12-10-2006, 01:52 AM
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Thanks for all of the advice, guys.
I have been using tap water for the water changes. Of course, I treat it with a dechlorinating tap water conditioner. I know it still isn't as good as RO.
The tank has been setup since the summer and I have sand at the bottom. I forget what it was called, but it was the sand that had the beneficial bacteria already in it. At least, I'm assuming that's what I paid for, lol.
For the past few weeks we've had two 48" All Glass Aquarium 32 watt flourescent bulbs on over the tank throughout most of the day.
I'd love to bring in a clean up crew and a sea hare but our Stars and Stripes puffer would probably make quick work of them. I've seen him pick snails from their shells and even dislodge and "dismantle" a few hermit crabs. He is really a glutton and eats nearly every piece of food I put in the tank.
To answer bettababy's question, their daily diet consists of the following twice a day:
A cube of mysis shrimp.
A cube of Angel Formula I or II (Green Cube)
5 or so pieces of brown prawn or pink krill
Some marine flakes
This is to feed 1 stars and stripes puffer fish, 1 magestic angel fish, 1 juvenille bicolor angel fish, 1 yellow box fish, 2 juvenille yellow box fish, and either 4 or 5 pink anthias. (I lost one anthias for sure when I raised the heat and lowered the salinity last week in my ongoing battle against ich and one more is mia).
As far as the tank levels, the test kit has proved inaccurate. We were convinced we could not get a new fish because the levels looked bad and two others independently confirmed that the levels were good. We need a new kit.
I'm sure things aren't looking good now, though. The protein skimmer has been off for nearly a month because I was told it had to be during the tank's treatmening with "Ich Attack" (which has yet to work :().
I've got algea. I've got ich. Help us, Obi Wan Kenobi. You're our only hope.