Thinking of starting over.....any thoughts
by, 10-31-2012 at 07:06 PM (1073 Views)
Ok so I have been through a lot with my current tank and set up but I am starting to lose some very hardy corals and as well there are some things and corals I would like to rid my tank of (blue clove polyps, xenia.) My rock I bought "live" but it is not very porous and I think may be leaching some bad into my water as well. So I am thinking about "starting over" and wanted to get some input.
First off if i do this my equipment and tank would remain the same but I would like to change my rock over to a better option. I was looking at key largo marco rock and wanted some advice/opinions on it plus any experience anyone may have with it.
I know I will be looking at re-cycling my tank when doing this which worries me because I have a tang that is not going to like being in a smaller holding tank and I fear fish losses but will I have to cycle this rock separate or will I be able to do a quick drain, clean, water replacement with my current bio pellet reactor and skimmer and put the fish back in with new sand and rock and be ok? I will be keeping the sump, refugium, and whatever water is in the sump if I do decide to do this to hopefully help with a fast cycle. No clue if it will work and thats why I am asking.
should I change my sand as well to something potentially more beneficial? right now I have a 2" sandbed in some places would you stick with about that depth or should I consider bare bottom or dsb in this (I am partially scared of the DSB concept due to potential tank crash over time.)
or should i/could I just change out my rock, do some massive water changes, and manually remove all traces of blue clove polyps and just re-aquascape with new rock? any thoughts?
one more thing the biggest reason I was considering a potential complete restart with draining and all is to try to remove some of this coralline algae that has taken up the back wall, I am not a fan of it al all and would love to remove it from my tank as well as give my tank a great cleaning.