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Old 03-25-2014, 11:44 PM   #21
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In early 2012 I had an anemone that disintegrated and I thought it would have been worse - I sucked up the body and did a 10 gallon water change and never really had an issue afterwards.
Zoas scare me with disintegration - some zoas have palytoxin (one of the deadliest toxins in nature) and I always wondered if such zoas die would they affect the whole tank (and what precautions the person should take in clearing the mess)
I always wear gloves - I never trust anything that lives in my tank haha
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:44 AM   #22
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This is my Nem. The niger accidentally fed his yesterday by dropping his food over the Nem, right after I fed it too. Haha

The Xenia keeps opening up and closing...it seems to be swaying uncontrollably. Maybe I'll move it to somewhere with a bit les flow
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:46 AM   #23
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The nem looks pretty good!
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Zoas don't release toxin when they die as far as I have seen. I had a tank get electrocuted years ago and a football sized colony of zoas just melted away. The fish weren't even bothered by it (or the electricity!), so I concluded that this is not what happens. Get squirted in the eye by some of that stuff when you are fragging some though, and your in trouble.
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:49 PM   #25
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So, it's dangerous to us, but not to the tanks?
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:49 PM   #26
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Yep when you frag them you have to be super careful. I always wear gloves and eye protection when I frag them.
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:21 AM   #27
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That is really interesting to know that it only affects us, and not the tank.
So I observed a few things today:
The circulation pump (950GPH) seemed really rough on the fish today. I fed them and when I saw that when they tried to grab the food, the water just pushed them violently to the other side. So either my fish are complete weaklings, or it might be too strong, or I am not utilizing its power the right way (I am leaning towards the latter)
The anemone was fully spread all day today under the day lights, but when I turned on the night time lights ( all blue), within 5 minutes it moved about 2 inches and wedged itself closer into the rock.
The Xenia was a little odd today - I could see the pulsing of its polyps, yet it did not seem fully open. Some of the polyps were half closed, some were half open, some were pulsing, some were not, etc. So I did a little research and read that if there is too much flow, the Xenia might not open fully. So I turned off the 950 GPH pump and put the smaller pump about halfway down the tank. The Xenia is still swaying, but not as much as before.
I do not like to keep night lights on, so it is pitch black darkness for them!
Lets see what happens in the morning.
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:44 AM   #28
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That pump isn't too much flow. It might be too direct so you can try bouncing the flow off of a wall but reef tanks generally run up to 40x the tank volume hourly.
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Okay so then stupid question: I have my overflow on one side and the output on the other side. (I am drawing a blank on what the hose that spurts out water from the filter is called)
So where should the more powerful circulation pump go? I had it next to the output and it was directed straight through the whole long side of the tank. Click image for larger version

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Should i put it on the back wall as to have it bump off of that?
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Point to the powerhead at the return for randomized flow.
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