I am new to this hobby, my tank was set up the end of May. Ran the cycle, added fish the end of June. I have been maintaining it on my own and have kept my head above water, and have lost zero fish.
I had to leave the country for 3 weeks just retuned last night, to find the person watching my fish and my dogs has managed to kill my yellow tang and 1 candycane shrimp.
My Nitrate leval is through the roof. If someone can lead me in the right direction on correcting this before I lose more fish.
Here is a list of my saltwater friends:
3 blue damsels
1 yellow tail damsel
1 3 striped damsel
1 clown fish
1 coral beauty angel
1 fox-faced rabbit fish
1 blue hippo tang
1 red spotted hawk fish
1 candycane shrimp (now)
My tank is a 120 FOWLR gallons and the readings are as follows:
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0.25 ppm
Nitrate: 40 ppm on my test strip the color is actually between 40 and 80 ppm there is no color for a reading between those 2 so in actuality the Nitrate is higher than the 40 ppm that I list it at.
I really want to expand my tank, by upgrading lighting, and getting into the corals ect.
I have been batteling brown alge since the start up of my tank on my equipment. A day or 2 later after cleaning it, it is back with a vengence. What can I do to control this also? First and formost need to get my nitate level under control for the health of my fish.
Here is a current picture of my tank. Please disregard the candycane shrimp carcase on the powerhead. It has just molted and has been removed from the tank.