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  1. A LFS is going out of business and had several serpent stars that were housed with a chocolate chip star. They are no larger than 3 inches full tip to tip and only one is whole. I brought them home last week to allow them to regenerate and they already have atleast 2mm of a little point at the eaten off arms.(3 arms are eaten on 3 one to the disc) I am hoping to allow them to regenerate fully then will probably need suitable homes that don't include chocolate chip stars... They are also eating mysid shrimp like mad (I turn the power heads off so some sink and stay) SAD that a LFS is so uneducated that their creatures were housed by characteristics rather than need demand and these guys got eaten... ) No wonder they went out ~ the inventory ate each other (The gave me the 4 for $15 so it's a life saved but if you are in NJ and want one in the future let me know...) They had mentioned if they didn't get rid of them they'd throw them out half alive... I was like just give me the guys you got, I'll let them heal
  2. Mystery Crab ID?

    JUST FOR CLARIFICATION... MIRTHRAX - TRY AN IMAGE SEARCH FOR HITCH CRABS AND GO FROM THERE, TAKE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY FOR YOURSELF AND TANK RATHER THAN THE ROLE OF A USELESS WATER KEEPER THAT DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THEY OWN HOW DO YOU SURVIVE? NOT MINE... I MONITOR MY TANK AND SUCCESSFULLY REMOVE AGGRESSIVE AND POSSIBLY KILLER CREATURES FROM MY AQUARIUM YEAH CAUSE CRABS ARE TRAINABLE I FAIL TO SEE WHERE YOU MENTION A WATER BOTTLE WITH INVERTED TOP YET DO SEE A CRAB TRAP ATTEMPT WITH NO DETAILS, AND REQUEST FOR HELP
  3. Mystery Crab ID?

    well sorry for trying to help, didn't know that was what you were using... best of luck in your tank endeavors
  4. Mystery Crab ID?

    Mine aren't aggressive and again have been in there since Nov 2012 (had to check when I started up my tank) If you do wanna trap them I'd use the old water bottle trick... lets see if I can link you an image (and then bait it with a few mysid shrimp) Can't find a link on how to make it, so use one of the narrower tipped 12oz (ish bottles) cut below the arched top where it meets the straight sides and invert it so that the threaded tip that you would have drank from is now inside the bottle facing the bottom and secure with super glue gel. fill with tank water and a little gravel and submerge the bottle next to the rock they have chosen making an upwards "hill" with your substrate... turkeybaster a few mysid in it before gently placing directly against their home, or favorite area. They **should** crawl in... Then put them in sump, or give to friend with sump... Or feed to a trigger the gravel/sand/substrate in the bottom is simply for a little weight so it doesn't roll around or move... do not fill to the point the crab can crawl out the threaded tip you worked so hard on to trap the dude
  5. $235.00 for a mp10

    Hmm.. I should have bought 2 back in 2012 when I bought mine for 129.99 new
  6. Starfish for Biocube 29

    I've had my BioCube up since October 2011 and still wont get a startfish (I tried tho), I only have asterina's in mine. Had a striped serpent for a while but he/she quickly grew and I gave to my friend who has a 125g reef
  7. Mystery Crab ID?

    I have atleast seven of them in my tank! They came with the live rock and I have never been able to capture a picture, I do know that in my tank I have males and females as often the carapace under the females is completely eggbound and then my clowns feed on the micro babies. I have had my tank and same live rock for years and they still aren't larger than a dime from leg tip to leg tip.
  8. Coraline Growing, is GHA Done?

    YEAH!!! My RODI source was showing 21ish for TDS the grocery store distilled by me has ZERO TDS... (and it's cheaper)
  9. Coraline Growing, is GHA Done?

