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post #31 of 80 Old 01-31-2009, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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I know I updated mid-week this time because of the new light, but I want to keep my weekend updates consistent. Not much new in the way of behavior or health, but still doing well and it hasn't budged from where I've put him, so hopefully he's pretty happy there. Here's pic I took a few minutes ago:

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And here's another pic, it's just a cool view I think. You can see where the anemone is placed on the rock "wall", and my awesome Midas Blenny is perched in his favorite hole on top keeping look-out!

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post #32 of 80 Old 01-31-2009, 03:39 PM
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very nice, i think it will perk up in the new light
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post #33 of 80 Old 01-31-2009, 04:19 PM
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Looking good. Give it a bit more time, but it looks almost completely healthy.

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post #34 of 80 Old 02-07-2009, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Time for my weekly update.... he had a rough week this week, he looked bad more than good, but he's turning it around now. I'll put three pics below, one where he looked bad, one where he looked not good, and one where he looks decent (taken not too long ago today). I'm not sure if he is reacting to the new lights, but nothing else in the tank has changed. I'll list my parameters below too, I haven't updated those since the start of the thread.

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Water parameters:
sg 1.024
pH 8.3
Ammonia/Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: 10
Alkalinity: 12
Calcium: 460
Magnesium: 1320


I need to bring my nitrates down, but we're moving to a new apartment next weekend, and I'll remove this sandbed and put in a solid 4"-5" depth bed at the new place, so that should help in the long run.

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post #35 of 80 Old 02-07-2009, 11:50 AM
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Looking much better. That's a great third picture. What's more cute than a clown hosting a nem?

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post #36 of 80 Old 02-07-2009, 02:26 PM
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Man that looks horrible. I saw it and it looks almost dead.

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post #37 of 80 Old 02-07-2009, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, it comes and goes. But he still eats, and its usually during the day when he looks worse (at night he looks full and great), so I think the new lights are a lot for him right now, and he will adjust in a couple weeks. It might have taken a few days for him to react to the new light (?).

Thing is, he hasn't budged from the spot where I first put him in. I even politely gave him an overhang literally two inches above him, where he could go to get out of the light if he wants. The top-most edge of him is already in the shade, so they don't have eyes but it ought to sense that shade is "up". Anyways, I'm not going to manually move him from his spot, but just keep an eye out and hope for improvement.

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post #38 of 80 Old 02-07-2009, 05:59 PM
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i think it would take a few days for it to react to the strong light and it may be possible its to weak to get up and move.it does look horrible in pic #1 but improved in #3 i would keep a good eye on it for sure, i would hate to see you loose your tank over this guy.
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post #39 of 80 Old 02-07-2009, 11:35 PM
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It could be he doesn't move because it knows that food will come to it in that spot and doesn't want to move incase odds of food "might" be more scarce because it doesn't know any better. I don't remember seeing it, but you did remember to lower your photo period for only a few hourls (like 3-4) and then increaseing every3 days? (just asking, just in case)

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post #40 of 80 Old 02-07-2009, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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actually I haven't changed the photoperiod at all since I added the new lights... my current cycle is:

Actinics on from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Daylights on from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Do you think I should bother reducing it at this point? The new lights have been on the tank for just over a week now... should I go ahead and ride it out, or would it be a good idea to reduce the daylight period down to 4 hours then start to step it back up (would it shock anything to all of a sudden drop the photoperiod)? The anemone really is starting to look a bit better, he deflates some during the day, but like clockwork each evening when the daylights turn off, he fills back up and looks great. For a day or two earlier this past week, I was really worried as he looked bad all day. But he seems to be turning it back around.

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