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Old 01-26-2013, 04:07 PM   #51
 
Its an LPS, ya gotta keep that ALK and CA at correct numbers, they use this stuff to grow.
Your ALK is between 180-300????? Gotta narrow that down a bit, thats to wide of a swing.
Here is the ALK chart for you.
http://glassbox-design.com/2009/alkalinity-conversion/
Too little and they cna't use it, to much and they can't utilize it.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:53 PM   #52
 
I'm on a search for a better alk test kit and a mag test kit. None here in town so internet it is. The number I gave for the alk came from a API test strip. It goes from one color (180) to the next color (300). So dumb. I picked up some liquid reef from brightwell aqautics from the lfs today and am going to start using that tonight. Also got some ZooPlaniktos-s from the same company. He said this is a much cleaner way to target feed my corals than the frozen reef plankton I was using. He also mentioned that some of the frozen brands contain pea flower (I think thats what he said) which can kind of constipate your corals?? I don;t know anymore, so many differing opinions on so many differant things. It gets confusing, lol.

Thoughts on this test kit?
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:00 PM   #53
 
Liquid API test kits.
Try Coral Vital
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:13 PM   #54
 
Sorry Evan, I missed your question. I'm running a dual t5 HO. 24 watss each. One Actinic and one 10K.

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Keep up the good work it looks good so far. I've found at least with my tank that three algae comes and goes. I've had a couple short blooms of different sorts of algae that last a couple weeks and then are gone as fast as they came. The coralline algae is definitely cool however it became rampant in my tank and I ended up giving up on one whole long side because I got sick of scraping it. I have my tank set up as a peninsula buy its only viewable from one side now haha. What kind of lighting are you running? I have a hammer coral I got a week ago in my 20 long I set up a couple months ago. Seems to be doing well so far. I know they can be touchy and need calcium for building their skeletons. They aren't super light demanding corals I don't think so maybe you could try it up on top and see if that helps. I have mine under LEDs and I actually am thinking of moving it down a bit because they're crazy bright. Reefingmadness could probably tell you more what they need but you could also search the coral reference they have here.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:31 PM   #55
 
Newest additon. I picked up a lawnmower blenny. I know it's it tight squeeze if I don't upgrade the tank in the near future but couldn't resist. My question is, is my damsel in more danger than the blenny if they don't work things out? The blenny wasn't having anything to do with the damsel coming at him. Also a shot of my hammer coral with it's first piece of fresh shrimp. So, did I mess up or will they work things out?





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Old 02-09-2013, 09:57 PM   #56
 
Na, the Blenny is cool. He'll settle in. No worries. The Damsel will still be the king.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:50 AM   #57
 
You know I always wanted one of those. They're really cool little critters but my LFS hasn't ever had one. They get quite large actually too which is neat.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:24 PM   #58
 
He is pretty neat. He still manages to get th damsels feathers ruffled up when he gets near his cave but other than that, I think they'll be fine.

It was pretty cool watching the hammer coral eat that piece of shrimp too.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:49 PM   #59
 
So, I've decided to change things up a bit. Pulled out the top layer of rock this weekend and scooped out the YT Damsel and the Coral banded shrimp. The Damsel was returned to the LFS ( already kinda miss him but not enough to chnge my mind) The CBS was moved to the QT until I can rehome him. He was just to hard on the corals.

Here's a few things I'm looking at and would appreciate any input. Current tank stock is a Lawnmower blenny and corals.

Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Hi Fin Red Banded Goby

Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Orange Stripe Prawn Goby

Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Orangemarked Goby

I'd like to choose between one or two of these and then in a week or two add the final fish, an ocellaris and a black and white ocellaris. Would that be too much in the long run? I'm trying to keep it fairly peaceful.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:08 PM   #60
 
I like em all, but the last one is a jumper. You should be ok with those, may end up getting a Skimmer with that bio load though.
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