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Old 07-30-2011, 09:47 PM   #731
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Another new hitchhiker

This one is on the rock with the mushroom. I'm not sure I seen it move, my eyes were going buggy. Also somewhere I saw some green looking thing swaying in the water reminded me of a plant or tree, can't find it again either.
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:52 PM   #732
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Look at where the line appears when the refractometer has RO/DI water on it. That is zero. It may be at the top of the line, middle or bottom, just depends on how it was calibrated. Throw the swing arm away. They vary way too much to be useful. Use a bright light source, it helps focus.

Refractometers can lie as well. Load a sample, look at it, then dry the unit and load another sample. if they agree, you are done.
Did that, calibrated to ro. took a couple and read them, were at zero, then did the tank. Read 1.026 I think. Only reason I say I think is because of the little lines between 1.025 and 1.030, they are hard to see cause they are little and I can't tell if the blue line is on one or the other, I can see it very clear on the "bigger lines" lol. I know it's my vision, that's why I need things I can see easy. This will work for awhile, but I'm gonna have to admit my eyes are not good and try to remember that when I buy. I may have to buy more expensive stuff so I can read the stuff lol.
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Looks like you got some worms and a small mushroom. Mushroom likes moderate current and moderate to low light levels. He can sit like you have him in the photo.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:19 PM   #734
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Looks like you got some worms and a small mushroom. Mushroom likes moderate current and moderate to low light levels. He can sit like you have him in the photo.
What do I feed the mushroom? I don't have any food yet, cause my tank is not stable yet.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:54 PM   #735
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Water not clearing up

I have the fluval 405 running. I can only move a couple pieces of rock before the water is too cloudy to see, then it takes hours to clear again, I thought the fluval would clear it up faster than this. At this rate I'll never get the rock in place.

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Have any extra hob filters? If ya do just run them with some floss and you'll be good
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:10 PM   #737
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Can I just tear up a pillow, I don't have any floss. Should I just put it in the canister. Or do I put my emporor 400 back on with it and run both hob & canister?
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The mushroom will be fine with just light. Doesn't need to be fed right now.
Your water will clear. If you have filter media (not a pillow) you can put a layer in your canister filter. Or just wait.
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Sure seems everyone can get their tanks up and running in no time, no problems with rock slides or anything. I'm still stuck at the rock stage. I don't think I'll ever get this rock in place. I have non stop water logged hands and getting nowhere. Grrrr.
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It's like arranging furniture, if the furniture was shaped like puzzle pieces. My wife and I grouse constantly at each other when fitting or adding a new frag. In our deep tank it requires her lowering the rock and me spotting her from the front. It's why a lot of people don't go for extensive rock formations, although it is cool and worth it in the end if you want something that resembles natural. Having overhangs and caves are a really good idea, but sometimes tricky to set up. It's why some people cement the rocks together and let it set before assembling in the tank. They can sculpt really cool overhangs and stuff. They even pre-drill the rock to accept plastic pins they can make coral stick to. It gives that natural look when coral is growing from the sides of the rock. Not being that organized, I went with a interesting pile of rocks that suits me, nothing fancy.

I have been watching podcasts from different reef makers and have gotten a lot of good ideas watching their videos.
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