sweevo

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  1. Tinyreef, what's a hob?
  2. I've had my 7 Gal Nano for approx three months now and it's starting to reach the point where I can't realistically fit anything else in there. One way I could create a bit of extra space would be to replace my Internal Filter with a Power Head of similar output. I give the filter media a good clean every week when I do my water change and it always amazes my how much stuff the filter is still picking out of the water, especially as it's a reef only tank, ie no fish. The tank currently has 9lbs of LR in it with no Living Sand. Would replacing the internal filter with a power head put my water quality at risk long term? I just have visions of a build up of crap in my tank over a period of months as I wouldn't be catching it in the filter media and clearing it out. Thanks in advance.
  3. Thanks for that.
  4. Ok, here's a little more to go on. It's the best pic out of half a dozen I tried to take just now. Look carefully at the filter and you'll see the two tentacles and their branches. Any ideas anybody?
  5. Hwarang, they're definitely coming out of the Toadstool whatever they are. There's only two of them and they extend from a couple of tubes/polyps on the edge/rim of the toadstool itself. If I flick the lights on they retract back inside within 20-30 seconds never to be seen again until the lights go out again. I'm not sure if tenticle is the right terminology but it's very fine/thin, is telescopic and has branches along it's full length. Every now and then they will recoil back and then extend out again. I'll see if I can catch it on film but I think it's so fine it'll be hard to see it.
  6. I've got a toadstool coral and at night when all the polyps have withdrawn I sometimes see a couple of telescopic like fine tenticles that come out from the rim of the top of the toad stool. They're very fine (like fishing line), can stretch out approx 8" and have short (to 1")branching tenticles along the full length. They go back and forth in the current. If this comes into contact with other corals will it harm them? At the moment there's not much in my Nano. I've read about LPS corals having long tentacles that can reach out and sting other nearby corals but I wasn't expecting anything like this on my leather (soft) corals. Here's a couple of pics of the coral in question just in case it's not a leather toadstool coral. I've had this posted in the Beginners Forum but no one's answered my question after waiting a couple of days. Thought I'd try it in here.
  7. I've got a toadstool coral and at night when all the polyps have withdrawn I sometimes see a couple of telescopic like fine tenticles that come out from the rim of the top of the toad stool. They're very fine, can stretch out approx 8" and have short (to 2")branching tenticles along the full length. They go back and forth in the current. If this comes into contact with other corals will it harm them? At the moment there's not much in my Nano. I've read about LPS corals having long tentacles that can reach out and sting other nearby corals but I wasn't expecting anything like this on my leather (soft) corals. Here's a couple of pics of the coral in question just in case it's not a leather toadstool coral.
  8. Just wondered if anyone could identify the species of coral that i've recently added to my Nano Reef? I think it's a leather coral but I've not had any joy trying to find anything more specific than that. My LFS sold it as a "mixed coral" due to it's neighbour being on the same piece of rock. Here's a pic: On a side note, I think i'm going to have to move the coral on the left as it's all but getting swamped by it's neighbour now. I've done a bit of searching on here about frags but have not seen much in the way of a description of taking cuttings. Should I take a cut as near to the base of the coral as possible using say a razor blade? There were dark patches starting to appears on it's surface today which i'm guessing is not a good sign. Thanks.
  9. Thanks for the advice. I came home tonight to find one of my other corals curling up at the edges. Kind of scrunching itself up. After what that happened yesterday with the toadstool I was getting worried that there was something wrong with my water and opted to do a 30% water change. From what you've said it looks like that'll only make it longer before they both settle down again now. Guess I need to leave well alone and just keep an eye on the water parameters and trust in what they're telling me. After the change and I noticed that the coral had opened up again so hopefully it's just the settling in period though again it too was fine for the first couple of days. Thanks again.
  10. Hi, after running my tank with just living rock (for six weeks) with a couple of turbo snails and red hermits I decided to take the plunge and pick up a few (three) corals this weekend. The most impressive of the three by far was a large (2-3 inch) Toadstool coral. Within an hour of being put in my tank on saturday all the polyps were out. The same happened on sunday too. Today however, when I returned from work the vast majority of polyps were withdrawn inside the Toadstoll itself. I checked Nitrate, Nitrite, PH and salinity in a bit of a panic and all seemed OK. Originally I had the toadstool approx 6" away and 3" below the main outlet of my Fluval 2+ filter. It was also approx 4 inch from the water surface. I moved it a an inch or two lower in the tank late yesterday as it did seem to be getting a bit of a buffering from the current. I also redirected the current away from it. Being at work I can't say for sure that all the polyps haven't been out during the day but at the weekend they were out until the lights went out which is why I was worried tonight. By the time the lights did go off tonight i'd say only about an eight of the polyps were out. My Tank is 2' x 8" x 1' (approx 7 gallon) with 8 lbs of LR, gravel substrate, an internal filter and 2 x 2' VHO Fluorescent lighting ( 1 x White & 1 x blue ). Could the battering from the current upset the toadstool inhabitants? Could I have the coral placed too close to my lighting and given it a dose of sunburn? If anyone's got any experience with these corals or a few suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. I was thinking of moving the coral deeper within the water to possibly a more sheltered spot within the tank but thought i'd ask on here first. The books and web sites i've looked have mentioned that placing of corals can be a bit of trial and error, especially for newbies like myself.
  11. I've had my tank up and running now for approaching a month and have approx 8lbs of LR in a 7 gallon tank. I have a slight build up of algae on the LR now and some on the glass of the tank. I was going to get a couple of snails to keep the glass clean and a couple of red/scarlet hermits to help clean the LR. Will there be enough algae to sustain a couple of hermits in this environment or will I have to supplement their diet? If they need additional feeding, what foods do you recommend and how frequent should I be looking to feed? Thanks in advance.