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post #31 of 70 Old 09-01-2012, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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So that is what a power head is . . . been wondering that since I got my ten gallon with goldfish.
My BFF had a thermometer that she knocked of the glass when she was cleaning the tank, the red stuff was on everthing. Theres this plastic one (really good) that we both have. I've dropped it on cement so many times and it hasn't cracked. Got a suction cup one that doesn't leave rust marks on the glass now.
Do I need to change 30% every week or is 20% better?? Seems weird a tank with no filter . . .

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post #32 of 70 Old 09-02-2012, 11:16 AM
10% - 15% weekly changes when not using a Skimmer. You kinda monitor your water parameters. If you don't need to change it, don't. With the correct set up, some don't change their water at all, or long periods in between before they do. I go 3-4 months, just to change out the Trace Elements.
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15%? Wow . . . this is actually starting to look easier then my ten gallon betta tank.
And when you top off is it with fresh water or salt water? Because if the salt doesn't evaporate then wouldn't you be making it more salty?

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post #34 of 70 Old 09-02-2012, 11:50 AM
You are absoutely correct, top offs are done using just FW.
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OMG when I just tried to log-in I typed powerhead2011 instead of pearl2011. I iz such a nut case.
For live rock, should I get 5 pound of live rock and 5 pound of dead rock? Or all live rock? And are hitch hikers good? I think it would be cool to have all the little critters but I'm not sure if they are good. I know flat worms you don't want, but if a starfish or shrimp tagged along would that be fine?
Is 20lbs of sand enough? And Do citrinis clown gobies need cooler water? I feel so bad picking your brains for all this, thank you!

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post #36 of 70 Old 09-02-2012, 01:24 PM
The rock would all be your decision. Live Rock does have some neat hitch hickers, not all bad. There are some none keepers thatpeople just don't want to deal with. IE- Fireworms, Aiptasia. But the feather dusters, sea stars and most other things are great to have. Plus side, all the organisms that come with it. Down side, some of the organisms that come with it. Aiptasia can be eaten by Peppermint Shrimp, so those are not a huge problem to deal with, some shrimp though, once they figrure out you feed the tank, will stop eatin the critters they are supposed to.
As for the Citrinis Goby, yes they do require cooler temps, but they are right at the edge of what we keep our tanks at anyways. They require form 72-78, and most SW tanks should be kept at 76-82. So, technically you can keep yoiur tank between 76-78 and not have a problem with them or the other fish yoiu plan on keeping. Your heater will probably only come on at night, and keeping a cpu fan blowing across the surface of your tank will keep it cooler.
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Ya then I'd get live rock. Any kind that is better then others or had more/less hitch hikers? Is there a downside to combinig the diff types? Craigslist seems to have some, but is getting it 'fresh' a better deal, like straight from the ocean?
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post #38 of 70 Old 09-02-2012, 07:34 PM
If you wish to mix and match it doesn't matter. Getting it straight from the ocean would be a feat in itself. Most have laws preventing it from being done. There are some that color up differently than the others, like Deep Tonga Branch, compared to just Figi Rock.
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If you wish to mix and match it doesn't matter. Getting it straight from the ocean would be a feat in itself. Most have laws preventing it from being done. There are some that color up differently than the others, like Deep Tonga Branch, compared to just Figi Rock.
I know what I'm doing next summer. If there is seaweed on it could I collect it? Does it matter if the parameters are diff?
I have about 10lbs of rock from a freshwater rive, are these okay to use? And how porous should the rocks be? Do you always get hitchhikers and what is the most common type? I am hoping I will get some when I set it up.
I told my mom this idea and she didn't seem to against it. Score!!
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post #40 of 70 Old 09-02-2012, 09:18 PM
Seaweed. Welp, don't believe I've heard of anyone collecting that before. I suppose you could, if it were warm water seaweed.
Normal Hitchhickers are:
Bristle Worms
Feather Dusters
Tube Worms
Asterina Starfish
PODS- Amphipods
Spaghetti Worms
Possible Hermits or Crabs
Possible small corals
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