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Old 10-10-2012, 06:42 PM   #21
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Yeah that's what I was thinking, if I'm cycling for 5-6 weeks then ill have plenty of time to buy scenery and such. I definitely want to get some live moving coral. Like the bubble coral and some mushroom coral as well as some torch.
Be careful getting the bubble anemones. If you do get one, get it first. Bubble anemones will move around the tank to find a place they like and if a coral is already in that spot, it will kill it. Colt corals are good alternative to bubble anemones.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:42 PM   #22
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The live rock will also provide the tank with some filter feeders that help keep the tank maintained. Be cautious though. They have bad stuff in them too. I had an aiptasia outbreak a couple months after cycling and had to buy some peppermint shrimp to keep it under control.
Oh cool and not so cool lol, what are aiptasia?
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:43 PM   #23
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Where you located ? Later on if you around where I live I can frag some of my coral mushroom and other for you to test it out
I live in Florida, Near Orlando
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My damsel is a demon. He's killed 2 goby's and 8 shrimp. Here is what I'm doing now to try and catch him.
Haha wow that bad?
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Oh cool and not so cool lol, what are aiptasia?
Aiptasias are little brown feather duster looking things. Almost like a polyp with long tentacles. They will sting and kill other corals and fish.
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Be careful getting the bubble anemones. If you do get one, get it first. Bubble anemones will move around the tank to find a place they like and if a coral is already in that spot, it will kill it. Colt corals are good alternative to bubble anemones.
Oh wow ok did not know that, I will put it in first if I do that or I will consider the colt corals. I didn't know corals move, the more you know.
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Aiptasias are little brown feather duster looking things. Almost like a polyp with long tentacles. They will sting and kill other corals and fish.
Eww that's not good
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Aiptasias are little brown feather duster looking things. Almost like a polyp with long tentacles. They will sting and kill other corals and fish.
So basically these things grow on live rocks?
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Oh wow ok did not know that, I will put it in first if I do that or I will consider the colt corals. I didn't know corals move, the more you know.
Most corals won't move. Mainly the anemones are the only things that move around. Urchins will move too. I just bought a flame scallop last week and he opens and closes his shell to move around the tank. He made himself a bed in the sand but moves around the tank to eat and then comes back to its best.
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So basically these things grow on live rocks?
Yes. The live rock is brought in straight from the ocean. So there are hundreds of things living in it. I've identified aiptasia, pineapple sponges, asterina starfish, and tube worms growing from mine, but there is a lot of stuff in there that's growing that I don't know what it is. Most of the stuff is filter feeders and not bad for the tank. And the live rock will provide plenty of bacteria that filters water and also provides food for any starfish, snails, or crabs you might get.
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