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 03-16-2005, 08:18 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Montana USA
Posts: 90
Maintaining an established FOWLR , wondering about water

Newbie here! Just purchased an established 75G SW tank and had it moved into our home last night, water and all. Previous owner was helpful but I may not have asked the right questions. I am confident that the water we got from him is in great condition so I don't want to mess it up. I will try to keep this simple. For now I understand in a month we should change out 25% water. At what point do I need to test the water if it came already balanced? He gave me a test kit in liquid forms and I see some paper test strips in there for freshwater as well. He knows his stuff so I assumed those work for saltwater ph testing as well?

Do I test before the water change, after or both?
I read somewhere that flakefood isn't adequate for 100% feedings, should I try some shrimp? (there are two clownfish, one angelfish and one dart)

Last question - I see a large snail on the liverock. While we enjoy watching him, is he harmful to the rock or beneficial?

I appreciate a helping hand!
__________________

__________________
fourmyclowns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2005, 08:30 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
Hi, welcome to AquariumAdvice.com!!!
You have found the best place on the net for great and friendly aquarium advice.
Quote:
At what point do I need to test the water if it came already balanced?
Moving the tank will most likely throw things off a bit. I would start testing now. I am ot a fan of those "dip stick" test strips. you can find something that is a bit more accurate. Get a drop test for Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, Ph.
Quote:
Do I test before the water change, after or both?
Both is fine for now. I would also consider using a high quality RO/DI water for top-offs and changes instead of tap water.
Quote:
read somewhere that flakefood isn't adequate for 100% feedings,
variety is the key. What livestock are you feeding? That will make a difference.
Quote:
I see a large snail on the liverock. While we enjoy watching him, is he harmful to the rock or beneficial?
Snails are your tank's cleaning system. Keep it!
Quote:
I appreciate a helping hand!
Stick around...we are just getting started.
I suggest your next purchase be a good book on SW tanks. I like "The Conscientious Marine Aquarist" by Robert Fenner. It is a great book and I am sure you will find it helpful...Lando
__________________

__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2005, 08:49 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Montana USA
Posts: 90
Hello Lando - thank you for your tips! I tried to test today but the testkit I received is missing vials so I have to get some tomorrow and try again.

You gave some very detailed advice on feeding to "Aquafreek" in a forum that posted after mine. Could I apply those foods you listed to my fish - clowns, blue/yellow angel and a dartfish. fourmyclowns
__________________
fourmyclowns ....and my four boys who are the real clowns!
fourmyclowns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2005, 09:18 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
The foods will work fine. Your angle might like the nori sheets. Like I said there, hte key is variety and supplimenting the food with vitachem and selcon. Should keep your fish happy and healthy.
__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2005, 09:27 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Montana USA
Posts: 90
Thanks for a speedy reply! I made a shopping list for tomorrow. I think that book you mentioned was one I looked at before. I'll pick it up. I do have some dried seaweed. I'll give them some tonight.
__________________
fourmyclowns ....and my four boys who are the real clowns!
fourmyclowns is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fowlr, maintain

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
Green water in established tank - again! jfwilson54 Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 17 08-25-2007 12:19 PM
Wondering what the correct procedure is for water changes imustbenuts Saltwater Reef Aquaria 9 10-19-2005 10:25 AM
cloudy water on an established tank Dr.Nate Saltwater Reef Aquaria 7 07-13-2005 11:11 AM
using established water abomb Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 5 02-07-2005 05:03 PM
Stocking suggestion for 55 gal FOWLR well established setup tomas21 Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 10 09-16-2004 11:47 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:01 AM.


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