02-15-2009, 05:45 PM
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thanks again willow, i like fire cleaner shrimp too, but prefer skunk cleaners as they seem to be more active. my understanding is that the fire shrimp comes from deeper waters so they prefer darkness. mine hid in my tank 24/7 until i fed, until it died out of no where. i think eventually they get used to it and come out but im not sure. they arnt the same thing, so your not completely nuts.. well ..
kym cheato algae or chaetomorpha algae for the correct full name is used in a refugium. i for sure didnt need as much as i got but a member was "trimming" his and offered it. since mine was looking slim ( i think a crab that i banished to my sump was eating it, which i since have given away ) i jumped on the free offer as stores actually charge for this stuff. what it does is feed off nitrates and excess nutrients to help keep things at 0. this is one of the factors that makes saltwater tanks very easy to keep 0ppm nitrates. ( which would include, protien skimming, water changes, deep sand beds, quality live rock, good flow, and proper feeding habbits )