I'm a newbie and I'm just looking for any advice I can get. I just got started with a saltwater tank 5+ months ago. I thought I researched it enough, but now I feel I'm in over my head. I've got a very friendly LFS
, but I don't know if he's talked me into too much.
Here's my setup:
I've got a 25 gallon acrylic tank with an Eclipse 2 hood. I upgraded the lights to 55 watts (they are set to a timer for 8-10 hours a day). I've got a Hagen Powerhead 201 (for extra current in the middle back of the tank- it's suggested for up to a 20 gallon tank), 25-35 pounds of LR
, live sand and of course a heater. I've got a Sea Clone 100 protein skimmer that I'm going to install in the next day or two. My setup is largely at the suggestion of my LFS
(the protein skimmer was at my inquiry).
My nitrites, ammonia and Ph are good, but my nitrates have been in the 60-80+ ppm
for the last week or two. I've been doing partial water changes the last 3 weeks to get them under control, but that only helps temporarily. I'm hoping the protein skimmer will take care of this problem.
Here's my inhabitants:
Pardon my newbieness with the names (I'm going by what my LFS
calls them). I've got 2 Dominoe damsels (about 3 inches long), 2 yellow-tailed blue damsels (about 2 inches long), 2 clowns (I'm pretty sure ocellaris) (about 2 and 1-1/2 inches long), and a small blue tang (about 1-1/2 inch).
I also have a bubble-tip anemone (which both clowns have taken to (and one of the dominoes once in a while)), a cleaner shrimp, a fire shrimp, a turbo snail, an emerald crab, a blue-legged hermit and a purple nudibranch (or is it a sea slug?).
All the inhabitants seem to get along well. The cleaner attends to the dominoes once in a while. I feed the fish twice a day- frozen brine in the morning and flake (algae with garlic added) in the evening. Perhaps this is too much. They gobble everything up in a couple of minutes. I feed the anemone silversides (two 1/4 inch pieces) every 2 or three days (unless the cleaner steals it from him).
My questions are: Do I have too much in my tank? Is my hardware adequate? I've got a friendly LFS
, but I'm not sure if he is allowing me to overload my tank. Do you have any suggestions for additions or subtractions? Can you have too many invertebrates (or support inhabitants) for a tank? Do I have any potential enemies in my tank?
I was reluctant to get a saltwater tank. My wife wanted one and I thought it would be fun. I thought I researched it enough, but I think I'm in over my head. I knew it was going to be an investment, but not this much (I don't have a problem with it, though). I love it now, but I don't want to kill anything off. Any advice, suggestions or reprimands are appreciated. Thanks in advance!