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Old 07-31-2013, 02:09 AM   #211
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@ green I was thinking of the same type screen door/window mesh. Wondered how it would work. Is yours black or dark grey? That would look nice with the tank.

@ Eric I like the DIY kit too. Definitely need to let me know how it works.

@ tango I lost a clown too. Also jumped tank but that was before I had the egg crate. And I'm with you.... It was fun to snip and shape that stuff! I thought it would be my answer but evidently need to go with a mesh of some sort.

@ everyone: I am assuming a mesh would still allow for good air exchange and light penetration too? I think that is what Green was saying
Mine is black it dont block light or air flow.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:13 AM   #212
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:34 AM   #213
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@green. What is that made of? It looks like some sort of fishing line type material. Or is it metal of some sort?
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Ok. I can see it now in the other 2 pics. Definitely equals let in more light than the screen door stuff I was thinking about. How did you attach it? Did you make a frame to sit on top?
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@green. What is that made of? It looks like some sort of fishing line type material. Or is it metal of some sort?
Yes it is like a fishing line. No metal at all.
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This hobby always gives me some project to work on. We are big DIYers. The boys will love working on this!
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:51 AM   #217
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My boy did my hole setup with build all the stands and the mesh they loved it. DIY is the way
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:01 AM   #218
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Such Interesting Things!

Tonight I saw the teeny-tiniest of snails. It wasn't much bigger than a flea. It was cruising along one of the panes of glass. As I inspected the snail, I'm also saw these even tinier white dots..thought they were grains of sand blowing around, but they are moving (also on the glass). Looks like maybe copepods or anthropods. I guess these are all signs that my tank is healthy!

@Carey: my 2 snails that I brought back from the beach do just as you said your nassarius snails do...they emerge up out of the sand whenever I feed the fish. Amazing how they can sense the food is there! Don't know what my guys are (the shell is long and smooth), but they are very interesting! I noticed last night that one of them has a bulging back side (as opposed the the edge of his fleshy part being smooth and flat like the rest of him) Wondering what that means. I need a good snail ID guide and reading reference!
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lol I'm not much for snail identification unfortunately....

As for the nasasrius snails, I had like 40 in my biocube and not much else for awhile, I love them that much. It's so incredible to watch them all emerge in like 3 seconds. One of the critters I like the best, even including fish!
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Let's talk new fish and quarantine tanks!


Still trying to decide what my next addition will be, but would like some advice on purchasing online vs going to my semi-LFS. Online prices are definitely better ( I've looked at live aquaria and blue zoo). I'll admit that i like to peruse the tanks at the store and look at everything, but at this point a 200 mile round trip for 1 fish is a little silly.

What type of experience have y'all had buying fish from online stores? Do you recommend any particular vendor?

Quarantine: I have a spare 20 gallon tank only- no hood, filters, cover, lights, etc. How do I set up quarantine for new arrivals? Do I just mix a new batch of salt water when I get the fish or does it need to be set up for a while first? Does it need rock, sand, etc. or will just the tank and water suffice?

How long should the new fish hang out in quarantine before moving to the main tank?

What level of risk am I taking by NOT using a QT?
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