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Old 08-31-2011, 09:45 AM   #11
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Welcome to aquarium advice! Good luck with your tank!
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Please don't forget about the toxins in some corals (like zoas and palythoas)
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:07 AM   #12
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Oops, repeat post
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Please don't forget about the toxins in some corals (like zoas and palythoas)
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:51 AM   #13
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set up a 35l/10usg when mts got a grip of me lol.
Thanks for the welcome. What is "mts?"
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:52 AM   #14
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:17 AM   #15
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a school of neon tetras and some ghost shrimp. That would look nice and maybe a small plant in there with a nice driftwood
Ghost shrimp creep me out, lol. They look too insect-like and also I occasionally eat shrimp......

In one of our tanks we had a couple of these tiny crabs - they were red. They were fun to watch, except sometimes they would go down the UG filter pipe. We would tie a piece of raw liver to a string and dangle it down in the pipe, in essence "fishing" for them. They would grab on, eat the liver, and we could get them out of the pipe. I have no idea how we came to use liver

One day we couldn't find one - not in the pipes, not under rocks, etc. Nowhere to be found. We were living in a little apt. that was a "mother-in-law's" quarters split into two apts. It was an old adobe with Mexican tile floor in the living room/kitchen - one big room. The entry was a set of glass french doors. We had several large plants sitting on the floor by one side of the doors. I was washing the floor one day and moved the potted plants aside and lo and behold, there was the poor little crab, dead of course, but that little guy climbed out of a 55 gallon tank and walked across the room about 14 feet. It was very sad, sniff.
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So you're using the pean gravel and organic soil in the pots, right? And regular gravel as your tank substrate.
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thanks for the welcome, Deckape and redsea.

Deckape, I see you are in Virginia Beach. Did you get damage from Irene?
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So you're using the pean gravel
Uh, that was supposed to be "pea." Haven't' had my coffee yet.....
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So you're using the pean gravel and organic soil in the pots, right? And regular gravel as your tank substrate.

Good morning...

Yep. Nothing fancy. I use plastic pots I get pretty cheaply at the local hardware store. I get the pots with the holes in the bottom to accomodate the plant roots.

I use the standard pea gravel substrate and put a little of that in the bottom of the pot. Then, I pour in some organic potting mixture and put in the plant and then a little more potting mixture and then top everything with more pea gravel. I press everything down a little to make sure the plant is secure and it's ready to go into the tank.

You have you ease the pot down into the tank water and let the pot fill slowly or you can have a real mess on your hands. Anyway, I just place the pot on the bottom or sometimes stack them to get plants closer to the light.

The potting soil fertilizes the plant for months and really gives them a head start growing. I see very few plants die back. Anyway, that's what I do.

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Thanks for all the welcomes from everyone. I have been reading many of the posts in both the "General" and "Getting Started" sections for the last couple of days. I am going to begin my own thread in the "Getting Started" section. Please look for me there. I will be needing lots of advice!!!!
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