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Old 01-31-2010, 11:37 AM   #11
 
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Thank you for the change!

Now I see what your talking about, it is a piece of LR that appears was covered in barnicles. That piece is also the only one that has a decent amount of coralline growth of on it.

That aside does anyone have any ideas on the lighting?

Picking up second half of the clean-up crew today. Pics later
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:57 PM   #12
 
If your tank is only a ten gallon tank, I would recomend just the clown pair.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:27 PM   #13
 
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That being said that next project for this tank is the lighting system. I am currently just running the lights that came with the tank. They are 15 Watts which I know is way too low for a successful salt water tank. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a good lighting system that I can take . The tank dimensions are 20" long x 10" wide x 12" high. Any help will help
Lights!!!

20" is a tough measurment. On Dr Foster's, this is the only 20" T5HO fixture: Nova Extreme Pro. I think that this would be a little overkill for this tank, I would use it more for a deeper tank than the 12" yours is (like a 15g high).

I think that this Power Compact fixture would probably be best for you: Coralife Aqualight Quad Dual PC 1x96w. This would supply the tank with enough light to grow soft and LPS corals with no problem. With SPS corals, water quality is vital to their survival (it's also vital to the survival of any marine creature, but you will see it even more difficult with SPS).
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:05 PM   #14
 
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Time for an update:

During the weekend I purchased a CUC and with the help of the owner of my new favorite LFS and I changed it from the original plan. So the CUC includes 3 Margarita Snails, 3 Red tip hermits, and 3 yellow tip hermits. I rearranged the rocks and still donít like it. I think I am going to buy a big piece of LR and move some of the other pieces into a tank my brother brought home (will be starting a new thread to tackle that big issue). Now that everything is in check and the Params have been level for a week or so is it ok to add a goby/shrimp pair into the tank next weekend? There is a Talbotís Damselfish in the tank (from the other tank) but that is just until the weekend when I can turn it in for store credit.
Parameters
Temp: 79oF
pH: 8.2
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.
Nitrate: 0-5
Calcium: 380
I donít have a test for phosphate yet, I meant to get one this weekend but had a brain fart and forgot.

Wake, I love the Coralife Aqualight Quad Dual PC 1x96w and I know the Petco down the road has 2 of those exact fixtures for $79. So I will try and get one ASAP.

New Stocking plans (since I was given a new nano as mentioned above, new thread coming)

CUC: 3 Margarita Snails
3 Red tip hermits
3 yellow tip hermits

Other Inverts:
Pistol Shrimp
Skunk cleaner shrimp

Fish:
Yellow Watchmen Goby or Two Spot G or Orange Spotted G or Diamond Watchmen G or Catalina G
Pair of Firefish???

New tank set up
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:18 AM   #15
 
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You have a Asterina starfish that hitchhiked in on the back of that middle hermit crab in picture 2.

Catalina Gobies are coldwater. The other gobies or Firefish would be fine.

I see no reason for a phosphate test kit at this point. An alkalinity test kit is what you are missing and have an urgent need for. Alkalinity is necessary to correctly maintain the environment. Phosphate really doesn't tell you much, unless you are testing your source water.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:12 PM   #16
 
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Well that’s good I forgot to buy Phosphate kit then, i will instead buy the alkalinity test kit.
Alright than the Catalina Goby is out.

What should I add first the goby/pistol pair or the firefish?

If I wanted could I keep a pair of Firefish? Would they fight or cause stress for each other?

A YWG or any of the other gobies from the list above pair up with a pistol shrimp, right?

What's the deal with the Asterina starfish good, bad, beneficial, etc.?

