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Just now, 748S911 said:

yes it does, I have it in my 2.5 gallon lol

Oh lol ok then in that case, will it be big enough for my tank? 

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748S911

of course, its rated up to a 50 gallon I think.

my pump is set at less than 40% power lol.

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billygoat

Aqamai KPS definitely seems to be a popular option. A few other common choices for nano tanks include:

 

Jebao OW-10 (this one is quite cheap but seems to be pretty good)

Aqua Illumination Nero 5

EcoTech Marine Vortech MP10

Innovative Marine Auqa Gadget

 

I personally opted for an MP10 and very much like it so far, but there are many viable options. One thing to consider when choosing a powerhead is that you may want a model that can be fitted with a guard or basket if you plan on eventually keeping anemones. The guard fits over the powerhead and prevents 'nems and other vulnerable invertebrates from being inadvertently sucked into the pump and pureed by the impeller. You can also just get the pump you like and figure out a way to DIY a nem basket for it later.

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Hannahhhh

Going on day three of my leather coral all closed up. I accidentally knocked it over and then grabbed the fleshy part of the coral when I was putting it back. I expected it to stay shut for awhile, but is 3 days normal? Is there anything I should do to make it happy or just ignore it?

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WV Reefer
Just now, Hannahhhh said:

Going on day three of my leather coral all closed up. I accidentally knocked it over and then grabbed the fleshy part of the coral when I was putting it back. I expected it to stay shut for awhile, but is 3 days normal? Is there anything I should do to make it happy or just ignore it?

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Ignore it.  They can be moody. 

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Hannahhhh

Leather coral is finally opening back up. What a cranky coral. Aside from that, all is well, the emerald crab and hermits are making good progress on the algae. 

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DSFIRSTSLTWATER
19 minutes ago, Hannahhhh said:

Leather coral is finally opening back up. What a cranky coral. Aside from that, all is well, the emerald crab and hermits are making good progress on the algae. 

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My leather is still closed from when I moved it....it was a month maybe more ago lol.

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Hannahhhh
4 hours ago, DSFIRSTSLTWATER said:

My leather is still closed from when I moved it....it was a month maybe more ago lol.

I jinxed it.. it closed back up again today. Oh well

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jservedio

Glad you started a tank thread - looks like everything is off to a good start!

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Hannahhhh
6 hours ago, jservedio said:

Glad you started a tank thread - looks like everything is off to a good start!

I’m so glad I started it, thanks for the suggestion!

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Hannahhhh

Guys I want to get another clownfish (another tiny one).. Am I overstocking? I figure I am, but what’s the worst that happens? If the fish start fighting, my LFS offered to take back a few for store credit. I will keep on top of water changes. What else can go wrong? When the fish grow I’ll trade them or more likely upsize my tank. 

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billygoat
10 hours ago, Hannahhhh said:

What else can go wrong?

This is an extremely dangerous question in this hobby! 😅

 

If it were me, I probably wouldn't go past two or three fish in a 13.5g tank, but I am a notorious understocker. I think it might not be the worst thing to try out another clown, as long as you are confident that a fourth fish won't throw your parameters out of line and you have a plan to rehome it if things go south. You also are running a protein skimmer, so that allows you to cheat a bit with your bioload. Just be careful not to make too many changes in a short period of time.

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Hannahhhh
9 minutes ago, billygoat said:

This is an extremely dangerous question in this hobby! 😅

 

If it were me, I probably wouldn't go past two or three fish in a 13.5g tank, but I am a notorious understocker. I think it might not be the worst thing to try out another clown, as long as you are confident that a fourth fish won't throw your parameters out of line and you have a plan to rehome it if things go south. You also are running a protein skimmer, so that allows you to cheat a bit with your bioload. Just be careful not to make too many changes in a short period of time.

Should my main concern be aggression issues? Or something else?

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Hannahhhh

Unclear what happened here, but I think my poor scarlet hermit lost her claws. That or perhaps she molted? She’s been staring at the corner of my tank for a few days, and I just noticed a tiny set of red claws in my tank. She’s the only thing in my tank that is this color red. When I look closer, it seems like she is indeed missing her claws. Poor lady. 

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billygoat
58 minutes ago, Hannahhhh said:

Should my main concern be aggression issues? Or something else?

Aggression is certainly an issue, as clowns sometimes bully each other when first introduced - especially if one is larger than the other or if one clown has been in the tank for awhile and then a new one shows up. For this reason many aquarists that are planning on keeping a pair of clowns like to add them at the same time. That being said, it's not guaranteed that your clowns will be in deathmatch mode right off the bat, but it's definitely a possibility you should be aware of.

 

Also there is just the general concern of increasing bioload in such a small volume of water. In tiny nano tanks every change we make - from adding new livestock to simply stirring up the sandbed - can have a profound effect on water chemistry. Fish have a particularly large impact, as they have much faster metabolisms than most invertebrates and tend to produce a lot of waste.

 

39 minutes ago, Hannahhhh said:

Unclear what happened here, but I think my poor scarlet hermit lost her claws. That or perhaps she molted? She’s been staring at the corner of my tank for a few days, and I just noticed a tiny set of red claws in my tank. She’s the only thing in my tank that is this color red. When I look closer, it seems like she is indeed missing her claws. Poor lady. 

