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post #21 of 24 Old 03-16-2013, 11:48 AM
Yup, pretty normal for those things to go running around the tank, and hiding. If and when he's ready he will come out, but I gotta say, your Phosphates are a bit high for him. And i'd have to go back and check on your lighting, but they need strong lighting. But, you can't go chasing him down everytime he goes under a rock, that alone will kill him.
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post #22 of 24 Old 03-22-2013, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
Red face Live rock growing hair

I have been going through a learning process while setting, cycling and stocking my 60 gal tank. Yesterday I added a few Mexican Turbo Snails and a Sailfin Blenny and they made quick work of getting rid of the green algae that was plaguing my rock. Today, however I noticed that one of the rocks is growing hair. As dumb as that may sound it is the only thing I can compare what's growing on the rock to. I am enclosing a photo to see if anyone can identify what this is and tell me if is good or bad. Thanks.
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post #23 of 24 Old 03-24-2013, 09:48 AM
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I can't really tell by the pics, canyou describe the hair?

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post #24 of 24 Old 04-04-2013, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
First of, I wanna thank everyone who have given me any advise or answered any of my questions as I am a newbie at this and any help is appreciated. My tank is doing very well so far. I have not added any livestock lately as I have now grasp the concept of maturing my tank. Here's what I have so far and will keep it like this for a bit longer. 60 gal tank with 100 lbs of black Hawaiian sand and Caribsea aragonite sand and 70 lbs of aquacultured live rock. I have a coralife HO light with 2 fluorescent and 2 blue lights for a total of 200 watts. I have an Eshopps psk 75h hob skimmer, 2 aqueon circulation pumps model 700 and a fluval 306 canister filter and the proper size heater. The reason I have the canister filter and the hob skimmer is because I am pressed for space and I can't fit a refugium anywhere next to or below the tank. Here are my parameters at last testing yesterday: SG = 1.025, Temp = 78*, Ph = 8.3, Ammonia and Nitrites = 0 ppm, Nitrate = 10 ppm and Phosphate = .25 ppm, Calcium = 460 ppm and Alkalinity = 232 ppm. At first I used tap water to set up my tank, but then I quickly learned how it will give you a lot of problems with algae. I now use RO/DI water and mix it with RedSea Coral Pro salt. I have been doing water changes once per week of 8 - 10 gal, but can't get rid of those nitrates and phosphate. In an effort to rid my tank of them I added RedSea's NO3;PO4X (Nitrate, Phosphate reducer) and run that for a little bit, but now my skimmer is acting like is brand new. I am taking about 1 cupful of water from my skimmer every 2-3 hours. I am guessing since I added the no3,po4 reducer the water composition has changed and the skimmer is just running through a new cycle. Is this something that I should be concerned with? As far as my livestock, this is what I have in the tank as of right now: 2 clown oscillaris, 1 blue hippo, 1 purple dottiback, 1 three stripes damsel, 1 yellow tail damsel, 1 sail fin blenny, 1 green, bubble tip anemone and 1 pulsating xenia. As for cleaning crew I have: 10 Mexican Turbo Snails, 5 hermit crabs and 1 cleaning/skunk shrimp. They all seem to be doing well. Even the anemone, who after moving in and out of sight have finally found a spot right in the front of the tank where is in full view. Again I wanna thank everyone for all your help, especially ReefingMadness for all your input and advise.

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