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About Orangutran

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    Had many interests until kids came along, so now it's just reefing. :)
  1. always wanted sexy shrimps ever since i've been in the hobby. Maybe this tank is a good size for them? would be nice to have mini maxi or something. Thanks dude! Although, my 6 yr old daughter has claimed the tank to be hers now. I keep it in the basement in my fish room (water boiler room), and that's our hideout too, according to her! lol
  2. Damn it, I just started my 2g cube that essentially used up all my pico equipment! At least I have till end of April to pull something together... 🤔
  3. Here's the transfer all done... much better compared to the encrusted jar beside it! You mean I'm supposed to look thru the glass?!?
  4. I don't see anymore pods, hopefully I can fit a new piece of LR in to reseed the population... I'll put a lid on if I go away, otherwise will keep it topless to maintain the sexiness of the rimless pico! 😄 It only took me a year to figure that out... lol
  5. It's alive! A year later, my former contest jar is still chugging along, but very neglected... I never took it down because it's self sustaining--just need to top off twice a week. I do a water change once every 3 months or so, it's full of salt creep and coraline algae I can't scrape off because of the rounded sides. Still living in the jar are some zoas and a hermit, with tons of bristle worms... One of the reasons I never took down the jar is because it's more "successful" than my bigger tank, since it's got no cyano or dinos!! At times, it was the only thing keeping me sane in this hobby. Here's a pic of it. So yesterday, I went to a LFS to grab some fish food, but walked out with an 8" cube (roughly 2 gallons) under my arms!! LOL Gonna transfer the jar into this, and use a spare A80 for lighting. At least I will be able to clean the (flat) glass!
  6. Really? I thought they are all the same, but I've never encountered it, so I'm not speaking from experience. In any case, in a perfect world we would QT everything. I guess it depends on how much patience you have, and if the tank cycles while you QT, it would not be as painful.
  7. Good idea! Also, your first fish may not need QT, since there's nothing to infect in the tank. That's how I look at it. :)
  8. Go for the 20 if you have the space / money. That will hold off the urge to upgrade while you're cycling. lol BTW, welcome to N-R! If you still have problems with your wife, and if she can be bribed easily, just get her a comparatively priced piece of jewellery, the same day you pick up your tank. Gift for her, gift (tank) for you. She can't say anything. Also, don't talk about fish stuff to her 24/7. She will tire of it, and even get jealous. Come to N-R for your fix. Do stuff with her that she likes, that is not fish related. Anyway, that's my experience. Good luck!
  9. Just read the last few pages of your thread, and I need to do what you did to really kick dinos in the ass. Every time I have dinos under control by dosing NO3/PO4, my sump/filtration drops my nutrients to zero and dinos come back! I feed frozen every day too! Will turn off my skimmer, and take out my marine pure (overkill), and hope I get the same results as you.
  10. Nice new mr aqua!! I just checked out the KPA website, and their LR looks amazing! Jealous that you guys get options like that down there! Really think LR is the way to go. My pico contest jar is still running, and I started with LR and it has none of the algae/dino issues, even when I change the water once every 3 months...
  11. Wow sounds like you're going thru everything I am going thru... dinos, bubble algae, vermitid snails (although they don't bother me as much). Even my PSW went thru a health scare! Going with LR is a good start. Look forward to your new tank!
  12. The image you linked looked like what I had in my tank, which I researched to be munnids. The "centipede" appearance and crawling / darting behaviour from OP also matches. 🤔
  13. munnid pods? all good! they are fun to watch.
  14. You give me too much credit! lol because I'm now thinking of pressing the reboot button... The algae (cyano and bubble and bryopsis and diatom) is not getting better, since I don't want to lower my nutrients too much or else dinos will make a comeback. So against my better judgement, I used chemiclean (again!) to battle the cyano, but now I think I see a bit of dinos (without the cyano to compete with). It's a never ending cycle... How do I start over, but save the corals I have on my rocks? Is that possible?
  15. Are those chalk bass? How do you like them? Do they swim out in the open? Always considered getting one...
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