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  1. Well, once it was obvious it couldn't be saved I removed it from the house and ventilated the room with some fans in the windows. I never noticed any dark pockets like you see sometimes from the sides of the tank; it looks like the pockets formed around the mangrove root systems where the little root filaments had compressed the sand together. When I checked the tank later I tried to remove one of the shoots and got more bubbles of odour-de-ass out from under them.
  2. I had a few questions on hydrogen sulfide. I don't think I've every had to deal with it in a serious way before, but now I'm having some trouble with it. Anyhow, lost our AC unit a few weeks ago and the heat killed most of the macroinverts in one of my 10g tanks. In retrospect I should have just abandoned ship right there, but I tried to deal with the die off with water changes and such, but with 100+ temps and high 80's in the house. I couldn't keep most of the animals from dying. Came home today to find the tank white and every surviving creature from amphipods to bristle worms dead. Thought it might have been macroalgae, but most of the caulerpa was removed with the water changes and the surviving red algae was fine. Slight rotten egg smell, trigger ohshi- sulfide reaction. Ran carbon in 2 filters, broke out skimmer but found it refused to start. Smell was getting worse and worse so I decided to hell with it and tried 100% water change. Stupid move there. Water pouring in disturbed a pocket of sand underneath one rock and released bubbles of the stuff. So now the drained tank is on the porch and the room smells like death. I have the rock, mangroves, and algae in a bucket and a box fan in the window to air the room out. Smell was bad enough to make me feel ill, hopefully just because of the revolting odor and not any other physiological side effects. Questions- Is the rock contaminated, or can I place it in another tank? I'd stick it in a small tank to recycle. 2- Slight silly hypochondria here, but has anyone heard of enough hydrogen sulfide being released from a tank to cause any adverse health problems for people or pets [obviously the aquatic creatures, but also like rabbits and cats?] ? I know I kinda invited this with the deep-ish sand bed and rock in such a small tank (was experimenting with pure natural filtration with just pumps for water movement, worked rather well until the aforementioned events), but would like some advice all the same.
  3. I'd lean more towards either basket star or sessile sea cucumber.
  4. Nah, medusas have smooth bodies, was definitely a eunicid worm. While a few are predatory, the ones I have are excellent scavengers, and burrow through the rock and sand like little aquatic earthworms. Haven't harmed anything yet, and they've been given ample opportunity to do so.
  5. Perhaps a pebble crab? I duno really, they all look similar...
  6. Shine a UV light on 'em and they'll light up like opals
  7. Well, from what I can tell the big worm is a eunicid worm, and the hairy starfish is a brittle-star of some sort. Awesome that you had the little shrimp come along for the ride
  8. Neat, your little squirmy friends look like polychaete worm epitokes.
  9. The anetnnae bit makes me think of a eunicid worm. Mostly scavengers, though a few are predators.
  10. Tank size?- 10g+, mine started silver dollar size, and it's already 4" across and still growing. I suppose you could keep one in a 5g, providing that you don't keep anything else near it. Lighting?- Good PC and up should be fine. Mine looks great under t5ho. Flow?- Low-Moderate. Slightly higher flow to direct drifting food to them is good if you don't want to target feed. Skimmer?- No Refugium?- No Feeding?- I feed mine directly 2x per week with mysis. It eats any food I put in the tank though. Loves prime reef flakes more than the mysis shrimp. Spawning info?- Unknown to me.
  11. Most likely a foraminiferan. Harmless little filter-feeding hitchhiker. Red color comes from their incorporation of iron particles in their shells.
  12. I don't think its bryopsis. Seen it somewhere before, but can't recall a name. Might want to see if john maloney knows what it might be. Is it sort of stiff/bristly by any chance? edit-Also, the xenia should be pretty easy to remove should you want to dispose of the rock. A razor blade should do the trick.
  13. I used to feed pieces of cucumber to my bristlenosed catfish. I'd imagine some marine fish and snails might like them, though I'd go for organic ones due to some organism's sensitivity to things.
  14. Good algae eaters from what I've seen of them. Always people looking for them on the classifieds if the population grows beyond what you want.
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