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Old 09-13-2013, 08:26 AM   #51
 
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A site that is selling fish wants you to think the fish is as easy to care for as they can get away with to make it more likely you will buy it. That fish gets a foot long. If you contacted them and asked (and were lucky enough to get a representative who is both knowledgeable and honest) they would tell you a 50 gallon tank is the minimum for the 2" juvenile they would ship you. Those fish selling sites don't always twist the truth (or downright lie) but you need to do plenty of research independent of them. I would consider it the same as advice from my LFS or Petsmart.
I totally agree and understand what you are saying. Which is why im posting here to the vast knowledge you all have, before i buy. I wish i had a decent LFS to get a little more knowledge and such, but there is two around here and one doesnt do any SW and the store is terrible, and the other is really small and the people who run it just sell stuff, they dont really know what they are selling.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:14 PM   #52
 
So i have decided to put off getting fish until i get this hair algae under control. My phosphates are reading 0, and everything else is where it needs to be. I have been doing water changes about once a week. changing about 5 gallons at a time. My skimmer is pulling gunk out pretty good. I have also cut back my lighting cycle. I left for the weekend for a trip for my law school and came back and the hair algae grew a bunch, and there was also algae on my glass which was a first I have a pretty big CUC but they dont seem to be even making a dent compared to how quickly this stuff is growing. I have been trying to pick the grass off the rocks and pulling it out of the tank about every other day. I got some phosphate sponge to try and get and phosphates out just in case there are some but im not getting any reading.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:04 PM   #53
 
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Many times a reading will test out at zero as the nutrients are already used up in the new grown plant matter. The algae being there is proof.Some test kits do not go as low as needed and also quite often source water can have a small amount of unwanted dissolved materials. You say your crabs are not eating it? A sea hare will work wonders on algae but once its gone you have to rehome the sea hare.
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:04 AM   #54
 
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Many times a reading will test out at zero as the nutrients are already used up in the new grown plant matter. The algae being there is proof.Some test kits do not go as low as needed and also quite often source water can have a small amount of unwanted dissolved materials. You say your crabs are not eating it? A sea hare will work wonders on algae but once its gone you have to rehome the sea hare.
I use RO/DI water in all my changes. The emerald hasent been eating it, rather just picking stuff of the rocks that i cant even see, and the sally lightfood ive seen kind of poke at it then run and hide and eat stuff off the rocks that i cant see either. I may look into the sea hare, because that will be the best way to get rid of every trace, then i will rehome it. However im not familiar with rehomeing something,
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:11 AM   #55
 
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You should get a phosphate hana meter it reads all the way down to .00 and the amount of phosphate that should grasp your concern would be around the .05 range.
But since there is an algae growth that is sure sign of high phosphate levels and that's also normal for a new tank.

Hanna Checker Phosphate PO4 Colorimeter - Bulk Reef Supply
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:27 PM   #56
 
Did a parameter check today

PH 8.4
Ammonia 0.5
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
Salinity 1.021
Calcium 0
Phosphates 0
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:26 PM   #57
 
Well i ordered some fish, and got them in today. I got 2 ocellaris clownfish, a tiger snapping shrimp, 3 yellowtail damsels, and a pink and yellow dottyback. One of the damsels was dead when the package got here, so im down to two already. I was only able to get a picture of the clownfish, who seem to be doing great. The damsels are coming around now, but the dottyback doesnt seem to be doing real well. It has been acting rather lethargic, and went behind the rocks a few hours ago and i havent seen it since. If i dont seem him soon i guess im going to try and find him and make sure hes still alive.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:03 AM   #58
 
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I hope the dottyback is ok :) I would just leave him be, sometimes they take a while to get use to the tank.. LOVE the clowns!
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:08 AM   #59
 
Yea, I hope its ok too. Bad News this morning however. I woke up to find one of the damsels floating on its side dead. It seemed to be ok last night, so im not sure what happen. The Clowns still appear happy as ever. Still no sign of the dottyback, and i havent seen the other damsel yet, but my lights arent on yet to see real well either.
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:04 AM   #60
 
Well, When i got home from work yesterday, the dottyback had killed over . Also the only damsel that was left has seemed to disappear now and i cant find my shrimp either. Both clowns are doing great however. They seem happy and are swimming around together and eating good. I sent an email to liveaquaria due to the losses, but have yet to hear back. It is actually kind of disappointing because i spent a little more money going with them over reefs2go because they had a better reputation, however when i ordered my CUC from reefs2go, everything came in alive and in great shape. It kind of angers me that i spent 35 bucks for shipping costs that wont be returned, and only ended up with less than half my order alive.
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