Last night I set up a batch of saltwater for an anticipated water change today. For those who don’t know, I basically run a 5 gallon “Homer Bucket” from Home Depot with a 25 watt Visitherm Stealth heater and a MaxiJet pump to mix the water. I fill it to a line I’ve marked, and from there, I know that it takes five half-cups (2.5 cups total) of Reef Crystals to bring up the water to 1.025. So, to make 1.010 water, I scoup out 2 half cups (1 cup total) and I’m good to go.
Well, I recently started using Seachem’s Reef Salt, and guess what? Apparently by volume it is more salty 2 half cups mixed up to closer to 1.013. So of course, I tested the Maroon Clown’s tank and it’s running closer to 1.012 right now. I’m guessing it didn’t get up there through evaporation, but through my recent water changes! Now, this raises the question – do I have an ICH problem on the female because the specific gravity rose up to 1.012? I honestly don’t know, I’ll have to ask the advisors about that.
And yes, there is still Cryptocaryon on the female Maroon Clownfish. Still not doing anything to directly treat it, but keeping an eye on her. She is still eating this morning.
So I did my 5 gallon water change, treating the water with Kordon’s Fish Protector. Will be dosing Vitamin C in a few minutes.
The “Stinkbomb”? Well, when doing the water change, I was sucking out uneaten food off the glass and I bumped into a Turbo snail shell that I thought was empty. NOPE. It was full of black goop…a dead Turbo Snail. VILE…it never left the water, went through the siphon hose and STILL the stench was unbelievable. I think I found the source of my cloudy water. WOW.
Water tests are still OK overall…today’s test showed no visible traces of Ammonia, and pH around 8.0. SG as mentioned prior was 1.012. I may leave it, or I may drop it back to 1.010.
The last thing I did today was note that officially ALL medications have run their courses of treatment. Yesterday was the last day of a 5 day treatment with Maracyn SW. So, today, a big bag of fresh GAC (granulated activated carbon) went into the filtration. A recent talk given at NERAC V by Ken Feldman really floored a lot of people as he put the science out there on GAC vs. Protein Skimming as it relates to DOC (Dissolved Organic Carbon). Bottom line, GAC is far more efficient and effective at removing more DOC from the water. DOC, in laymans terms, think “fish waste”. Or in my case, black slimy decaying Turbo snail leading to cloudy water. I will probably change out the carbon by the weekend for another fresh bag.