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Old 12-24-2012, 01:47 AM   #201
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The tank looks great! sorry to hear about your foxface and clown. It seems like sometimes even with regular PWCs and monitoring of the parameters, bad things still happen. Don't let it discourage you.
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:50 AM   #202
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Yeah I know, thank you for that! After the holidays maybe beginning of FEB to make sure no more ich. I was going to get another clown so I can have two again. I want bigger ones though. The clown I have now is very small maybe 2 inches. which clowns get the largest?
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So today I did a water change and I pulled the 4 trays out of my emperor 400 hob filter to "swoosh" any lose junk out of there which may of contributed to my high trates. 2 trays are media that came with the filter and the other 2 trays i added activated carbon. When does this need to be changed? When I pulled out each tray and slid them back in much debris entered the tank. How do I prevent this from happening in the future? Moving forward am I supposed to turn the filter off while doing this and does anyone clean the intake tube?

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Old 12-28-2012, 08:23 PM   #204
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:09 PM   #205
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Those tanks were built by that show fish tank kings
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:23 AM   #206
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So today I did a water change and I pulled the 4 trays out of my emperor 400 hob filter to "swoosh" any lose junk out of there which may of contributed to my high trates. 2 trays are media that came with the filter and the other 2 trays i added activated carbon. When does this need to be changed? When I pulled out each tray and slid them back in much debris entered the tank. How do I prevent this from happening in the future? Moving forward am I supposed to turn the filter off while doing this and does anyone clean the intake tube?

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I turn off my canister to clean the filter. I'm not familiar with the emperor filter, is it a sponge or one of those blue/white compressed type cartridge? With my sponges, I squeeze them and rinse them very well every week and each one gets changed on a rotating basis. I change 1 or 2 very week, but I have 8 sponges in there. I remove the whole tray and remove the sponges and chemipure and scrub the tray itself with a toothbrush to remove any small particles. (I'm kinda OCD about the filter.) Lol. Then squeeze/rinse the sponges and chemipure bags. Carbon should be changed at least once a month and I would alternate the other filter media. How much LR you have? If you have a good amount, then you shouldn't hurt much by replacing the filter stuff frequently, as the LR will harbor BB.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:18 AM   #207
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I'm not sure on the exact weight of LR I have since I bought some from percolate and the rest used from another tank. I'd say for a guesstimate about 50-60 lbs. the filter consists of 4 slide out cartridges. 2 are blue/white sealed media that came with the filter and the other two are customizable so I put in activated carbon.
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Not percolate--- *Petco* fn autocorrect lol pics to follow of new coral and macro algae from reefs2go. 1st experience with them and any online order for coral/fish. Much smaller than I thought and the 4 gsp was really only 2. And that didn't open yet.
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So I got some chaeto algae and grape caulerpa (sp) I put in a makeshift fuge for right now about 500 pods it said. I also got 3 blue ricordia mushrooms, 2 blue mushrooms ( 1 was attached to rock 1 floating in bag and was lost when trying to situate it on a piece of lr in my tank. 1 Duncan w/ 2 heads. Some pieces of GsP didn't open yet. And the purple sea whip is by far my favorite until the rest open. All corals were drip acclimated for approximately 1.5 hours. Going to lfs to pick up some things tomorrow. Here Are some pics: not too much to see at this time not everything is open yet.

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Speaking about the purple sea whip I was thinking about getting yellow and red ones too in the future and I want to know how do you go about propagating them bc I'd like to line them up all along the back wall of my tank if this purple one does well. Kind of like a wall of whips behind my LR. Besides that, let me know what you think I put a FTS in as well. Goodnight!
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So I got some chaeto algae and grape caulerpa (sp) I put in a makeshift fuge for right now about 500 pods it said. I also got 3 blue ricordia mushrooms, 2 blue mushrooms ( 1 was attached to rock 1 floating in bag and was lost when trying to situate it on a piece of lr in my tank. 1 Duncan w/ 2 heads. Some pieces of GsP didn't open yet. And the purple sea whip is by far my favorite until the rest open. All corals were drip acclimated for approximately 1.5 hours. Going to lfs to pick up some things tomorrow. Here Are some pics: not too much to see at this time not everything is open yet.

Speaking about the purple sea whip I was thinking about getting yellow and red ones too in the future and I want to know how do you go about propagating them bc I'd like to line them up all along the back wall of my tank if this purple one does well. Kind of like a wall of whips behind my LR. Besides that, let me know what you think I put a FTS in as well. Goodnight!
The tank is looking great! Not sure about the whips, don't have any of them. I would wait a couple months and see how that one does before buying more. It's very pretty, though. You'll have a lot of GSP heads when they finally come out, it'll look great. The mushroom might show back up, they can move themselves a little. I have a blue one that stretched, left a tiny new mushroom there and is in the process of leaving the rock he's on. I guess he's had enough of this place. Lol.
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