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Old 06-07-2012, 08:18 PM   #91
 
That will certainly do the trick. No such thing as over skimming.
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:31 PM   #92
 
Still looks like a LTA to me. Unless it has colored tip on the ends of its Tentacles.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:10 PM   #93
 
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Ok, so my Hydor Nano 425 gph pump died last night, checked it and it is no longer in this world

Was looking at a replacement and might add another Hydor 750gph, and get the Hydor wavemaker with it.

Looking around and came across this. Not a bad price at 41.99 which is only $3 more than what the 750gph Hydor costs, another $59.99 for the wavemaker. Am looking for input on this. Havent added anything else to the tank since the anemone and shrimp, maybe get a firefish or two next weekend. Am thinking the flow rate will be sufficient for the anemone who is already doing great with the 750gph. Am going to try and see if I can get the clownfish to host it soon by trying the picture method.

All parameters are excellent except the calcium is a little on the low side, delivery of calcium tomorrow so not too worried about that. Culpera in the sump is already growing new offshoots and the Cheato has gone nuts, so much so it might need a haircut soon.

Another question I have, am going to slowly start adding more corals to the tank, is there anything that is a must to add, such as iodine / magnesium etc. Have a test kit for iodine but Magnesium no. Havent used the iodine test kit yet. I have a bottle of API Trace elements that was given to me on my last order for free.

Anyways, enough of the long post and looking forward to the replies as always and tanks in advance.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:08 PM   #94
 
First off, the Hydor. I woulod not use the wave maker with those, they have trouble starting up by themselves and the constant stop and start noise will drive you nuts. If you want a wave maker, Hydor makes one in DC form specifically with modified Pumps for it.
Water Pumps & Powerheads: Hydor Koralia Controllable Pumps & Wavemakers
Also, have you looked at the Hydor knock offs yet? Much cheaper, and I can attest to them working just the same, I've used the 800gph and 3200gph models.
Going with a Reef tank, you should be checking:
Magnesium
Alkalinity
Calcium
and the other usuals

Hydor knock offs:
Circulation Pump Wave Maker 800 GPH Aquarium Reef Powerhead Suction Cup Mount | eBay
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:19 PM   #95
 
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Thanks for that, I think I might go with powerhead in the video.
I cannot order from DR Fosters and Smith being in Canada and the other one with shipping works out almost identical to getting a 750gph Hydor from my supplier here.

I was looking at the one in the video so as to create a wave motion sort of without forking out on a full wavemaker and some new powerheads. Provided that one does the job then it seems a reasonable price.

Thanks on the testing as well, am going to do an order soon with the powerhead and some other stuff for my freshwater tank so will throw in a magnesium test kit and some magnesium additive as well.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:04 AM   #96
 
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Went with a Hydor 750gph as the other one was not in stock.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:52 PM   #97
 
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Ok, two new updates.

Ordered the new powerhead and some other stuff, will be here tomorrow, got an extra bottle of calcium with my order I got today free (got to love my supplier for all the freebies). I dosed the tank back up to 450ppm as it was about 360 before.

Second update is almost had a heart attack, I went out the room to get a can of soda, came back and saw what looked like my shrimp getting ripped to shreds in the 750gph powerhead. So I see little bits of what I thought was my former shrimp floating all over the place. Turns out it had molted and it was the old skin...phew, now the major surprise is I have about 15 baby shrimp swimming all over the place...never expected that, was trying to work out why the clowns were swimming all over and doing what seemed to be eating...I have no where to put the babies but most seem to have gone off and hidden...bonus on getting that shrimp it seems.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:52 PM   #98
 
Right on, now thats good stuff right there!!
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:29 PM   #99
 
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So after spending about half an hour on a chair right in front of the tank.

I think I see about 10 baby shrimp, could be wrong as they are all around a large crevice in a piece of live rock, very tricky to count properly.

Havent really looked at the tank closely before but did tonight, I see that I have a ton of pods, currently all it seems living under my algae wafer holder which fell off the glass. Moved it and about a hundred shot off in various directions.
There is what could be a small feather duster, not 100% sure as it is tiny, hoping not Aiptasia but will have to wait until it grows a bit.

Now I did notice what looks like a very very small slug like creature, there were two very slow moving across a piece of live rock. Is it possible they are sea slugs?

On a more worrying note, I saw a hermit crab which is now quite happily moving about in one of my snail shells! Snail is no longer on this earth as I found it in the back of the tank. I can also only see 4 little tentacles sticking out from the sand which are where the snails are. The others have gone totally. Other question is will they totally bury themselves or do I have a mass murder possibly...cannot find anymore empty shells though.

Having a bit of a diatom bloom at the moment, nothing major but appearing on the sand and a bit on the glass...I suspect this could be due to adding the new 36" light which was the same brand I had on my 32g tank...only bigger (state the obvious there) and also adding the extra substrate when I did the move to the 55g.

Anemone is doing great, it has grown and seems to have found its spot now as it hasnt moved in the last few days. Am debating whether to fix it to the rock it is on now...good or bad idea?

Fishes are doing great too, one is growing big, they are completely nuts, nothing new there for clownfish. They will likely get a new addition on Saturday in the form of a firefish am debating getting. Other option is a bicolor dottyback..checking on compatibility before deciding...thoughts.

Anyways enough of the long post. Thanks again as always for the replies.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:29 AM   #100
 
No fixing Anemonesto rocks, ya gotta let them be. As for the snails, you never know with those things, look at night for them, I usually don't see much movement out of them during the day. But, your hermit will likely, if hungry, kill the other snails.
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