we did cycle the tank and checked the water levels constantly. We bought the crabs and snails because the alges where taking over and I tell you, they had a party when they got in to the tank after ca
. 1 1/2 month.
The rocks where cured already before we had put them in the water, and the water quality checked every day.
The first fish that we added to the aquarium (a blenny) is doing great and so are the snails and hermit crabs. Only problem with the snails is, that they turned green, but they are moving all over the tank.
my biggest consurn right now is the Clown fish, he wont eat (i think) because he got caught in the bag when transferring him.
All water levels are OK, we do water changes once a week to keep the ph at a good level. Before we bought the clown fish, we even got the water checked by the store and they confirmed that the levels where good.
I had no idea that you had to wait a year before adding the anemone. Let's hope that he will continue to do well, so fare he has found himself a place to stay (in the back of the aquarium lol.
We'll hold off adding any thing more until we will be sure that the tank can handle it. I should had set up a quarantine tank, but that one is set up and getting cured right now.
Thank you for your advice! I really appreciate it
I'll slow down
Originally Posted by austinsdad
Welcome to AA!
I'm not getting a warm and fuzzy about your setup history as you explained it. Do you know what cycling a tank involves? I'm not sure you did that well and can sustain life yet. The crabs and snails lived even after you added the rocks later???
It usually goes like this - add sand, water and live rocks. Cycle (takes about 2-4 weeks) testing the water frequently to monitor the cycle. Ammonia and nitrite go up and come back to zero. Change 50% of the water after cycle is complete. Test water again. If OK, add crabs and snails (clean up crew/CUC). Begin to add fish slowly - without the water from the lfs
I hope. Check and maintain good water conditions over a few months while adding fish that you've quarantined in another small tank for 2-3 weeks.
Then, after nearly a year, add your anenome. I hope you're lucky, but I think you're headed for trouble. You're moving too fast.
Have you tested your water at all for nitrates, Ph, or anything else?