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Old 03-28-2007, 08:41 PM   #21
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Hi all. well the diatom bloom stopped and on closer inspection one night when the lights were off with a torch i notcied all the rock comes to life at nite. looking thru the rock i seen a heap of worms coming thru the holes in the rock. ducking back in when the like shone on them. then i noticed all little bugs running over on rock. under another rock i seen something which look like a very small red starfish. in another rock there looked to be what i thought was black and white striped worms but it could be a very small starfish living in a rock.

Anyways sorry for my excitement but its my first marine tank. its so cool.
Now a couple of LFS's said the rock may not come back to life however with the amount of life in there and after a few days im starting to see the rock changing and getting a reddy and white tinge about a few of them. Could the rock still come back to life afterall???

ps ill get some new pics up asap
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Old 03-29-2007, 11:40 PM   #23
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Ok...the rock itself isn't alive...when we talk about LR it is the bacteria and other critters on and in the rock that is alive and makes it LR. Yes what are you are seeing is a very good thing. The little "bugs" are pods..most likely amphipods...that is a good sign. All those worms and other critters are usually a good thing. Some hitchikers are not so good be we can worry about that later. As for the red starfish, we will need a pic to help you out there.

You should be excited! I know I was...when I started my tank I had 1 rock and a lot of sand and water. I would sit and look at that 1 rock for ever. Don't always believe everything the LFS tells you. Ask questions and if you aren't sure of the answers you get there come here and repeat them. We don't get paid and aren't going to pull your leg.

Get those pics! We do love them!!
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Old 03-30-2007, 12:16 AM   #24
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thanks ziggy. very true. i havent seen the starfish again. im trying to get some pics but he has gone. didnt seem like it liked the light at all as when the torch was on him he slid back under a rock and havent seen him since. looked pretty cool. im home tonight so will hopefully get some pics for u guys. i know i love pics to hey just need to take some decent ones
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I assume that when you say torch you are talking about a flashlight right?
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yeah. flashlight. not a torch as in fire on the end of a stick. lol
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Well you know...us silly Americans...we don't know these things
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Lol thats funny. us aussies aren't cavenmen you know.
any advice on this refugium? as in the nitrate thread? http://www.aks.net.au/refugiums.html
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I'm not sure about it....How large is your tank again?
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250 litres. whatever that is in gallons. think its about 65 gallon??
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