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Old 08-24-2011, 01:29 PM   #191
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Oh, I agree. I'm not shrugging off your advice, was just clarifying. Trust me, I felt like dirt when it died and even when the cardinal was sucked up by the PH. I tried everything to get it back to health. Shoulda took it back at the first signs there where issues. It was a learning experience, one not soon forgotten...
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:36 PM   #192
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So the tank is about 2 months old... just stick with fish, soft corals, and cuc for now?
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:32 PM   #193
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So the tank is about 2 months old... just stick with fish, soft corals, and cuc for now?
That would be best,once your your tank is stable as far as no algae problems,or nitrate or phosphates ,you could even try a Derasa clam in a couple more months.Also candy cane,frogspawn ,hammer,etc.
You need to get into a routine of PWC at least every two weeks and keep your Calcium at between 420 to 460 and alk at least between 7 to 8. Even though I use reef crystals every two weeks for
PWC's I still have to dose some alk every three days because my hard corals eat it up.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:17 PM   #194
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Been doing pwc every week of 10-15%. gets expensive, but worth it. I need to upgrade my cuc. It's to small for my tank. Looked on liveaquraia for easy to take care of starfish. Should I stay away from them right now? I really don't want a clam. Pretty, but just not what I want.
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:10 PM   #195
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I would steer clear of the starfish for now. I thought my tank was ready but mine died within 2 weeks of gettinghim, he literally disintegrated arm by arm. i also had what they said was the easiest to car for star fish. LOL

I woudl especially stay clear of the sand sifting stars, they need a very established sand bed or they actually go under the sand and die polluting your whole tank.
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:20 PM   #196
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Steering clear... No nems or starfish.... **** I'm inpatient... What about when I get my 150gal? I gotta wait another year or just for it to cycle?
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:33 PM   #197
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I started my 65 gallon tank last month let it cycle put two fish in for a test run and they did fine. I went and got about 20 lbs of live rock and 30lbs of base rock along with two black and white clowns, and cleaner shrimp. Water temp is 74 sometimes 75 and salt levels are 25. My lighting is excellent. Been feeding with brine shrimp. Anything I'm missing?
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If you move over the sand and live rock you can have a head start I guess. But most people just start with new sand in a new tank, easier and cleaner to do that way. Moving the sand causes all the chemicals that are trapped beneath the surface to come out and can cause HUGE parameter spikes.

There's been discussion lately about sand sifting stars being fed in the sand if there isn't enough natural food for them to eat, but I'm not comfortable enough to give it a try, what if people are wrong? Then I risk nuking my tank.

i would say wait, but I'm being overly cautious. You can give an easy one a try perhaps.....
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I started my 65 gallon tank last month let it cycle put two fish in for a test run and they did fine. I went and got about 20 lbs of live rock and 30lbs of base rock along with two black and white clowns, and cleaner shrimp. Water temp is 74 sometimes 75 and salt levels are 25. My lighting is excellent. Been feeding with brine shrimp. Anything I'm missing?

Welcome to the forum!!!

Is there a specific question you had? Sounds like you did ok so far.
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Thought you would never ask. I got a nem on one of my live rocks and my clowns haven't hosted it yet? And what's the best way to feed my nem? It's been three days am I just being impatient? Do I need to frequently test ph levels? Is their signs to look out for when ph levels are high?
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