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  1. I have it and love it. It does have a large grain size almost like crushed coral with smaller bits mixed in. I vacuum mine diligently each water change. As long as you maintain it you will be fine.
  2. Be very wary of LFS live rock. You just never know whats embedded within the pores. I personally have the 40lb box of the Caribsea Sea South Seas dry rock and love it. I don't really consider it "base", there are lots of nooks are crannies. It does take a while for it to become colonized with life and coralline but its free of all pests. I would highly recommend this rock but make sure you soak and rise in in a bucket of ro water for a few days because it is pretty dusty and there is a lot of calcium carbonate that will float to the surface.
  3. Corals absorb phosphates as well which could be why its reading 0 also. If everything in your system is happy and thriving, i would not be worrying about adjusting any phosphate levels or adding more nutrients to create more. I'm reading 0 on my Seachem Kit.
  4. You should cure all rock, live or dry before using it in an established tank unless its actually Cured rock from an already established system. I would do this at least a couple weeks if not more for dry rock. Even before then, soak and rinse a few times in ro water to get as much calcium carbonate/debris out as you can. You'd be surprised how dusty and dirty dry rock can be. I would heat the water, though it all depends on your ambient temperature too. Id say anything above 70 is fine.
  5. I wouldn't worry, it seems like hes trying to molt and back out of his carapace. A lot of times shrimp will molt due to stress/ other factors when introduced to a new system.
  6. Good stuff. Here are a few things i can share: I have used the Fluconazole treatment (FishFlucon) once in my 5 gallon with amazing results with one treatment. I used 100mg per 5 gallons. Did a big water change before dosing then no water changes for another 2 weeks. I do recommend to manually remove as much as possible, especially if there are small areas.If you wait to long and the bryopsis takes over, i would definitely recommend this treatment, but as a last resort if all else fails (natural methods). I have actually used erythromycin before with success as well. Have never tried raising the mag with Kents Tech M but do have some for future use. Apparently they have changed the solution according to some but cannot attest to this. Blackouts don't really work well for this type of algae. *One really good tip is that you want to make sure the affected rocks get some good light, otherwise the bryopsis within the shaded areas of the tank remain unaffected by the dose.
  7. Your slightly overstocked IMO. Frozen food can add a lot of excess nutrients if your not careful. I personally only feed every other day. If your just getting some film algae on the glass i wouldn't worry too much. Just clean the glass more or maybe add a few more snails to your CUC. Once you start getting nuisance algae on the rockwork, that's when you need to worry. You can also try running some type of GFO.
  8. How tall is that stand?! That thing would drive me insane with how short it is. I would be careful if you have dogs or children around. I wouldn't even bother with a skimmer on a tank this size unless it will be heavily stocked with fish/sps.
  9. That stand came out great. This is my kinda style, very simple and low maintenance is all Ive ever run. Great looking tank!
  10. Makes me miss my old 26 from back in the day. That Hollywood is stunning. I just bought a frag of this and i know it grows like a weed. Great progress!
  11. If you want the quickest way, get some already established media/sponges or rock, possibly from this holding tank if possible. Otherwise, you will need to go through the fresh startup cycle process that most people go through. You will need to test either way. Doesn't really matter what you add. Remember not to add a ton of cleanup critters or you''ll starve them out.
  12. I probably have a dozen or so of these in my 5 gallon. I really need to get in there and break them off/crush them near their base/ superglue their tubes.They are really irritating my corals by releasing their mucus nets in order to catch food. I would remove as many as you see to prevent their spread. They have been known to stunt coral growth and will attach to most anything within the tank.
  13. Bryopsis can come in a few different forms. The main style everyone knows is the feathery type. To me, this definitely seems to be a form of bryopsis. If your lucky, it may be a form of some green wiry algae.