05-14-2010, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by njudson
Saw the first signs of life last night. A gorgeous little aiptasia ... is it safe to use a product like Joe's Juice on such a young tank? (added live rock on 5/9) My best bet is to kill it before it really gets out of hand right?
Also saw something that I think is a small brownish coral. It doesn't have the long tentacles like the aiptasia. It's rounder and looks more like a polyp or a zoa.
I've been running my lights for 4-5 hours after I get home from work to try and keep any light needing creatures alive.
I will try to get some pictures tonight. Anyone have tips for getting good close up shots without a macro lens? I have a Nikon D60 which is a great camera but the lenses I have are for taking action shots of sports.
I haven't tested my water at all yet because I bought an API Reefmaster test kit thinking it was the saltwater test kit + some extra tests. Wrong, it doesn't have tests for ammonia or ph so I will be getting test kits for the basics soon and will post some numbers when I do. For now I am happy something is living in my tank even if it is a bad guy.
I would use pure Lemon Juice, and squirt it straight into the mouth of the aipatasia. Use a syringe and suck up about 2-3 mL of lemon juice. Don't do too much in a day, but if you only see one aiptasia right now, one squirt should do fine.
Do you have Alkalinity and Calcium tests? Those are the results I want to see. Don't really worry about any testing until you see the Diatom Bloom. Testing before then will just be superficial. Once you see that ammonia and nitrite are 0 ppm, testing pH, nitrate, calcium and alkalinity are important.
Can you manually set aperature and exposure on that camera? Adjusting those will help with depth of field, like a large aperature with a short exposure time or a small aperature with a long exposure time can help get different depths of field in the pic. Hope that helps.