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  1. seabass

    Anemone questions

    Wish you would have run that past us first. I would have suggested a rock flower or mini carpet anemone instead. While often quite stunning to look at, Condylactis anemones tend to wonder around and sting coral or other anemones (sometimes even fish). I think most are probably purchased at local stores where an employee fails to warn customers of its behavior. Sorry to burst your bubble. On the plus side, green star polyps might be one of the better corals to keep as a tank mate. And maybe stick to Caribbean fish which might know what it is (maybe like a royal gramma).
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    Dawn's fish fortress! Macro algae arrived!

    Chemiclean oxidizes trapped organic sludge. The instructions tell you to increase oxygen levels during treatment. My guess is that these reports were due to stress as a result of low O2 levels.
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    Dawn's fish fortress! Macro algae arrived!

    That's the prevailing sentiment. However, some chemicals aren't particularly destructive. Personally, I'd rather dose Chemiclean than peroxide. Not sure when Chemiclean got it's hands-off reputation. I think it came from many people recommending that you need to fix the cause, not just rely on chemicals for a solution (which is true). But I don't hesitate to use Chemiclean to deal with a little cyano. I consider it more like help in dealing with excess organics.
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    Happy accidents

    I suppose there are unexpected discoveries, and happy accidents. I think anybody with SPS has accidentally bumped and fragged their coral (a happy accident). I've had a few unexpected discoveries, like clownfish eggs, RFA babies, and beneficial hitchhikers.
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    Urgent help needed. Unleved floor.

    Wooden shims from a hardware or home improvement store start very thin and get fatter very gradually.
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    Urgent help needed. Unleved floor.

    In our basement, I used plastic shims, similar to these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Furniture-Levelers-Alignment-Quality-Custommizable/dp/B07BH1BBHY/ref=sr_1_16?rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1542287351&sr=8-16&keywords=plastic+shims&refinements=p_72%3A419153031%2Cp_76%3A419158031 But as Ray stated, any shims should work. Wood shims would probably be easier, but I used plastic in case they got wet. Just remember, shim the stand, not the tank. I supported as much of the stand with shims as I could (as opposed to just the corners).
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    100 gallons behind a wall

    I thought it might be easier to get the the cardinals to eat something other than frozen. However, they continue to spit out anything that isn't frozen. I'll keep trying, as I don't wish to feed frozen every day (doesn't really work well when I am gone). Interestingly, they only live one or two years in the wild (and more like four in captivity). Based on size, I assume that mine are still young. They will likely outlive my geriatric clownfish.
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    100 gallons behind a wall

    I use a five year old "advanced" point and shoot (Canon Powershot S120). It has it's limitations, but gets the job done. The zoom is practically non-existent, and most of my pics are resized, and post processed to improve their appearance. I do like the manual features and white balance (couldn't live without them). I figure most of my pics are for these forums so 800x600 is usually as large as I post (640x480 most of the time, sometimes even 320x240).
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    100 gallons behind a wall

    A few cardinalfish shots:
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    100 gallons behind a wall

    Perhaps a more realistic depiction of the actual color of my rocks (without the tank lights on):
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    Dawn's fish fortress! Macro algae arrived!

    Thanks, I'll probably have someone stop by at least once to feed them some frozen (pre-measured - then just dumped in the sump and let the return pump disperse it). That's not exactly how I do it, but it should be easy enough for a novice to perform.
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    Dawn's fish fortress! Macro algae arrived!

    What do your cardinalfish eat? So far, my Banggai cardinalfish only eat mysis. I'm going on a trip soon and I will only feed dry (using an auto feeder) for about a week. I'd hate to think that they won't eat anything for nearly a week.
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    How clean should I wash coral sand?

    I personally prefer a depth of 4cm vs 5cm.
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    How clean should I wash coral sand?

    For new sand, I usually keep rinsing it until I can see the sand through several inches of stirred up water (but still a bit cloudy). The pic with the wisk looks too cloudy for my tastes. BTW, I tend to use tap water to rinse it (with maybe a final rinse with RO water, just to get rid of most of the tap water). I'll put a bag of sand in a 5 gallon bucket and stir it up with my hand, pour out the cloudy water, and repeat.
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    100 gallons behind a wall

    I figure that I'll dose manually for awhile. However, I have a couple of cheap dosing pumps (which have to be setup on a timer or controller). I'll eventually set those up too.
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