January 27, 2014
Okay so the basics as of this moment, and I will add more details as I go.
I will be starting a job at a local pet store as the fish guy. I have many years maintaining a personal tank, and a year maintaining a Walmart fish section (yes I know how they used to run them, and lets not even talk as to the fact I got fired for properly maintaining the fish, but the death rates at the store dropped to almost nil under my care.)
The store I will be starting at the last fish person kept the tanks looking like old Walmart tanks... Nasty, dirty, close to sickly if not right there. When asked the store manager told me a laundry list of issues. In the freshwater tanks I can solve this with the knowledge that I currently have, but my issue is the salt water tanks.
The store manager has given me basically complete control of the fish area, and I was told that I could do as I needed to keep the fish, and tanks happy, and healthy. I full well intend to do this as well as encourage great ecosystems within all of the tanks both fresh, and salt water.
As we are low on stock at this time I want to start work on one of the smaller salt water tanks. I know this is not a fast process to get them in balance, but I do not know where exactly to start. Here is what I know for a fact and some questions at the moment.
1. We are using RO water. I am not aware as to what chemicals/nutrients they were adding to the water (I do know RO water removes almost every needed nutrient from the waters, and can create a potential catastrophic PH change.) What is the best advice when using this water in fresh, and salt water as I have never used it before?
2. What are some general guidelines for prepping a salt water tank for proper setup with intent to get a decent ecosys going?
3. What are good beginner salt water fish that I can stock first for not only myself, by my customers?
4. Currently the only salt water fish I have in store are 2x Orange clownfish (Amphiprion percula) as they are currently in stock, and living in what I consider deplorable conditions I want to get them squared away first any tips for them aside from the basic information I can find easily?
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
P.S. I will be getting tanks sizes, and other information on my start date, and will add the information ASAP
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