Hole is optional lol but I would move fish.
Thanks for the advice everyone! Another question for you. The tank that started this discussion is still running but all the corals look like death at this point (the local guy we called in the emergency had us keep the lights off for 3 days and the corals don't look like they're coming back). Our two clown fish and a long nose hog fish (which I forgot was in there) has managed to survive although the nitrates are still sky high (30 every day). We've tried dosing daily with Aquel per some other threads on this site and nothing is working. I think we have a lot of dead matter in our 16g tank. I even noticed this morning some dead baby serpent stars (we deposed of their mom a while back when she ate a new fish - she probably did us a favor really). I am a bit concerned about our existing fish and think we should probably move them to another tank ASAP. We have a 20g setup with live rock (nothing on the bottom) that's been running for a few months to circulate our salt water for water changes. We've checked the levels and all is same as other tank with the exception that the nitrates are much lower (between 2-5). I fear if the fish remain in our original tank any longer they'll be dead along with all the coral. Any recommendations on how to transfer them in the safest manner possible OR another solution all together? I think we need to drain that original tank and start over (sad because we had a lot of corals in that tank).
Bang Guy, Isn't that for ammonia??? It won't help high nitrates at all. If Christy is using API test kits, the nitrates aren't high, since those kits read 4Xs higher than other kits, and make the hobbyist THINK something is wrong when it isn't. if Nitrates are actually at 30, it isn't really anything to freak out about either.It is similar to Prime I believe.
Gee I don't have to say it.To quote Beasley bob. "Macro alage" lol
the important thing is that macros are being mentioned to new people. When I setup my old 55g back in 2003 I went to several lfs's and web sites and no one mentioned macros until one person "slipped up". It was all skimmers, filters, water changes, and deep sea beds back then.Macros are not an instant fix either. It helps by feeding on the nasty stuff in the water... it removes it as it grows, and gets harvested out of the tank...which takes time.
You told me about macroalgae, I will be forever grateful, it made keeping my seahorses a breeze. However, a coral reef needs a refugium to house the macros...or they will cover over the coral if you are not right on top of it. The more nasty in the water, the faster it grows. If your nitrates dropped that fast, you must of had one nasty tank, and the macros must have been really fast growers.the important thing is that macros are being mentioned to new people. When I setup my old 55g back in 2003 I went to several lfs's and web sites and no one mentioned macros until one person "slipped up". It was all skimmers, filters, water changes, and deep sea beds back then.
FWIW I only took 3 days from pH to recover after I added the macros. So not instantaneous but almost.
Still only worth .02
I used Red Sea, I think they are pretty good. I like SeaChem best, they come with a regent to be able to double check that the test is accurate. Clown fish a pretty hardy, they should be fine in the 20g until you set up the 75g.BTW - we're using a brand new Red Sea test kit. If you have a recommendation for a more accurate kit, please let me know.