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Since it is a blizzard outside I will finally start this thread.

I picked up my Brood Stock in October. They supposedly have laid eggs before. Next time I will ask for more proof. I am keeping up with water changes and feedings. I have been keeping my salinity at 1.20. I would appreciate any tips from any successful breeders. I know this will take time, which is why I wasn't in a hury to create a topic.

Both pair of Clowns are doing "practice runs."

My Female Onyx is getting huge!!

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I am interested in one more laying pair eventually.

Edited by bootes123, 13 January 2012 - 08:34 PM.

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Everything you need to get started is right here:

http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=269202

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how is the lake effect snow? haha i used to live in Johnstown and it snowed almost every day from the lakes.


need more pics if your gonna start a thread. hehe

i would slowly lower your salinity to 20 ppm and bring the temp up to 83 or so. brings in more O2 and raises their metabolism so they can eat more food and get bigger.
i run my system at 18ppm and 84f and noticed a huge difference in the behaviors in my clowns and out of 12 pairs i got 5 that laid before and some are starting back up.

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I have read most of your thread Pickle! You have been a great help! Thank you.

I had to go on a quick work trip for Bud Light Platnum, so havn't had a chance to upbdate.

I have been working on lowering my salinity and raising my temperature. I will update as I go.

Everything you need to get started is right here:

http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=269202


Bio Cube 29 Gallon
25 lbs of live rock
20 lbs of live argonite
2 ocellaris clownfish
1 6 line Wrasse
1 Molly
14 hermit crabs

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The lake effect is always a blast. The lake is still in the 40s, so this will be the year for it!

how is the lake effect snow? haha i used to live in Johnstown and it snowed almost every day from the lakes.


need more pics if your gonna start a thread. hehe

i would slowly lower your salinity to 20 ppm and bring the temp up to 83 or so. brings in more O2 and raises their metabolism so they can eat more food and get bigger.
i run my system at 18ppm and 84f and noticed a huge difference in the behaviors in my clowns and out of 12 pairs i got 5 that laid before and some are starting back up.


Bio Cube 29 Gallon
25 lbs of live rock
20 lbs of live argonite
2 ocellaris clownfish
1 6 line Wrasse
1 Molly
14 hermit crabs

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Right on - Let us know if you run into any problems. I don't know how key it is, but it seems to me that once the tanks are maintained at the optimal parameters and algae starts growing on the sides of the tank is when mine start to spawn. I've been very succesful getting new "mating" pairs to start laying again within weeks once the conditions are right. I don't know if the green walls help trigger the instinct but it's one of the things I've onbserved when my pairs spawn.

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First stupid question. I have looked all over for a thread that would help me convert ppt to ppm. My hydrometer reads the percentage and PPT. Do I need to get a new Hydrometer that will read to smaller units?

My temperature is currently at 82, so I will raise it a degree.

i would slowly lower your salinity to 20 ppm and bring the temp up to 83 or so. brings in more O2 and raises their metabolism so they can eat more food and get bigger.
i run my system at 18ppm and 84f and noticed a huge difference in the behaviors in my clowns and out of 12 pairs i got 5 that laid before and some are starting back up.
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Bio Cube 29 Gallon
25 lbs of live rock
20 lbs of live argonite
2 ocellaris clownfish
1 6 line Wrasse
1 Molly
14 hermit crabs

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At this stage I would get rid of the hydrometer and get yourself a refractomometer. Reason being is that when you are raising temps and lowering salinity you need to be accurate. Going too low with your increased temps can have negative consequesnces.

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Wow! I am having issues! I dumped the hydrometer.... I meant refractometer. I couldn't stand the hydrometer anymore. My refractometer doesn't read pomp.
Bio Cube 29 Gallon
25 lbs of live rock
20 lbs of live argonite
2 ocellaris clownfish
1 6 line Wrasse
1 Molly
14 hermit crabs

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i actually bought a digital refrac for my system. i wanted to be dead on with my salinity so i spent the $100 for it. overkill for some people, but it is a lifesaver for me. i add a few drops and push a button and it reads the ppm instantly. i keep my salinity at 19ppm or 20 i think.
i go by ppt cause its easier to read and remember. its a pain to remember 1.023, but saying my salinity is 20ppm is much easier. hehe

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I am looking to build a new broodstock system. Below is what I am thinking. Each tank is a 20 gallon tank divided in half with a two inch drain pipe and a one inch return. Does anybody have ideas?


