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  1. Mine is inexplicably still alive. Haven't seen it actually pick at anything and no signs of nipping or eating anything.
  2. Use a hack saw with a lower tooth count will cut faster but take more effort per stroke. Pukani was cake to hack saw even dry. Reef saver/marco is a bit denser but IME still not too hard.
  3. Interesting response. I don't doubt at all that there are multiple species of bacteria that can perform the functions of ammonification/nitrification (not sure the intent of starter bacterial supplements is denitrification) but it's my understanding that nitrosomonas/nitrobacter are the overwhelming majority and most commonly found in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. It could be that they use other bacteria to prolong the shelf life of their product and to provide a sufficient starting point, but that it's expected over time for their bacteria to be replaced by more common species?
  4. Hobbies? Not in any order: - Mountain biking - Golf - Adventuring when I can afford it - really anything outdoors though (camping, hiking, snowboarding, fishing, hunting) - Hanging with my 5 & 6 yr old daughters - Aquariums - Wood working - Tinkering/prototyping/fabricating (considering an entry level 3D printer purchase! Any suggestions?) - Photography - Music (mostly metal & I try to play the guitar) Inactive hobbies: - Bonsai (no patience) - Quad copters (no time lately) - Gaming (no time) - Sailing (no boat) - Violin (no one to play with) - Firearms (Lazy - haven't been to range in months)
  5. Actually I don't see that Seachem states Stability contains Nitrosomonas/Nitrobacter anywhere... So maybe it doesn't?
  6. Interesting question - I have a few also. - Are you testing ALK? - Did you open a new bag/bucket of salt recently? - What salt? It's possible (though unlikely!) there's been a formula change? - What does your fresh mixed SW read for pH/ALK/CA? - What is your water source? - How much in advance do you generally mix your salt? - Could your buffer be expired or otherwise contaminated? Either way I would probably discontinue the practice of buffering unless your water for some reason is extremely off neutral... The Kent product buffers both pH and ALK - so I'm guessing that you're throwing the salt mix off balance which is causing a precipitation of either calcium or alkalinity.
  7. My Potter appears to be a zombie/undead as I've had it for 2-1/2 months and I have yet to see it eat anything. Either that or I have a Jesus fish (you know, like the things people put on their cars or whatever) and it's on an extended fast. http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/378161-potters-angelfish-back-in-qt-thoughts-on-how-to-proceed-welcome/page-2
  8. Update - still alive and still haven't seen it eat Looks fine though - just sort of hangs around the bottom and swims between 2 or 3 spots around the tank. I did toss in some peas - nothing yet though - maybe I'll try just the shell? Or chopped up? I used to have a ton of sponge matter and for a while I was thinking he was picking that off but I really haven't seen much - even before adding this fish. Oh - and I also tried feeding it Ulva a little bit ago. Oddly enough nothing ate it.
  9. So like you were intending to get a different fish? What was your initial plan? Twinspots look cool though.
  10. Not sure over a 10g - thinking about trying to find one for my 3g tho
  11. This. Normally the ball blocks the water from coming out. When you take the ball out you're relying instead on the internal pressure of the water bottle to hold the water in - think of it like submerging a cup in water and turning it upside down then trying to pull it out of the water. The water stays in the cup until air is allowed to take it's place. Same thing - as the water level drop bits of air enter the water bottle and that lets out water.
  12. nice video!
  13. The basis for a solid CUC should be your basic snails. Trochus, cerith, nerite, astrea, turbo, nassarius (sparingly)... Add crabs with caution. Shrimp don't technically do much as a member of a CUC but they're neat. I would avoid the more exotic snails and crabs other than hermits for a while.
  14. You know a quick dip in coralRX, iodine solution, or FW dip will remove them pretty completely... Surprised he didn't simply offer to dip the frag for you or something... Anyways I have them in my tank but oddly enough they've never gotten to plague proportions. I can't exactly say why - I don't have any fish or inverts that are particularly well known to eat them. They're super easy to siphon out with a length of airline tubing. Zip tie some panty hose on the bucket end of the hose and that will catch the flatworms so that you can return the water you sucked out back to the tank if you would like. Or you can just replace with fresh mixed as the airline tubing is just enough suction to suck up the flatworms but not much water.