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Old 12-22-2006, 11:34 AM   #81
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Alrighty.

I put him on the rock again, and he started coming out of his shell. Within two minutes, he was tumbling down to the sand again. So I moved him so he's still on the bottom, but right up near the rock so he can reach it and climb it if he wants.
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What are your water parameters?
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Old 12-22-2006, 07:48 PM   #83
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pH is 8.2, it's a bit lower than I like to see it, but not that bad.

Ammonia is 0

Nitrites and Nitrates are trace.

The water is fine.

This one snail is easily twice the size of his tankmates. Could it simply be that he's ancient?
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The nitrItes could be causing him problems.
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Old 12-23-2006, 02:41 PM   #85
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The nitrItes could be causing him problems.
I guess I wasn't clear. I can't even get a reading on them (nitrites or nitrates) they are so low.

The water is ok.
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Oh, ok, just wanted to make sure!
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We did a 15 gallon water swap last night. Everything's lookin' good. We think we'll go with weekly 10-15 gallon changes.


It was remarkably painless. I seem to recall doing water changes being a HUGE pain in the arse when my dad and I had a freshwater tank some 14 years ago. This was a breeze.


We use Instant Ocean salt mix. We've not had a problem with it so far, but I'm curious if there's a better salt mix, or a list of pros/cons with salt mixes.



Tomorrow, we're going to go get another round of critters. Some more snails (hopefully some nassarius and/or cerith snails this time- last time around, the guy at the LFS said that our tank probably wasn't mature enough for sand-burrowing snails yet. Any comments on that?), a firefish (which I'm reconsidering, as it's listed as 'use caution' for damsels, dwarf angels, and basslets - three kinds of fish we either have, or are planning to have), a flame angel, and maybe a pair of ocellaris clowns.
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My 1st PWC was a train wreck! I think I got more on the floor/me and everywhere else than in the tank! LOL!
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the guy at the LFS said that our tank probably wasn't mature enough for sand-burrowing snails yet.
This says something for that guy. He is not just trying to make money off of you. You could probably get maybe 10-20 snails, to start off, they will also eat just about whatever hits the bottom.
I think the firefish would quickly get bullied by damsels, my royal gramma didn't make it through the night.
I don't know if I would add that many fish to the tank at the same time. I would say a safe bet would be 2 maybe 3. Remember, your tank even though it is large, will still need to adjust to the new life. With that, you could probably go with the colwns and maybe rethink the firefish.
As for the salt mix, there is some debate on which is better, what causes what and other issues. I used to use IO, I have algae and cyano pop up all the time, so I decided to switch Reef Crystals. I have only done 1 PWC in my 55G, so I don't have much to report at this time. I say, if it is working for you, keep with it.
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We'll forego the firefish, then.


We have chromis (which are a type of damsel, right?), but they leave the royal gramma alone. In fact, it's the gramma who will chase a chromis away if they get too close to his cave.
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Yesterday's booty:

1 flame angel
1 feather duster
1 sand-sifting starfish
about a dozen nassarius snails.





We're working on this whole take-pictures-against-glass-without-flash thing. We'll see if we can dig up a tripod.



I think we'll wait for a while to add more fish and stuff. We want to upgrade our lighting, which is going to be about a $500 purchase. Then we can add an anemone for the clownfish we want to get, and start getting some coral.


We also want to add some more base rock soon. We want to build an arch connecting both sides of the rock formations in the tank.


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