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  1. brown patch algae

    I have a 20 gallon reef and recently I've had a brown algae that grows in patches and has a white-ish clear hair like extensions, almost like the fungus you would find on a dead fish... any ideas of what it is/ how to get rid of it.
  2. 1. If you have a good ammount of live rock already then no extra biological media is needed, the bio-balls won't really offer any extra benefit, where as the live rock rubble will house everything that your bioballs would and provide a place for s/w copapods and other small/microscopic organisms that will grow and your fish can snack on. 2. One more perc shouldn't hurt anything but depending on your actual water volume after your substrate and rock is factored into tank volume. thats about all I would recommend placing in your tank. 3-4. At my store we recommend that no mechanical filtration be used at all on a regular basis as it just keeps your fish from eating anything that gets sucked into the filter. drop a bag of "Seachem Purigen" in any of the chambers and call it a day 5. Never mess with your rubble, and when the purigen turns dark brown read the regeneration instructions. You don't have to replace purigen for 2 years! 6. Crushed is hard to keep clean I would go with caribsea aragonite special reef sand. 7. If you can place the heater in a chamber go for it as long as the rest of your tank stays a good temperature 8. Tap water can have god know what in it. I would only use r/o (r/o + di) if avalible. I would just buy freshwater from your lfs (who should sell ro water) then mix in your own salt hope this helps ADam
  3. Yes you are right thats why I edited my 1st reply
  4. 1. Is there anything else missing from the list above that i need during the period when I cycle my tank? I would have two power heads... and instead of the maxi-jet I'd try the "Hydor Koralia 1" it's a propeller instead of an impeller style powerhead. Because of this they are much smaller and pushes 400GPH that isn't very concentrated. Also they are on magnetic mounts, similar to the mag float design, so they can be used for dusting off rock. Check it out here Koralia 3. What brand of Chemical Test Kit should i get? I heard some are not that reliable. We use all the API test at the LFS I work at and they work the best for us. 4. Does it matter what color of sand i get? As long as its under 3mm? What every you want just make sure it's not so small that it turns into a gunkbed/ nitrate factory. I'd recommend the Caribsea Aragonite seaflor special grade reef sand 1. Clean up Crew (snails, crabs, shrimp) 20+Astrea snails, 30+ Blue-leg Hermits Peppermint, Cleaner Shrimp and Emerald crabs are good if you ever get hair algae as long as they have enough no to bother your corals. 2. Chemical Mediums I use Seachem Reef Slat and I don't have to dose anything in my 20H, and calcium is at 420ppm with 15+ varieties of coral. But for feeding coral I use Kent phytoplex and coral accell. just becareful and use kent sparingly Hope this helps post pics ASAP!
  5. Vacation care

    Look up fish maintenance businesses in the area... I have 2 individuals who work out of the LFS that I work at, they do tank setups and maintenance. Either that or train a friend or co-worker to do basic keep up. If you live in the Atlanta area call my store at 770-952-1539 and I can refer you to someone... oh your only gone for 6 days... just have a friend top off every two days, and pop a daphnia once... what are friends for?
  6. Changing substrate?

    If it was my tank this is what I would do... I would get 2-4 rubbermaid containers (depending on ammount/size of your rock) with a large surface area, fill them with water from your tank, add heater and put your live rock, corals, and fish in them. Next use buckets or what ever to keep about you 60-75% of your existing water. Then scoop out the old substrate and remove the rest of the water and clean out the tank so any bacteria or algae that dies off won't pollute your water... add new substrate, water, rocks, then the rest of the old water then top off with new saltwater, the end. Two other things 1.) try not to stir up the bottom until your done taking out all the water your going to keep. 2.) I wouldn't use live sand... it offers no advantages if you have established live rock and a good amount of cycled water, I actually wouldn't use sand at all, it packs really tight and has VERY poor water flow turning your substrate into a nitrate warehouse! I would use "CaribSea Aragonite Seaflor Special Grade Reef Sand" "1 - 1.7mm diameter grain size. This grade is specifically engineered for nitrate reducing beds. The pore water space created by precision grading also allows maximum pH support and dissolution of calcium carbonate." plus after you add the "dead" substrate it will be "live" in 3 days. so don't waste your money. I work at a LFS here's a pic of my co-workers 20H with the Caribsea Aragonite...
  7. First SW Tank.. BC14

