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Old 03-31-2011, 06:29 PM   #11
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Ok my ph is 8.4,ammonia 0.25 ppm,nitrite 0, nitrate 0, salt is 1.026
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:36 PM   #12
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Not bad for a rookie??
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:40 PM   #13
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Not bad for a rookie??
It looks nice! Those Holes in the rock look big enough to put frags in
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:50 PM   #14
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It looks nice! Those Holes in the rock look big enough to put frags in
Oh yea I can't wait I'll give it a few more weeks to see if every thing works out and I'll put one in just for the **** of it but I'll tell you what it's only been 12 days and I swear I can't keep my eyes off of it but the funny thing is my ol lady couldn't even tell ya that there is even a crab in it and it in our living room lol WTF
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Haha ya, you should get some pulsing Xenia, I love that stuff. It would add life to the tank IMO. Also some blue ricordea makes it pretty too.
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Haha ya, you should get some pulsing Xenia, I love that stuff. It would add life to the tank IMO. Also some blue ricordea makes it pretty too.
Thanks I will have to check it out... How long should I wait before I even bother
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:00 PM   #17
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Until you get good steady param. If you wanted to start a little early go with mushroom coral.. They live through a lot.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:25 PM   #18
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I have a 28g nanocube LEDpro and it runs hot too. If you put a small fan on the back open area it will drop the temp to 77/78 round the clock.
I got the jbj nanozip uv light and it works great for algae.
I've had mine for prob 2 months and only have some damsels, on sandwiched starfish and a red nobby looking starfish. Going to add some inverts soon.
I set my tank up similar to your layout so keep me posted I am new too!
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I have the exact same tank, mine also over heats, all i do is stick something in the lid so it stays open a crack, i also leave the feeding lid open. My heater is set to 75 but i don't think it ever really gets used since the tank is at about 77-78 during the day and 76 at night. I would take the filter out of the back as well, i just got rid of mine since it gathers so much gunk, which increases the algae growth. I replaced mine with some broken up base rock.

You can black out the tank completely for a couple days and that will kill the algae. You don't have anything in there besides the crabs so everything will be fine. Just do a large water change after the blackout since all that algae will have died. Blackout means absolutely no light for the tank, cover it with a blanket or something to ensure this.
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Yea the fan works really well blowing across the back of the tank keeps it at about 78 but I don't understand why I would take out the filter when the carbon is what gets rid of the fishy smell as well as the sponge helps to clear out all of the floating stuff on top of the water, another thing I don't understand why dose my salt level keep going up and yes I only use fresh water to top off my tank and could that be the reason I lost two of my hermit crabs my salt was 1.029
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