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About rbaldino

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  • Birthday 04/08/1974

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    Near rainy Seattle
  1. Tiger Cucumber

    I accidently got one as a hitchhiker one time. I think one reason you see so many different numbers for size is because it's hard to know exactly what size they are. They can dramatically expand and contract themselves, depending on what they're trying to do. Generally speaking, they won't harm anything, but they do need to be in a big tank to insure they have lots to scavenge from. You probably won't see him for a while because they take some time to get comfortable, and they're mostly nocturnal. If you have moon lights, you'll have a better chance of spotting him. Wait a while, and he'll start to come out and explore more (probably when he starts getting hungry). If you're lucky, he'll settle somewhere that's easy to get to, and then you can catch him. They're fairly valuable, so a LFS might give you something decent for him.
  2. Where to get Acrylic tank drilled

    Do you already have the tank? If not, you could just buy a reef ready tank. If you already have it, a LFS might be able to do the work for you.
  3. how often do you WC

    10 percent every week.
  4. Stupid Question

    I generally rinse my hands with just water before, and wash with soap after. Also, I have two tanks and usually do maintenance at the same time. I make sure to always rinse my hands when going between the two tanks, just to be sure I don't cross-contaminate.
  5. I've got my big water jug...

    The problem with that is that you're using water from their system, which could have God-only-knows-what in it.
  6. I've got my big water jug...

    Get a bucket, fill it with however much water you want to change, add salt, mix, change water. Good luck...
  7. First Nano

    Snails and hermits aren't all that expensive. Unfortunately, you get a much better deal if you buy packages of 10 or 20; buying a couple at a time ups the price. The algae bloom you're suffering now will eventually subside, and a good CUC and regular water changes will help keep it in check. Where in the Seattle area are you located? I live on the Eastside and could recommend a couple of good stores.
  8. NR opinion

    I prefer long tanks. Used to have a 20 long and I loved it.
  9. Which fish?

    I have a yellow clown goby and a firefish in my 10 gallon. That combination may work well for you.
  10. A bit overwhelmed for a Beginner

    Setup is really going to depend on what sort of tank you buy. You could go with an All-In-One tank like a Nanocube or an Aquapod, at which point you wouldn't really need too much more (just a heater, I believe), or you could buy an empty tank, light fixture, filter, etc. It also depends on what sort of tank you want: fish only, fish only with live rock, or reef. Obviously, there's basic equipment: tank, light, heater, filter (if necessary), powerheads (for added flow, if needed). Other items include a thermometer of some type, a hydrometer or refractometer for measuring specific gravity, something to mix salt in, something to siphon out the tank for water changes, scraper or pads for cleaning glass (or acrylic). Whatever sort of tank you get, your going to need sand (live or bagged, up to you), and rock to create an aquascape and habitat for the fish and other animals (could be bare lava rock or live rock if you want to go in that direction). If you go with bare rock for a fish only system, you'll need a filter of some sort for biological filtration (could be a canister or HOB powerfilter, etc). If you go with live rock, you could still add a filter to help out with mechanical filtration and current. You can also decide if you want to run a protein skimmer, if the tank you get will allow you to add one. Lighting is also going to depend on what you buy or want to do. All-In-One tanks come with a variety of lighting options. You decide what you want to spend and what you want to keep. If you're building your own system, again, you have to decide what you want to spend and what you want to keep. Standard fluorescent is fine for fish only systems, more powerful lighting is needed for corals. Could be power compacts, T5s, or metal halides, depending on what you want to keep. Anyway, keep doing your homework and don't be in a hurry. Good luck.
  11. First Nano

    If you like the damsel, keep him. Yellowtails aren't among the more agressive damsels, certainly not anything a clown couldn't handle. I've kept many different types of clowns with many different damsels for years. They are, after all, closely related fish. As for him moving sand around, a lot of fish do that, including clowns. In fact, the worst fish I ever had do that was a tomato clown. I don't think you need to worry about supplements. If you do water changes often enough, the salt mix should give you everything you need. If you're going to get into corals, test kits you should really have are for calcium and alkalinity. Having a fan blowing right into the tank probably isn't helping your evap problem. And live rock is very resilient. It's rock.
  12. 10g fresh to a 10g fowlr

    What you have now will work fine. If you go with live rock, you won't need the AC50 for biological filtration, but it will help to add current, give you mechanical filtration, and give you a place to put other filter media if you feel like you ever need it. Just remember to clean out the sponge on a regular basis. A powerhead may be necessary if you ever feel like you need more turnover. I'm not sure if I would put a Perc clown in a 10 gallon. It's going to depend in part on how big it is when you get it and how much it grows. Just something to think about. Check out the link in my signature for a look at my 10 gallon tank. Good luck!
  13. rbaldino's 10 gallon reef!

    Thanks. Like everything else, the rockwork is still a work in progress.
  14. Damn Fire goby!

    Rearranging the rockwork isn't really going help much in this case. Maroons are regarded as the meanest of the clown fish, and get quite big, maybe even too big for your tank. In a tank your size, nothing is really going to stop the Maroon from beating up the goby. I suspect he may have already done so. Gobies should really only be kept with other extremely docile tankmates.
  15. Damn Fire goby!

    Firefish are shy, especially when first added, but they generally get comfortable pretty fast. I've had two, they both hid when first added, but came out within a half hour and always come right out when I turn on the lights. Not sure what's going on with yours. If you've got a Maroon Clown, which can be very mean, he may have taken care of the firefish, which are quite passive. Better do a serious inspection of the tank and see if you can find him.