    goto www.premiumaquatics.com it's $3 a pound and now that the USD is losing value you Canadian dollar will get you more. After shipping the price will be about $3 cheaper plus the live rock will look ALOT better... no offense but that live rock is really, really, REALLY bare!!! and worth about as much as cured base rock. also try www.liveaquaria.com they seem to have good stuff there... even if ordering online costs alittle more I would at least buy 4-5 lbs online so that way the good live rock will seed your bare rock... after you get some rock with some good growth on it fill the rest of your tank with base rock... I work at an LFS and we sell our BR for $1.99 per lb. so don't let your LFS continue to rape you, with ridiculous prices. I checked for you... on www.premiumaquatics.com you can get 5 lb's or LF for 34.00 AFTER shipping to vancouver and is good stuff.
  8. When is a nitrate spike a spike?

    Yeah my tank cycled in a week with a bunch of live rock and base rock... if you want to be safe add some "Seachem- Stability" or "Saltwater TLC" and if everything is reading 0 get a tough as nails fish... i.e. yellow tail damsel and get the party started. just as long and your ammonia and nitrite are 0 not 0.1, totally 0
  9. Stolen Fish

    I'd suggest buying a 6' electric eel, setting up a security camera (for laughs later), leaving your door unlocked, then make some story up about how you have the amazing and rare "giant peacock eel" and you paid billions of dollars to buy it... or something to that effect and wait for the jerk to come back to snatch your "peacock". Little did he know there was a 700 watt surprise waiting for him. Then post the video on youtube and become a internet celebrity!
  10. SW noob. 10g tank

    A copperband butterfly will get up to 8 INCHES LONG DUDE! and your tomato clown will get up to 5 inches... in a 10 gallon tank you don't want fish any bigger than 3-4" MAX! Contrary to the wives tale that fish will only grow to fit their environment... you fish will grow... get pissed off that they can hardly turn around... then die. A good way to research adult fish sizes is liveaquaria.com... research your fish there and on other web sites then go to the LFS pre-educated... I don't have time to talk about your setup... good luck with the endevor... I'm sure everyone else will have some ideas. P.S. I really hope whoever is setting up/paying for the 125 isn't the person who gave you your extensive knowledge of SW systems! Oh and read The Conscientious Marine Aquarist by Robert Fenner, before you put another poor lifeform in your concentration camp!!!!
  11. My 15g tank(only fish)

    Please read "The Conscientious Marine Aquarist" by Robert M. Fenner... pages 23 through 26... then read pages 27 through 403!!! wow dude are you serious!?!
  12. What was the first coral you got for your nano reef?

    Same here I got a frag of short tentacle metallic green star polyps, not they almost cover the entire rock I put them on!
  13. Pistol Shrimp: I can't sleep

    Anyone have any ideas as far as bait? Whats their favorite food... other than my blue legs and bristle worms!
  14. The pistol shrimp, an amazing creature indeed! Now HOW DO I GET RID OF IT!!! OMG It has been driving me nuts! I have my 20H reef w/40 lb. of rock right next to my bed (it helps put me to sleep) but now with the pistol shrimp i'm being jerked out of my deep sleep to the snapping shrimp! I haven't seen it yet but I have looked long and hard. How can something so small be so LOUD wow. If anyone has any ideas that would be great. I bought a trap but I wasn't sure what to bait it with. I tried freeze-dried krill, but alas all my snails, bristle worms, and hermits have their why with it before the pistol ever has a chance to scope it out. Any tips would be great!
  15. hitchhiker shrimp found

    Now for another aspect of the pistol shrimp! HOW DO I GET RID OF IT!!! OMG It has been driving me nuts! I have my 20H right next to my bed (it helps put me to sleep) but now with the pistol shrimp i'm being jerked out of my deep sleep to the snapping shrimp! I haven't seen it yet but I have looked long and hard. How can something so small be so LOUD wow. If anyone has any ideas that would be great. I bought a trap but I wasn't sure what to bait it with. I tried freeze-dried krill, but alas all my snails, bristle worms, and hermits have their why with it before the pistol ever has a chance to scope it out. Any tips would be great!
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