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Old 04-05-2009, 06:59 PM   #11
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We are probably going to go with the Hippocampus Reidi, as we understand it the tropical species prefer the higher water temps. Seahorse keeping is a ways off for us. We won't introduce such a fragile creature until we can keep something alive for a reasonable period of time. Ultimately what concerns us most right now is keeping the Black Ray Goby and Scarlet Cleaner alive! It would seem that now our blue legged hermit crabs are dying off. They were members of the first clan and the only hearty species left are the Nassarius snails who are just living high on the hog! So what I'm gathering from these replies is that our levels are no danger to the present inhabitants? And aside from a QT tank (which we don't have), or PWC (which we will do), it's just a low water temp. that seems to be our problem? So much information from so many sources can be confusing! How much NO2 and NO3 is toxic? Is there anything else we should be testing for that may be killing the inverts? Maybe we're just paranoid but our newest and only cleaner shrimp is acting squirrelly! We thought he was going to molt last night, he seems happy. But really-how would we know? Not like he can semi-fore! Waiting seems like we might be doling out a death sentence to these guys. Doing too much might kill them, not doing enough might kill them. The Goby, Astrea, Cerith, and Nassarius are voracious and active. We failed to mention the addition of a very small Zoanthid frag 8 days ago. As far as we were told this was a non issue for our tank. Were we wrong yet again? Thanks for any and all replies!
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Just some info I coppied off seahorse.org

1) Tropical, 71-74 degrees F (21-23 degrees C)^
H. angustus
1 pair/15 gallons (55 litres); minimum tank size 29 gallons (110 litres)

H. barbouri
1 pair/15 gallons (55 litres); minimum tank size 29 gallons (110 litres)

H. comes
1 pair/15 gallons (55 litres); minimum tank size 29 gallons (110 litres)

H. erectus
1 pair/15 gallons (55 litres); minimum tank size 29 gallons (110 litres)

H. fuscus
1 pair/10 gallons (38 litres); minimum tank size 20 gallons (76 litres)

H. kelloggi
1 pair/15 gallons (55 litres); minimum tank size 29 gallons (110 litres)

H. kuda
1 pair/15 gallons (55 litres); minimum tank size 29 gallons (110 litres)

H. procerus
1 pair/10 gallons (38 litres); minimum tank size 20 gallons (76 litres)

H. reidi
1 pair/15 gallons (55 litres); minimum tank size 29 gallons (110 litres)

H. subelongatus
1 pair/30 gallons (114itres); minimum tank size 65 gallons (246 litres)

H. zosterae*
1 pair/1.5 gallons (6 litres); minimum tank size 5 gallons (20 litres)

^ 25 degrees C is the maximum temperature for tropical species and should
not exceed this temperature.
* Recommended to keep in groups of 3 pairs.
2) Subtropical, 67-70 degrees F (19-21 degrees C)
H. ingens
1 pair/30 gallons (114 litres); minimum tank size 65 gallons (246 litres)

H. tuberculatus
1 pair/10 gallons (38 litres); minimum tank size 20 gallons (76 litres)

H. whitei
1 pair/10 gallons (38 litres); minimum tank size 20 gallons (76 litres)

3) Temperate, 64–66 degrees F (18-19 degrees C)
H. abdominalis
1 pair/30 gallons (114 litres); minimum tank size 65 gallons (246 litres)

H. breviceps
1 pair/10 gallons (20 litres); minimum tank size 20 gallons (40 litres)

H. capensis# 1 pair/10 gallons (20 litres); minimum tank size 20 gallons (40 litres)
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:18 PM   #13
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Thanks all! Your input is greatly appreciated. Guess we'll cross our fingers and wait from this point!
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:40 AM   #14
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Using tap water, adding salt and API Stress Coat to condition and remove chlorine, etc.


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Hey James,
I'm not a saltwater guy, YET, but.. I'm doing my best to learn and taking things slow.

So I'm just trying to help troubleshoot... What kind of salt are you using?

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Salt? Off hand, we don't know, it came with the aquarium. We got our set up from a local aquarist, a rather avid one who at one point had 10+ tanks running. He just didn't have the time anymore. I don't think anything that came with the tank including the salt would have been detrimental. Besides, we have replaced the majority of the components. That said we're not ruling ANYTHING out at this point. We lost the newest Skunk Cleaner overnight. He just couldn't molt out of his exoskeleton. He got trapped up in it, we found him tangled in a plant this morning, having made the most heroic attempt, he just didn't wrangle himself out completely. Still have the snails and the goby, and as upsetting and frustrating as this is, we won't give up. Just can't help but feel guilty and overwhelmingly sad. Finding your buddies have swam over to the other side at 7:30 am is just a real bummer. Retesting water immediately, and then problem solve from there!
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Cycling

Sorry to hear you have had problems cycling your new tank. It really does seem to be a question of waiting patiently - I had endless problems with my tropical tank due to impatience but I have to say that my new marine biorb has been great. Despite all the bad press about them, mine has cycled without me even noticing and everyone in the tank has survived and thrived so far. Mine was set up at Easter and is also a 15gallon tank (from memory yours is too). The live rock I bought was also a big factor in the cycling process I think - I bought 3.2kg of it and it was laden with life. If you could go back to having only a few inhabitants, such as cleanup crew and leave the fish with your lfs perhaps you could build it up gradually again. I think one of the more experienced fishkeepers already suggested doing this. I must admit the aquarium stores are variable in their willingness to help out with problems. Some are really keen to help but others are more worried about profits. I really hope you sort out your tank soon - it can be so exciting and yet so worrying when things go wrong.
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Oh, I meant to say that my pH is also low at 7.9. I thought the filter was meant to buffer it to the right level so I'm not sure why it is low. Interesting that yours is like this and they are both fairly new tanks.
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