has anybody had experience in keeping sea pens,i have just purchased one and i am curious to know what info anybody may have,as there does not seem to be much info around.i have just finished adding more depth to my sand to accomodate it but i am looking for tips on diet at present i am feeding a mix of coral fuel and snowflake has anyone got any other tips as they would be appreciated
Thanks for the advice ,when you say just use live rock do you mean take out bio media and put live broken up liverock in or just use liverock in tank ?.If so would my skimmer be useable as it is part of my marisys filter system?i will take on board comments on ocean rock, pity though as the goby loves it.with regards to the tang i got it with thoughts of rehousing it in time to a bigger tank i just got the small tank as i am new to the hobby and wanted to make sure that i can commit long term ,if i gets to big or unhappy before then my lfs said they would have it back,Im only going to put 1 more fish a bicolour blennie in my tank as i would like to keep some soft corals etc but im going to leave it a while until everything stays more stable. I use r o water my salinity has always been 1.024 until my last change i got salt water from lfs and ro water took out more tank water than i had to go back in so mixed in some r o did not think it would do any harm.Thinking of getting an r o filter any ideas on were to get one ,lfs has some that start at ?75 is that resonable?and could i use a dust bin to hold the r o water as it is not classed as food safe,any ideas.For salinaty i use a refractometer couldnt get hydrometer to work accuratly and my test kits are tetra and red sea.should i leave my uv filter off while the bacteria are repopulating?i will try an take a decent pic of clown over the weekend and post it for you,see what u think!.Had a look at your pics i like the frag tank ,looks great,do u recommend buying frag to start with as a beginner or grown on corals ,some of the websites look a bit dodgy especially on ebay.
its a aquamarine 900 tank,175lts with a mariesys 240 filter. I have had the tank up and running approx 7 weeks .Started stocking with fish 3 weeks ago, first a yellow goby then a tang then the clowns.tank also has 15kg of ocean rock,18 kg of live rock and a clean up crew 2 cleaner shrimps 3 crabs and two turbos,there was 2 more but they died which kind of explains my nitrate issue.Since my last post i was worried about the fish so i had a rumage in the rock to find the snails i found them could not belive the smell from something so small.Also whilst i was looking for answers on the forum it dawned on me that i have being trying to do everything to the letter in my tank instructions ,i have been cleaning the foam filters on my filter system although i have not touched the bio media this along with a 50% water change must of killed of most of the bacteria needed to fight the nitrite.So i have bought a bit more live rock to get past 1kg to 10 ltr ratio and added some tetra marine start,so far nitrite has come down 0.05 which is better but not perfect,nitrate has gone up slighty to 25mlg ,ammonia has always been 0 ,ph 8.4,alk high on salinity 1.023.Fish seem alittle happier i am still looking out for the clown although its started eating and does not spend allday at the surface it seems to have swollen lips is this a worry ? or could it be changing sex ,i have been told they do. Can i ask, would you recommend a water change to lower the nitrate ,as i am worried i may lose the bacteria i have just put in .
Thanks for the advice, had a look at the article, fish dont seem to be displaying many of the symptoms, and has actually eaten a little bit today but will keep my eye on it. Nitrites have gone up to 0.1, done a 50% water change but nitrites remain the same. Have noticed one of our turbo snails is missing, wondered whether its died and is causing nitrites to rise? But cant find it !
Do you think fish could be a bit poorly cos the nitrites have risen?
Can anybody help,Recently added 2 clowns to my newish tank.One clown seems fine the other hasnt eaten and seems out of breath,It spends most of the time near the surface.Is it just stressed with the move or is it likely to be ill,The fish looks ok in colour and doesnt have any spots etc maybe slightly flaired gills.Should i be worried.