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post #31 of 62 Old 09-02-2013, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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I just noticed you have fine sand. This will make it hard to get the high flow you want to help with keeping the various algaes ,particularly cyanobacteria,at bay. You may want to add some absorption media to alleviate some of the unsightly issues and look into a creature that can stir the sand some for you.There are plenty of candidates out there.
I was planing to get something to move the sand around. Maybe a starfish or something. Do i need to wait until my cycle is complete thou?
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post #32 of 62 Old 09-02-2013, 11:59 AM
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Seeing as your ammonia has passed and you are getting nitrates you should be able to start with some light livestock.Remeber that the sand sifting stars are voracious and will clean out a bed of sand in a matter of a few days than be left with not much to eat.If you want a star I would wait but remember there are still a number of other sifters. Nasarius snails,pistol shrimp,certain sea cucumbers,good sized hermit crabs,diamond gobies and there relatives. Thats just off the top of my head.
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post #33 of 62 Old 09-02-2013, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
Yea i forgot about the starfish have a problem with starving. Ill probably start with some snails and crabs then. I may wait a few more days and do some more readings to make sure.
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post #34 of 62 Old 09-06-2013, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
I went ahead and ordered me some snails and crab. They came in yesterday, and ive been watching them all move around the tank for hours. I got, 20 Nassarius Snails, 20 Cerith Snails, 10 XLG Cerith Snails, 5 Turbo Snails, 20 Blue Leg Hermit Crabs, and 5 Mexican Red Leg Hermit Crabs.Also got 100 extra shells.On a side not, i found another coral in the tank i didnt know i had. It was down hiding behind a rock a little bit and i looked through the side and saw it.
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post #35 of 62 Old 09-06-2013, 11:54 AM
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Now THATS a clean up crew. They should go to town on that tank. Dont forget that higher flow is a good way to keep detritus from settling as well as making it harder for algaes to get a foot hold. Do you know what the coral is?
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I went ahead and ordered me some snails and crab. They came in yesterday, and ive been watching them all move around the tank for hours. I got, 20 Nassarius Snails, 20 Cerith Snails, 10 XLG Cerith Snails, 5 Turbo Snails, 20 Blue Leg Hermit Crabs, and 5 Mexican Red Leg Hermit Crabs.Also got 100 extra shells.On a side not, i found another coral in the tank i didnt know i had. It was down hiding behind a rock a little bit and i looked through the side and saw it.
Any pics of some of the clean-up crew?? :)
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Now THATS a clean up crew. They should go to town on that tank. Dont forget that higher flow is a good way to keep detritus from settling as well as making it harder for algaes to get a foot hold. Do you know what the coral is?
Not sure what it is. I have two clusters of these guys.


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Any pics of some of the clean-up crew?? :)
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post #39 of 62 Old 09-06-2013, 11:56 PM
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Gold\Yellow Polyps,Parazoanthus I believe. Although I don't think its set in some yet. They can be fed or can just rely on the zooxanthelae. They can sting other corals especially stony. They look happy :)
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post #40 of 62 Old 09-07-2013, 12:47 AM
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All those pics are amazing! Thanks!

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