Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 12-09-2012, 06:19 PM   #21
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ktomminello's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Southern Maine
Posts: 1,227
Smile Good deal

My suggestion, all things considering, suggest "live" sand such as aragonite, it's expensive but you can probably order it online or find it on craigslist for a decent price. I wouldn't suggest oolite sand considering your stock. I would say either 1 clown or 1 damsel and a cool looking CUC and make a nice feature tank, 20g is a bit small for more than 1 saltwater fish when you take into consideration the amount of sand and rock- minimum recommended sand bed- 2-3in and 1lb rock per gallon.

You can use regular marine sand and cultured live rock, but at this point in the game you really don't have the time to do an old fashioned cycle, lets be realistic guys . Using live sand, cultured live rock (with as many hitchhikers as possible) stirring up the sand and adding by section and purified real ocean water along with a supplement like Kent's marine nano reef 2 part and you should be back on track, just hold onto your seat and get ready to ride out a saltwater fish in cycle


Saltwater reef tanks are the closest you can get to being God... You can watch single celled organisms collect and become life from nothing but sand, rocks and water... It's easy to understand the concept, but the devil is in the details. I don't care if you made it through grade school or not- if you can take the time and do the research, have the patience to understand the nature and design of maintaining a successful reef tank you have the equivalent of a phd in creationism, lol.
__________________

__________________
ktomminello is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 11:37 PM   #22
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 23
No matter how many water changes I do, the nitrites wont drop. I got all of the waste I could find in the tank, and did a 50% pwc. Nitrites won't drop. I'm really scared for my fish. I'm only 13, and I don't get much money. I don't want the fish to die, but I'm almost certain they will. Is there anything drastic that I can do to drop the ites significantly?
__________________

__________________
Colton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 11:42 PM   #23
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
HovaRockz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 361
Qt the fish while you work on your displays troubles
__________________
HovaRockz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2012, 11:50 PM   #24
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 23
How do I start a qt tank?
__________________
Colton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2012, 01:00 AM   #25
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 23
The nitrites just claimed my smaller clown, bozo. He was swimming around erratically from the poisoning I guess, and got sucked into the filter.
He's chopped sushi now /:
__________________
Colton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2012, 02:05 AM   #26
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ktomminello's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Southern Maine
Posts: 1,227
So sorry about bozo the clownfish I suggest mixing a 5g bucket of saltwater, get rid of your substrate and all water and set up a bare bottomed, undecorated tank and slowly start again, beginning with a second time over on cycling. All things considered saltwater tanks, especially such a small reef tank is nearly impossible to maintain without a ton of money and time, are nightmarishly and notoriously overly high maintenance and are not for beginners. All that said- if you do proper research and are willing to put in the effort the sense of accomplishment make it so worth it... I hope your parents are very supportive of this hobby.
__________________
ktomminello is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2012, 07:55 AM   #27
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 23
They're not supportive at all. Everything comes out of my pocket
__________________
Colton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2012, 12:57 PM   #28
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
TheTodd's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Palm Springs, CA
Posts: 3,110
I kinda agree with the QT idea if you are not able to get the trites and trates down. Both levels being that high is going to kill the fish, but is already doing damage now. Something is causing that problem. What kind of filtration do you have?
__________________
TheTodd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2012, 01:29 PM   #29
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ktomminello's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Southern Maine
Posts: 1,227
Quote:
Originally Posted by Colton View Post
They're not supportive at all. Everything comes out of my pocket
I'm so sorry. It's a lot on your young shoulders!! My tanks are a full time job pretty much and I'm a retired mom (7 and 9 years old). My daughter is already interested in aquariums and I've been teaching her (she's 7). That being said, a quarantine on the inhabitants and redo of your tank would be a wise idea. Oh, here's something I just thought of, there is a possibility that the town/city that you live in uses fluoride in their water or possibly a calcium based water softening pillow, that can severely screw up your levels
ktomminello is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2012, 04:14 PM   #30
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheTodd View Post
I kinda agree with the QT idea if you are not able to get the trites and trates down. Both levels being that high is going to kill the fish, but is already doing damage now. Something is causing that problem. What kind of filtration do you have?
I have a tetra whisper 40 gallon filter- 200 gph
And and aquaclear 30- 150 gph
__________________

__________________
Colton is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
spike

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








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.