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Old 03-29-2007, 07:37 PM   #51
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So I put two frags in my tank last night: GSP & Xenia. I let them drip acclimate for about 3.5 hours. The GSP was completed closed up and stayed that way until today. The Xenia opened right up after I put her in the main tank.

Water test today:

PH 7.6
Nit, Nat, Amm, Phos = 0
Ca = 420ppm
KH = 8
Sg = 1.020

How do my parameters look (other than the Sg which I will rectify with a PWC)?

I added my protein skimmer yesterday as well. My clown fish is doing ok in the QT - I can't wait to put him in my tank! I'll take some pics later to show you!!
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Old 03-29-2007, 07:51 PM   #52
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The PH is a bit low but with a higher SG say around 1.024 your PH will go up a bit too. Don't do it too fast though. I've had to correct my SG before and what I did was shut off my auto top off and allowed the water to evap a bit. I went from 1.020 to 1.023 in about 36 hours. When I topped off I matched the 1.023 to what the tank was and turned the auto top off back on. The next week I did the same thing and got my SG to 1.024 which is what I like to keep it at.
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thanks - I appreciate the feed back - the lights have already gone off, so I will snap some pics tomorrow (I don't have moon lights yet...)
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Old 03-30-2007, 05:43 PM   #54
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Question - the Xenia I purchased was attached to a frag, and that frag was rubberbanded to a shell. I have to move some LR around to make room for my skimmer pump (which is giant!), so I haven't removed the frag from the shell yet. The Xenia seems to be attached to both the frag and the shell though.

So How do I remove the Xenia from the shell without damaging it? TIA

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oooh, also, if I were to glue the frag in, what kind of glue do you use???


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Here's some pics for you!

this is Pedro!


Here's a full tank shot


Here's our Xenia


And the GSP


How often can you get a good pic of these Jelly's???


I have a magnifying glass that helps with this pic. I have also seen some tiny snails and tiny pods on the glass too!
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Just thought I would let you know that everything seems to be going well. The skimmer is slowly but surely pulling some skimate out (although not to the degree I anticipate when I remove the fluval 404). I would like to leave the 404 on there until my 125 is up (since it will already have cultured bacteria in it).

I am in the midst of a diatom bloom, so I don't have any pics. I added some snails to the mix (1 cerith, 3 Nasarrius, 2 turbos, 1 trochus), but mostly they seem nocturnal. They also don't seem to be going after the diatoms, so I need to address that myself. All the corals seem to be doing well. I hope to have some pics on later tonight. I will also post my water parameters. Is Seachem Reef Plus a good doser for my tank, or should it be avoided?

Ooh, no one answered me on the Xenia frag issue - can I just cut its stalk to remove it from the shell, or do I need to let it grow off of it??? TIA

I bought some super glue this weekend, so I will be glueing my frags in and would appreciate the help. Thanks!
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Nix the dosing, for the most part it's not needed. Keep up on frequent water changes and you won't need to dose a thing.

Super glue gel works great for attaching frags. If you cut the xenia, make sure you do it out of water and in as straight a cut as possible. Sorry if I missed this, but why do you want to remove it from the shell? If you want to move it to another rock you can just but a rock next to it and let it grow onto that.

Tank looks great. Why do you have a sponge filter in there?
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Nix the dosing, for the most part it's not needed. Keep up on frequent water changes and you won't need to dose a thing.
Ok, thanks - I will take it back.

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If you cut the xenia, make sure you do it out of water and in as straight a cut as possible. Sorry if I missed this, but why do you want to remove it from the shell? If you want to move it to another rock you can just but a rock next to it and let it grow onto that.
Well, we want to glue the frag in that the Xenia is attached to. But the Xenia has a "foot" on both the rubble and the shell. I want to detach it from the shell, and then glue the rock in. I would then put the "foot" that was on the shell onto a rock and let it re-attach.

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Tank looks great. Why do you have a sponge filter in there?
For my next QT! - That way it is colonized with the "good" bacteria to instant cycle.

Thanks, by the way, for the help!
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Gotcha, so it's already on rock, you just want the shell gone, right? Try peeling it first, with either a razor blade of a credit card, again, make sure it's out of the water. When they get stressed the release a goo that can foul your water. It may pry off easily and then you can just glue it down and let it reattach. If it doesn't, make as clean a cut as possible with a blade. Don't worry about hurting the coral, it will bounce back in a few days.
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EDIT AGAIN!
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EDIT!!!

Here's some pics of my goodies!!!

My Xenia!


Here's a good shot of my GSP!


When I bought the frag of button polyps, this mushroom was attached to the bottom!!!


My new feather duster!


My Elegance!!! I got this guy for a steal since it wasn't the most "attractive" Elegance he had ever gotten - the opening on this guy is probably 5" long!


My button polyps!


Pedro!!!


One of my 2 Turbo Snails - I also have 3 Nassarius, 1 Cerith, 1 Astrea, and I think that I found a Peppermint Snail on my LR today...


I need to glue some of these frags in tomorrow since my turbo's are pretty clumsy (the one thought the button polyps frag was a nice chair for a while!). Actual, the button polyp frag is on the sand because one of them knocked it out of the LR. I just got some gel glue tonight, but the lights are out already, so I will be glueing tomorrow!
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Did you see my reply MSU? Seems your latest reply was a copy of your previous one. Hehe.
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