bobby1212 Posted November 2, 2009 Share Posted November 2, 2009 Hi my name is Bob and my wife and I just set up a saltwater aquarium for the first time and it is exactly 14 days old. I just joined the forum a few days ago and see all the knowledge on here is going to be a huge help. I hope one day to be able to add to it rather then just take from it. What we have is a 40 gallon acrylic tank with a top that is built onto it. There are two large holes in the middle and a small one in one back corner and a long narrow one in the back middle. I bought it used on Craigslist and think it is not going to be the best choice. I have a heater and a canister filter rated at 350gph. The canister filters output is a spray bar that seems to aerate pretty well and moves the water also. I bought a used light fixture that is 48” and has 2 dual 65w 420nm&460nm actinics and 2 dual daylight 65w 6700k&10k with 2 moon lights. Also 40 lbs of live rock from a reputable LFS and a thin bed of fine coral sand. We started with 3 Damsel fish and 5 tiny hermits to get things going. After 3 days one damsel died and 4 days later a second died. We still have one and it seems to be fine. The live rock had what I think was pink coralline algae and some green stuff that looked similar but it is all white now. I was running all my lights for about 12 hours a day but started getting a lot of brown algae after only 5 days so I started just running the actinics mainly just for the fish. As of today my water ph is 8.2, maybe 0.25 ppm ammonia not sure because color doesn’t match any on card, 0 ppm nitrite, and between 5-10 ppm nitrates. Since day 1 it has been 5-10 nitrate but not sure how that can be when there has never been any nitrite and ammonia just started showing today if it even is. Sorry for the book but am hoping for thoughts on the water parameters and what is the most important next piece of equipment I need to purchase? My water always seems to have fine particles in it even though my filter has plenty if floss. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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