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Old 01-10-2011, 12:32 PM   #71
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Sounds good. I'll sit back and watch some more

The Chaeto uses up nitrates right? It wouldn't use up enough to deplete it to 0 would it? Is it ok to have 0 nitrates?

I was supposed to get a couple dwarf blue leg hermits from a friend. Should I hold off on those then as well?
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:38 PM   #72
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eh...they say it's possible that you could get a zero nitrate reading due to the algae, but i have a feeling it's the api test kit for nitrate that's giving the false zero reading.
well, can he wait a few more days until you are sure the water isn't going to be toxic for them?
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With the Ammonia and Nitrite at zero it should be good right? I'm not arguing the fact. I've already told him to hold off a while. Going to do another round of tests tonight to see how things look.
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yep....i think it will be cool.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:15 PM   #75
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Well another round of tests done this morning. Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate all at 0. Phosphates seem to be between 0 - .25ppm?
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:14 PM   #76
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Well I might have ran into my first problem. I thought I noticed something on the Athelia yesterday but wasn't quite sure. My wife texted me today at lunch and said there is a white looking fuzz on it. I have been reading up on what it could be and it sounds like a white fungus is common on corals that are dying or decaying?

I just got 40lbs of dry rock today I planned on cleaning and putting in the tank tonight. Should I try and clean off the Athelia? Should I tank that rock out and put it in my 10g tank that's setup aside for hospital? I am still wiating on my sponge filter and other items for the hospital tank. I'll try and get a picture of it when I get home....

This is what it's growing on.

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na..leave the anthelia right where it is. you are going to want to get rid of that coral down the road anyway, so worst case scenario...it lives!
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na..leave the anthelia right where it is. you are going to want to get rid of that coral down the road anyway, so worst case scenario...it lives!
Anthelia and Xenia are the same family right? I've been reading up on both and it seems like when they have die off that's what happens. Turns white and basically flakes away. I've read that some times they come back in full force as well........ Would it make sense to have a white fungus look to it if it's dying?

The brown algae in the tank is pretty abundant right now. All over the sand and all over the rocks as well.
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i'm not sure. when my xenia died off it just slowly disappeared. no white film or fuzz on it at all.
i have some of that anthelia in the gym tank, and if yours goes belly up, you are welcome to that stuff. i want to replace it with something nicer anyway.
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I'm not attached to keeping it in my tank. I'm just new to this and hate to see anything die off because that means I'm not doing something right!
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