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Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 12-05-2008, 01:28 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By itafx
Barnacles

Last summer, we had a family vacation at a mid Atlantic coast beach. We brought home some barnacles on a small piece of driftwood. It's neat to watch their little feeding appendages come out and...
Forum: Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 12-05-2008, 01:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 727
Posted By itafx
Sponges

I have cycles in my SW tanks where lots of small sponges 1/4" to 3/4" long grow up and then die back (or are cleaned out by me). Are sponges good, bad, or indifferent in maintaining a healthy SW...
Forum: Saltwater & Reef - Identification 09-12-2008, 10:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 984
Posted By itafx
Perhaps it could be fuchia. Here is a picture of...

Perhaps it could be fuchia. Here is a picture of that.
Forum: Saltwater & Reef - Identification 09-12-2008, 03:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 984
Posted By itafx
It's not slimy. If feels like a very delicate...

It's not slimy. If feels like a very delicate plant.
Forum: Saltwater & Reef - Identification 09-11-2008, 07:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 786
Posted By itafx
I'm using an Emperor 280. I looked inside and...

I'm using an Emperor 280. I looked inside and saw these sponges all over the insides of the filter media cage. I scrubbed them out and totally cleaned the filter. I cleaned the sides of the glass...
Forum: Saltwater & Reef - Identification 09-10-2008, 10:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 984
Posted By itafx
Macroalgae

This red stuff sponaneously grew up among my macroalgae. I really like the color that it adds, but i'm wondering what it is, and whether there are any harmful side effects
Forum: Saltwater & Reef - Identification 09-10-2008, 10:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 786
Posted By itafx
Is this a pest?

Lots of these appeared mysteriously in my SW tanks. They look like elongated whitish tubes that anchor on things. At the same time these appeared, my macroalgae started shrinking instead of...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-21-2008, 11:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,023
Posted By itafx
What do you think it would be for 6 discus in a...

What do you think it would be for 6 discus in a 55g tank? I was thinking about getting them at 3" and growing them up and having them pair off in that tank.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 02-04-2008, 06:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,143
Posted By itafx
It is a fairly new tank. I've always wondered...

It is a fairly new tank. I've always wondered why newer tanks tend to do this so much more than old tanks. I think there are more diatoms than an otto could eat in a life time. I haven't done...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 02-02-2008, 10:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 962
Posted By itafx
For the past week I've removed approximately 100...

For the past week I've removed approximately 100 snails per day in my 55 and 150 gallon tanks and they just keep coming. At first, I thought the snails were cute and would be ok, but one day I...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 02-02-2008, 09:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 962
Posted By itafx
That sounds interesting. Did the yoyos school or...

That sounds interesting. Did the yoyos school or were they more or less independent? How big did they grow in the 2 years? Do you know if kuhli loaches are effective on snails?
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 02-02-2008, 04:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,143
Posted By itafx
Fortunately, these are mostly free floating...

Fortunately, these are mostly free floating Anacharis. I can take the plants out, rinse the diatoms off, and put them back in the tank. I just didn't want to do it if the diatoms were benefiting...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 02-02-2008, 11:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 962
Posted By itafx
Loaches

I have been considering getting some loaches to fight snail outbreaks. I even wanted to consider beeding them I went on Loaches.com and my findings so far have included:

1. Most loaches seem to...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 02-02-2008, 11:30 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 4,990
Posted By itafx
Why Does My Water Sprite Crash?

I really like my water sprite because it grows and reproduces prolifically. I can use it to fill in my tanks.

But I have a problem. It grows up vibrant and healthy and then, at seemingly random...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 02-02-2008, 11:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,143
Posted By itafx
Pros and cons of Diatoms

I have a guppy fry tank with diatoms. The diatoms are starting to cover some of the plants. Can the guppies benefit from the diatoms by eating them or hiding in them? Do the diatoms damage the...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-29-2008, 10:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,023
Posted By itafx
Through Craigslist, I sold some fancy guppies to...

Through Craigslist, I sold some fancy guppies to a guy last weekend who had been in the TFH circles and knew Jack Wattley and some of the others. The guy I sold the guppies to had been a long time...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 01-14-2008, 09:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 732
Posted By itafx
Thanks. I do that when I can, but not 100% of...

Thanks. I do that when I can, but not 100% of the time.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 01-14-2008, 09:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 732
Posted By itafx
Diatoms

I have well established tanks that never have diatoms. I have newer tanks where they get on the walls and on some of the plants. Why are newer tanks prone to getting diatoms, and is there any way...
Forum: General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 01-14-2008, 05:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,872
Posted By itafx
Hmmm. That sounds very interesting. I don't...

Hmmm. That sounds very interesting. I don't have a lot of experience with canister filters, but I was thinking the gunk in the lines would include a high concentration of beneficial bacteria. Do...
Forum: General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 01-14-2008, 07:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,295
Posted By itafx
We need to be careful about what we use as a...

We need to be careful about what we use as a reference for the actual temperature. I've found aquarium thermometers, in general, to be grossly inaccurate. They may be precise while still being...
Forum: General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 01-11-2008, 11:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,872
Posted By itafx
I got my Eheim 2026 running. It's powerful and...

I got my Eheim 2026 running. It's powerful and quiet which I like. But it was extremely hard to prime. In fact, I couldn't press the disk on top hard enough while under my aquarium stand to prime...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-11-2008, 05:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 45,126
Posted By itafx
After 2-3 days the cell cast 3/8" started to warp...

After 2-3 days the cell cast 3/8" started to warp a little bit. Being probably too much of a perfectionist, I took it off, dried it out, and glued two strips on the long axis one in the rear by the...
Forum: Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 01-11-2008, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,079
Posted By itafx
Recommend consideration of Emperor 400 and...

Recommend consideration of Emperor 400 and Emperor 280. Simply the best i've ever seen for power filters. Nothing else comes even close:

- Powerful
- Has biowheel in addition to media cages
-...
Forum: General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 01-11-2008, 03:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,295
Posted By itafx
I have about 16 stealth heaters of various...

I have about 16 stealth heaters of various wattages. I also don't like the lack of an indicator for when it's on, but I have found that when it's on, bubbles usually form on the outside of the...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 01-11-2008, 03:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,090
Posted By itafx
I lost a neon, but I got him out soon after he...

I lost a neon, but I got him out soon after he expired. I did some stirring of the substrate myself by rearranging some plants. It usually settles down better though. Anyway, it cleared up on its...
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