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Old 11-11-2013, 01:14 PM   #51
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The "inches of fish" is really more of a freshwater thing. For salt, you have to look more at the types of fish and what they add to the bioload. I would say if you lose the eel, you might be okay adding one more fish/goby as long as it is small. (Direct quote from a member on a different thread) -

So, my question is: How much bio-load does a single occelaris clownfish add?

I would ultimately like a pair of true percula clownfish in my little 10 gallon FOWLR with over 20 lbs of live rock & a HOB filter. Can this be done?
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:14 PM   #52
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Uh oh....

Aptasia!! Alert!!
And coralline algae & some sort of mushroom coral.
On my new rock...
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:27 PM   #53
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Yay for life! Lol knock that aiptasia out before it even has a chance!
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Lookin good! Agree with bribo, get rid of that aiptasia quick. Nice to see some life in your tank
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:02 AM   #55
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Well, I did panic a lil bit when I seen that awful thing!! I ripped the rock right outta there and examined it (not that I know everything I was lookin for) and spotted a second one down near the bottom and smaller. Hope I got em both when I took the rock out and scrubbed it down to bare white rock in both places. I will be keeping an even closer eye on the tank now for more.
I also tested my ammonia tonight and 0.50. Might have just started another mini cycle with the new rock but I'm ok with that. I will probably have nightmares about aptasia now!
I doubt much on that rock is going to survive my crappy lighting and I really cannot afford anything else at this time.
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Don't worry about the lighting right now. Critters are pretty resilient, you'd be surprised.
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I was hoping to get a clownfish by Thursday, but that is highly doubtful now. I will be back to testing every single day now and I am adding no ammonia with that new rock in there. I am pretty excited!!
IF the aptasia comes back or has spread, I will add one or two of the good peppermint shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni) to take care of it. I was planning on one anyway; along with:
5x blue leg hermit crab (little dwarf guys)
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:16 PM   #58
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To cycle my new tanks I use water conditioner and liquid bacteria, live sand and live rock and let it run for two to four days. Then add two damsels and wait til I see diatom before I even start testing water and adding chemicals. I try to keep it as natural as possible. I don't do water changes and all that b.s. til the tank stabilizes. The live sand, rock, and damsels will help jump start the cycle and speed it up a bit but the more u mess with it adding chemicals or changeing water the longer it will take to complete the cycle and stabilize. Part of the hobby is patience. Actually I think patience is a big part of the hobby.
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This has been my experiance. Some think useing damsels to cycle a tank is wrong. They are a hardy fish. Have used damsels to cycle three new tanks and not one has died or show'd sign's of major stress or illness.
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Well, you are right. Patience is a huge part of this hobby.
I am very patient. Willing to sit another 3 weeks and just watch what happens with my live rock! However, I don't think that will be necessary at all! I did more tests tonight (because I like doing the tests) and the results are:
sg: 1.018 (but with hydrometer I can't trust)
temp: 78F
ammonia 0
nitrites 0
nitrates 40
so after I receive and calibrate my refractometer tomorrow then I will test again around 8:00pm my time. I am pretty sure all I will have to do is a 20-30% water change to get the nitrates down to 10< and will be good to go for livestock
I also changed back to the original single T8 bulb light fixture I got with the tank when I bought it and put a
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marine-glo actinic A1602 bulb in it this is better than a freshwater marineland LED single bright fixture for the mushroom spongey leather coral thing and the coralline algae I'm sure
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