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get a timer from walmart or home depot. the coralife strip timers have a reputation online for shorting and causing house fires, and i ...
get a timer from walmart or home depot. the coralife strip timers have a reputation online for shorting and causing house fires, and i believe zoomed is the same company. i dont know how true this is, but im willing to spend less on a smaller timer from HD then more at a LFS only to burn my house down.
as for hydrometer your best bet is going on eBay and finding a refractometer. the price is a few times that of a hydrometer but quality and accuracy do not compare.
I went to the lfs today and picked up two pieces of rock that had little polyups on them for starters and then 2 little blue legged hermit crabs. my tank has begun to have copepods for about a week now. Depending on how many copepods develop (lots right now) and keep developing, I am considering getting psychedelic fish (mandarin fish), but I have to make sure I get one that will eat something other than the copepods so it doesn't starve. While looking at my tank it seems as though I've picked up a tiny starfish piece. I am still looking for a good buy on the timer surge protector. most places around here don't have them in timers except for the ones that plug into your outlet and are not the strips. I will prolly end up ordering one online since they seem to be cheapest i've found so far. i still have to check lowes and home depot. will post pics up once i get them on my comp.
I did also notice a section on my new coral rock that has clearish green circular egg like balls. not sure what they are. any ideas? everything seems to be staying stable in the tank as well.
I can't tell from the picture what type of algae that is. Bubble algae would be unusual at this point. Most likely cynobacteria in the early stages, but the picture doesn't really look like it. Can you post more pics from a wider camera angel?
after doing some googling, I'm almost positive it's the bubble algae. it was on the piece of rock when i got it from the lfs, I just didn't notice it till I was taking pics and almost turning upside down to see it at a good angle. I'll do what I can to get a dif. pic if I can.
while viewing my tank today, I noticed what looks like a crab body with blue legs. I had thought mybe one had died before I got a chance to more shells for them to grow into. I had only been able to see one crab at the time too. I finally noticed the other shell, and to my surprise it still had the snail in it and alive n kicking. so where did the other body come from when I only bought 2 blue legged hermit crabs (in shells)? the other body does have blue legs too and is def. dead.