Son opened bucket of salt. It had 3 bags in it, 50 gals a piece. Tank took one bag and now salinity at 1.024. Interesting as I did not realize the rock and coral displaced 20 gals. Tomorrow night I will run and get cheap fish and try the tiny little bottle of bacteria. Question....it's been in the fridge. I'm thinking it should be brought up to at least room temp before I put it in the warm tank?? Not sure I would recommend this but being I'm willing to wait and take it slow should be interesting to see how it goes. I also need a refresher so I'm pulling out Nancy and Colins book to review.
Carol, I don't think you really need that little bottle of bacteria. Colin and I have never used anything like that. However, I did eventually shift to live sand and well matured live rock to start up a tank.
I suppose its always safer to bring up anything to add to the tank's temperature, but I'm guilty of putting in a couple of teaspoons of phytoplankton straight from the fridge.
I do not think I have had a "new" tank in over 20 years....should be very interesting to see how it goes. I never realized just how outdated things were till I moved. I have shut off valves now!!! I'm so excited!!!
Tank progress.....I bought pieces of liverock yesterday. The tank has been up for a little over a week. We have tried the little bottle of bacteria and added some chromis as recommended by the shop. So far have lost one. Ammonia is up to .50. no nitites, but low nitrates. I'm happy to see the nitrates are not off the scale anymore as in the beginning. Apparently changing the filter media and totally switching out the water has helped. I am in no rush to add any more creatures as I want to monitor the tanks progress for a few months.
Thank you!!! I'm very excited to have it running again. Only one problem....Make sure you leave enough room behind the tank if you think you will install a protein skimmer at a later date.....Guess what I did!!!! Anyway, took a sample to LPS and they had this nifty little what looked like a scope that measures salinity. Mine is at 30 so the good news is I need to top off the tank, but can use fresh to bring the salinity down. The ammonia is 0 and the nitrites are 0, but the nitrates are 40 which is still better than it was a few months back. I added another 7lb piece of live rock and will post a new pic later after I top off the tank! They said, "Good to go" but I say I'm waiting a few months to be sure it's stable before I add my next octopus.
Interesting thought....I have had the LFS test my salinity to find my little old swing arm is not accurate. Tonight I bought a new salinity tester and the salinity is still at 27 after a 15 gal. water change. What I am thinking is all these years I've had octopuses in my tanks, successfully and I've used the little old swing arm salinity gauge, meaning they all have been living in salinity at 28 to 30 as my gauge is about 4 points off. Just thought that was interesting as they have survived very well with the higher salinity. I'd like to hear all your thoughts on this. Anyway, I added a background and have sealed the tank. No ammonia, nitrates were at .40 before the water change I did today and I also took down a large bubble filter I always run in that tank, cleaned it and it's pushing air very nicely.
My guess would be that you have had salt build up in the old unit, particularly since you have not used it in awhile. It would be interesting to fill it with hot fresh water, let it soak overnight, rinse with fresh water and then see if the reading changes any.