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PoolBoy 03-25-2012 09:17 PM

New to SW
 
Hello. Last time I was here I had a 120 gallon tank..... I was scared off on trying to set it up so I sold it for 400 dollars. Ever since then I've had the urge of a new tank. Well, one week ago today I bought a complete 24 gallon jbj nano tank. When I say "complete" I mean fish, live rock, coral and all. I am totally new to this and have several questions. I'm sure you guys will ask me questions to better answer my questions and I'll do the best I can by providing the best information possible.

I currently have one (nemo) clownfish, one tomato clownfish, one damsel (solid blue about 2-3 inchs long), one serpent star, two eels (black and yellow striped) and a bunch of crabs, snails and one sea urchin (maintenance crew).

Here are my questions..

1. Should the pump be on all day? Or should it be on a timer?

2. How long should the hood lights be on for?

3. How often should I feed the fish?

4. I just did a water test today and these were my results.

Nitrite - 0
Amonia - 0
Ph - 8.0
Salt between 1.021-1.022

What else should I test for? Does my water chemistry look good (besides the low ph).

5. Am I at my limit with fish in the tank?

6. I want to add more coral to my tank. What is best for what I have going on?

Corals currently in my tank are:
Polyps ( brown tubes with a quarter sized disk at the top with tentacles)
Leather Coral ( light brow color with several tiny branches on each arm)
Some type of mushroom (brown with neon green color) only one half dollar sized coral.

7. What should I look for to make sure my tank remains safe?

8 also, I have a couple more coral that I need help identifying. I'll take pictures soon and post on here. Thanks for reading all this!

Reefing Madness 03-25-2012 10:20 PM

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Originally Posted by PoolBoy (Post 1024837)
Hello. Last time I was here I had a 120 gallon tank..... I was scared off on trying to set it up so I sold it for 400 dollars. Ever since then I've had the urge of a new tank. Well, one week ago today I bought a complete 24 gallon jbj nano tank. When I say "complete" I mean fish, live rock, coral and all. I am totally new to this and have several questions. I'm sure you guys will ask me questions to better answer my questions and I'll do the best I can by providing the best information possible.

I currently have one (nemo) clownfish, one tomato clownfish, one damsel (solid blue about 2-3 inchs long), one serpent star, two eels (black and yellow striped) and a bunch of crabs, snails and one sea urchin (maintenance crew).

Here are my questions..

1. Should the pump be on all day? Or should it be on a timer?
Pump on all day.

2. How long should the hood lights be on for?
8-10 hours is fine

3. How often should I feed the fish?
1-2 times per day

4. I just did a water test today and these were my results.

Nitrite - 0
Amonia - 0
Ph - 8.0
Salt between 1.021-1.022
Water parameters are fine

What else should I test for? Does my water chemistry look good (besides the low ph).
PH is fine. Test for Magnesium, ALK and Calcium, because you have corals.

5. Am I at my limit with fish in the tank?
Your tank is way over stocked, and the fish you have are going to out grow that tank in a hurry

6. I want to add more coral to my tank. What is best for what I have going on?
I wouldn't until you either get rid of some fish, or get a bigger tank. Those EELS are going to get huge.

Corals currently in my tank are:
Polyps ( brown tubes with a quarter sized disk at the top with tentacles)
Leather Coral ( light brow color with several tiny branches on each arm)
Some type of mushroom (brown with neon green color) only one half dollar sized coral.

7. What should I look for to make sure my tank remains safe?

8 also, I have a couple more coral that I need help identifying. I'll take pictures soon and post on here. Thanks for reading all this!

Watch your nitrates, your going to have issues with those fish you have, may not be yet, but you will. The Tomato Clown is more than likely going to kill the OC Clownfish once it starts to get bigger.
Fish ID and recommended tank sizes.
Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Snowflake Eel
Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Reef Aquariums: Tomato Clownfish
Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Blue Damselfish
Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Ocellaris Clownfish


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