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Old 11-14-2012, 12:07 AM   #41
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How big will he get? Any special care? Read to watch spines for droopiness and loss as a warning for water quality.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:23 AM   #42
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Here is liveaquaria's page. Saltwater Aquarium Inverts for Marine Reef Aquariums: Longspine Urchin, Black
Other than that, all I know is that you'll have a shortage of coralline algae now. Lol. Urchins tend to strip the rocks bare.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:25 AM   #43
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I do not know what this is. Its a bad pic but its that tubular brown thing with what bristles on the end. Last time I saw it was a week ago and it was attached to the same rock but left about 2 inches. It is about 3" long


Snail hitchhiker. ID?

MacDracor its more purple than black. pics do not do justice. Is this just a color variation?
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First pic, no idea. Really strange. It's hard to tell because its blurry. Angled pics through saltwater tanks do that. Second pic - stomatella varia. Very common algae eater.
And yeah, they range a bit. But always very dark.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:13 PM   #45
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Got something new in the tank now. They are slightly bigger than the clear flea looking pod things and they are white and they move like worms. Guessing its just some type of worm. The urchin is doing well he is really cool and surprisingly my coralline has taken off since adding him. I have baited him to the sides of the tank with nori and he mostly hangs out on the glass. Oh I also saw a small dark red bug, guessing some other type of pod.
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Red bug, you say? There is a type of copepod commonly called "Red Bugs" that can be detrimental to the health of certain acropora corals. I'd suggest googling for an ID and more info. But, if you have no acros, it's unlikely to be an issue.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:14 PM   #47
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It looked much bigger than what they are describing there.

Tank parameters were perfect today so I added 4 Cerith Snails, couple empty hermit crab shells so they will hopefully leave the snails alone. I bought another piece of live rock covered in purple corraline algae and it had another stomatella snail on it. Yay, good surprise for me. Been a good day for me.

I am so amazed at how well the tank is doing with no filter on it. Everything reads 0 across the board anytime I test it.

Also, my corraline the purple and green doubles in coverage every day. I have more now than before I added the Urchin.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:45 PM   #48
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ph is 7.8 how can i raise this naturally?
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:07 PM   #49
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Well doing frequent water changes would keep the pH usually the same. Baking soda buffers the pH, but I don't know the ratio for that.
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I will get on the water changes. I have been slacking and have yet to do one
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