Looks to me like that hermit still has her claws! She should have six total appendages sticking out of her shell - two claws in the middle and two legs on each side (and four more legs in back, which she uses to grip the shell, but those you of course can't see). I think those lost ones are more than likely a molt. Crabs often become less active or hide themselves away for a few days after molting, since they have to wait for their new exoskeleton to harden up before they can do anything strenuous.

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Hannahhhh
1 hour ago, billygoat said:

 

Looks to me like that hermit still has her claws! She should have six total appendages sticking out of her shell - two claws in the middle and two legs on each side (and four more legs in back, which she uses to grip the shell, but those you of course can't see). I think those lost ones are more than likely a molt. Crabs often become less active or hide themselves away for a few days after molting, since they have to wait for their new exoskeleton to harden up before they can do anything strenuous.

I took a closer look and you’re totally right! I’m relieved, I was feeling so bad for her.

 

Its funny how attached I am to every little critter in this tank, even my micro brittle stars. I imagine in a huge tank I would loose interest in the tiny critters but in such a small tank, it’s easy for me to keep an eye on everyone!

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Hannahhhh

Ordered two new corals, they’ll be arriving tomorrow! 

I’m a bit nervous for the Green Tip Pink Birdsnest Coral, as live aquaria rate caring for it “moderate” and I’m still a beginner. It’s my first SPS coral and I figure there’s a decent chance I may kill it, but I’m gonna try my best. Adding it on to my order from live aquaria qualified me for free shipping and so I only paid like $5 or $6 for it (plus the cost of shipping that I saved). The reason I placed the order was for the Biota Cultured Weeping Willow Toadstool Leather Coral. I’m very excited for it to arrive. 

 

The other tank update is that my clownfish starting flashing last night... I’m worried he’s got parasites, but he starting flashing right after I did a water change and changed my carbon filter... so I’m hoping he just didn’t like something in the water. I gave him a freshwater dip, probably too little too late, but it made me feel better to be doing something. I’ll post an update sometime soon. I really hope I don’t have to treat him, since I don’t have any other tank to use for a long term treatment/holding space. 

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Hannahhhh

If anyone reading this has advice regarding the pink birds nest coral (or general SPS coral advice) I would love love love to hear from you!

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Hannahhhh

Got my new corals today, I’m very happy with how they look, especially the birds nest. The only thing I don’t like is the plug it’s on. Are there safe and easy ways to transfer it to a rock or a  smaller plug? I really like corals that come on rocks, it keeps everything looking more natural. 

My only other thought is that my weeping willow toadstool looks an awful lot like the generic leather coral I already have. Just a different color. I had envisioned it having longer polyps like what you see when you google weeping willow coral, but maybe that happens as it grows? 

 

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WV Reefer
Just now, Hannahhhh said:

Got my new corals today, I’m very happy with how they look, especially the birds nest. The only thing I don’t like is the plug it’s on. Are there safe and easy ways to transfer it to a rock or a  smaller plug? I really like corals that come on rocks, it keeps everything looking more natural. 

My only other thought is that my weeping willow toadstool looks an awful lot like the generic leather coral I already have. Just a different color. I had envisioned it having longer polyps like what you see when you google weeping willow coral, but maybe that happens as it grows? 

 

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Most corals are easily removed from the plug........but whoever designed those giant black ones deserves a kick in the ass. You can try to pick it out with something sharp. The good thing is it isn’t fully encrusted to the plug. Be careful though because the birdsnest is delicate. 

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Hannahhhh
1 minute ago, WV Reefer said:

 

Most corals are easily removed from the plug........but whoever designed those giant black ones deserves a kick in the ass. You can try to pick it out with something sharp. The good thing is it isn’t fully encrusted to the plug. Be careful though because the birdsnest is delicate. 

Does the coral have a special base or “foot” that extends into the plug? I’m just thinking if there is a deeper part, I’m probably gonna end up snapping the lowest part of the trunk by mistake. 

Once I get it out, do I just wedge it somewhere new until it encrusts? Or do I glue it?

If all this info has already been written out in another post, could you send me the link?

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WV Reefer
2 minutes ago, Hannahhhh said:

Does the coral have a special base or “foot” that extends into the plug? I’m just thinking if there is a deeper part, I’m probably gonna end up snapping the lowest part of the trunk by mistake. 

Once I get it out, do I just wedge it somewhere new until it encrusts? Or do I glue it?

If all this info has already been written out in another post, could you send me the link?

On that type of plug the end of the coral is inserted with some glue around the base. If you have a sharp pointy object you can delicately pop the coral loose. 

 

After you remove it you can you can either glue it directly to your rock or onto a plug of your choice.  

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Lognor

Another option, which I have done a number of times, is cut off the stem of the plug, leaving the base that the coral is mounted to. May not be optimal in this case because that plug is ugly and I don't know how birdsnest grows and whether or not it will eventually encrust the base.

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WV Reefer
1 minute ago, Lognor said:

Another option, which I have done a number of times, is cut off the stem of the plug, leaving the base that the coral is mounted to. May not be optimal in this case because that plug is ugly and I don't know how birdsnest grows and whether or not it will eventually encrust the base.

 

I do that with traditional plugs also but those black ones are almost impossible to cut. 

 

The birdsnest will eventually encrust the base. 

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Hannahhhh
26 minutes ago, WV Reefer said:

On that type of plug the end of the coral is inserted with some glue around the base. If you have a sharp pointy object you can delicately pop the coral loose. 

 

After you remove it you can you can either glue it directly to your rock or onto a plug of your choice.  

Have you used regular old super glue? I was reading online about using it, seems like some people love it some not so much 

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