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Old 01-23-2006, 04:35 PM   #51
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How much and how often should I be change water? 20%....a week or so?
Missed that one. 10%-20% a week would be great. I wouldn’t do more than 20% once you get your no3 under control and as long as you don’t overstock/overfeed your tank 10% a week should be adequate.
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Old 01-24-2006, 01:53 AM   #52
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OK cool, thanks for the advice...how often am I going to have to change these bulbs? What do they run for?

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Old 01-24-2006, 09:21 AM   #53
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When/if you get corals you will want to change them out around every 9-12 months due to them loosing intensity. Since currently you only have a fo setup I wouldn’t worry about it right now. For cost you will be looking at around $20-$25 for each bulb depending on where you buy them.
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:06 PM   #54
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Oh ok, so right before I get my corals I will change them out

As for my cleanup crew, what should I get? I want things that are active, and cool looking at the same time. I saw this red shrimp with white stripes at my LFS. Any comments on it? Know what it is? How many snails, shrimp etc should I be getting?

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well depending on the shrimp, it could have been a peppermint or a coral banded shrimp. how far apart were the stripes? (peppermint are very close together, have to look cloes, and the coral banded is more boldhttp://www.liveaquaria.com/product/scateg.cfm?pCatId=525 ) it is usually suggested that its a snail per gal.
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I donno, it kinda looks like that blood red fire one, but with two thin white stripes. I suppose I'll just have to go back to the LFS to see.

Anyway, one snail per gallon? So 29 snails? That seems really really excessive?
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I was looking at turbo snails...becuase that's all I've really heard of so far, and these bumblebee snails:

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...cfm?pCatId=565

What do you think? And I want one of those skunk shrimp...from what I understand they can do a lot in the way of preventing disease?
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I have heard that bumblebees are carnivores and will kill other snails. I could be wrong.

Nassarius are good (live in sand) and so are Astreas (range over glass/rock). Turbos are fine, but personally I think they're ugly and have thusfar avoided them. Ceriths are good too (sand dwellers mostly).

You want a good mix. You may be able to find a deal on a starter pack. Just be sure you don't get too much at once or they will all starve.

29 snails is not excessive when you see how small most of them are.

I would avoid shrimp for a few months. They're harder to take care of. Instead consider some reef safe hermit crabs.

THe cleaning crew can and should be built over time if you have a mostly bare tank.
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Oh ok, so maybe 5 snails a clownfish to start with? Then gradually add more?
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