Hi all - Yes, I'm another newbie to the saltwater tank world! I've kept tropical fish for several years and I am now taking the plunge into saltwater. My boyfriend has lost interest in his reef tank and I'm attempting a rescue. I have LOTS of questions and trying to get specific information on the internet is a bit overwhelming! So here I am.
His tank is a 46 gallons reef tank with live rock, live sand, some corals, some snails and only 3 remaining fish. The live rock has been overcome with green furry looking algae and I'm trying to figure out if the rock and corals can be salvaged. The corals (bullseye mushroom, button polyps, and leather) and in a pretty sad state as well. The fish (clown fish, chromis, and a colbalt blue, yellow-tailed unidentified fish) seem to be okay - for now. The tank in general has been on the decline for a few months now. He first set it up about 2 and half years ago. In GENERAL, a quick test strip shows that the water quality is OK, but obviously with the algae explosion going on, it can't be that great. (I can provide more specifics on this once I retrieve the reef test kit from my house.)
I've set up a 29 gallon tank at my house with live sand and mixed saltwater, some rocks (not live) as a temporary home. I just set this up on Friday and am attempting to cycle it with fish food.
I'm now trying to figure out what my next steps are and if I can salvage the live rock and corals in his tank. I'll need to completely break down his tank and give it a thorough cleaning before setting it up in my house, but this is where I need some advice on what my options are. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!!!