Originally Posted by AnnnetteM
ok, steve so I can keep the carbon in and my protein skimmer and if I change 25 gals a month out of the 110 I will be ok on the trace elements, yes?
Depends on the age of the tank moreso but given the nitrite levels at this point, I would suggest changing 10 gal
/week for now which could be lessened later on. I am not a fan of large water changes unless in an emergency so I would honestly not go beyond 15 gal
at a time. Believe me, the trace element additions are not as important as you've been lead to think. Most are sustained via foods and the saltmix. There is also ample amounts in the B-Ionic.
Second, how do I set up a refugium? I have the trickle filter with the bio-balls, and in my left over space next to it is my large skimmer with a pump for it taking up space and a pump for my UV ster in the same space so I have no room left under the tank cabinet in the sump or anywhere. Under m e tank is also a large chiller, so.....how do I set this up?
Check the link I provided above it will give you a decent amount of info and a google seach will give you literally 100's of DIY
suggestions and detailed plans. The refugium does not have to go under the tank. It can be set up beside or above the main tank. The options are many.
I would like to keep the mandarin, but if not possible then he must go back I guess, but hubby would be upset being that he doesn't understand why I must return fish. This will be my second as I already returned a dejardin tang because he was bullying the entire tank after 3 months of him being in there. I got no credit or anything for him and they sold him for $80 after I returned him. I paid $65, but he was so healthy and pretty when I returned him they got more and I got nothing. It makes me so mad to have to do this. Makes me hate my LFS. Is there anything I can do for this poor fish? Live brine? You stated they might not eat frozen, but live? And if I just dump the pods in my sump they will get thrown through the UV ster, no good!
If you have gotten that kind of response from your LFS
, I'd suggest finding a new one. Very shaddy business to take something for nothing. Even the bad ones will usually caught up 1/3 the asking price, especially when you bought it from them originally.
Try the direct feedings, seperately cure and add more LR
and get the refugium set up. You may be able to hold off on returning the dragonet if things go smoothly. The addition of some cured rock alone should increase the pod population for a few weeks.