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  1. Natural Filtration

    All fine and dandy. But do you plan on doing anything about the inherently lowerd ph associated with a calcium reactor? Easily fixed with a simple kalk drip. However, since we're on calcium reactors and doing extras on too of that.... Do you plan on keeping track of said reactor daily? As every one I've run required at least weekly tweaking/cleaning, in order to maintain a consistent effluent rate. As well as daily monitoring of cal and alk to try and avoid any problems. ive always had best results from a reactor. But, I'm getting lazy in my older years. One more thing isn't what I want.
  2. Help.. What are these?!

    The blue picture is definitely a hydroid medusa. Beyond that, I can’t make anything else out. Clearer pictures are needed.
  3. What are these I found in a shore???

    You aren’t taking these home for your aquarium, are you? Theses are temperate anemones. Without a chiller, they won’t survive long. Edited because I must have mistyped aren’t, and autocorrect decided I was trying to type other.....
  4. Spider web on glass

    That's your call. Generally, hydroids can become invasive. They irritate corals, and kill baby fish. However, yours is really interesting. I'd personally try and isolate it to grow it out. Maybe get yourself some skeleton shrimp and feed your tank with those.
  5. What is this new?

    Not much to go on by the photo. But, judging by the color, I’d guess sebae anemone. Which, incidentally, is also called a purple tip. However, I’ve only seen the blue/purple tips on bleached out individuals. A healthy sebae is usually a tan color.
  6. Spider web on glass

    Interesting specimen. It's some type of colonial hydroid, though it has much more robust, and better developed polyps than any I have ever seen.
  7. Welcome to N-R. Tough to tell from the pics, but try looking up ball anemone.
  8. Worm?

    Tough to tell from that picture. Might be a digitate hydroid.
  9. What coral is this???

    Looks like one to me.
  10. Welcome to the Jungle

    I just came here to say shannananananana knees, knees.
  11. Critter ID

    It's a plate. Plate corals start out attached to a rock, then drop off. Keep things healthy and that will keep producing plate corals for you. One after another.
  12. Fish Immune system discussion

    Fwiw, I am the worst with QT. I am, because I agree with you on many levels. It's mostly to observe, treat only if needed. A week, maybe 2 at most. as far as stress. Stress, and the associated weakened immune system could also be blamed for fish infested with parasites. Tangs are the #1 culprit, too. Take a fish with a minimal protective coating, stress it, this even less slime, now give ich a chance. That's why tangs often come in loaded with ich.
  13. Fish Immune system discussion

    Yes, that’s a live strain or a dead strain immune system booster. The dead strain still has protein markers, or something like that, that trigger your immune system. Or, in the case of the live strain, they give you a weak version to boost the immune system.
  14. Fish Immune system discussion

    Copper doesn’t. You’ve misunderstood what I said. I’ll try a different way. Once ich is visible, the fish’s immune system has already been reacting to it. Thus, building antibodies. Treating with copper will kill the parasite. However, the fish’s immune system has already had time to deal with, and create antibodies against it. It’s like getting antibiotics. You don’t go to the doctor to get a course of antibiotics before you get an infection. You go after you’ve gotten an infection. Your body has built up antibodies, the antibiotics just kick the infection in the crotch for you. As for Perkinsus being present in mussels, I’m not sure, but I would guess it would be. I know it is in oysters, so, it seems logical it would be present in mussels as well.
  15. Fish Immune system discussion

    I’m going to have to agree with seabass, here. To not treat such an easily treatable parasite is idiotic. Even IF you believe their immune system can handle it. To risk losing a fish to it is stupid. Their immune system will be dealing with the outbreak, regardless if you treat, or not. The body will gain the antibodies, with the assistance of medications.