OK...I got an update. Here's the levels...
NitrAtes 20-40ppm (hard to read)
I did my pwc
and headed to the LFS
. They didn't have the cerith snails, trochus snails, or peppermint shrimp. So this is what I got...
2 Astraea snails
2 more nassarius snails (3 total in the tank)
1 unidentified anemone shrimp (I'll have pics soon).
I did something bad
. I was looking in their coral tanks and saw this beautiful
polyp. I was checking for future reference of course. I was matching the labeled prices with all the corals. There was two different prices for polyps;$35 and $50. So I pointed to the most colorful and healthiest looking one and asked the guy, "How much?". He said, "That one's 20." What! 8O Do you really think I was capable of leaving the store without it? Absolutely NOT!!!!
They closed up while transporting. After about 10 minutes in the tank, they started to open up. After about 2 hours went by, all of them were fully opened. I'm assuming that's a good sign. I noticed a black and white striped shell wedged in between polyps. It didn't seem to have anything in it. I figured I would move it once my little guys were settled in. When I checked the tank about an hour ago, the shell was gone! Nowhere in sight. So I picked up a mystery guest.
I also found something very exciting. Itty bitty baby snails!! This may not be a big deal to someone who has had SW
tanks for some time, but this is my very first SW
tank, and I am soooo excited!
So, that's the update. I'll be getting a refractometer and a PH soon. I'm also going to keep looking for a peppermint shrimp (I have 2 small growths of Aptasia). I'm gonna do another pwc
to see if I can lower those nitrates.
I need help making a decision on PHs. I'm going with the maxijet submersibles. I'm contemplating putting either one 160gph, or two 106gph on opposite ends of the tank. Feedback on that???