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Old 03-14-2010, 11:38 AM   #211
 
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Just a quick update. Everything is still doing good. Ive decided to trust the hydrometer for now until Im able to get a new refractometer. I just cant trust one that needs to be calibrated daily for some reason. Any recommendations on a good quality refract? Ive glued the ricordias down to their permanent home but the mushrooms are still sitting on the sandbed.

For anyone who might read through this thread while decided whether or not to start a SW tank, please think about the size tank you want. While a 29 is completely doable, take it from a 29 owner and go with a bigger tank! Youve just got so many more options when you go with a 4 or 6 foot tank. But dont let a smaller tank stop you! Its great fun no matter what size.

Ill try to get some pictures up in the next couple of days.
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Old 03-15-2010, 05:10 PM   #212
 
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Alright, I know some corals can move but can they all move? Am I crazy or has one of my mushrooms decided to relocate itself?
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:37 AM   #213
 
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Yeah i think mushrooms can move, i read some where a while ago that if you want to try and propagate your mushroom without cutting them up, if you aim a powerhead at them they will move because they dont like being in a high water flow area, and when they move they leave small foot prints which will grow into more mushrooms or time.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:56 AM   #214
 
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Alright, I know some corals can move but can they all move? Am I crazy or has one of my mushrooms decided to relocate itself?
Yeah I have had my shrooms relocate all over my tank!
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:45 AM   #215
 
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Hi all, just a quick update since I havent been around much lately. Things are still going smoothly. The corals either have gotten more comfortable or they are growing, not sure which. They are quite a bit larger than they were when I got them, at least a couple times bigger. I assume they are growing...lol Here are a couple pics,






Ill try to get a good FTS up in the next couple days. There sandbed has some algae growing on it and some detritus that needs to be cleaned later today so I didnt want to post a pic hehe -Cheers, Mike.
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Old 03-21-2010, 12:03 PM   #216
 
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Beautiful pics. Everything looks so healthy. Nice job. :)
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Old 03-21-2010, 10:25 PM   #217
 
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Beautiful pics. Everything looks so healthy. Nice job. :)
Thank you!

Alright, my LFS says DO NOT spot feed shrimp. Can anyone give me a good reason why I shouldnt feed my shrimp directly? He comes out at feeding time and waits for his mean out of the turkey baster just like the others. Talk about hand fed! I would love elaboration here. Thanks.
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:03 AM   #218
 
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I do not spot feed shrimp, but I also see no harm in letting them eat what everyone else in the tank is eating.
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:46 AM   #219
 
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Thanks wake49, that was basically my take on it as well. He comes right out and makes a point to be there to eat like everyone else, its not like I go looking for the shrimp to feed it. Well, Im beginning to think that these bottles of BIonic are going to go bad long before I ever need to use them! Ive gone more than two weeks now (almost 3) without doing a water change and Calcium and Alkalinity are a little low but still within safe range for the inhabitants.

Now I realise I dont have any great bioload in the tank right now so maybe it will change in the months to come when the tank is full of corals, but right now, I need to do a water change before needing to supplement anything. So now my question is, what are the reasons for doing a water change? Is the biggest factor to replace trace elements? Nothing tests out of range to warrant a water change, but obviously we dont have a test kit for everything.... My Nitrates have even dropped since decreasing the feeding amount so there wasnt so much waste. So the only reason I can see for me to do a water change is to replenish things I cant test for.

All in all, Ill say Im very happy with the way things are going. Ive havent made any additions since the corals and everything/everyone appears to be happy and healthy with extremely little maintenance. The only thing I have to do regularely is top off with RODI due to what I lose through evap/skimming. I bet I can go a month without emptying my skimmer cup.....

The only thing that concerns me is the algae Im seeing. Now dont get me wrong, its not horrible but there is some. I try and stay on top of it and scraped the glass the other day with a razor blade for the first time. Their is some red hair type algae on the rock my flower leather is attached to as well as getting a few small spots of some black kind of algae on the sandbed. I would really like to do a small sump but Im just not seeing any reason to justify the addition couple hundred dollar investment at this point. If I was having problems then it would be different, but things are just so easy at this point.

Im about to make another addition to the tank, possibly this friday. A BTA (Bubble Tipped Anemone) for the clowns. Ive done my research on anemones and feel this species is my best chance at success. Ill let everyone know if/when I get it. Cheer, -Mike.
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:49 AM   #220
 
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I do not think that your tank is mature enough for a RBTA. These should be a late addition to the tank, 6 months, a year after the tank matured.

I do water changes because that is what I was taught to do. I do nothing big. Ten gallons once every week to week and a half. I change it right out of the sump, so I don't disrupt the display at all. I believe that it helps replace trace elements and keep my water chemistry stable. I would change about 2 gallons a week out of that 30 gallon.
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