Well, before we get into anything else....I found out that the bubbles coming from my skimmer is BAD. I was told the horses (and every other living thing i.e. inverts) can ingest the tiny bubbles and it can cause problems. I got some suggestions and I'm working on fixing that right now. One person suggested nixing the skimmer, but because I plan on keeping some softies, I'm going to stay with the skimmer and work on fixing the bubble problem. My LFS
got in their shipment of LR
, so my LR
stock is up to 23 lbs.
I have the TFH issue you talked about. I skimmed through it, but I'll be sure to read over it again. I bought a book on corals yesterday. It's not as thorough as I expected. Nor does it cover all the species I am looking into. I want to get as much information on every possiblity before making my choice as to what corals I put in there. I don't want too many, and two of my choices that I'm almost certain I will be putting in there (zoas and blue mushroom) tend to spread. My other choice would be the yellow fiji leather, but I need to do more research on that. As of now, those are the corals I think I'm going to go with. Having said that, do you think the water flow from my skimmer and HOB
filter will be sufficient?
As for your other question..... I'm going with tank bed or captive bred. Def not wild. I heard they are to hard to feed. I do not have acces to live mysis, nor do I plan on breeding either those or bine shrimp. The guy at my LFS
said he drops a cube of the frozen brine shrimp in once a day and they do fine with that. He has stock in the store which is for sale, but he also has pets in a nanocube system. Because he has had the pets for some time, I trust his word.
My tank is still cycling. 20lbs. of the LR
I have in there was not cured, so my levels are way out of control right now. I'm going to do a pwc
today to get some of the crap out of there.
My water temp is at 82. I was thinking 80 would be better. I need to go with a compromise in water parameters because of keeping the ponies and the SC. From what I understand, the horses can stand cooler temps (77ish) but the corals need higher temps. So I think 80 is a good compromise. I want everything in there to thrive. Although it would be nice to have everything go fantastic, I'm sure there is going to be some trial and error, as this is my first SW