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Old 12-30-2013, 06:01 PM   #11
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I see no reason to do this. I have feather dusters and never give them anything, they just filter feed from the water column. Adding phyto will muck up your system IMO.
Oh, so thats why my skimmers been foaming like nuts! Didnt know that, thanks bribo
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:50 PM   #12
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Ok so Main tank: Goby (undecided kind) Ocellaris Clown, Feather duster
Clean-up crew: Hermits, Bandit Trouchus snail, Cleaner Shrimp, Nassarius snail

i want some inverts too (other than whats already up here) maybe and anemone? btw sorry for the repetitiveness i just want get everything right before my tank is done cycling.
And my last thing, my tank doesnt really have a lid and i know that lots of gobies are prone to jumping so what can i do? someone mentioned saran rap?
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Don't use Saran Wrap, what most people do is use egg crate. You can find it at any hardware store in the lighting section under the name lighting diffuser. Just cut it to size and drop it on top. If you have a centre brace you can cut it into 2 pieces so you only have to remove one side to access the tank. The other option is to get a kit to make a screen, like you have on the windows of your house. You could use screen found at the hardware store also but if you do make sure it's not metal. I've also heard of a transparent chicken wire also sold at hardware stores that can be used or you can order some transparent screen from bulk reef supply, I would suggest the smaller size opening one. Transparent obviously won't block as much light but it you use the standard black screen it will block more.
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"Eggcrate" only works if the fish are bigger than the holes in it.
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ok thanks! i never though of that ill look around and see what i can find. Thanks for the great ideas!!
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Don't use Saran Wrap, what most people do is use egg crate. You can find it at any hardware store in the lighting section under the name lighting diffuser. Just cut it to size and drop it on top. If you have a centre brace you can cut it into 2 pieces so you only have to remove one side to access the tank. The other option is to get a kit to make a screen, like you have on the windows of your house. You could use screen found at the hardware store also but if you do make sure it's not metal. I've also heard of a transparent chicken wire also sold at hardware stores that can be used or you can order some transparent screen from bulk reef supply, I would suggest the smaller size opening one. Transparent obviously won't block as much light but it you use the standard black screen it will block more.
May i ask why not to useing saran wrap? It works fine in my tanks?
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BRS sells clear mesh in 1/4 and 1/2 inch and the parts to make window screen lids. You can get the screen parts at any hardware store. If your not handy you could have a screen shop make them. The clear mesh lets far more light than egg crate. Good luck!
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May i ask why not to useing saran wrap? It works fine in my tanks?
You don't want to limit the amount of gas exchange. Open top is always best.
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