2 questions
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Saltwater Fish and Coral Reef Tanks » Saltwater Fish » 2 questions

2 questions

This is a discussion on 2 questions within the Saltwater Fish forums, part of the Saltwater Fish and Coral Reef Tanks category; --> I have just started my first FOWLR tank. It is a 29gal with 20lbs of liverock, live aragonite sand and two ocellaris clowns. the ...

Check out these saltwater fish profiles
Ocellaris Clownfish
Ocellaris Clownfish
Zebra Moray
Zebra Moray
Reply
Old 10-10-2011, 09:07 PM   #1
 
2 questions

I have just started my first FOWLR tank. It is a 29gal with 20lbs of liverock, live aragonite sand and two ocellaris clowns. the tank and rock has been set up for three weeks and cycled well, I just added the fish three days ago. They are eating and seem to be doing well

here are my questions:

1) My father-in-law gave me a bag of instant ocean salt that he had fifteen years ago. It is in the original bag, and has been wrapped in two walmart bags and kept in a closet all this time. Is this salt still ok to use?

2) I want to add other fish over time, I plan on adding a cleaning crew and a couple gobies. my LPS owner has said that I should wait a year before adding gobies. This seems extreme to me. How long do I need to wait?
futbalstud42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 09:18 PM   #2
 
trukgirl's Avatar
 
1. Not sure??

2. A year does seem a bit extreme to me, but your tank needs to mature some before adding a goby. Some of them eat algae and some are sand sifters. What type were you thinking? BTW you really should already have some clean up crew. Are the clowns the only thing in there?
trukgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 09:32 PM   #3
 
yes the clowns are the only inhabitants at this time. I am waiting until the tank is more mature to add the cleaners as the tank is bare of algea and detritus at this time.
futbalstud42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 09:45 PM   #4
 
trukgirl's Avatar
 
If you are feeding your clowns (I hope you are LOL!) then you have detritus. Their poo and uneaten food can easily foul the tank water in a smaller tank like yours, and a CUC would take care of that. I know some people don't like them but I like hermit crabs for detritus.
trukgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 09:53 PM   #5
 
Good question about the salt. Never had that one posed before, don't know how to answer that either.
Add your CUC, they will actually get on top of the stuff you can't see as of yet.
Add your Gobies. They are sand dwellers, they will eat Mysis Shrimp and such, and even get floating food.
Gobies for Sale: Goby Fish Species Including Shrimp Gobies
Reefing Madness is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 10:08 PM   #6
 
trukgirl's Avatar
 
Haha I was thinking about Blennies when I said algae. I need more sleep lol.
Yeah if you have clowns in there it should be good for Gobies.
trukgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 11:57 PM   #7
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by trukgirl View Post
Haha I was thinking about Blennies when I said algae. I need more sleep lol.
Yeah if you have clowns in there it should be good for Gobies.
Reefing Madness is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2011, 01:44 AM   #8
 
well i tested the water tonight and the ammonia, nitrites and nitrates all showed zeros. I did notice some brown algea growth on the live rock, as well as one small strand of a green algea. this is the first visible signs I have seen of them.
futbalstud42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2011, 06:15 AM   #9
 
Pasfur's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by futbalstud42 View Post
I have just started my first FOWLR tank. It is a 29gal with 20lbs of liverock, live aragonite sand and two ocellaris clowns. the tank and rock has been set up for three weeks and cycled well, I just added the fish three days ago. They are eating and seem to be doing well

here are my questions:

1) My father-in-law gave me a bag of instant ocean salt that he had fifteen years ago. It is in the original bag, and has been wrapped in two walmart bags and kept in a closet all this time. Is this salt still ok to use?

2) I want to add other fish over time, I plan on adding a cleaning crew and a couple gobies. my LPS owner has said that I should wait a year before adding gobies. This seems extreme to me. How long do I need to wait?
I personally spoke to the Instant Ocean folks a couple years back with this question. They suggested that I not use the outdated salt, due to buffering additives having a life shelf.

Your goby question can not be answered yet. It depends entirely on what type of goby you are looking to buy. What are you interested in?
Pasfur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2011, 10:21 AM   #10
 
Well I like the yellow watchman goby but I am still open to other options as well
futbalstud42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I have TWO questions.. lol Eshnon Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 16 05-14-2011 12:43 AM
Glo fish questions, set up questions, cycling QUESTIONS>> cajunmomof4 Cyprinids and Atherinids 3 04-23-2008 08:36 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:10 AM.