Originally Posted by fijiwigi
I would read this regarding aquarium paramaters The smaller the tank the more challenging it is because of less room for error you have a very challenging setup for a newbie. I would recommend removing the crushed coral because stuff gets trapped between the crushed coral and decomposes adding ammonia and nitrates to the tank very quickly in a small setup and can be traumatic for anything alive in your tank. Most people wait months to add any life to a saltwater aquarium.. And about every reef keeper you will talk to uses RO
water from either a home water purifier or store bought RO
water Not using RO
water will add lots of impurities to your tank and are usually that and lighting are the source of an algae bloom... It takes years to develop the rather impressive Coral Reef display and lots of time and patience is necessary.. Just take it slow and research as much as possible.. Welcome to AA
Thanks for the great advice!
I definitely agree about the RO
water, I bought a filter for my freshwater tank a few years ago and haven't looked back since.
I had a sneaking suspicion that I added the coral and fish way too soon, however Chris (BFF at the pet store) assured me that it wouldn't be too soon to add a small hardy coral. He said that usually people add fish before coral but given the results of my water test (I brought a sample of my tank water for them to check out), I could try a fish and a coral.
After reading that the majority of SW
tank handlers wait months before adding any life, I realize I may have made a mistake.
Ah well. Learning the hard way I suppose.