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post #21 of 30 Old 08-20-2010, 10:14 AM
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OOOH! Sorry about getting the wisdom teeth done, yikes!

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post #22 of 30 Old 08-20-2010, 10:26 AM
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a "cleaner" shrimp wont really clean much in the tank, despite its name. i find them more ornamental then helpful. they will go after a clump of food when you feed the tank, and i have seen them pick parasites off fish, but thats about it for "cleaning"
i suggested one cleaner over the other type of cleaner because im not sure if they would fight or not. i have seen both in larger tanks before but never something smaller. when i had a 46gallon i had both at one time until my fire shrimp turned up dead one day.. never was sure of the cause.
for alittle more detail on the stars, the linkia will flat out starve, if not right away in a short time, the green brittle likes to eat fish, and the sand shifter star prob. would deplete any food source to quickly in just the 20 gallon. the nassarious snails are interesting enough ( atleast to me ) with their little snorkle like hoses that come out of their shells. i love how they stick them up out of the sandbed.
the base of your cleaning crew will be snails and hermits ( i personally hate the hermits for already stated reasons ) and prefer a mixture of different kinds of snails. avoid bumble bees as ive heard they can be predatory and are meat eating snails.
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post #23 of 30 Old 08-20-2010, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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dang my face and mouth hurt alott... I think ill go with the fire shrimp and i know the only real purpose they seerve is to remove parasites off fish and thats why i want one cuz im not ever gonna use meds unless its threatening the whole tank and is the only option. and as for stars i saw one that stays less than 2 inches or something like that but that can wait for my tank to mature more. whats your guys/girls opinion on purple lobsters iv always wanted one but idk if it would be too much on my reef or cause probs with anything in the tank.


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post #24 of 30 Old 08-21-2010, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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well i went to my lfs today and picked up two dwarf blue legged hermits and two zebra turbos some chaeto algae and some sand. also had my water tested and the guy asked if the tank had been set up a long time and i told him it was only a few weeks old and he said everything was perfect so right now I'm just waiting on the sand to settle and the skimmer to help clear up the water b4 i add the lil CUC. i also ordered the light fixture i stated in the first post and along with that bought some test kits and a power-head so i think I'm set for fish and corals soon!! anything i forgot?? comments or suggestions??


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post #25 of 30 Old 08-21-2010, 11:07 PM
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im glad you purchased your own test kit. sadly, but true some stores will tell you your water is "fine" only for you to impulse buy fish, only for them to die, for you to be back. ofcourse not every store has this thinking but they do exist. to make things worse, the minimum wage store employee may just not be as careful when testing as you would yourself, or its late in their shift and theyve been doing it for customers all day.
i personally would wait until i got my test kits. ph, temp, alk, mag, cal, amm, nitite, nitrate, and a refractometer ( look on ebay ) at the minimum so i could check myself. your also going to need something to dose for alk, cal and mag too.
have you had a diatom bloom yet?
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post #26 of 30 Old 08-22-2010, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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yes iv had the diatom bloom. is a hydrometer okay rather than a refractometer? and my local reef stoor seems like they want my tank to be successfull everything they have told me was true so far, they told me to holf off on fish for another two weeks and getting a test kit was a good idea to make sure the cycle was complete. the only thing they told me that wasnt true was that fire shrimp get 5 in and might prey on fish so i should get a skunk and a peperment shrimp but he may have also gotten confused with the coral banded shrimp which was right next to it so idk what do you guys think?


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post #27 of 30 Old 08-22-2010, 07:10 PM
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a hydrometer is ok, but i prefer a refractometer personally. i find them much more accurate then a piece of plastic with a floating arm.
ive never heard fire shrimp issues like that but i have heard people complain about coral bandeds so who knows.
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post #28 of 30 Old 08-22-2010, 07:39 PM
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i used egg crate to elevate a skimmer with the same problem....you could always bipass the pump with a T valve..good luck and adios.....
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post #29 of 30 Old 08-22-2010, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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yeah i guess he was confused about the two. anywho i ordered some key largo rock insted of buying 15 more lbs of live rock (keepin the wallet from dying) hopefully everything will be here within the next week so i can get started putting everything together. im still trying to figure out this photo bucket thing what do i do after uploading the pic to photobucket?


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post #30 of 30 Old 08-26-2010, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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well i think you guys are deserving of some pics i finally got my light in today and i just set it up and might i say its siiiicccckkkk. its 130 wats on a 20 G idk if thats over killin it or if thats okay or good or what whats your guys/gals opinion??


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