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This is a discussion on Nick's 40g Build within the Saltwater Journals forums, part of the Aquarium Photography category; --> Originally Posted by njudson Saw the first signs of life last night. A gorgeous little aiptasia ... is it safe to use a product ...

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Old 05-14-2010, 12:30 PM   #11
 
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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.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:42 PM   #12
 
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Whats the consensus on Asterina starfish here? Based on what I've read best case scenarios they eat Coraline worst case scenario they eat zoas and other polyps. Should I take out the one I found ASAP?
They are typically scavengers, like other starfish, so if they do eat polyps, I would suspect it to be dead/dying polyps. I do not think that they eat anything that is thriving. I have never had a problem with it.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:43 PM   #13
 
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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.

Yup I can control the aperature and exposure on the camera. It also has a macro setting which I need to play around with. When I added water to the tank I washed all the sand into the corners and under the rock. Went in last night and evened out all the sand but I re clouded the water with sand (my sand is very fine) so it will be a few days before I can get good pictures.

I haven't tested my water at all yet because I don't want to see 0 Ammonia and get excited that its fish time. Will test after I see diatoms and post results.

Once the water is clear again I guess I'm going aipastia hunting and also gonna get pictures of all the life in the tank.

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Old 05-17-2010, 10:47 AM   #14
 
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Still no sign of diatoms but that probably make sense since I was out of town for the weekend and the tank stayed dark. Did see a small snail this morning that I believe is a Collinista :)
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:35 AM   #15
 
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Copepod spotted

Saw my first Copepod today. Looked like a round little bug scurrying around on the glass just above the sand. Also I've got a bunch of white flatworms on my glass. They will make good fish food one day :)

Is this section of the forums appropriate for my running tank commentary? I'm going to assume it is unless told otherwise.
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:50 AM   #16
 
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i can not speak for everyon, however, i check in every time there is an update to watch your tank grow and compair where you are to where i was about a month ago to see similarities and so far its very close.... lol i am just a nosey person who has really enjoyed this switch to salt water and i love seing it come together.. btw if you decide to end this thread let me know whats up in PM... :)
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:39 PM   #17
 
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Aiptasia?

Just want to confirm these are bad before they get lemon juiced.


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Old 05-19-2010, 05:22 PM   #18
 
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Update

Did some testing today using API test kits

Salinity - 1.025
Ammonia - 0 maybe .25 tough to tell with the color
Calcium - 400 (20 drops)
Carbonate hardness - 7 this is low right? pretty sure I did the test right took 7 drops to change yellow

I do have B-ionic 2 part when the time comes to dose something but I feel like its not time yet.

Also I added my first coral. I know I kind of jumped the gun here but it will help me be patient before I add fish.

Red Zoas


Green Zoas



Mushrooms that came in on my rock - not the best picture



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Old 05-19-2010, 05:47 PM   #19
 
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Yes, those are aptasia. Go ahead and kill it now.

Asternia starfish have never been a problem for me.

This time I am going to just laugh, but the next time you add a coral to a tank with alkalinity and calcium all out of wack, we will have to do a written corrective. Oh, wait a minute.... I'm not at work. Sorry about that. Uhm, bad idea adding coral at this point, but given the species you added you should be fine.

I would begin dosing both parts of the B-Ionic product today. Test both calcium and alkalinity again tomorrow and you will probably need to dose again. Continue until you get both within the targer range. Calcium 400-460ppm and alkalinity at 10-12 DKH. Did you read the article on calcium/alkalinity dosing?
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...-marine-33079/
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:31 AM   #20
 
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Haha feel free to let me know when I do something dumb! This was my first time testing Calcium and Alkalinity and I did it at the same time as I was acclimating my new zoas. Hopefully they will be fine I picked them because they are on my list of corals that I want and are supposed to be pretty hardy. Anyway I dosed the B-ionic supplement last night according to the directions on the bottle. (10 ml of part 1 & part 2) Also tonight I need to fill the tank the rest of the way since its only about 90% full. I did the original fill with LFS bought saltwater since I had some difficulties plumbing my RODI unit but that is all taken care of now and I have some fresh saltwater mixing in a trash can. I will retest everything tonight. Also Joe's Juice is in the mail for aiptasia killing!

Thanks again for the help!
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