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Old 09-21-2011, 07:46 PM   #41
 
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i wouldnt get them an anemone, atleast not anytime soon. clowns dont need an anem to live in and infact will host anything they feel safe and comfort in. this goes for, but def. not limited to, corals, rock, powerheads, and again anything in the tank THEY feel comfort in. this may also mean having an anem doesnt mean the clowns will even stay in it and may choose another area of the tank to call their own.
nems require a reef enviroment, which means high lighting and good water params including alk, cal and mag.

i dont mean to be the downer, and maybe one day a nem will come, but i only suggest waiting longer for your tank to mature, stabalize, and be ready for it.
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:59 PM   #42
 
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Its up to you. Its the coloring that most go after, so you get to choose. RBTA are expensive, so I went with a White LTA. But thats just me. Carpet Nems are really neat and colorful.

im new to the salt water world so if you could explain the acronyms that would be great
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:04 PM   #43
 
my tank is stable. the salinity is sitting at 1.022-.024, NO2/3 is 0, pH is at 8.5 and i have hard water which should mean that i have lots of mag and cal. im gonna get a test kit for mag and cal this weekend. the lighting system i have is designed for coral reefs. ( Power GLO 18k coral light and a Marine GLO actinic light). the only thing i dont know about is the cal/mag lvls but i think there high because i use tap water (with chlorine removed from it)
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:36 AM   #44
 
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my tank is stable. the salinity is sitting at 1.022-.024, NO2/3 is 0, pH is at 8.5 and i have hard water which should mean that i have lots of mag and cal. im gonna get a test kit for mag and cal this weekend. the lighting system i have is designed for coral reefs. ( Power GLO 18k coral light and a Marine GLO actinic light). the only thing i dont know about is the cal/mag lvls but i think there high because i use tap water (with chlorine removed from it)
Gonna need to be able to check for those things. Also be able to check for phosphates, Anemones don't like those, they like parameter to be perfect.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:02 PM   #45
 
just an update of the tanks progession. water peramitters are still holding NO2/3 is close to zero, pH is at 8.7, salt is at 1.024. also i have some new inhabitants of the tank. the tank now has 5 blue legged hermit crabs, 1 peppermint shrimp, 2 ocellaris clowns, 1 yellow tail damsel, and 1 royal gramma. next thing to get is some turbo snails for the brown algae thats starting to grow.

speaking of algae i think i might be at the beginning of a problem. ive started to notice little green hairlike algae growning on the glass and rocks in very tiny clusters i'll get a pic soon and i really hope its not that. but if it is hair algae is there any fish/inverts i can get to eat it?
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:19 PM   #46
 
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just an update of the tanks progession. water peramitters are still holding NO2/3 is close to zero, pH is at 8.7, salt is at 1.024. also i have some new inhabitants of the tank. the tank now has 5 blue legged hermit crabs, 1 peppermint shrimp, 2 ocellaris clowns, 1 yellow tail damsel, and 1 royal gramma. next thing to get is some turbo snails for the brown algae thats starting to grow.

speaking of algae i think i might be at the beginning of a problem. ive started to notice little green hairlike algae growning on the glass and rocks in very tiny clusters i'll get a pic soon and i really hope its not that. but if it is hair algae is there any fish/inverts i can get to eat it?
Sounds like Diatoms, which are common in a new tank, which disappear by themselves. And the other sounds like Hair Algae, which grows because of Phosphates being high. What is the reading? You using RO/DI water?
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:56 PM   #47
 
unfortunatly im just using tap water with anti clorhrine it in. i was told this was an easier way of doing it that way i dont have to spend money on ph buffers
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:53 PM   #48
 
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unfortunatly im just using tap water with anti clorhrine it in. i was told this was an easier way of doing it that way i dont have to spend money on ph buffers
PH buffers? I don't use any in my tank. ???
Its easier yes. But wait til you see all the crap you grow that isn't pretty to look at. I did it your way for 6 years, and got tired of looking at it, so i switched to RO/DI. Ah man what a difference.
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:59 PM   #49
 
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PH buffers? I don't use any in my tank. ???
Its easier yes. But wait til you see all the crap you grow that isn't pretty to look at. I did it your way for 6 years, and got tired of looking at it, so i switched to RO/DI. Ah man what a difference.

its true i do end up with some ugly brown algae growth due to using tap water. but i cant really afford RO water at the moment and the closest store that carries that water is 3 towns over. maybe later when i get a larger tank i'll try a RO system. question tho and i know this might sound dumb but i cant seem to find any info at any pet stores yet but are fresh water plants transferable to a salt water area or will it kill them?

also does anyone have a good brand of phosphate/calcuim test kit i should buy to get the tank close for corals that i want to get.
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:31 PM   #50
 
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its true i do end up with some ugly brown algae growth due to using tap water. but i cant really afford RO water at the moment and the closest store that carries that water is 3 towns over. maybe later when i get a larger tank i'll try a RO system. question tho and i know this might sound dumb but i cant seem to find any info at any pet stores yet but are fresh water plants transferable to a salt water area or will it kill them?

also does anyone have a good brand of phosphate/calcuim test kit i should buy to get the tank close for corals that i want to get.
I use API test kits. $100 bucks for a RO/DI. Not all that bad.Only transferable plant that I know of is the Mangrove. Its secretes the salt out of its system via its leaves.
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