as for the cause, it started after i moved so i think i stirred up the sand be too much and it realesed a lot of built up nitrate or what have you. I also used silica sand (breaking rule #12 of aquaria, dont go the cheap route) which seemed to cause a lot of problems in general and just looked ugly. Im sure the problem would have been fixable if I had worked on it, but as I said i thought i was going to be going away for college so i just gave up on it basically knowing it was doomed in the first place. I have ALWAYS used ro
water and will contine to do so. Im actually not frustrated at all starting over, because when I first started i didnt really know much about it and this time i can do everything perfectly how I want. I am also making much more money now so I will be able to invest. It is a 55 gallon tank, BakPak skimmer with airstone mod, will be buying an overflow and setting up a refugeum, about 25-30 lbs live rock (will be getting abouit 30 more), 6x55 watt power compact lights.
too late, already let the rock dry out. My reasoning for doing so was i wanted to kill off all the algae on it so it wouldnt start back up. Im going to be using the dry rock (which still is very nicely colored with old coraline suprisingly) as base rock and buying about another 30 lbs to add to it along with some critter packs from inland aquatics. What exactly is barebottom considered? I definetly dont want a DSB
in the display tank, but i do want a small amount because I love watching all the pods
, worms, ect. If im only going for a shallow sand bed, what depth should I aim for?