Originally Posted by Pasfur
For starters, you said the 75 gallon tank is cycled. This is a very "freshwater" ideal that will get you into some serious trouble quick, as you found out. First, lets get the full specs of this tank AND the quarantine tank. How long have they been set up? Exactly what type of filtration? What water parameters are you testing for and what are the results? Also, talk more about the 16 pounds of live rock you just purchased. How long was it at the LFS? Does it stink? What colors are on the rock? Any idea where it is from? (Fiji, Carribean, Tonga, etc.)
How long have they been set up?
--75 gallon has been set up since late January of this year (around the 20th)
--Just set up quarantine tank on Sunday because of the live rock issue
Exactly what type of filtration?
--Bio balls...and protein skimmer
What water parameters are you testing for and what are the results?
-- Until this past Sunday, the Ammonia had been at 0 (it's at .25 now)
--Nitrites 0 (but will probably go up once ammonia goes down)
--Nitrates fluctuate from 15-40 (I don't understand this either!)
--Ph 8.0 to 8.3 -- Kh 9 drops to change color (it was around 7.7 so added akalinity/ph buffers to get this number up)
--Salinity is around 1.023
--Temp steady at 80 F
(I think this is all!!!)
16 lbs of Live Rock:
Don't know how long it was at the store. The person we buy from is a 'friend', so I guess we trust(ed) him. I would say that I do remember him saying something about the fact that he "just got it in". Yes the live rock does stink...and I should have let that be a red flag not to put it in the tank...but I didn't follow my gut and trusted the LFS guy.
Colors on the rock are a jade green...some majenta...dark browns/blacks. It's very pretty live rock in my opinion. Indo-pacific is maybe where it came from...I know it's not Figi or Tonga...
Yes...this live rock was sold to me at $9.00 a pound...the guy at LFS never said it wasn't cycled but I just assumed it was because of the price and because he knew we were putting the rock into our established tank. Who knows???
Hope this helps!!!
As far as the ICK....what do I do with this fish who still has white bumps all over him (THAT NEVER SEEM TO BUST LIKE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO according to numerous articles regarding Ick)?
Should I just replace all water in the tank?