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Old 03-12-2010, 03:19 AM   #201
 
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looks like you got yourself some nice first pieces. the watermelon zoos are in a nice mini colony and should be slowly spreading before you even know it. as for mushrooms glued to plugs or rocks this can work but tends to be tricky because of their slime. personally ill cut a shroom like a pizza, lets say into 1/4s and drop them into my tank. in some time there will be 3 or 4 new shrooms randomly showing up from the pieces. i let the pieces attach where ever they "land" in my tank. you might not want to do this, since these are your first ones and if thats the case, wait until they reproduce on their own before trying to cut one, this way you have a back up. im not sure how well this method of propagating works on rics. ive been planning out a new setup for sometime now and the idea of a mushroom garden has crossed my mind. im not sure if im going to go through with that idea though. you may have just inspired me. thank you.
as for the goby taking shells back to its burrow i can only guess it is using them as a "door" at night. it is pretty common for sea life to use pieces of shells or rocks to cover their holes for protection as an open hole makes an easy target for an eel to slide into. ive also had pistol shrimp selectively pick certain pieces of shells/rock and whatever it found and build its burrow with it, as well as around the hole outside its burrow. it is very well possible this is what your fish is doing, its just that the shells it is choosing are walking away by morning.

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Old 03-12-2010, 03:26 AM   #202
 
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exactly what camera are you using?
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:11 AM   #203
 
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The camera is a kodak easyshare C813. The the zoos are actually supposed to be Candy Apple, lol. I know they dont look like the picture did when I ordered them. Im hoping they look like that later on though. Thanks for the tips on the mushrooms. They came glued to these rocks they are on. I was actually talking about gluing the rocks to my rock.

I think this camera just doesnt do well with low light. I have it tripod mounted when taking pics. Im not much of a photographer so it might be more me than the camera? Ill try to get some better pics when the daylights come on in an hour.
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:45 PM   #204
 
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Bought a new camera today, heres a couple pictures.




Even though this is a better camera its still not the greatest. This will be the last one I buy before purchasing a DSLR. The new one is a Canon Powershot SD1200 IS. Its good enough for what I need but within the next couple of years I will have a real camera! I just cant justify spending the money on one right now haha.

Well, Ive had some serious issues with salinity lately. I calibrated my refractometer this morning and salinity was HIGH. Tested it against the hydrometer which said 1.025. I added some RODI to bring it down a bit and the fish started acting weird. Well the shrimp did too. I got 10 hermits and I cant find any.... That darn goby is wreaking havoc on snails and hermits. Not sure what to do about it if anything. So right now Im really nervous about the state of my tank. Ill run a full line of tests tonight and see what they say.

I checked calibration on the refractometer again this afternoon and it was off again. I dont know whats going on.... Corals look ok and fish seem to be acting normal now. Salinity is still reading 1.025 with the hydrometer. Ill check again with the refractometer tonight when I run my tests. Its been a stressful day.
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:55 PM   #205
 
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I just calibrated refractometer to zero, tested salinity and got 1.027. Rechecked calibration, zero. Tested with hydrometer get a reading of 1.024.5 Which one should I believe????????
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:57 PM   #206
 
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Can you run some water to the LFS and get a third opinion? The reading that shows twice should be it...

What is your temp?
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:15 PM   #207
 
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Temp is 76.5 LFS is 1.5 hours away so its not convenient to do so just to test salinity. I will add another small amount of RODI water tomorrow and bring it down a bit more. Both are reading high anyway, well 1.025 is on the high end anyway. As long as things continue to look ok Im not terribly concerned. I figure one more small adjustment will put me within safe zones on each piece of test equipment. Man my salinity may have been off for some time now....

I would hate to have to buy another refractometer as this one is only a month old but Im not wanting to trust anything right now. This is a stressful hobby!

EDIT: Hmm, well I was being a little dumb about calibrating the refractometer. The distilled water I use to calibrate it is at room temperature, that could be different than the tank temp. Ive got some in a ziplock floating in the tank right now to try this one more time. Ill retry in 30 minutes and let you know how it goes.

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Old 03-12-2010, 06:01 PM   #208
 
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Man your coral's are looking great. i'm going to get some coral's in the next few week's theres a coral farm/factory about 1.5 hrs drive from my house so just going to go and pick some. How's your salinity doing.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:14 PM   #209
 
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I just tested again and checked calibration with distilled water that was at same temp as tank water. Calibration was right on, Salinity is 1.027 by according to refractometer. Making small adjustment right now.... Ive got my fingers crossed everything survives. Thanks for the comments marine666 I hope they all make it through my troubles.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:24 PM   #210
 
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I'm sure they'll be fine, but I'll keep my fingers crossed for you just in case. remember once they have settled in to get some pic's on just shows you that other peoples salinity must be incorrect when they only use a hydrometer.
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