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post #41 of 120 Old 01-10-2010, 11:07 PM
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You do need to watch out for "base" rock at the LFS. It is usually very dense rock and not very porous. Even though it is offered for a less expensive price, it is not worth purchasing.
My LFS actually keeps his base rock in a bin of RO/Di water. That way it is soaking wet when you buy it, and heavy as heck!



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post #42 of 120 Old 01-22-2010, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry in advance for the descriptions below I do not know a different or technical way to describe what I see.

I just noticed today that I have a lot of very tiny white, lice looking creatures moving around on the front of my tank. Are they normal?
Also I have lots of tiny spore like algae growing on all sides of the tank glass, heater and filter tube. It does not look like typical algae but more like single shreds of tiny wheat individually stuck to the glass. If some how you know what I'm talking about, is it normal?
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Sorry in advance for the descriptions below I do not know a different or technical way to describe what I see.

I just noticed today that I have a lot of very tiny white, lice looking creatures moving around on the front of my tank. Are they normal?
Also I have lots of tiny spore like algae growing on all sides of the tank glass, heater and filter tube. It does not look like typical algae but more like single shreds of tiny wheat individually stuck to the glass. If some how you know what I'm talking about, is it normal?
The white lice looking creatures are amphipods. Great news!!! If you see white tics, these are copepods. All good for the system.

The algae sounds like the beginning of some green hair algae. It is often a dull brown when it begins. Pretty typical for a newer system.

Sorry to take so long to respond.
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The white lice looking creatures are amphipods. Great news!!! If you see white tics, these are copepods. All good for the system.

The algae sounds like the beginning of some green hair algae. It is often a dull brown when it begins. Pretty typical for a newer system.

Sorry to take so long to respond.
Great I'm glad it is nothing bad. Yes it took you 4 minutes to respond I'm disappointed!!
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Alright I'm testing regularly and all has been fine for several weeks. I put the Key Largo rock in about 4 weeks ago. Should I start phasing out my Emperor HOB filter by removing the Bio-Wheels? Also I'm thinking about buying more Key Largo rock for the tank. I assume you cannot have too much live rock right?
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Alright I'm testing regularly and all has been fine for several weeks. I put the Key Largo rock in about 4 weeks ago. Should I start phasing out my Emperor HOB filter by removing the Bio-Wheels? Also I'm thinking about buying more Key Largo rock for the tank. I assume you cannot have too much live rock right?
You can not have to much live rock. so long as you are getting good water circulation and don't have dead spots. Glad you like the Key Largo!

I would remove 1 biowheel now, and the other in 2 weeks, just to be cautious.
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You can not have to much live rock. so long as you are getting good water circulation and don't have dead spots. Glad you like the Key Largo!

I would remove 1 biowheel now, and the other in 2 weeks, just to be cautious.
Ok good, I'm going to get another 25lbs which will put me at about 90lbs.
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post #48 of 120 Old 02-18-2010, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I have lost another clown fish (cannot find him in the tank) and my Bi-Color Angel. Not sure what is going on. I have tested my water at least once a week for several weeks and nothing is really changing. Just tested again tonight and everything seems fine.

KH=11, Ammonia=0, Nitrite=0, Nitrate=0, Cal= 460, PH=8, Salinity=.024

Should I be testing something else or chalk this up as normal and sometimes there is no real reason.

I just got my new 25lbs of Key Largo rock delivered today and expect my new Aero Force Skimmer to be delivered tomorrow.
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post #49 of 120 Old 02-18-2010, 11:12 PM
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I think you will be happy with the AeroForce. It is pushing it a bit on your tank, but the difference compared to the SeaClone will be very nice.

How long have you had the BiColor Angel. They are extremely difficult to keep. If you've had it less than 6 months, i'd just chalk it up to one of those things. The Clown was sick before, right?

Sounds like its looking good. I need to get by to see that tank soon. I'm walking now and can take some not to long car rides.
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post #50 of 120 Old 02-19-2010, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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Both original clowns died several weeks ago. I replaced them with two new ones. I took one clown out of the tank last night and put him in the Q. Then this morning I saw the other clown in the main tank (the one I could not find and thought was dead). He looks like he has the same problem as the last two that died. So I put him in the Q this morning. I'm sure it will only be a matter of time before they die based on the last time I went through this.
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