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Old 02-21-2013, 07:43 AM   #311
 
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Thanks I may try that.

ya know what though. This may or may not be part of my issue. The chemi pure/purigen etc are a PITA to get to in this tank and Im sure there is gunk building up in them. I have not cleaned them in some time and I only run floss for the one day after a WC. Thats why I want to get the aftermarket media rack but it cant be used with the stock skimmer and I dont have that kinda money now......

I may even just go to the LFS and replace them now. They say 4-6 months and its about 3 and a half and cheap enough.....
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:16 AM   #312
 
Right on.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:52 AM   #313
 
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OK im making the trip today to the LFS for the goods. Im gonna look at fish while im there as My tests OK. I need to bring up stock list again. From Top to bottom Is Most wanted to least wanted. Is this list OK?

Also I think we talked about it already but my LFS has not been able to get a Yellow watchman shrimp pair, they have one or the other at times. So I know its all Luck, but it is a possibility if I buy them at seperate times they can still pair? And also its a chance but the Pistol and cleaner should be Ok together right? The Cleaner is almost always off the substrate and the pistol should be burrowing.

What I have:
2x Ocellaris Clown
Cleaner Shrimp

What I want:
Yellow Watchman Goby and Pistol Shrimp
Six Line Wrasse
Firefish
Royal Gamma
Pajama Cardnial fish or Blue Chromis
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:20 PM   #314
 
List mostly sounds good to me. If it were me, I wouldn't do Firefish if you get the Sixline Wrasse or Royal Gamma. They are more aggressive and the Firefish is a really shy skiddish fish they may mostly hide in its hole.

If you can't find the corals or fish you want, look online. I know that blue zoo aquatics has watchmen goby/ pistol shrimp pair (that's where I got mine) or liveaquaria. I've never had anything die from these two vendors. It's just best to do a bulk buy and get free shipping.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:29 PM   #315
 
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Thank you. I picket up a yellow watchman and a 6 line. They are in QT now. No goby/shrimp pair. I didn't feel like waiting anymore. The LFS says they usually get either or but its hard to get a pair from their supplier. So maybe ill try my luck to get a pistol later. I just hope the watchman will spend some time up front when I get him in the DT and ill be happy.

This six line...... May be the coolest thing I ever saw. I love watching him!
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:36 PM   #316
 
Dome,

I picked up a high finned red banded goby and a tiger pistol shrimp on Friday. They weren't paired at the lfs but they did bag them together. After acclimating them, I emptied them out into a net and placed them together in the tank. They paired up within a day. Unfortunately, I've only seen them a few times but they are paired, which was most important to me.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:27 PM   #317
 
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Thanks RSUlly. Glad it sounds like it will work out.


This may be a stupid question, but to Metals comments above......I know im causing the cyano to spread by brushing it. But How do i actually get rid of it............I know if i eliminate the source that is causing it then ill be ok..........I guess my question is.............when i fix the source, will the little that is left on the rock just die off? There is no way i can get 100% of it off by scrubbing/ siphoning........
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:15 PM   #318
 
Wish I could help with the cyano.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:51 AM   #319
 
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Thanks RSUlly. Glad it sounds like it will work out.


This may be a stupid question, but to Metals comments above......I know im causing the cyano to spread by brushing it. But How do i actually get rid of it............I know if i eliminate the source that is causing it then ill be ok..........I guess my question is.............when i fix the source, will the little that is left on the rock just die off? There is no way i can get 100% of it off by scrubbing/ siphoning........
There is a controversial method of blacking out the tank for three days to get rid of it. I don't know the details, but I do know it was discussed on this forum before.

Cyano is usually a result of bad water parameters, low flow and too much light. Try adjusting those three things before trying anything drastic.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:03 PM   #320
 
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There is a controversial method of blacking out the tank for three days to get rid of it. I don't know the details, but I do know it was discussed on this forum before.

Cyano is usually a result of bad water parameters, low flow and too much light. Try adjusting those three things before trying anything drastic.

I blacked out my QT a few times as im using LR from the Craigs List guy i got this tank from. It was covered in cyano, and through brushings, and WC's and the blackout it has really helped. There is still a little but i just clean it every week.

I only have yellow star polyps and zoa's so i would not want to blackout my DT unless they would be OK.

I know i need to replace my lights about every 6 months or it can cause issues, but these are only around 3 months old. I also decresed my light time since getting the cyano

I increased my flow since getting the cyano. and there is no dead spots.

My parameters test fine. 0 phosphates and nitrates around 5-10. My Ca and ALK is not perfect yet but im working on that via dosing some supp's.

Its weird to note that once the bryopsis was killed, through me dipping with peroxide, the cyano started shortly after. I didnt have them both at the same time.

I did remove all my media bags as they were dirty. I need to rinse them every week. I didnt replace them yet as the LFS did not have what i need. But i will order them. After a good cleaning and WC on sunday + the removal of the dirty chemipure, purigen and phosguard, the cyano is starting to come back today.
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