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  1. Great shot!
  2. Hey now! That’s very cool. What are the fans for? To cool the ballasts down?
  3. Um.. where did you hear that soldering a 120v conection is a bad idea? First time I have heard that.
  4. Very nice.. what type of lighting are you using? MH 20K?
  5. Thanks for the advice/suggestions. I think I just might pick up a copy of that book. So, are yellow polyps considered Zoanthids? Ryan
  6. Hi All, I have been doing a ton of research on this board and others like it and have learned a great deal over the past couple weeks. I have a 10 gallon tank that is fully cycled with various small soft corals and I am trying to decide what direction I want to ultimately go with it. I have read numerous articles and posts about soft corals (mostly Zoanthids) that carry various levels of palytoxin. The effects to humans can range from mildly irritating to the skin to outright deadly depending on coral species and the type of exposure. All I want is a nice SAFE reef tank that I, and my family, can enjoy. I would prefer not to be required to use gloves and eye protection when I work on the tank and move things around. Below are some questions that I have come up with. If I am way off base here please set me straight. I am just trying to fill in the holes in my somewhat limited knowledge. 1. Are all soft corals toxic to some degree? From what I have read it sounds like they all are. 2. Are all button/colony polyp corals (yellow polyps for example) considered Zoanthids? 3. Do stony corals have the same toxicity problems? 4. Would an SPS only tank be safer? I have seen some gorgeous SPS corals and I wouldn’t mind upgrading my lighting to MH and doing some target feeding to support them if this meant that my tank would be non-toxic. Thanks for any info! Ryan
  7. Thanks for the suggestions everybody! It looks like his pinchers are c-shaped. I think I am going to let him go. Before I caught him he seemed to like to keep to himself so hopefully he won’t cause any trouble. I added a small GSP colony a couple days before I removed him and all the polyps look fine. Ryan
  8. Maybe some melted butter and a lobster bib would be most appropriate.
  9. He is in a plastic cup in the tank right now with some sand in the bottom. I wouldn’t mind letting him go if I knew he wasn’t going to cause any trouble.
  10. Hi All, I was finally able to catch this little bugger. He had been eluding me for weeks and was a hitchhiker in one of my rocks. The question is what should I do with him? Do you think he is reef safe? Hmmmmmm ... Thanks for any suggestions. I am not sure what to do at this point. I don’t want him munching on my future corals. The tank is mostly LR right now. Ryan
  11. Great idea! Maybe I will give the siphon method a shot.
  12. I think I may have more than one.. possibly two or three. I just noticed yesterday morning a new borough in the sand under one of the rocks. I want to add my first coral this weekend and I am worried that they might munch on it. Maybe I will try to catch them using the glass cup method. :ermm:
  13. anyone?
  14. Hi All, A week-or-so ago I noticed this crab who had made a home in a crevasse in one of my rocks. I have no idea what kind of crab it is. Does anybody have any idea? Sorry for the bad picture. If you look real close you can see one of his pinchers, some of his front legs, and part of his body coming out of the rock. I can’t get him to come completely out of his house no matter what I do. He blends into the rock really well. It looks like he has hairs all over his legs. I mainly just want to figure out if his presence is a good thing or a bad thing. Ryan ???
  15. Thanks everybody! That helps a lot.