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    Toronto
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    Had many interests until kids came along, so now it's just reefing. :)

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  1. Orangutran

    First Reef: Skeeterific's Low-tech 38 gallon

    That sucks. Hope they all recover!!
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    Tiny hard spiny orbs

    Thanks, this is it!!! It's really fascinating these creatures live and reproduce in our tanks. http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/fosrec/Wetmore.html
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    Tiny hard spiny orbs

    Ok this is a difficult one to ID... The entire thing is hard, like a shell. It sticks to the rocks/shells via one of the spikes you see in the pic below. Check out the neat patterns on it! And here it is zoomed out, stuck to a shell, for scale. It's no more than 2mm in size.
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    29g Struggling Reef

    Dinos are gone for the moment. 🙂 Third bout, so I'm a pro at getting rid of them now. knock on wood! lol after the dinos, I have/had flatworms, bubble algae, bit of bryopsis, but nothing compares to dinos! Those spheres, are living I think! They just appeared out of nowhere! And it's stuck down by one of those spines. I have not tried squishing one yet, so I'm not sure if they are hollow... The pattern on it is kinda pretty though! Quite the mystery they are... 🙂
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    29g Struggling Reef

    There's always something new to discover in this hobby. Like, I found these tiny hard spiny balls (made out of calcium?) all over my tank. Can anyone identify for me? Check out the neat patterns on it! And here it is zoomed out, stuck to a shell, for scale. I could not find it on the internet...
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    Baby Crocea or Maxima identify

    Actually, I have a couple of halloween hermits, and yes, they are awesome! Even when the electric blue was chowing down on the clam, the halloweens did not join in. So right about the shells too, I have not seen them switch!!
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    Baby Crocea or Maxima identify

    Haha, if it were bigger, I could have crab legs! My baby clam was a $100 here, but I've seen larger ones for $150-200. Hopefully it'll be England against France! I bet all the cool looking crabs are dicks! They probably get all the hermit chicks too! 😎
  8. Orangutran

    Mark's 150 (NanoBox Retro)

    Funny enough, I have calcium issues the other way, spiked to 480 cus my doser is acting up! SPS are pissed off-- not extending. Hopefully you get yours resolved. Not even sure how to lower my Ca, do I shut off the doser and do some water changes?
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    Baby Crocea or Maxima identify

    Yeah I have been busy at work recently, and disappeared off the forums. Anyway, it was only one individual that ate it, an electric blue leg hermit, the others were uninterested! Keep an eye out on yours! 🙂 Clams are damn expensive here, and I can imagine it being the same there too! Btw - Go England!
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    Baby Crocea or Maxima identify

    I got a small clam (1.5" as well) recently and although the store said it was a crocea, I'm not too sure if it was. Good idea to confirm on the forums. Anyway, my clam only last 3 days in my tank, because a fricken hermit ate it!!! Most expensive hermit food ever! 😭 Anyway, good luck with yours (looks beautiful!), and I hope to get another when my tank issues are resolved (and I banish that one hermit to the sump)
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    First Reef: Skeeterific's Low-tech 38 gallon

    Potters are beautiful! I saw it in a LFS and admired it for 2 months and one day all livestock was 25% off and I could not resist. I have it for a year and a half now and it has not picked on any corals and not aggressive at all. (And clam safe, at least for 3 days before my stupid hermit ate my clam!) Yours is so cute! Didn't know they sold them so small! I have a feeling it'll grow up to be a great reef citizen!
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    Dinos! Oh no!

    I thought gobies and shrimps are friends! 😄 Did you find your fire shrimp? Not sure how true it is, but as you know, the R2R thread has a theory that dry rock doesn't have all the good stuff to fit dinos. Interesting. Dinos getting better?
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    Dinos! Oh no!

    Feed the tank more often while you're doing all this. 🙂 And yeah, I ran my tank too clean as well, and also because my previous tank had algae issues which made me think that all nutrients is bad. I went crazy with the nutrient export, but there must be a balance. And just out of curiosity, did you start this tank with dry rock?
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    Dinos! Oh no!

    Keep dosing peroxide? I don't know, never had a BTA and used peroxide at the same time. But you should address your nutrient issue, introduce biodiversity, and manual removal with blackouts. Depending on the type of dinos, they may be toxic too, so change your carbon if needed. 🙂 I haven't mentioned UV because it may not be practical in your tank. I know, the guys there are so helpful in identifying the dinos and providing specific remedies. I just cleared my tank of dinos, but went on vacation and my auto feeder wasn't enough to keep my nutrients from dropping, so a bit of dinos came back. But I am confident they can be defeated with the methods from that thread.
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    Dinos! Oh no!

    Don't hit reset yet, you already know the problem--your tank is too clean! Add some no3 and po4 (I used seachem flourish for both) and see where that takes you. Warning: it might be a few weeks to see improvement. What if you restart your tank, and you get dinos again? I'll leave this here for others to read: https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/dinoflagellates-–-are-you-tired-of-battling-altogether.293318/
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