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Old 01-07-2011, 04:51 PM   #61
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the sock you have is fine.
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:24 PM   #62
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Well finally a post worth getting a little excited about!

Ammonia is still .25ppm or less as of 3 days with live rock in the tank.

Got some time to actually look around the tank now that the water is somewhat clear. Still not great for pictures if you have to look through a lot of water. I'm going to try to ID most of this stuff when I get a chance to search but feel free to help yourselves.

Sump tank is a disaster from the sand settling. Took the skimmer out to be cleaned. After the cycle I'm going to do my PWC and take it from the sump so I can clean it out. At least the 1st and last chambers. Bulb is a GE Daylight 23w flood @ 5000k. On a timer from 7am until 1am. Picking up some Chaeto this weekend.





Found this guy hiding in the rocks. Emerald crab? What should I do to feed him? I can't imagine there being anything in the tank since it just started?! I got some frozen brine shrimp with the tank when I got it which I read isn't great but I thawed some and put it into a dropper and squirted some out to him. He SNATCHED it. figured it would help with the cycle anyway.



This guy has been all over the tank. There's another smaller one as well.



Here's the mushroom. Any idea what type? If you look closer to the bottom right of it there is a white tube looking thing that goes into the rock. I noticed a hair like tentacle that comes out and waves around then gets sucked back in. What's this? Tube worm?



These are the red little tufts of hair looking things that popped up. They'll actually recess if frightened and pop back out.



Some type of Xenia?



Two things in this picture but hard to see. One looks like a little oyster of some sort? Haven't seen it do anything. The other thing has tentacles in the hole like polyp?

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ok..let's see....
1. yes, seems to be an emerald crab
2. i think people refer to that mushroom as a superman mushroom. it's red and sort of blue, right?
3. the red things are mini feather dusters.
4. anthelia
5. rock boring mollusk.
6. i can't see what you are talking about but it's either a vermetid snail, or a spionid worm
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Old 01-08-2011, 10:41 AM   #64
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Thanks! We also found what seems to be a brittle star last night after the lights went out. He's maybe the size of a half dollar. I will post some pics.

Oh and the mushroom is a purple color and has green dots.
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Well Saturday night the Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate were all 0. How does that happen!? I figured Nitrates would at least be measurable?

Yesterday I noticed some brown algae starting on the sand bed. Growth on everything has been fantastic. I fed the Brittle Star and the Emerald crab small pieces of raw shrimp and they chowed down.

I was told to get a Sand Conch for the brown algae bloom that's going to happen. What do you guys think? I was also told to try some plankton stuff from the LFS to help feed the Xenia and other items in the tank. Thoughts?

I did pick up a couple balls of Chaeto from a friend's running tank filled with little critters which is now in the Fuge.

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don't bother with the conch...the diatom bloom which is unavoidable will leave as fast as it came.
don't try "plankton stuff", and don't listen to that guy who told you that any longer.
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Would it be a bad idea to get one? Not just for this brown algae but to keep the sand cleaned up in general? They look pretty neat!

What's the reason for not getting the plankton? I think this is what she was recommending. They'll get enough food on their own?

Two Little Fishies MarineSnow Plankton Diet

What do you think about the test readings I posted? Should Nitrates be going up now? I can't imagine the cycle being done in 5 days?
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xenia won't eat that. all it will do is pollute the water. i'm guessing it was someone who worked at the LFS trying to sell you more stuff?

no. i don't think the cycle is done either. i don't know why you aren't getting readings. my guess would be that these test kits are made for an aquarium hobby, not something like medicine or another industry that is big money and they tend to be lacking in precision.

if you like the conch, then get one. just make sure you have enough food to feed it. you might need to add food since the tank is new and empty.
i wouldn't add any more livestock until the cycle is definitely over though.
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The person I got my live rock from was the one who suggested the marinesnow.

Tests I'm using are just API's Marine and Reef Kits.

I still plan on giving it time. There's a surprising amount of hitch hikers in the tank already so I'm waiting it out to see how they do and trying to keep the water quality up.

Tonight around 7pm will make it 6 days with the live rock in the tank. When should I do a PWC? Anything I should test for tonight? Last test numbers were from 01.08.10

How will I know the cycle is completely over? Actually have a nitrate reading and then possibly putting something in to produce ammonia and see how it's handled?
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oh...i forgot you got the rock out of someone's tank. the cycle could be over. maybe you just saw a spike because of the move. wait another week to see if you see any ammonia or nitrite.
trying to keep the water quality up would be hindering a cycle, but this case might be a bit different.
i wouldn't put anything in that produces ammonia. no need for that really.
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