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    New and overwhelmed

    My husband just recently passed and left me to take care of this tank. It is about 2feet by a foot. It has a skimmer ran by an air pump. I know how to feed the fish and test the water. It has been okay for about 6 months but now it's full of algae and the anemone is missing. I loved watching this tank with the nemoes going in and out of the anemone. I don't want to loose this. What could be wrong? Please help.

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    Heather- a few things to consider.

    1. The tank probably needs to be cleaned.
    2. It is best to change out 10 to 20 percent of your water every two weeks, or at least once a month.
    3. Try and manually remove as much algae as you can. Make sure your hands are good and clean with no soap residue or perfumes, etc before hands go into tank.
    4. They make siphons/vacuums that we use to clean our sand with when we do our water changes. This helps remove fish waste/uneaten food. This helps keep the tank healthy.
    5. Go to your fish store and purchase some turbo snails. They eat lots of algae.
    6. Might want to get to know some of our better fish stores in Houston. I recommend Nick at Oceanlife aquariums and Dennis at FJW. They know what they are doing and are very experienced in marine aquariums.

    If you need more help let us know.

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    Can you get us pictures of the tank and equipment? It might help us to see what maintenance needs your tank has.
    When's the last time you emptied the skimmer?
    Are there filters of any kind that need to be changed?
    Do you have a cleanup crew? Hermit crabs and snails already?


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    First I would like to say, Welcome to Marsh! Second is that with a little attention, you should have a beautiful reef in no time with a few water changes and a good cleanup crew. When making water, are you using tap water? If you are filtering it when we're the filters changed? What type of filters do you have? You should have a RODI filter producing 0 tds. If not, pick up some water from an LFS. Both shops listed above and others have good water. I have an RO buddy that I may be able to give you as well. I'll have to see what condition it's in. I know you would need to replace the filters.
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    Hi Heather...

    First of all, I am sorry for your loss. Being as this tank was so important to your husband I can only imagine how important this tank has become to you.

    We have a wonderful community of people here to help you through this. What area of town are you located in? I'd be happy to make a visit and let you show me your tank and see what we can do together to help get things back on track!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneezebeetle View Post
    Hi Heather...

    First of all, I am sorry for your loss. Being as this tank was so important to your husband I can only imagine how important this tank has become to you.

    We have a wonderful community of people here to help you through this. What area of town are you located in? I'd be happy to make a visit and let you show me your tank and see what we can do together to help get things back on track!

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    im happy to give a hand as well. I have about 15 gals of rodi/reef crystals salt water on hand. It's 1.025. Sounds like she has a 40 gallon tank or so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Buie View Post
    im happy to give a hand as well. I have about 15 gals of rodi/reef crystals salt water on hand. It's 1.025. Sounds like she has a 40 gallon tank or so...
    Thanks @Paul Buie :-)

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    Welcome to MARSH Heather! Ditto to what all others posted. There's plenty of MARSHians here that will be glad to help. Don't feel overwhelmed and ask all the questions you can think of. I really think at this point it would probably be best to have some in person training from a few of our BoD's/Members. We can walk you through certain maintenance tasks, help you take notes, and answer questions on your specific setup. Maybe add your general location in your profile so we know what part of Houston you are in.

    We are a great club with many great members. Being new I'm sure you may be a little hesitant to open your house to strangers. We can coordinate a day with Deanna and maybe Candace to come by as they are both on the BoD. I'm also truly sorry for your loss. Let us help get your tank thriving again. It's the least we can do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark L. View Post
    Welcome to MARSH Heather! Ditto to what all others posted. There's plenty of MARSHians here that will be glad to help. Don't feel overwhelmed and ask all the questions you can think of. I really think at this point it would probably be best to have some in person training from a few of our BoD's/Members. We can walk you through certain maintenance tasks, help you take notes, and answer questions on your specific setup. Maybe add your general location in your profile so we know what part of Houston you are in.

    We are a great club with many great members. Being new I'm sure you may be a little hesitant to open your house to strangers. We can coordinate a day with Deanna and maybe Candace to come by as they are both on the BoD. I'm also truly sorry for your loss. Let us help get your tank thriving again. It's the least we can do.
    Ditto!

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    Wow, The Club has really stepped it up this time. I am impressed!
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