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Old 10-04-2012, 01:30 AM   #151
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Should be fine. I just catch them in a cup and drain the water to as little as possible then rush and gently put them in the tank. I've heard that some can be harmed with a net, but you should be fine.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:52 PM   #152
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So dumb question: I'm ready to get some shrimp and start cycling today but forgot about the mesh bag and won't have time to run over to my lfs to get one. Is there anything else I can use? A coffee filter maybe? Or a ziplock with some holes poked in it?
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:54 PM   #153
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I let my shrimp float around freely. But it was popcorn shrimp, so it was eaten by the itty bitty critters pretty quickly.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:09 PM   #154
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The bag of live sand I was given was opened and therefore dry so I guess anything that was in it is dead. Is it normal for there I be chunks of stuff in it? Looks like maybe broken sea shells, crushed corals and stones or something
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:10 PM   #155
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I bought a bunch of dry rock off of a friend. He gave me a 5 gallon bucket full for $20. There's a lot of algae on it which I've attempted to rinse off and scrubbed a bit with a toothbrush but there's still a lot. I'm not overly concerned as I know eventually everything will be covered in algae anyways, but my question is when I add my cuc will they eat the algae? And at what point should I add them? I'm going to hopefully finish aquascaping tonight and add the piece of shrimp I bought. I got funny looks when I went to the grocery store and bought one shrimp lol.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:21 PM   #156
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For the shrimp, you can use panty hose to keep it contained. Your CUC will eat the algae, that's part of their job. don't add anything that's alive until tank is cycled. Anything you put in during cycle will likely die. Can you take the sand back for a bag that's not opened? It's perfectly normal to find bits of shell, even very small whole shells in your sand. That's what's in the ocean, after all.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:07 PM   #157
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Here is an updated picture with the rocks. Feedback? I'm having a hell of a time getting the salinity right and estimating the evaporation is not helping. Suggestions?
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:10 PM   #158
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Yay you got it all set up, looks cool. Might want some more rock or space it out (make caves, arches, etc) to fill it out and have more hiding places for the fish though. If it's all clustered together, there will be lots of dead spots. Change out most of the water out, put it in a bucket with a powerhead and replace the rest with fresh water and use the saltwater in the bucket for future water changes?
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But then I have to remix all of it, no? Yesterday I had a 1.023 reading so I added in some more salt and tonight it read 1.028. Sigh.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:19 PM   #160
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Wait! That's fine! I thought your salinity was so high it was unreadable (don't know why I assumed this). Some reefers keep their salinity at 1.027 and since you have no fish in there it's fine to make some mistakes. Just make sure you're topping off with fresh water and you should be fine.
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