Originally Posted by dougedoug
I am brand spanking new to Saltwater as of about 3 weeks ago. Decided to buy a 200 gallon custom build and now I am cycling the tank with 5 triggers and an eel. Until I get comfortable I have maintenance done each month where I have someone come in and do everything that needs to get done. I want to be proactive with the fish I have now and I wanted to know what tests I need to do on a regular basis? (IE ph and nitrate tests) So that I can identify any possible issues
Also any advice on feeding. Right now I thaw out these shrimp and these tiny fish. Then they eat them. I was told when they spit out food they are done eating.
Welcome to the hobby. I'm sure everyone will say the same thing here. You are supposed to cycle the tank before fish go in it. Ammonia is the first compound in the nitrogen cycle and is extremely toxic to fish. You need to test for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. Ammonia and nitrites should be zero before fish go in the tank. You should ask your lfs
more questions but if they told you it was ok to put those fish in, you need to find a new lfs
Also, if the fish don't finish all food that is put in the tank within about a minute, you are over feeding. You don't want fish to leave food uneaten. The rotting food creates ammonia.