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Old 03-12-2012, 12:29 AM   #161
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Most don't, mainly because they don't consider them a nutritious food. Mysis shrimp would be a better choice.
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You could. I did and it was cool watching them grow everyday. But it has a smell if you don't do water changes every few days. Like Mr. X said, they aren't really nutritious but they are when they first hatch for about 2-5 days.
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Most don't, mainly because they don't consider them a nutritious food. Mysis shrimp would be a better choice.
Can you raise mysis shrimp?
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I raise them from my LFS in the form of frozen cubes.
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I raise them from my LFS in the form of frozen cubes.
lol I think she wants to do it for the fun as a mother/daughter activity.
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LOL! I think I'll just save up and when I'm ready to get lights I'll do more research. For now though, I have learned alot about lots of different types of lights. Thank you all for all your input on the topic.

New topic: brine shrimp- aka sea monkeys. I told my daughter we will have to raise some so we can feed the fish and corals. Do any of you raise brine shrimp or anything like that?
Can't help on that one. Sorry. I feed frozen mysis shrimp
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Can you raise mysis shrimp?
Depending on what fish you keep, you will have large populations of many tiny crustaceans breeding right in your DT.
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Wait...green star polyps one of the toughest corals? Far from the truth, it is a beginner coral that turns into a weed.

You are correct that if you want to hold off on corals then you would not require a more expensive light...but I did similar and am kicking myself as I now go about spending the money I should have ontop of what I already invested into it. If you are concerned about the money part, look into LED. I keep reading more and more about cheap LED units that have the capacity to supply enough light for SPS. In Doug's 250 wall build they are talking about them. Should be somewhere around page 98-100. I ended up going the LED route, but went with Ecotech Radions so I could set everything up with my computer rather than having timers. My first one will arrive next week.
By toughest I ment they are hard to kill they can live through alot
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Ok. Looked up breeding mysis... I think I'll just buy frozen and raise some sea monkeys (brine shrimp) and feed them to the fish now and again. Sea monkeys are cool. Maybe I'll get a little 2.5 gallon tank set up on the counter for them. My daughter got some for Christmas one year and the kids really liked watching them...
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New question!! Yay!

If I get a 55 gallon tank, how much water will I need to remove for the weekly water change once it is cycled? Or should I do bi-weekly instead of weekly and if so how much water should be removed?

How many days before the water change should I mix the saltwater? How long can you store it in a bucket?

Also, for topping off in the case of evaporation, how many days ahead of time should I get to RO freshwater water ready and how long can I store that in a bucket?

How do you guys pour the water back into your tanks? I image it would be hard to lift a 5gallon bucket up to the aquarium and not spill it everywhere. I'm thinking set the bucket on an elevated surface and use some hosing and let gravity take over like it does when using a siphon... But I want to hear how you guys do it.
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