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post #71 of 129 Old 08-24-2010, 09:59 AM
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did you happen to check your params to be sure everythings still in check? it was food related but always a good idea when you find something dead.
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post #72 of 129 Old 08-24-2010, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Salinity was right at 1.026 where I try to keep it Temp around 79. Didn't do any testing but I did do a 5 gal water change this morning. (this was already on my schedule and I don't bother testing the day before I change the water generally, I'll run some tests tonight to be sure everything is where I expect it) I'm sure I have some nitrates / trites i my water since I had a 2 week or so period when my skimmer wasn't doing anything but I ran some vinegar through it for a few hours 4 days ago and it has been skimming better than ever since. I don't think water quality was the problem here.

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post #73 of 129 Old 08-24-2010, 10:32 AM
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i was thinking more along the lines of how long the body was in the tank before you were able to net it out. if it was found quickly there shouldnt be much, if any problems with any params. in larger systems things like that usually go un-noticed as the CUC is all over it.
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post #74 of 129 Old 08-24-2010, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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I found him when I got home from work. hermits were starting to go to work but he was basically whole still guessing he wasn't dead long before I got him out

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post #75 of 129 Old 08-24-2010, 11:09 AM
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Just a question for my own curiosity but why do you try to keep the salinity at 1.026? That seems kind of high to me. I doubt it had anything to do with the loss, just curious that's all.
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post #76 of 129 Old 08-24-2010, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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check out this link Reef Aquarium Salinity: Homemade Calibration Standards by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com
natural sea water is S=35 or sq = 1.0264
seems logical to me to stay near that

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post #77 of 129 Old 09-08-2010, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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post #78 of 129 Old 09-08-2010, 08:37 AM
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wow coming along very nice indeed sir!! i love your corals they are great... now i am not going to preach about the mandarin but i wanted to ask is it one of the ORA ones that they started tank raising?? that would make the task a bit easier and the amount of demand on your pods would not be as high...

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post #79 of 129 Old 09-08-2010, 01:16 PM
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i wasnt going to say a word, then i thought not doing so is why things like this happen. people see others doing so, and think hey what a pretty fish.. i can do that too. this fish really needs a larger tank not only to thrive, but to survive. honestly eating prepared foods or not it will have your tank cleaned of pods in a few days. like an ant eater needs ants, a mandarin needs pods.
i do not intend to come across rude (theres no way of telling tone online) but that needed to be put out there.
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post #80 of 129 Old 09-08-2010, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Don't worry about being rude. I will never take offense to honest advice. He is not eating prepared foods just pods and flatworms. My fuge is teeming with all sort of pods and other small critters but is definitely too small to sustain this little guy long term. I figure he has a better chance in my reef than he did at the fish store in a little box with no rock at all. My plan is two fold - try to convert him to frozen food buy using live brine then frozen brine then other frozen foods or culturing pods separately from my tank and introducing them back to the tank periodically.
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