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Old 07-15-2014, 04:24 PM   #2281
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I have a huge banded that I thought died several years ago. He made a brief appearance last night. He is now even bigger. Amazing he could stay hid that long.


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Old 07-15-2014, 04:26 PM   #2282
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So no issue with banded killing other shrimp? I'm hesitant adding skunk shrimp to my tank because I hear the banded are aggressive towards other shrimp. And I don't want to get rid of my banded.
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:54 PM   #2283
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I'd love to add another banded shrimp but " they" ( whoever they are ) advise that you should only keep one in a tank unless they're a mated pair ,.. I have a tiny peppermint shrimp in there somewhere but haven't seen him since I put him into the tank.I'm happy with the situation as it stands right now so at this point I'm in no hurry to add any more shrimps into the system.
Greg,... When I put my banded shrimp in the tank he disappeared instantly and I never saw him for a week or two until one morning when I was headed to work (3am ) and I saw him sucked into a power head and dead,... A couple of days later after telling my gf all about it ,there he is climbing around a rock!!! ,...it was its molt that I saw attached to the powerhead,...we now know where it hides so we can always shine a light thru the rocks to find him,...amazing little guys,.... Tiny body's but huge antennas and claws,....amazing that they could hide anywhere . Ps. Loved your story of your star fish,...well written, and gave me a big laugh!



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Old 07-25-2014, 08:24 PM   #2285
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Everything tank wise is progressing nicely as I continue my everyday snails pace dosing of alk etc trying to get all my parameters back in check ,.. The color and growth of the corals the last few weeks have become quite noticeable if not amazing., nice to know that I'm on the right track with things.
I ordered a "next reef" reactor for my carbon replacing the brs reactor that I was never too fond of ,,it should be here sometime early next week. I plan on utilizing the same throttled down mag pump that powers my gfo reactor by installing a " y" fitting with separate little ball valves to adjust the flows.,.. It'll rest inside my sump also taking out any worries of leaks .
I've purchased a few new corals including another beloved " Martian" coral that replaces the ones that were killed thru my own fault a few months back., so far she looks gorgeous ! ( fingers crossed !) I also have a acropora and a birds nest that will arrive this coming Tuesday from live aquaria and will take their place among a bald spot on a rocky shelf.
It's also time to replace the filters on my brs " Spartan" RODI unit ,..for those of you that have actually followed this thread know the troubles I had getting everything operating without leaking horribly,.. I'm not looking forward to this undertaking at all ., maybe a cold one or two may help soften the blow (?)
School's still out on wether I like the Hanna testers or not.,I do like the digital Print outs but they always seem so far off from the Red Sea / salifert test kits that I use. I'm not sure if I truly trust their readings or not .
At work these days ( San Diego sportfishing fleet) we're experiencing one of the best tuna seasons that I can remember ,... (and I've been there for 38 years now) ... Yellowfin tuna , bluefin tuna and yellowtail continue to chew for the fleet ,.hopefully they'll continue their biting habit for awhile so we can make some money to buy more corals etc for the tank.





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I have come to trust my Hanna meters. When getting down to the low detection levels, where we should all be, I like them better.

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I have come to trust my Hanna meters. When getting down to the low detection levels, where we should all be, I like them better.

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Thanks Greg ,....yes , it's back to being fun and fascinating again !


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Have you ever looked into SoCalAquaFarms down there (apparently near Old Town)? He sells on eBay, has some cool corals at good prices and you can pick up. I have purchased stuff three times.


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Have you ever looked into SoCalAquaFarms down there (apparently near Old Town)? He sells on eBay, has some cool corals at good prices and you can pick up. I have purchased stuff three times.


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Todd , thanks for the tip ! Just a couple of miles from the shop and a mile from from my lfs !!


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Look them up on eBay and Facebook. I win auctions from time to time and he ships to me in Palm Springs and he only charges like $10-15. I've never been, but he said I could come by when I am around. I think it is an "out of home" setup, or something similar. If you are ever up around Vista, you've gotta check out Reefers Garage. He has an insane amount of corals. I've been there a couple times, he is a good guy too and has good prices.


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