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Old 04-29-2015, 01:12 PM   #261
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I honestly didn't know nitrates could hit 0. I thought under 25 was good. Oh well, you can see what I know. Finally got the temp at 76 which is where I wanted it. Thank you for helping me out. I will do a water change later today.
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:28 PM   #262
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I'm having a second diatom bloom. This time, at least so far, it's just brown and powdery. It's hitting the glass pretty hard. No "strings" or slime. I will watch it really closely and do another water change tomorrow. Are second blooms normal?


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Brown algae growth on the glass is normal in everyone's tank. Not diatoms.
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Hmmm...it looks like diatoms. Brown, slightly gold powder on the sand and walls, very little on the rocks. Due to what I have just been through, I assumed it was the run of the mill diatoms, but I'm keeping watch that nothing else develops from this.
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Old 05-17-2015, 12:04 PM   #265
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You were right, Sniperhank. It was green algae. It just looked brown, but when I scraped it from the walls, it was green. I got some three banded trochus to help, but apparently not enough. They still haven't gotten to the wall, just skimmer and rocks. There remains a brown/red powder on the sand in some areas, but I will wait on that. May get some more trochus if there's time, but we leave in less than a week for Alaska.


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Old 06-12-2015, 01:35 PM   #266
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Hello everyone. I'm back from Alaska and ready to concentrate on the 40g breeder tank. As you will recall, I got it or Christmas, set it up with dry live rock and live sand, had Dino's, diatoms, and green algae on the glass and sand. I went lights out for several days, and Dino's disappeared. Tank has continued running for a month after this. I have 3 three banded trochus and a cleaner shrimp. I put three Chromis in there before the trip, and they all died within days, before I left for the trip. Since the tank ran while I was in Alaska, with basically nothing in it, I tested it yesterday and ammonia and nitrites were 0 and nitrates at 10. Called LFS, but they have none of the three fish I want to start with.
I need an opinion here. What are the pros and cons of ordering from LiveAquaria? And if they don't have a specific fish, approximately how long does it take to get it when you ask in an email to notify you when it comes in? I haven't had any luck with three LFS in my area. They never contacted me, then one of them sold my fish.
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I have had good success from LA. I really like them.
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Do you get info within a reasonable time if the fish is not available?
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Yeah, they are a great organization. If you buy their certified corals they come with certificates. Always instructions on how to acclimate and well packaged for overnight shipping.
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Thanks, as usual. I think I will go that route. They have my Saddled Mimic File fish i haven't been able to find elsewhere. Considering adding him and a Sunrise Dottyback at the same time, as I can get it captive bred. That juggles my stocking list, but I think it will be ok to add these at the same time, don't you?
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