Hello everyone. I'm new to the site and the saltwater world. I have been doing lots of reading here and have learned a great deal. So about a month ago after doing tons of reading here and a bunch of sites I took the plunge. I picked up a 55 gallon tank, about 30 or so pounds of live rock so far. I put 30 pounds of sand and 20 pounds of live sand. I have a hang on back 70 gallon filter a guy at my LFS
recommended. He said he uses it for his salt water tank. I have a dual light with two 10k light bulbs. I also have a nice water test kit. I had used the dr Tim's one and only to help cycle the tank a lil faster. I had two clowns, and a yellow tail blue damsel and one Atlantic condylactis anemone. My water was doing great. Ammonia was 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 0, ph was about 80-82, salinity of water was perfect. Everyone was happy happy happy. All fish were eating well. Anemone was being fed directly with turkey baster. Everything was great. Then. One day last week I come home and see that my daughter was feeding the tank. I told her to stop. The next day I catch her again. So I hide the food. Well the next day BLAM on the right side of my tank this greenish brown hair algae is everywhere but just on the left side of tank. Which I found bizarre. I did about a 10% water change. Also for some odd reason now my tank keeps hitting 80 degrees even though I turned my heater way down. Even turn off lights. Then I ordered a clean up crew which came in yesterday. After about two hours of acclimation I put them in. They were all over the place. But late last night I noticed one of my clowns acting odd. Did water test and everything was fine. I wake up this morning and my clown is dead, the other one seems to be on his way, the damsel looks fine, most of the clean up crew either looks dead, not moving or at the very very top of aquarium and not moving. Is my tank about to wipe? I was going to get a nice protein skimmer next week and add another single power head. BTW right now I am running a single dual power head on the right side. I had one on both sides but they blew way to much water and sand around. Any ideas besides start all over.