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20 lbs of live argonite
2 ocellaris clownfish
1 6 line Wrasse
1 Molly
14 hermit crabs

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i actually bought a digital refrac for my system. i wanted to be dead on with my salinity so i spent the $100 for it. overkill for some people, but it is a lifesaver for me. i add a few drops and push a button and it reads the ppm instantly. i keep my salinity at 19ppm or 20 i think.
i go by ppt cause its easier to read and remember. its a pain to remember 1.023, but saying my salinity is 20ppm is much easier. hehe

Do you keep your salinity at 1.023?
Bio Cube 29 Gallon
25 lbs of live rock
20 lbs of live argonite
2 ocellaris clownfish
1 6 line Wrasse
1 Molly
14 hermit crabs

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New system looks good! I'm doing something similar only using a 20g long and dividing it into 3 compartments.

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I thought about doing three..... I found it hard to actually silicone in the dividers. I also wanted to keep them at 10 gallons each. Would the holes be harder to drill? I just wonder if the tank could hold up to three holes.
Bio Cube 29 Gallon
25 lbs of live rock
20 lbs of live argonite
2 ocellaris clownfish
1 6 line Wrasse
1 Molly
14 hermit crabs

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whats a decent refractomometer? For a working mans price..

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whats a decent refractomometer? For a working mans price..

I picked one up off of eBay. It was about $30.00
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25 lbs of live rock
20 lbs of live argonite
2 ocellaris clownfish
1 6 line Wrasse
1 Molly
14 hermit crabs

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I thought about doing three..... I found it hard to actually silicone in the dividers. I also wanted to keep them at 10 gallons each. Would the holes be harder to drill? I just wonder if the tank could hold up to three holes.


The holes shouldn't be harder to drill. I believe that Pickles is using a similar system. Here's a video he posted:

http://www.youtube.c...feature=related

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I picked one up off of eBay. It was about $30.00

which one did you get???

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which one did you get???

http://www.ebay.com/...=item2c63186693

This is the one i bought.
Bio Cube 29 Gallon
25 lbs of live rock
20 lbs of live argonite
2 ocellaris clownfish
1 6 line Wrasse
1 Molly
14 hermit crabs

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I am planning on ordering my bulkheads tomorrow. This is the one I am thinking of going with. I like the idea of being able to screw off the outside PVC pipe while slipping in the inside. I am going with the two inch drain.

http://www.bulkreefs...e/category/169/

Does anybody have any recommendations?
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25 lbs of live rock
20 lbs of live argonite
2 ocellaris clownfish
1 6 line Wrasse
1 Molly
14 hermit crabs

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I did 3 holes in 2 of my 20g long tanks - but I only went with 1" drains. 2" seems like overkill to me but whatever floats your boat!

Here is a video of how mine is set up -

Oh... and you just want to make sure your plumbing is supported by something other then the glass. It can get heavy and stress the weak points (your drilled holes)

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I was thinking the same thing.... I will use one inch out of the tank and 2 inch into the sump. I will expand it from one inch to two inch at the T.

Thank you!
Bio Cube 29 Gallon
25 lbs of live rock
20 lbs of live argonite
2 ocellaris clownfish
1 6 line Wrasse
1 Molly
14 hermit crabs

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So I bought 20 gallon tank during petco's dollar a gallon sale. One of the tanks bottom rim is broken. Has anybody every had any problems returning a tank after the sale?
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2 ocellaris clownfish
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1 Molly
14 hermit crabs

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So I bought 20 gallon tank during petco's dollar a gallon sale. One of the tanks bottom rim is broken. Has anybody every had any problems returning a tank after the sale?

How do you find out when petco has the dollar a gallon sale?

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I've never done it - but to exchange a tank, I don't think it would be an issue.

And flabob - Petco's have the sale 4 or 5 times a year (seems like more recently) You just have to check in from time to time. You can ask the employee's working there and they'll usually tell you. There are sometimes threads that pop up announcing the sales but they happen so often anymore that I rarely see the threads. When the sale was once or twice a year it was more of a big deal.