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Old 01-11-2008, 04:25 PM   #11
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...Is DR Fosters&Smith probably the best place to purchase some, I wish there was a good place on the west coast so that everything I ordered didn't have to go from Florida to Seattle its a long trip
For what it's worth, DrFosterSmith corals either come out Wisconsin or California. Their "Divers Den (WYSIWYG)" stuff ships out of Wisconsin. Almost (note... ALMOST) all their stock catalog items ship out of CA. I just had a shipment from their Wisconsin facility in November, and had no shipping issues and everything is happy and thriving.

Also... Barrier Reef Aquariums near Seattle has an internet store if you're looking for something really close. Just google them... you'll find them.
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How about giving us some water test results. That would help.
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Old 01-12-2008, 05:40 PM   #13
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CA 360/ ALK 150/PH 8.2/Phospate below.25 had a slight tint to it/Ammonia .5/Nitrate 0/ Nitrite 0 I do not have a magnesium test kit yet.. And this test was done on 1/7/08 about 2 days after I added more live rock to my existing live rock. I cycled the new rock for about 6 days I changed 50% of the water on days 2/4/5. I need a better test kit for Nitrates I am using API and it doesn't read low enough.. I will do another test tommorrow 1/13/08 and post the results..
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once those readings 0 out and are stable for awhile (check Kurt's link) then you can start putting some in. If you have a fish store near by you can always pick something up and see how it responds. As for how much you add, you can add as much as you want as they won't increase the bioload. Should you? As I said before, take it really slow so you don't put yourself and those corals through anything.
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In 2 weeks when I get paid I want to place an order with vivid aquariums(out of CA) for some clean-up crew additions and some of the cheaper mushrooms and see how it goes.here is my shopping list 1 Bullet Goby/2 small fighting conch/10 nassarius snails/ 10 Turbo snails/ Purple mushrooms Actinodiscus sp.) . I currently have 5 astrea snails 2 tiny snails?(white) 1 hermit crab, 1 sally lightfoot crab, and 1 clownfish not a lot.. If you all could review my shopping list and give feedback before I place the order I would appreciate it.


Test Results today 1/13/08 CA 380/ALK 160/PH 8.2/Ammonia 0/Phospate 0/Nitrate 0/Nitrite 0
Still need magnesium test,Nitrate tests only down to5ppm, And Alkalinity range is 125-200 I don't know how to convert that to 8-12 dkh??
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I would wait until the ammonia and phosphate are 0 and stay that way for at least a week. Then add some zoo's, they were my first addition.
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I agree...work on the NH3 and PO4 issue. Both must be at zero before you consider adding coral. Once your tank is stable and remains stable for a couple of months go ahead and try some easier beginer corals. Start off slow ans see how your corals do...I too would refrain from spending a lot of money on corals until you get a bit of expereicne and success under your belt. Good luck.
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There has to be some other places in Cali to order from, too many wholesalers out there not to have an online shop that is credible.

http://www.reefermadness.us/

Never heard a bad thing about them. I've been considering ordering from them myself if my transshipment doesn't come through.
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I have used reefermadness in the past and have recommended that link to others as well. They have some great livestock and the prices include shipping.
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