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Old 02-19-2013, 03:01 PM   #101
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Did you clean your pads in the canister filter
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:54 PM   #102
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I replaced one of two pads. I'll pull the second now.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:12 PM   #103
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Actually two new floss pads in the canister and added charcoal and purigen. No pads in the HOB filter now. Plan to put some chaeto in there when I can buy some. Just using the HOB right now for flow.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:31 PM   #104
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Still 0 Ammonia and 1 nitrite.


I am wondering about Prime which I have been using from the beginning. It says that it detoxifies nitrite and nitrate. Hmmm.

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Old 02-21-2013, 11:24 PM   #105
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Starting to get green spots on my rock!! Yay!


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Old 02-23-2013, 11:51 AM   #106
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One month as of today.

Chromis is happier. Can't get a good photo but dorsal fin is up hiring. Peppermint shrimp molted last night. I can see it is in one of the cave in my DIY live rock. I look forward to see it come out and show its new brighter fine self. The hermits are out and active. Clown is all over the tank.

Have 4 Narcissus snails. One keeps going to the top of the tank and hanging out 50% in the water and 50% out of the water. Is that normal Narcissus behavior?

A couple of the mollies look like they could live bear at anytime.

Nitrite is still at 1. Grr. Will do a 20% pwc after work today. My 800 gph powerhead should be here at anytime in the next 5 days

Do you pull the molt or leave it?

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Old 02-23-2013, 03:09 PM   #107
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Glad to see the tanks going well. I leave the molt if I can't reach it otherwise ill take my tongs and toss it out
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:39 PM   #108
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I'll take it out when I get home and do my water change.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:45 AM   #109
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When I got home, there was my new 800 gph powerhead. Put it in the tank, pointed it at the rocks. No pwc but nitrite is .5 this morning. Flow plays a big role.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:31 PM   #110
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Just did 20% water change.
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Water quality, lighting, filtration and flow are the key for all saltwater aquariums.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:33 AM   #112
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:16 PM   #113
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Very cool! And here's my wish live stock as well:

Fish:
- 2 Harlequin Shrimp
- 2 Clowns (getting rid of my Maroon clown for sale if interested)
- Maybe a six-line wrasse
- 1-2 Derasa Clams

Coral:
- Torch
- Frogspawn
- Mushroom & Zoa garden
- Montiporas
- Couple of SPS & LPS (when I get my lights dilated probably 60%)
- Leather Toadstool
- Bubble (green)
- Wellsophyllia
- Brain & Acans
- Couple of Sponges
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:59 PM   #114
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Looking to add

Pistol shrimp
goby
Mushroom coral
Ricordea
Xenia
Cleaner shrimp
2 more Chromis

I think that is it. Maybe a starfish or two later.
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Are you buying the pistol and the goby paired? Or separate?
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:05 PM   #116
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Separate but using the goby and pistol shrimp information that is found on reefs to go.
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Was feeding squid. The narcissus snail had a good sized chunk when he got jumped by a peppermint shrimp who drug him along by the squid until he gave up.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:19 PM   #118
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Probably over feeding.

Ammonia 0
Nitrite .5

Been feeding three times a day. Gonna cut back to 1-2. And see what happens to the numbers.
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3 times a day? I feed my corals and my fish every other day. That could be your problem with your ammonia and nitrate. Try to feed them once a day, every other day.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:39 PM   #120
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Gone reef! 1 hour in of acclimating. Read up on fragging leathers. It was already two connected stems. Split them, and then trimmed one again because I didn't realize they were connected and one clip from the large toadstool top. I expect 3 of 4 pieces to do well.

The one cut was just cleaning up my first frag cut.

Looking forward to seeing how they do under the lights.

Edited-- went from UGLY brown at Petco to a decent purple in its first 15 minutes under lights.

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