NEED help with my little ocean :)

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  1. Stavros

    Stavros

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    HI im new to these forums and im exited to get started!:yeahdude:

    Ok i have a 15 gallon nano reef tank, i bought it 2 years ago and it was going well for about a year but i then had a very long power cut in the middle of winter and my tanks temp dropped. So i lost almost all my stock exept a clown fish:(. So i though to pack up the hobby. SO i just left my tank in the corner with nothing but a powerhead. 13 months later im BACK in the swing, and im ready to give it another bash!

    ~My tank was in a horrible state! so i boiled the sand and washed the rocks with a toothbrush, I redid the whole thing !

    The next day i bought some Ro water and the LFS gave me something called Stability so i filled the tank, added all the rock ect and pored the stability into the tank

    the next day i bought a new piece of rock to add to the tank. After that i left it to do its thing;) But know im noticing That a brown "Algae" is forming and there are these long (LONG) brown hairs that strech a good 15 cm. I noticed that my good m8 the clown fish turned pale and died. Is it Dinos? or Cyno?

    My tank spects are as follows...
    Nitrate =30 ppm
    nitrite=0.1
    Alkalinity= 1.1
    ph= 8.6 (thats a shocker)
    Ammonia= 0-0.25
    my temp is good aswell as my salinity

    My lighting is 220v/50Hz 36W LED with moonlights( its on for 8-9 hours a day)

    Filtration= Biological filtration, live rock+live sand (i have about 14 pounds of rock)
    = i do a 10-15% water change every week.
    I dont think i need a skimmer as they are so expensive!! and = i only have a 15 gallon..

    FLOW...
    I have a "Main" Pump that blows out water through a fan type of thing. I also have a power head (Seio 320 Prop) which blows about 1200l a hour
    But how must i place the umps in the tank - must they face each other in the tank? (from each side of the tank) or both from one side?

    REcomendations!!!

    What can i add to my tank to make it reach optimal "healthyness"
    eg ADD kalkwasser! or get buffer ect

    CUC!

    when my tank is ok enough to house a few clean up crew. do u recommend??
    3-4 dwarf hermit crabs
    2 ceith snails
    1 cleaner shrimp
    ( what would u recommend to add or get rid of)

    FISh

    1-2 puecula clown
    1 reef safe wrass
    1 goby + pistol shrimp ( i have already got a pistol shrimp form my live rock so he needs a friend!!!!!)
    If only 1 clown what beautiful fish would u recommend?

    Corals
    mushrooms ect nothing fancy

    IS this overstokking?

    Summanry

    Is the algea a threat in my tank? is it dinos. How can i get rid of it!!!

    Are my tank specs ok what must it be?

    My lighting and filtration??? + FLOW? (with flow where must i place the power heads)

    Recomendations to improve my tanks well-being?

    IS my CUC ok? must i add? if so what?

    FISh- Is this ok - Am i overstoking? are they reef safe?

    My tiger pistol shrimp is at the vert back of the tank! under some LR will my goby find him? or can i just get another pair of shrimp and goby?

    Your awnsers are NEEDED PLEASE READ AWNSER THE SUMMERY and give ur ideas:slayer:
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  3. RiaanP

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    Hello and Welcome.

    Just a question, was the Clown fish and the pistol shrimp in the tank all the time, sine you "packed up". Was it in there when you did the RO changes and adding the stability. And when did it turn pale. Before that or the day/s thereafter?

    What is you salinity? If too high fish can turn pale.
     
  4. Keanan

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    Hi and welcome to MASA
     
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    welcome
     
  6. Diveshan

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    Welcome to MASA:thumbup:
    Dude i think the death might have something to do with your alkalinity, 1.1 is extremely low, NSW levels are at about 7Dkh, some bicarb will increase your Alk but increase it over a period of a week or something
     
  7. ronaldgv

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    If you boiled everything and started to cycle the tank with the fish inside, my guess would be that the ammonia and nitrites killed your fish.

    I keep two nanos and found that that less you do to them, the better. Weekly water changes will keep everything in order.
     
  8. Stavros

    Stavros Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the warm welcome :)

    Yes i agree it could be alk or nitrates, but i also bought a new piece of rock that could have cycled thus killing the fish.. That brown algae is is still a little bit of a worry ( think its diatoms) and should clear with regular water changes. But there was 'String" like strands comming from the brown algae, But as i looked this morning i seems to be clearing:yeahdude: But im gonna Give my LFS a water sample and we will go from there. After hes tested the water he will recommend some stuff ( before i buy it ill do some research on it first) some people will just sell u enything for a quick buck

    Cheers:peroni:
     
  9. Furbz

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    agreed. i do a 25L water change on my nano every 2 weeks and it keeps everything in check.

    the only additives i use are due to my tank having loads of corals. so i need to boost the calcium every now and them with bio calcium.

    otherwise prodibio bio clean once a month to keep bacteria in check.

    i also find that a bag of carbon (changed every 2nd week)
    bag of phospate remover (a good one!)
    and seachem purigen in a bag! (this is a must in a nano and a real life saver!!
    i highly recommend purigen to be run in every nano.

    and thats all you really need... just dont let your water changes slide
     
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    Welcome to MASA
     
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    A very WARM WELCOME to MASA, Stavros! Great to have you on-board!
     
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