Thanks for all the help so far everyone especially Pasfur and Wake!!!
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:17 PM   #17
 
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Well this weekend wasn't as productive as I wanted but I did get some stuff done. I didn't get the lights because I forgot to go to the bank to get some more $$$. After about 20 min trying to catch the talbot's damsel fish i got and was able to return it. So i went up to the LFS and started browsing. I asked the owner what there selection was for goby pistol shrimp pairs. He started pointing to a few gobies, the cheapest was $45 and the pistol shrimp were $35 each . While I am willing to spend money on nice looking fish that are active, $80 seems a little much for a fish and a shrimp not amazing pretty and something that often isn't out. So I passed on them for now, and instead I got a yellow clown goby which I had seen in one of the display tanks for a few weeks. That was only $5 with the credit I got from the talbot's damselfish. There is also another LFS right down the street from the other, it's much cheaper, but one of their sumps cracked a few weeks ago so they had to unload a bunch of their livestock. Now they are rebounding and starting to get some diversity with fish. So like normal I have a few questions:

1. Is $80-100 too much for a goby/pistol shrimp pair?
2. What corals can i keep with the Coralife Aqualight Quad Dual PC 1x96w?
3. Can a clown goby be kept with a different kind of goby/pistol pair?

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Old 02-15-2010, 12:04 AM   #18
 
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Just a few questions and then update in the next couple of days.

1. Is $80-100 too much for a goby/pistol shrimp pair?
2. What corals can i keep with the Coralife Aqualight Quad Dual PC 1x96w?
3. Can a clown goby be kept with a different kind of goby/pistol pair?
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:00 AM   #19
 
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So these next few days are going to be huge. It seems like I have a bunch of things to do. Well I have made the choice to add a refugium to the tank. A standard 2.5 G tank will fit perfectly into the space that i have available. I think i want to do just one big chamber with a 4"+ sand bed, LR rubble, and a ball of Chaeto. So I am wondering.....

1. What light should I get for the refugium?
2. Would it be better if there were more than one compartment?
3. What sand should I use for the DSB?

I also want to stop getting RO water 1-2 gallons at a time.

3. Can I put 10 G of RO water in an otherwise empty 10 G tank, all mixed with salt, with a heater, and an empty mechanical filter for current?
4. Or should I buy a big jug to hold water in?

Any input will help and I thank you in advance.
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:36 PM   #20
 
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Just a few questions and then update in the next couple of days.

1. Is $80-100 too much for a goby/pistol shrimp pair?
2. What corals can i keep with the Coralife Aqualight Quad Dual PC 1x96w?
3. Can a clown goby be kept with a different kind of goby/pistol pair?
Idk on the goby/pistol pair. My LFS has offered me a pair for $60, that's new haven county, CT.

I think that with good water quality, you should be able to keep almost anything (based on the depth of the tank) under those lights. I think that you will need a really good skimmer if you plan on keeping SPS in this small of a tank.

I think that the clown goby might be too much of a bioload in addition to a shrimp, goby and corals in a 10 gallon tank. I would say that this size tank is good for one fish, a few inverts and some nice corals.

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Well I have made the choice to add a refugium to the tank. A standard 2.5 G tank will fit perfectly into the space that i have available. I think i want to do just one big chamber with a 4"+ sand bed, LR rubble, and a ball of Chaeto. So I am wondering.....

1. What light should I get for the refugium?
2. Would it be better if there were more than one compartment?
3. What sand should I use for the DSB?

I also want to stop getting RO water 1-2 gallons at a time.

3. Can I put 10 G of RO water in an otherwise empty 10 G tank, all mixed with salt, with a heater, and an empty mechanical filter for current?
4. Or should I buy a big jug to hold water in?
Any standard 6500k bulb. I use a GE Compact Flourescent energy saver with the equivalent to a 40 watt bulb. It has a base that screws in (like an incandescent light) and I installed it in a clip light.

How do you plan on running the water through the refugium? You will need an overflow box if the tank is not drilled, and a return pump. If you are doing it this way, I would do three compartments: An inlet, a fuge and a return section.

I would use aragonite sand for the DSB.

I used to (before I bought my RO unit) use 5 gallon buckets and have the LFS fill them. I would bring home about 20 gallons a week.

Hope this helps
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