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Old 03-01-2011, 07:39 PM   #1
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first foray into corals...

and already, I think I have a problem. for reasons that I cannot understand yet, my Nitrates seem to have spiked pretty badly. Some dead snails in my live rock, maybe?

Anyway, I put some polyps in, along with a green finger leather (I think I have the names right). The polyps seem ok -- bright and colorful, all of them are opening up when the lights are on (and very pretty when I put the moon lights on). The finger leather, though concerns me a little. It looks shorter than it did at the store -- as if it were trying to contract itself, or something.

So here are my questions: What would it look like, if the finger leather was not adapting itself to the tank very well? If it's not ok, how long do I have to get the Nitrates back down, before it dies? How will I know when it's dead?

In case it's helpful, here's what I have: 29 gallons, sand bottom, about 50 lbs of live rock; the filter is rated for a 50 gallon tank, and the lights are compact fluorescent, plus actinic blue, with LED lights at night, to simulate moonlight -- the full-spectrum lights are on for about 10-11 hours a day, and I use the actinic blue only, for about 30-45 minutes in the morning and at night, to simulate dawn and dusk. Also, there's a half-black angel, a striped blenny and a strawberry basslet in the tank, and the whole thing has been up and running for around a year.

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You will find that leathers will naturally contract and expand.

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