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robertprice August 1st, 2013 09:53 AM

What Happened?
My little reef tank experiment ended poorly, but I can't tell why. The day before things went to hell I scraped off all the brown, green and red aglae, put a background on the tank to block direct sunlight, and the next day, even the Trigger Fish was dead.The pH is 8.3, the ammonia 0, nitrite 0, and the nitrate to my surprise was only about 2-3. I'm beginning to think something was living in one of my live rocks, so I euthanized them with coppersafe. The tank is crystal clear and clean. I'm over Reef Tanks; after over 200 logged dives I've come to the conculsioon corals look great in the ocean and are a pain in the butt in a tank. I am going to set up my 75 as a Fowler Tank. Instead of crushed coral, I intend to use one of the better pH and nitrate buffering live sand substrates and will get a decent protein skimmer and 2 filters, one on each end. I still would love to know what happened to the small tank. I thought it was nitrate poisoning, but there is no evidence. The 75 has already been seeded with nitrifying bacteria.

Granted its been 20 years since I had a marine tank, but all my older ones did really well. Any suggestions on what I did wrong other than the direct sunlight?

PearlHoney04 December 27th, 2013 07:38 AM

Oh, I really need to know others replies, & all suggestions for you..

Fishinizer January 5th, 2014 08:58 PM

How long was the tank up and running ? And more info that's important like equipment used .

PearlHoney04 January 28th, 2014 12:29 AM


Originally Posted by PearlHoney04 (Post 3679)
Oh, I really need to know others replies, & all suggestions for you..

Nice thread to read...

john fox February 1st, 2014 06:06 PM

That's a shame you shouldn't give up . You expressed algae ; ok I just setup a 15 gallon tank saltwater with live rock and sand , after a week or so I started getting brown algae all over sand and rock , I told this to a friend and he said you need a cleanup crew so before I got the crew I added a clown to help with the cycle then I purchased 3 nerite snails and boy they are cleaning up .Now I have added another clown and a small bunch of dragon breath and a green star polyp , everything is doing well so far and the tank is 1 month old .Equipment = 1 hob 20 aqua clear ; I crummy 50 watt visa therm and a 4 bulb two switch light two blue and two white . Nitrate r less than 5 and I did my first water change yesterday 1 gallon Remember when adding water for evaporation fresh water only as salt does not evaporate. I HOPE THIS HELPS

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