Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Community Forum > Member Introductions
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 05-09-2013, 09:59 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2
New 20 gallon salt water

Hello! I started a 20 gal. reef tank and am having serious issues! I've heard you guys are awesome so i would love to hear your opinions! Tank has been up since feb. 25. I used live sand and rock (maybe around 20lbs rock? And 40lbs sand) and am using lighting with 3 actinic bulbs and 3 t5s. Just using hob filter, have a protein skimmer but don't have it in tank as it makes me crazy! Also have small circulator. Nothing will live in this thing! I've tried both ro water and tap and all readings seem good. Nitrates 0
Nitrites 0
Salinity 1.024
Everything else is where it should be but i don't have numbers off the top of my head. I am starting to think that the tank is too clean. I've had a brown algae bloom that was pretty bad but now it is sparkling clean! I have 2 blue leg crabs and 3 narcissus (spelling?) Snails in there now. Also have zoas polyps that are alive and will somewhat open but not all the way. Had a clownfish do well for a while and added an anemone, it died and wiped the tank. Now (with totally new water (straight tap water with salt and a buffer) since anemone incident) i cant get a fish to live to save my life! Opinions on tap vs ro? Too much lighting? Tank too clean? I really don't know. When i take water in for testing they tell me it looks great! Well, clearly its not great if a damsel will die within an hour being in there! I do drip acclimation. Tank is 80°. I'm trying to think of all info i can so if i left out something let me know! Thanks so much for any help!
__________________

__________________
minimoose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2013, 10:01 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Skeeter4158098's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Idaho
Posts: 157
Well sounds like you are having all sorts of issues. Hope some one on here with some good knowledge of salt water tanks can help you out.
__________________

__________________
Skeeter4158098 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2013, 10:04 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
JRMagno's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Camp Pendleton, CA
Posts: 114
Your nitrates should not be at 0. You should buy a liquid saltwater master test kit and test your parameters yourself. This will help to identify an issue before it wipes out the whole tank. A lot of fish stores will tell you it is great when it is not, especially since most use test strips, which can be inaccurate. This is the first step to fixing your problem. Any suggestions would just be a shot in the dark without accurate perameters
__________________
JRMagno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2013, 01:26 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2
I can't say for sure that they are zero as I'm using test strips, so it is just showing no color at all! I asked about getting a better test kit and was told by a few different people that they are unnecessary. But I've been getting a lot of differing opinions about most things! so I could be on to something maybe with my "too clean" theory? if nitrates shouldn't be at zero what could help bring it up? it struck me as odd that a massive brown algae bloom would suddenly just disappear without a trace! I'll put up a pic here soon so people can get a better idea of what we are dealing with along with some better numbers! thanks for your reply!
__________________
minimoose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2013, 01:53 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
JRMagno's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Camp Pendleton, CA
Posts: 114
I've never had it happen, so I don't know much about it, but your tank could have crashed and restarted its cycle? Maybe someone else with more knowledge can help with that? But I think the majority of people on here would agree that a liquid test kit is far more reliable than the test strips.
__________________
JRMagno is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
20 gallon, salt, salt water

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








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:16 AM.


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