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Old 01-21-2013, 06:37 PM   #71
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Running lights 12 hours
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #72
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Running lights 12 hours
If your just cycling you don't need your lights on and IMO 12 hours is a bit much.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:41 PM   #73
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Googled both doesn't look like either. It is a white thing sticking out of the rock. It had several holes out of each hole purple hand like fingers comes out and they seem to open and close the fingers and if you mess with it it sucks the hands back into the white knob
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:43 PM   #74
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I'll turn the lights back then


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Old 01-21-2013, 06:48 PM   #75
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Can you see it in those pics?
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:21 PM   #76
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Ok I got the better camera out.


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Old 01-21-2013, 09:33 PM   #77
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The purple stuff covering your live rock is coraline algae. It's good. It's really hard to see the other thing on the rock, looks like its protruding from a calcareous tube. May be a feather duster or tube worm.
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The green plants are good, not sure of the name. They use calcium. I have the same thing and aquatic critter said it was good but will need to be trimmed back from time to time.
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Ok do I noticed I'm losing water due to evaporation. I know to add water . My question is my light has salt on it. Am I losing salt too. How often should I clean the light? I'm guessing every couple of days to top off our do I need to top off every day? How much of a level drop will be ok before I need to top off its a 36 gallon.

When I wipe everything down do I let the salt residue get in the tank?
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Ok do I noticed I'm losing water due to evaporation. I know to add water . My question is my light has salt on it. Am I losing salt too. How ofter should I clean the light? I'm guessing every couple I'd days to top off our do I need to top off every day? How much of a level drop will be ok before I need to top off its a 36 gallon.
This is why most do a ATO automatic top off, the salt on your light and you'll see other places is salt creep. Don't wipe it Nd but it back into the tank.

I take my lights/hood off and wipe it with a wet cloth every water change. If your getting that much evap it might be a good idea to have some distilled water on hand and top off everyday at the same time. I'd top off when I got home from work around 3:30pm.
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