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Old 01-05-2010, 08:20 PM   #111
 
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ok, so when do the pics follow????
I'll get my wife to take some now.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:21 PM   #112
 
Can't wait to see, seems to be coming along GREAT!
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:59 PM   #113
 
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Can't wait to see, seems to be coming along GREAT!
Put a couple in the pic thread.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:04 PM   #114
 
saw them, great pics!! looking really good!
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:21 PM   #115
 
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saw them, great pics!! looking really good!
Thanks. As you obviously know patience is key. Going to wait a couple of weeks and then add something to my QT tank. No rush to see it fully stocked. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to marine tanks.

This site offers some great resources. I would be lost without a few of the posters here and they are a better resource than any book that I have read.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:23 PM   #116
 
agreed! once you pick, don't forget to post!
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:24 PM   #117
 
How often should I do a partial water change on this tank? How much water should I change with each water change?
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:21 PM   #118
 
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How often should I do a partial water change on this tank? How much water should I change with each water change?
You would think this question is easy to answer, but everyone has a different approach. I personally do very small water changes on my reef, say 2% per week, unless I see issues in my alkalinity and calcium testing that give me a reason to consider larger scale water changes.

Many people will argue for larger water changes, and other do almost no water changes at all. You will find a wide variety of methods that people find successful. The key is to find what works for you and judge from the visible response of your animals what you feel is best.
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:50 PM   #119
 
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You would think this question is easy to answer, but everyone has a different approach. I personally do very small water changes on my reef, say 2% per week, unless I see issues in my alkalinity and calcium testing that give me a reason to consider larger scale water changes.

Many people will argue for larger water changes, and other do almost no water changes at all. You will find a wide variety of methods that people find successful. The key is to find what works for you and judge from the visible response of your animals what you feel is best.
I was thinking of doing 5% every two weeks and change the carbon at that time.
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:55 PM   #120
 
Current info:

PH 8.2
Temp 78.6
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - <10 (Water change scheduled for tomorrow)
Calcium - 400 (Dosing Calcium tonight)
Carb. hardness - 8 (Dosing super dkh tonight)

Livestock:
2 False perc (1 black and 1 orange)
1 Diamond Goby
9 Scarlet Hermit Crabs (just added 4)
1 Blue Legged Hermit Crab (original hitchhiker)
3 Mexican Turbo Snails (just added 2)

I notice some bright green algae on the base rock and the glass and a little red hair algae (burgundy color) on the live rock. Will the Mexican turbo snails eat this off the rocks? I am a little confused as to what could be causing it. My light is on for 12 hours, I don't believe I am over feeding (protein skimmer not filling up that quickly at all), and I only use RODI for top off and salt water mixed in RODI. What could be causing this?

The tank has been running for 7 weeks at this point and I am not seeing much of anything growing in the tank other than some coralline and some nuisance algae. What should I be seeing?

What other snails should I add to my CUC and how many? Am I fine with 9 scarlets and a similar number of blue legged hermits or is 18 hermits total too much for a 46?
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