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Old 04-01-2011, 09:56 PM   #11
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He's not one of the tiny ones. He was about $2, though.

Here's a picture of what I'm looking at:
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:58 PM   #12
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I have to ask, what is your substrate? Can you give us a full tank view?
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:04 PM   #13
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I bought the substrate at the LFS. 2 bags of "live" gravel. It had water in the bag with it.

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I'm not being critical, but the tank looks very...freshwater... what type of rocks are those, some of them look very dense. In my opinion, for the ease of managing your tank in the future I'd remove all the plastic items, they'll just tend to be algae magnets. I've only been in this hobby since early last year, but I've never seen gravel in a tank like that. I know that crushed coral isn't the best because it leaves spots for junk to lay in, and I'm wondering if the gravel will do the same. Also with that you will have to keep away from some of the neat sand sifting critters and fish. I think you'd be better off with just some dry aragonite sand (rinse first) and some cured live rock to put life into it. How long did you say your tank was up and running? It just looks really new and clean.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:16 PM   #15
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Thank you for your reply.

The rock was called at the LFS "lace rock". It is not live rock.

I'm VERY new to the hobby, this is my first SW setup ever.

The tank was set up 13 days ago. Cycle started with bio spira. Everything spiked and then went down to normal levels. It is very new and clean.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:21 PM   #16
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Can you give some more details, like what is your filtration?
I use LR for the main filtration in all my tanks, and sand instead of C.C or gravel. I also don't like to use chemicals or fish for my cycle, I used the raw shrimp method. I hope I'm not throwing too much out there at once.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:24 PM   #17
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Not at all.. I am absorbing all information I can.

I have an emporer 280 with bio-wheel, an aqua-clear powerhead (390gph), and some t5 48" lighting (not sure on wattage).

Could my set up be related to the potential crab death?
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I don't know, I only say that because those parameters you posted look good. I really think it will cause issues in the long run though. What about water, do you make your own saltwater or purchase it from your LFS? I just wanted to make sure you didn't have any bioballs, those become nitrate factories.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:35 PM   #19
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No bio-balls.

The filter has one of these cartridges in it: Marineland Emperor Rite-Size E Filter Cartridges for 280 & 400 Emperor Power Filters

How do I get a more "saltwater" look with fish only?

I could change the substrate but that sounds like one **** of a job
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It really comes down to what you like, I mean if you're happy with the look, please don't change it on account of my tastes. I just think you'll be better off without the plastic decor, and sand instead of gravel. I think that'd be a good start. Also any reason you went with that lace rock and not LR?
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