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Forum: Advanced Saltwater Discussion   06-17-2017, 04:05 PM
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Need an ID

Can anyone ID what this coral is? In came on a rock I originally purchased a year ago. I thought it was a yellow polyp but it has taken off, spreading across the sand bed and now corals.

What is...
Forum: Coral and Reef Creatures   09-14-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,351
Posted By MetalArm3
Transparent Creature in Tank (Identify Please)

Dear Experts,

So, I came across this transparent creature sitting in a bed of green hair algae that I've been battling.

Any Idea what it may be? Harmful or Safe?

The entire creature...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   01-03-2014, 01:22 PM
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Views: 2,812
Posted By MetalArm3
I always used cerith snails as apart of CUC....

I always used cerith snails as apart of CUC. Maybe consider.......
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Forum: Saltwater Aquarium Equipment   12-04-2013, 09:11 AM
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Posted By MetalArm3
So you did remove the smaller inner trim around...

So you did remove the smaller inner trim around the first chamber?

I'm assuming you did since you have it the skimmer half way in.

Have the power chord and airline tubing run along side the...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   12-03-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,625
Posted By MetalArm3
I would advise against a aqueon heater. Aqueon...

I would advise against a aqueon heater. Aqueon makes good products but their heaters are terribly loud. When on, it creates a very loud knocking sound. While it heats well, I can't get passed the...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   11-08-2013, 12:53 PM
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Views: 545
Posted By MetalArm3
I wouldn't worry about it. Most fish can adopt to...

I wouldn't worry about it. Most fish can adopt to PH, temperature, etc. long as the levels remain stable. Stability is key in this hobby. Your list of tetras and Cory's will do well in such...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   10-08-2013, 01:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,144
Posted By MetalArm3
There are a number of great saltwater stores...

There are a number of great saltwater stores located in the north and southern suburbs of Chicago too.
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Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   09-07-2013, 10:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,322
Posted By MetalArm3
Yes, in the video, the mushroom at around 55...

Yes, in the video, the mushroom at around 55 seconds is perfectly healthy. Then you can see in the same mushroom laying in the sand.

Here are more pictures of the largest mushroom. You can see...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   09-06-2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,322
Posted By MetalArm3
Vids/Pics

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You can see the first mushrroom at 55 seconds (the next picture is of it in the sand) and another mushroom at 1:00 (the one I lost).

The second two pictures are of the newest...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   09-06-2013, 05:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,322
Posted By MetalArm3
This is the coral in question. Saltwater...

This is the coral in question.
Saltwater Aquarium Corals for Marine Reef Aquariums: Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral, Brown...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   09-05-2013, 10:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,322
Posted By MetalArm3
Exclamation Help with Leather Mushroom

I have always had trouble keeping leather mushrooms. My first leather mushroom kept shrinking till it broke off its base and continued to shrink. It has since been lost in the rock work. My second...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   08-29-2013, 12:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,698
Posted By MetalArm3
My order comes in today. How do I start out...

My order comes in today. How do I start out dosing. Do I use everything the first day, or do I start following the EI dosing schedule of one product a day?
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Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   08-28-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,208
Posted By MetalArm3
I'm running 2 Eheim Ecco 2232 Canister filter on...

I'm running 2 Eheim Ecco 2232 Canister filter on a 27gal cube. Each one is rated for 35gal, but I have 2 canisters do to repopulating Platys. You can find a large assortment of canister filters at...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   08-26-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,698
Posted By MetalArm3
Order Placed! Thanks Again

Order Placed! Thanks Again
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   08-26-2013, 08:56 AM
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Views: 1,092
Posted By MetalArm3
You need some water flow in the tank. If your...

You need some water flow in the tank. If your stock filters can't contribute enough water movement/water agitation, then I recommend a small powerhead.
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Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   08-25-2013, 10:28 AM
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Views: 1,092
Posted By MetalArm3
Your LEDs will work, but like you said they will...

Your LEDs will work, but like you said they will have to be turned down to maybe around 30% full power. RO water is always better as its cleaner but in a freshwater setup, tap water with conditioner...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   08-23-2013, 10:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,398
Posted By MetalArm3
In case you ever wanted a clam, crocea clams stay...

In case you ever wanted a clam, crocea clams stay small and don't effect your calcium levels. I keep one in my 29gal biocube and only dose kent marine nano parts A and B every once in a while. The...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   08-23-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,698
Posted By MetalArm3
Cool, thanks. I can't remember my water harness,...

Cool, thanks. I can't remember my water harness, but I'll use my tds meter from my saltwater setup to check.
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Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   08-22-2013, 11:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,398
Posted By MetalArm3
I would definitely get a Metallic Green Torch...

I would definitely get a Metallic Green Torch coral. The color and shape is something you currently don't have. Same for the Duncan Coral. Also, if you want a carpeting coral, green star polyps looks...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   08-22-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,398
Posted By MetalArm3
Easy corals to care for (that I also have): ...

Easy corals to care for (that I also have):

PEACEFUL:
Green Star Polyps
Duncan Coral
Leather Mushroom
Green/Red/Purple Mushrooms
Metallic Green Trumpet Coral
Caulastrea Coral
Australian Big...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   08-22-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,698
Posted By MetalArm3
Thanks for the calculator! So I have been looking...

Thanks for the calculator! So I have been looking at EI Dosing, which is what you describe right? Where is the best place to purchase the dry fertilizers at? Also, when should I start dosing a newly...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   08-22-2013, 02:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,401
Posted By MetalArm3
The Conversion!

Well, the change took place last Tuesday. It took all day, but it looks really good.

So as promised, here are some brief reviews out the items I ordered to convert my 27gal cube from artificial...
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   08-20-2013, 01:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,456
Posted By MetalArm3
1077 NAILED IT! If your tank has been established...

1077 NAILED IT! If your tank has been established for several months you can just pitch it and put a new one in or make a DIY filter as also mentioned.

Also, most aquarist suggest rinse...
Forum: Beginner Saltwater Aquariums   08-18-2013, 05:42 PM
Replies: 435
Views: 43,283
Posted By MetalArm3
Any Updates?

Any Updates?
Forum: Beginner Freshwater Aquarium   08-18-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,698
Posted By MetalArm3
Recommended Dosing Products for PLANTED Tank

Hello Everyone,

As some of you know I am an experienced aquarist in Saltwater and Freshwater. I just started my first Planted tank however, and could use some suggestions as to what products to...
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