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Old 02-21-2007, 11:50 PM   #1
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SG Raising HELP

Ok so I have been getting mixed info about the SG in a tank with
anemones, my hydrometer says the SG should be between 1.020 to 1.023 and on another forum I was told it should be 1.025 to 1.026..... can some one please tell me what the safest SG should be for the anemone and the fish, and then should I reise it all at once of little by little? I'm guessing little by little but anemone isnt doing so hot... other then thet the water cond. is fine and the temp is a little high (82*) but I'm working on lowering it and the tank is a 20L gl.
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Old 02-21-2007, 11:58 PM   #2
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Depending on how much water you evaporate, I would replace evaporated water with some saltwater till you get it were you want. i don't have an anemone, so I can't speak to that. But from what i gather, If you mostly have fish, then the 1.023 range is preferred. Corals, tend to do better at 1.025-6. Don't haul your chickens to the market yet, others will respond.
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Old 02-22-2007, 12:12 AM   #3
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I have one fish, 3 pepperment shrimp, 3 hermit crab and one anemone LOL.... yeah I'm waiting
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Old 02-22-2007, 12:25 AM   #4
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Anywhere in the 1.023-1.025 range is fine. The most important thing is to keep it constant.

Here's some questions:

What lighting do you have?
Also water params? KH? pH?
How often do you do water changes?
Do you feed the anemone?
What type of anemone is it?
How much live rock do you have?
What filter do you have?
Do you use a skimmer?
How long has the tank been setup?
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:01 AM   #5
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Its a 20gl long

coral frag(2)- ones a purple polyp the other I'm not sure

Pepperment Shrimp(3)

Hermit Crabs(3)

Black and white clown(1)

yellow popyls (I think)

white brittle star fish (3 so far that I have found)

Equipment

Lights- "coralife" 2 compact fluorescent( 1; 65 watt actinic -1; 65 watt 10000k)


Filter
"Fluval" 205 canister (40gl) * we are getting the skimmer attachment for it this weekend*

SG @ 1.021
Temps. is @ 82*
KH is @ 10*
Cal. is @ 480
PH is @ 8.3

tank was up and runnin with just rock for about three months I have live animals in it for about two +/- weeks now so I have done one water change becuase I was told by a friend the my CAL and Kh was to high and THEN it was at C 540 and 13* I'm not sure what kind he is but I can find you the best pictures I have of him.....he has a red base... tomorrow I will try to get a better picture, I just dont know thats its good to be messing with him. I have had his about a week and a half and have fed him a few times.... I didnt wat to over do it. the tank has about 16 - 24 pounds of rock in it. ( really dont remember)
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Is that a condy? If it is it could just about live out of the water....those are tough anemones! As for the SG I keep my tank at 1.024 I have a LTA and am getting a BTA and the LTA seems very happy along with my fish and corals...
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I really have no idea, dont laugh at me but I got him from petco........

I will try to get a better picture up tomorrow when they lights are on....

Also you guys are going to have to teach me what all the, LTA,BTA, ect. I am new to all of this
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Yea it looks like a condy, also Boykin mentioned it had a red base so it's probably a condy.

LTA- Long Tentacle Anemone
BTA- Bubble-Tip Anemone

Tank looks fine. Try and keep the water conditions stable with as little fluctuations as possible.

Maybe add a powerhead for some more water movement.

I have a BTA in 1.023, pH 8.3, KH 12. I have a 20 gallon high with the same light fixture as you except the fixture is closer to the surface of the water and it has moon lights lol.
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yeah I would like to move it closer but any closer and we cant get into the tank should I just raise the SG or should I do it little by little?

Thank you for all the help!
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As Lance M. said 1.023-1.026 is fine. Stability is the key. I prefer 1.025-1.026, that is closer to what is found on natural reefs. Since your using a hydrometer, which are notorious for being inaccurate, somewhere in the middle like 1.023-1.024 would allow for some inaccuracy with out being too high or low. If you decide to raise it, using SW for top-offs is a good way with out doing it too fast. Running at 82 degrees will not be an issue as long as it's stable.
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a week and a half and have fed him a few times.... I didnt wat to over do it.
I would feed weekly at the very most. Once or twice a month would be better IMO. Target feedings are usually not even necessary if you are feeding fish in the tank meaty foods. The anemone will get everything it needs from the light and left over food. HTH
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