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Old 07-13-2013, 04:08 AM   #71
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Btw thats not a bad light at all. I wish they gave you freshwater lighting for it when you order. 31.49 isnt a bad price at all
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Btw thats not a bad light at all. I wish they gave you freshwater lighting for it when you order. 31.49 isnt a bad price at all
I believe they used to have the option to choose a 6500k bulb or 50/50... I don't know why they stopped and only sell the 50/50... I plan on switching to LEDs eventually, but for now this will have to do.
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Well ive seen your freshwater tanks and they look awesome so you have no choice but too succeed. You've got this far already so there is no turning back. I look forward to another update
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Anyone else have opinions on the light and what coral I can keep? Was planning on zoas, maybe some other stuff? Coral suggestions would be great as well.
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Anyone else have opinions on the light and what coral I can keep? Was planning on zoas, maybe some other stuff? Coral suggestions would be great as well.
I'm not a light expert, but I'm sure you could keep softies. Mushrooms, zoas, palythoas, etc.
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Old 07-13-2013, 12:45 PM   #76
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I really like candy canes and torch corals as well. Are these higher light corals? Thanks for the input btw j!

Edit: after looking these up on LA, figured out they're LPS? So could I keep LPS corals? Again, 26 watt 3U bulb, tank is 10x10x12".
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Well, this morning I noticed I'm starting to get some diatoms, so I tested the water. Ammonia has creeped down to .25 and nitrite was down to 1-2.
Decided to head to the LFS this afternoon, as I was almost out of RO/DI. Made a nice little trip out of it with my stepson, stopped for some In-n-out on the way, then to the fish store! I think this was the cheapest trip to the LFS I've ever made... Picked up a small piece of live rock to help seed the tank, 5 gallons of water for top offs, and resisted buying a baby clown... Made it out for only 3 bucks!
I do currently have an emerald crab in the tank, who's proven to be quite hardy, and to have a nice appetite. So far I've just been feeding him some frozen brine, and he loves it... Clings on to my tweezers with his claws! He's surprisingly strong... I know I probably shouldn't have added him yet, but it was hard to say no the last time I went to the LFS with the wife... He seems to be doing well, like I said, he's got a great appetite.
Should I do a water change tonight? Or wait and see if the little bit of live rock makes a difference in wrapping up the cycle?
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Well, this morning I noticed I'm starting to get some diatoms, so I tested the water. Ammonia has creeped down to .25 and nitrite was down to 1-2.
Decided to head to the LFS this afternoon, as I was almost out of RO/DI. Made a nice little trip out of it with my stepson, stopped for some In-n-out on the way, then to the fish store! I think this was the cheapest trip to the LFS I've ever made... Picked up a small piece of live rock to help seed the tank, 5 gallons of water for top offs, and resisted buying a baby clown... Made it out for only 3 bucks!
I do currently have an emerald crab in the tank, who's proven to be quite hardy, and to have a nice appetite. So far I've just been feeding him some frozen brine, and he loves it... Clings on to my tweezers with his claws! He's surprisingly strong... I know I probably shouldn't have added him yet, but it was hard to say no the last time I went to the LFS with the wife... He seems to be doing well, like I said, he's got a great appetite.
Should I do a water change tonight? Or wait and see if the little bit of live rock makes a difference in wrapping up the cycle?
Looking good! I would wait to do a water change until the nitrate spike, but that's just me. It may be more necessary with the little crab in there though. I always like emerald crabs.
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Looking good! I would wait to do a water change until the nitrate spike, but that's just me. It may be more necessary with the little crab in there though. I always like emerald crabs.
Yeah, I love the little guy. Really fun to watch, especially at feeding time. I just hope he doesn't develop a taste for coral...Haven't checked nitrates in a while, I'll test for that later tonight. I'm sure they've already spiked though. I believe I had nitrites and nitrates 2 days after adding the bottle of dr tim's one and only.
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Just tested again...

Ammo .25
Nitrites 2
Nitrates 10

Seems to be coming along nicely, just not as fast as I'd hoped for. Patience...
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