I can't find a good source for documentation atm cause I'm to tired to think, but with freshwater plants at least, ammonia is "suppose" to be the prefered source of nitrogen. With saltwater, /shrug, i have no idea, this is a whole new ballgame for me.
I've been wet testing my fuge and i found a kind of odd charactoristic of it. The way my current freshwater wet test is going, my pump pushes in enough water for it to overflow and trickle down into the return line. However, the pump pushes faster than water is flowing out untill it covers the return opening and creates a true siphon. This in turn pulls water out of the fuge faster than the pump is pushing it in untill it breaks the siphon. So i guess I've built some sort of hybrid fuge/surge device... now if i could just get it to stop leaking...
I've had one minor setback this week... my wife actually sat and watched the tank for a bit and saw the pods
... her response was "OMG! IT'S CUTE!" Now i come home and she's watching the pods
"playing" on the rocks. So I've had to explane to her that pods
are friends, AND food. Needless to say, she's now a little less eager for me to start adding fish, but she's now super behind the 5g "pod playground" (fuge) that's gonna be sitting high up in the living room in full view.
Oh, I need help guys... I need to be talked out doing something possibly stupid. I'm super tempted to try adding some zoas and shrooms
, I was actually tempted to try something else embarrassingly stupid, but i've since managed to talk myself out of it. My nitrates have actually gone down to about 5ppm from 10ppm and I've only done a 5g water change. Mind you, this would probably be in about a week or two since my LFS
isn't placing a SW
order for a while and rarely keeps anything but fish in stock.
I could also use some help deciding what from my list of fishes I should get first. Keeping in mind that these would probably spend about a month in QT so it would be a bit before they get into the display tank. I'm looking for guidance on what order to add these to try and avoid territorial disputes as I add newer fish. Just to have the whole thing out there, I'll post my list of species I'm interested in, I broke it up into groups with what i want first followed by substitutions (just to be clear, i don't want ALL of these, just one species from each group):
Pterapogon kauderni - Banggai Cardinal
Trio or quartet of
Ptereleotris zebra - Zebra Barred Dartfish
Only if paired:
Ptereleotris evides - Scissortail Dartfish
Nemateleotris magnifica - Firefish
Nemateleotris decora - Purple Dartfish
Single or Pair (probably single)
Gobiodon atrangulatus - Clown Goby, Green
Gobiodon citrinus - Clown Goby, Lemon
Ideally, a pair and bonded with pistol shrimp
Cryptocentrus cinctus - Yellow Watchman Goby
Stonogobiops nematodes - Hi Fin Red Banded Goby
Trio or Quartet of:
Paracheilinus carpenteri - Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse
Paracheilinus mccoskeri - McCosker's Flasher Wrasse
or just about any small fasher wrasse
Ecsenius stigmatura - Tail Spot Blenny
Ecsenius bicolor - Bicolor Blenny
Finally, I hoped someday to get a tang <ducks>... though I've had a devil of a time with this idea since i like the powder brown/white cheek (Acanthurus japonicus/nigricans). It seems like there's no straight answer as to which tang is which and which one is "easier". So I've pretty much come to the realization that it's probably not gonna happen, which is probably a good thing.
If this would be overstocked, please, tell me. Right now the only advice that I seem to be able to get on this comes from my one of the guys at my LFS
and having seen his tank, I can't help but feel like he overstocks his own system (for the record, his system IS nice). Thanks in advance for any advice.