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Old 07-16-2013, 11:33 AM   #131
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Question of the day: What is the best rock arrangement for corals? Do I need to create a lot of flat/horizontal space? How close to the surface should my tallest rock be?

My rock got rearranged when I did my water change. I made sure the base was solidly down on the bottom of the tank.

Is it harmful for me to be reaching in there and rearranging things?
You will want flat areas as well as holes big enough for frag plugs. Height is a mix of personal aesthetic preference and lighting requirements of the corals you want as well as the lights you are running.

I reach into my tank all the time. Some swear by wearing gloves and others like me don't. Some local aquarists have had to be rushed to the emergency room. Though i believe it depends on what you have. Some corals such as zoas(i dont have/want) have toxins(palytoxin) that you want to avoid. Especially if you have open wounds on your hands/arms. There is also a chance of cutting your hand and arms on your rock work as well.

Edit: Look up coral toxins. And at all times use caution. When in doubt wear gloves. I've seen full arm length rubber gloves sold for the aquarium trade. You may want to buy a pair.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:03 PM   #132
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On the flip side, make sure your hands and arms are clean prior to reaching in. You don't want soap residue or any other chemicals that may be on you to get in your tank.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:30 PM   #133
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Try to make caves for fish to hide in it sounds odd but the more caves you have the more your fish will be out in the open, for coral you can glue the frag plugs to the rock I wedge the plug in a spot before gluing to be sure the coral will do well where i place it
+1 Dav3 Zoas and palys are very toxic be sure to wash your hands every time your in the tank.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:02 PM   #134
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Ready to play the ID game? I found this the same day as my sponge. Hasn't really grown any but there are lots more if them now.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:42 PM   #135
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Looks like even more sponges But i stink at the ID game
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:32 AM   #136
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Will my new super-bright lights cause my coralline algae to fade? It was a bright green color. Now has less vivid color.

Also: will my sponge friend be upset by the light?
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:45 AM   #137
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Mine did the same thing it faded for a while then colored back up I dont have any sponges so im not sure about those
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:21 PM   #138
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As my tank matured I lost my green coralline algae and my purple came in. I have quite a few sponges and have recently switched to LEDs which have a bit more output. My sponges have been fine but I noticed the algae fades and comes back every time my lighting changes.
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:29 AM   #139
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Question for the day: I did a 70% water change today lowered trates from 80 to 40. Guess I'll do it over and over again tomorrow till I get them as low as possible.

When I mix the salt according to directions the salinity is NEVER high enough What's up with that?!

While I am changing it out so much tomorrow do I really need to match the salinity and temp? I only have a few hermit crabs and the sponge.
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I would aim to match the salinity and temp best you can. Inverts arent usually very happy with big salinity swings.

I add 1/2 cup of salt then a 1/4 of the half cup to one gallon and it usually comes right in at 1.025.
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