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post #11 of 54 Old 11-18-2010, 06:34 AM
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yep its a star.. this one typicaly hitch hikes on LR and is not bad at all for your system .. they eat all sorts of algae and other left overs in the tank with out needing to be fed... they are kinda cool to watch and every now and again you can see them split....

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post #12 of 54 Old 11-18-2010, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Pasfur.. sorry about the pic size.. I realized it was huge but had nothing to resize it with. I have since resized it and cropped most of the fluff out. i was just looking for the size limits in the forum faq and rules but didnt see it. I may be blind but I looked tonight to avoid posting a pic too big again. I resized to about 800x600 down from 5 Megapixels. Hope that is enough.

here it is again for anyone who wanted to see it (much much smaller this time)

On another note I cannot find him tonight in the tank... he's hiding. Also learned today that one of my diamond goby's in my uncle's tank is MIA hopefully he will turn up, but he hasn't been seen in over a week what a cool little fish. I hope we find him




Also bearwithfish thanks for the confirmation. That's what it looked like to me but I'm new at this and havent really gotten into stars...
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post #13 of 54 Old 11-18-2010, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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tonight's test results...

specific gravity 1.019
pH 8.2
Ammonia 0.25 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 20ppm

Still not much going on with the water...

Is it possible my tank "cycled" from the live rock being in the tank for almost two weeks now, the first week with the water circulating with only power heads keeping it moving. I didnt have my test kit then so I wasnt doing daily tests last week. This week barely any changes from day to day, not like you see with other people cycling their tanks. never saw any diatom bloom or anything.

Trying to be patient...

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post #14 of 54 Old 11-21-2010, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Results just in...

specific gravity 1.020
pH 8.2
Ammonia 0.25 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 20ppm

I'm tiring of copy/pasting results...
is anything ever gonna change besides small fluxes in my specific gravity...
one week now with a small .001 flux down/up in SG everything else rock solid.
mind you the water and rock has been in the tank circulating since the weekend of haloween. did I start testing on the tail end of the cycle.


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post #15 of 54 Old 11-21-2010, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Remaining patient... it's tough... I'd like to see my nitrate and ammonia drop. I have spotted the first signs of life in the tank, but no coraline algae or diatom bloom yet :( water and live rock have been together three weeks and counting. waiting... not so patiently...
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post #16 of 54 Old 11-21-2010, 02:16 PM
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keep holding out it will be worth it!!!! look at it this way wait a potential 3-5 more weeks ooooorrrrrr rick any live stock you put in and then have to fix all the crazy stuff that goes wrong???
i took option 2 and it was horrible took almost 3 months to get going again...

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post #17 of 54 Old 11-22-2010, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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In Today's News...

specific gravity 1.020
pH 8.2
Ammonia 0.25 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 20ppm

I spotted a second starfish :) two on the front glass at one time...

still not sure the skimmer is right. sometimes there is foam just barely overflowing to the collection cup sometimes nothing. There does appear to be dark gunk caking inside the top of the skimmer... I wish I had a good video of exactly how the skimmer should look when it's running right to compare mine to...

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post #18 of 54 Old 11-23-2010, 05:51 AM
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You want the paste coming out of the skimmers neck to be as thick as possible. If you notice that a thick paste is developing inside the neck when you clean, then allow the skimate in the collection cup to be more wet. It takes tinkering.
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post #19 of 54 Old 11-23-2010, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Start of the diatom bloom?

Things seem to be happening today in my tank.

It looked as if my sand has a bunch of red speckles in it and is more dull today. I moved a little bit of the sand to verify i wasn't seeing things. The disturbed spot looks bright.

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I also noticed some coralline algae coming in on two of my rocks




hoping that this is my diatom bloom starting up
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post #20 of 54 Old 11-23-2010, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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No change in the water test results yet...

specific gravity 1.020
pH 8.2
Ammonia 0.25 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 20ppm

Hopefully soon the nitrate and ammonia will start to drop




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