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Old 04-12-2012, 11:55 PM   #111
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White spot on the clown has gotten a lot smaller. I guess it was just the adjustment thing I read about.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:55 AM   #112
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Well that's good to hear.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:33 AM   #113
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Here are some pictures...I haven't been able to get the snails and the hermit crab yet...maybe later on tonight I'll get lucky

The shrimp has his spot already, he loves to be upside down in the little cave. The clown stays in the top left corner most of the time. When it's feeling ballsy it'll go in the middle and go nuts for a few mins, but the go back to the corner haha
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:22 PM   #114
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Very nice How are you finding the levels/maint/salinity is in such a small tank?
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:17 PM   #115
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Levels are all stable, only because I check the water level at least once a day. As far as the salinity goes, because I check the water levels when ever I can, it's always 1.025. I am going to make a ATO or a drip system maybe next weekend so I don't have to worry about this anymore. Being that it's such a small tank a little evaporation can swing everything like crazy.
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I'm sure it's frustrating. It's why I won't attempt such a small salt water tank. Lol. I wanted to do like a .5 gal with a bit of live rock with one or two hermit crabs lol.

The idea quickly was shot down :p.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:03 PM   #117
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I'm sure it's frustrating. It's why I won't attempt such a small salt water tank. Lol. I wanted to do like a .5 gal with a bit of live rock with one or two hermit crabs lol.

The idea quickly was shot down :p.
its possible if you wanna do it don't let ppl discourage u just research a ton and try it yourself my 6 gallon has been running for over a year
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its possible if you wanna do it don't let ppl discourage u just research a ton and try it yourself my 6 gallon has been running for over a year
Well thanks! It's high on a list of things to try for me. I'm mastering fresh water inverts while I've got a Dorm lol.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:17 AM   #119
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Soo I tested the water this morning like my FW tank and I got some interesting results:

Ammonia - .25 I think
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates - around 10 which I was expecting because I didn't do 100% water change before I put the clown in.

So what could this mean? I did a 25% water change and tested again a few mins later and still got .25 (I think). Could it be a mini cycle, crash, or me reading the test wrong? Does the 0 always have a hint of green or should if he that milky white when you first start shaking it?
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So I did the 25% water change 2 days ago, and Ive been testing twice a day now. The test results just now were:
ammonia - .25 (I took the cap off and looked down the tube this time because anything under 1ppm with the saltwater kit is hard to read)
nitrite - 0
nitrAte - 10

clown, crab, snails, shrimp all seem fine. Everything is eating normal. I'm keeping up with the top offs (i check this when I do the tests twice a day), and my salinity is still 1.025. I know my tap water doesnt have ammonia in it, my freshwater tank never had this problem at all.

I bought a Pure-Flo II 50gpd 3 stage RO unit, and I got my first 5 gallons out of it this morning. I wont be topping off with de chlorinated tap water anymore, just the RO. I ordered the Reef Salt, 2 power heads, 2 50w heaters, a float switch, 10' of 1/2" ID tubing, 2 5g containers with the lids, and Im going to buy 2 mini-jet 606s on my way home from work. One tub is for the pure RO water with a float switch and a pump, the other tub will have the saltmix. Both will have a heater, powerhead, and a minijet with tubing leading into the tank through the back of the edge. Top offs and saltmix will be added automatically. The only thing I need to do is drain some water out before the saltmix kicks in.

Ill take pictures once I start putting all this together. My heater for the display tank hasnt shown up yet, but the tank is a steady 79 right now, has been since I filled it so I'm not terribly worried.

Anyone have a clue as to why my ammonia is staying at .25? I throw in 10-12 1mm new life spectrum pellets in the tank a day (yes i count them because I know it can cause problems), and theyre all gone within 30 seconds. Snails, shrimp and the clown go nuts...I'm not over feeding.
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