month into the two month cycle, because when I purchased the tank, filter, light, and everything else he had, I showed up with great bear jugs, and took his water also. I have the tank for two weeks myself, but my Nitrate, and Nitrite are not dropping. My PH is holding steady in the middle, and my Ammonia level is at 0.

My question is, will the Nitrate & Nitrite drop by themselves? If so how long will it take to drop. They are right in the middle of the chart for the last week.

My second question is, when and how often do I change my filter pad? My filter is a Pro Clear Aquatic System. Its clear, the water comes in throught the syphon hose, throught a pad, down through bio balls, over a flow level and back up into my tank.

Another question I have is, when do I vaccume the tank? Do I do that when I do my water change?

I have some Damsels in there and they are doing fine, I mean they loook healthy, and I never heard them complain! lol.

Any information or advice would be greatly appreciate!

Thank You!


mike1988 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2009, 10:48 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
pat8you's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Woodbridge, Va
Posts: 1,802
Send a message via AIM to pat8you
will the Nitrate & Nitrite drop by themselves?
The nitrIte will drop to zero if your tank is cycled. The NitrAte will continually build up in your system and is a large part of the reason you need to do water changes to maintain a healthy tank. I would suggest reading this article on the cycle.


when and how often do I change my filter pad?
I would clean the pad once a week. Don't buy a whole new pad every week unless it is one of those cartridges that has activated carbon sandwiched in between. If that is the case, clean once a week and change once a month. If it is just a pad or sponge then it only needs to be changed for a new one when it gets really nasty or falls apart. Cleaning each week will be fine. It is actually providing a good amount of surface area for the bacteria that cycles your tank to grow.

when do I vaccume the tank? Do I do that when I do my water change?
You should not need to vaccume the tank at all unless you have crushed coral or gravel. You should change about 10% of the volume of the tank about once a week.

I have some Damsels in there and they are doing fine
Damsels are tuff cookies. If they have survived so far they should be ok. Go to the articles section of this forum on the toolbar at the top. It hads a lot of articles that will answer some questions for you and be a big help. As far as advice, the only key to success in this hobby is patience and research. I would post the specs of your tank up here so people can get and idea of what your working with.

filter details
size of tank
amount of rock
type of substrate
type and number of fish

That was people will be able to look it over and offer some tips. They may see a problem or offer advice depending on your set up.

pat8you is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2009, 04:07 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
thincat's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
Good advice...If you are doing a fish with LR tank you can keep the bio-balls and use the as a wet/dry filter, just do PWC's to reduce the Nitrate level. If you will be doing a "reef" system, get rid of the wet/dry filter as your Lr and sand will be your main filter. Also pick up a protein skimmer to help get rid of DOS in your tank.
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2009, 08:55 AM   #4
Community Admin
melosu58's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 37,888
If you read that article that Pat gave you you`ll see what the fish are going through. That article is a must read for all SW starters.
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote

first tank, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
new tank - advice? eja206 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 2 03-29-2009 08:22 PM
Used tank advice SuCraM Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 13 06-17-2008 11:51 AM
new tank advice ducati1212 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 5 01-28-2005 07:23 PM
need advice for a new tank saaebn Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 5 07-29-2003 01:54 PM
need advice for new tank Megalofyia Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 5 07-02-2003 07:03 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:02 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.