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post #121 of 231 Old 10-03-2009, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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new pics of rock

Here are the pictures of my new dry rock. I just added it yesterday. I will try to post a new picture weekly, so we can track the progress as it blends in with the other rock and it becomes covered with coraline.

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post #122 of 231 Old 10-18-2009, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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I purchased a Kleins Butterflyfish yesterday and placed it into quarantine.
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post #123 of 231 Old 10-25-2009, 02:57 PM
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i bet you know what your doing pasfur but it looks overcrowded.

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i bet you know what your doing pasfur but it looks overcrowded.
I have always felt that there is a common myth in the marine hobby that you can not keep many fish in the tank. I would love somebody to explain why this is the case. Let me explain my thoughts on this.

First, the most common limiting factor to fish load is compatibility. I take great care in picking fish that will mix well into the established group. I have a very good understanding of what causes aggression and how fish are likely to mix in captivity. I also provide a long quarantine period so that the fish are well conditioned and healthy enough to stand up to the pecking order.

Another factor is tank size and fish behaviors. Not only do the fish have to mix together, they have to have adequate swimming space to reduce aggression. Proper care has to be taken to understand fish behavior in a given environment. Experience allows me to make careful and accurate decision. Believe me, I've made my share of mistakes!

Finally, water quality is an issue. I use an oversized skimmer on my 180. Nitrate continues to remain under 5ppm, which is an indicator of the effectiveness of the skimmer. I also pay very careful attention to the alkalinity and calcium levels. The coraline algae on my rock is evidence on this.

Keep in mind, if this were a reef tank I would have a very different approach. My 54 reef is grossly understocked, with only 4 small fish, a Coral Beauty Angel, Six Line Wrasse, Ocellaris Clownfish, and a small Goby. This tank has an undersized skimmer, which is part of my reason for the light fish load. Also, aggression becomes much more of an issue in tanks with less than 6 foot of swimming space, so I am overly cautious.
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post #125 of 231 Old 10-26-2009, 03:18 AM
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that looks awesome! reading your thread makes me want to move out of our apt. even more...or atleast get rid of the bed in the guest bedroom and put a huge tank in it! i told my husband that I'm buying a tank of approx. this size give or take a lil when we finally fig. out if and where he's getting stationed next. I'm in love with my malawi tank too much right now to turn it saltwater.
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post #126 of 231 Old 11-11-2009, 05:26 PM
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nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post #127 of 231 Old 11-14-2009, 01:17 PM
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VERY VERY nice. I promised myself a saltwater tank, a few years and I'll def have one. Congrats on a job well done :)
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post #128 of 231 Old 11-16-2009, 05:05 PM
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Where are those progress pics?! HUH!!!!
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Where are those progress pics?! HUH!!!!
I was waiting for noticeable change in the rock. I will try to snap some pictures this weekend. The rock is already beginning to cover with coraline. I've noticed that keeping the calcium and alkalinity high, especially after a new addition of dry rock, seems to help the pace at which coraline begins to spread.
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post #130 of 231 Old 11-16-2009, 08:57 PM
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Please do! am anxious to see them! I love both your tanks, how is the foxface, I am also a fan of these fish
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