    I am battling GHA also, but went a little deeper into the cleaning, what size tank do you have and have you recently checked your CUC? I went from 20 plus helpers to two so I just got a bunch of new members. I have not won the battle yet, but you are welcome to read what I did and had in the water chemistry forum. Good Luck!!
  10. Missed you all... (Now suffering GHA outbreak)

    As of 04-04-14 @10am my parameters are at the following (definitely showing improvement, but it's gonna be a slow process) Nitrate - 10ppm Nitrites - 0ppm Ammonia - 0ppm Phosphates - under.25ppm (the color is exactly in between 0ppm and 0.25ppm) Calcium - 380 PH - 8.2 Salinity - 1.026 If I knew how to upload pictures from my iPhone - I'd show you all a current FTS of the tank, I kinda wish I had a before picture, but it was horrible and something I wish not to remember, and am kicking myself for not taking (if that makes and sense :/ )
  11. Missed you all... (Now suffering GHA outbreak)

    I am waiting till next Wedn or Thursday for the next 4 gallon water change, I do need it to stabilize on it's own (I do adore my inhabitants) so in a 29 gallon tank 4 gallons won't shock it too much. Slow and steady... all good things come in time, but seeing the molt in the tank, honestly put a grin on my face
  12. Missed you all... (Now suffering GHA outbreak)

    Yes as a matter of fact the sand bed is a little under an inch deep, I vacuumed it with a broad tip vacuum to remove the major detritus and it was nearly all grey (from what I cleaned out) what I removed (that was on Monday or Tuesday) about 4 gallons. That's the day I did the manual scrub and work described in the original post, today I turkey baster blasted the rocks and did another 4 gallon water change. My blood shrimp also molted today, and from past experience they usually molt in decent conditions. Tonight's vacuuming with a smaller tip vacuum in the more *narrow/back/secluded* parts yielded a much lighter colored detritus removal, which I am interpreting as a sign the s#!t is almost fully gone and should have my parameters at a much healthier level. I have several teeny hitch crabs within the rock, they have been there since I got the tank and are super teeny, and amazing scavengers, been there three years, why rid them now, I am not an Emerald Crab fan, had them in the past and usually when they get over an inch and a half they try and pinch my clown fishes fins. Also spotted two beautiful white tube sponges growing from under the rock upwards that were not there last week... Folks I may be slowly getting somewhere but hopes aren't up yet. Again water change was less than an hour ago, so morning test will show me accurately-ish where I stand on my recovery. Also forget moonlights in any form...I rid them fully no white, no blue, no UV...
  13. Missed you all... (Now suffering GHA outbreak)

    Mine is a solid three years... I'd kinda like to see it pull thru, with minimal chemical intervention (I won't peroxide dip) I just got to get my levels to optimal again... Shift work makes regular schedules difficult. I just mixed up some water for a change tomorrow it's circulating and heating up. I realized the RODI I was using tested in at 21ppm but the store brand distilled is 0ppm so that is one change I am hoping to continue.
  14. Missed you all... (Now suffering GHA outbreak)

    Thank you, it is an older tank, with now two urchins a small pink pencil and a teeny blue tuxedo. I have always used chemipure elite, but was at the point it was about 4 months old and a new bag was in order. I am currently coral-less and the rock is one GIANT 20 pound piece so, my lil urchins are in a great home where nothing can get banged around or dropped or create a fall hazard.
  15. Good Morning all, sorry Its been so long between work, family, the tank, as well as my daughters new pair of male rats, the cat, and the typical cleaning and laundry as well as the joys of tank cleaning... I have sadly experienced a large GHA outbreak in my 29 bio cube, like to the point it looked like it was a baseball field of green and two semi snow clowns dancing while the pink pencil urchin slowly bobbled around the green rocks. I attempted to relieve it by removing the Godzilla rock and scrubbing off all the algae with a toothbrush and a denture brush (denture brushes are awesome especially the two sided ones). I then removed the affected substrate, which was approximately one third, followed by scraping down all the walls via razor blade. I then vacuumed a strangely massive amount of detritus from the tank and added a water change, a new bag of chemipure elite, thoroughly rinsed out the sponge and cleaned the return pumps valves and switched my skimmers wooden airstone. During my adventure I was shocked to find only TWO of my original gigantic CUC (one nassarius and one blue leg hermit) I then went to the LFS and picked up a blue tuxedo urchin (he/she is no larger than a quarter) 3 turbo snails, 5 astrea snails, 2 nassarius, and a blood shrimp, and one margherite. Hopefully the new crew will remove and assist me with the hopefully minimum remnants from the cleaning, but I cant but help to ask myself... where the heck did my CUC go? For goodness sake it's an open style tank with a glass top so they couldn't have jumped ship? Tomorrow I am going to do another decent sized water change to keep conditions ideal... I feel so ashamed of myself and as soon as I am able to I will post up the water parameters.
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