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post #31 of 68 Old 01-02-2010, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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i think this picture is a little bigger...
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post #32 of 68 Old 01-03-2010, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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I found a few of these worms in my tank today, 2 of them in the sand and 1 on the live rock. This pic was taken with a phone so its not too great but ill try to get my camera up here to get a better picture. Does anyone know what this worm-looking creature is??
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post #33 of 68 Old 01-07-2010, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I know more pictures are long overdue but I just had some taken today. I'll be uploading soon. There are 2 tiiiiny new star fish on the front glass that I got some pictures of as well! Also, something that looks like a mushroom is about the size of a dime on one of my live rocks which was difficult to get a picture of but I think I got a decent one. more to come...
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post #34 of 68 Old 01-08-2010, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Here are some new pics. The 2 before the last one are of what i think is the mushroom and the 3 before that are of the tiny starfish! there is a full tank shot at the end
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post #35 of 68 Old 01-08-2010, 11:19 AM
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It looks like quite a bit of sand has settled onto the live rock. Try gently fanning the live rock with water, using your hand, to remove any loose debris. You don't want to allow the sand to settle onto the rock, especially at this stage. You don't want to encourage any dead spots on the rock. After you get fish and a clean up crew in place this won't be an issue.
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post #36 of 68 Old 01-09-2010, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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I did that, and you were right. A lot of sand had settled into the rock, but the rock has some white on it as well. I feel like I have 1 great piece of live rock and the rest aren't so great. On one of them theres all sorts of growth and on the others theres none. I think I kind of know what to look for next time so.....if anything it was a learning experience haha
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post #37 of 68 Old 01-12-2010, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Diatom bloom has begun! Also, should my skimmer constantly have bubbles bubbling over the collection cup cone into the collection cup during all of this? It seems that most of the time the microbubbles arent making it into the collection cone. If I adjust the water level in the tank or move the water-level adjustment dial on the skimmer it either bubbles over and fills up the cup with a ton of water in a few seconds or doesnt bubble at all. Ive been looking in the manual but cant figure out what is wrong
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post #38 of 68 Old 01-12-2010, 03:15 PM
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Diatom bloom! Don't you love it when things are predictable?-)

The collection cup should not have bubbles always rising over the neck. My skimmer generally has bubbles just below the neck, with bubbles rising into the neck and falling into the collection cup as organics are skimmed from the water. But no, you do not want a continuous bubbling over.

Remember, you are looking for a dark thick liquid, and the thicker the better.
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post #39 of 68 Old 01-12-2010, 03:31 PM
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Is the skimmer new? Could be going through the "break-in" period.

Also if it is a Coralife Super Skimmer, it needs to be fine tuned. I would have to turn the dial all the way down when I used this skimmer in the sump of my 46 bow. After a day I would then have to give it a quarter-turn. I would get coffee colored skimmate out of that skimmer every few days when I ran it.



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post #40 of 68 Old 01-12-2010, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Is the skimmer new? Could be going through the "break-in" period.

Also if it is a Coralife Super Skimmer, it needs to be fine tuned. I would have to turn the dial all the way down when I used this skimmer in the sump of my 46 bow. After a day I would then have to give it a quarter-turn. I would get coffee colored skimmate out of that skimmer every few days when I ran it.
It's the coralife super skimmer 125. When do I know when to stop giving it daily quarter-turns? Or do I just do it once?

Also, if I just need to be able to get it where the micro-bubbles are right below the collection cone I can get it to do that with some tweaking...

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