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Old 01-08-2009, 06:40 AM   #11
 
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they could be deing off due to nitrates, possibly copper or lack of food.

not many "cleaners" will eat hair algae. mexican turbo snails are one but thats a hit or miss, some will some wont.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:44 AM   #12
 
k thanks for that info. I was miss led thinking that they eat anything/everything.
My tank is 30g.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:07 PM   #13
 
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it's odd that they would start dying off. Has the tank ever been used for a Freshwater? if so do you know if copper has been used?
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Old 01-08-2009, 02:46 PM   #14
 
Yes it was used as a fw. Then I converted over to SW. But I thoroughly washed it out. I even used a bit (not much) of bleach. So I don't think that there is any copper left over from that time.
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Old 01-08-2009, 02:49 PM   #15
 
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could you please post specific tank params?
highest temp of the day- lowest
ammonia,nitrite,nitrate,pH,SG,alk,mag,cal

possibly phosphate,copper,silicates if you have those as well
how often do you feed, what do you feed, how often do you water change, how much? what salt? what kind of water? how long do you mix it for? anything else tank related
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:18 PM   #16
 
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Copper has the tendancy to soak into the seams and then leak out when the SW is in the tank. That's what make that tank a bit dangerous for inverts and soft corals.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:59 PM   #17
 
That is new to me. Thanks for that tidbit Kellsindell.
AS for the perm. of my tank
30g
sunlight t5 bulbs
seaclone skimmer
200 aqua clear
nano & 90 koralia circulation pump
crushed coral
20-30 lbs LR
temp 78
I haven't done all the water tests cause I don't have all the test kits except for:
nitrates 0
ammonia 0
ph 8
salinity 1.028 (instant ocean hydrometer)
I know my calcium is high. can't remember how high. had it tested in a lfs.
AS for feedings
every third day. flakes,cyclopees,ref-roids,mysis shrimp and plankton (frozen) But I alternate between all theses foods.
water change everyother week. 1/4 change.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:07 PM   #18
 
I redid all my test and found out that my nitrates were high. (duh)
I did a water change. So I will wait and see what happens.
I also went and got some more cleaners. 10 more crabs,and 10 more snails.
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