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  1. Tank Breakdown - Central NJ

    It's a 15gal tall. I think I'm keeping the tank as I want to turn it into something else. Debating going back to herptiles. Lighting I have a metal halide set up and some LEDs. The AC 110 is actually not hooked up to the tank right now. The Rena is. Sorry, no ship. I will be heading down to Coastal NC in early July but would like to have most of the stuff gone by then.
  2. Just not feeling it anymore, no time to maintain. Black & White Ocellaris Clown - Pair, but not breeding - $55 for the pair: http://s259.photobucket.com/user/jeauthomas/media/Aquarium/HurricaneBraceletsFish178.jpg.html'> Starry Blenny - I'll actually be sorry to see this one go. He's the only fish to survive Superstorm Sandy. $10 http://s259.photobucket.com/user/jeauthomas/media/Aquarium/IMG_20130411_172318_zps2636b211.jpg.html'> Two different Maxi Mini Carpet Anems $25ea: http://s259.photobucket.com/user/jeauthomas/media/Aquarium/75951_705582914531_699482320_n_zps52f8452d.jpg.html'> http://s259.photobucket.com/user/jeauthomas/media/Aquarium/576858_705581332701_1894507183_n_zpsd04ea64d.jpg.html'> I have to get a pic of it, but I have a rock with a bunch of ricordeas and mushrooms on it, some with multiple mouths - $100 A MONSTER of an Emerald Crab - $7 Also various blue legs and other hermits - will go with the above 20lbs of live rock, live sand, Rena filter, Aquaclear 110....all these can go once the above go.
  3. Amphipods?

    Thanks! I'm glad that they're there. And the must have just showed up on something even though I hven't added anything ot the tank in awhile.
  4. Amphipods?

    I was going the maintenece on my Rena filter and when I went to empty it I found all these little shrimpies in there. I rescued as many as I could and am going to put them back in the tank once everything is asleep. I am pretty sure they're amphipods....not sure where they came from. My question is I always find some sort of shrimpy thing in my canister filter. Is it safe to assume if they're in there that they're in the tank too? Here's a pic:
  5. My emerald crab is getting very big. It keeps molting and every time it molts its double the size. I have a 15gal and as far as I can tell, it hasn't attacked/eaten anything. It does get excited when I stick my hand in there and start messing around the tank. I am not sure if it's the giant emerald or the sea urchin that is moving things around, but someone does like to do a little housekeeping. But other than that I haven't run into any issues....yet.....
  6. Why am I having algae problems?

    What's your flow like? I find that the red slime algae tends to grow in areas w/ little to no flow. When I've increased flow it goes away (given my water parameters are good)
  7. Gobies to the Rescue

    http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/...rss&emc=rss In the waters surrounding the Fiji Islands, the coral reef has vigilant defenders. Researchers have discovered that when alerted by chemical signals transmitted by corals, two resident species of the goby fish will swing into action and limit a growth of seaweed that contributes to the bleaching of precious reefs. The gobies, inch-long gemlike creatures, report to the affected areas of the corals and nibble the aberrant seaweed back into place, making it look “like somebody went out there with little hedge trimmers,” said Mark Hay, a marine ecologist at Georgia Tech. For their study, published in the latest issue of the journal Science, Dr. Hay and his co-author, Danielle Dixson, a postdoctoral fellow in the biology department at Georgia Tech, set out to investigate interactions between seaweed and reefs as well as the chemical output of corals. While a coral’s chemical production is relatively well documented, as is the role that herbivorous grazers play in the upkeep of a reef, the use of chemicals to recruit fish to deal with a threat proved a revelation. This “really specialized chemical communication” is a unique finding, said Nancy Knowlton, a coral reef biologist and the Sant Chair of Marine Sciences at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. In effect, the two goby fish species, Gobiodon histrio and Paragobiodon enchinocephalus, are acting to protect their home base. Known as the broad-barred and redhead gobies, they are also popular aquarium pets because of their vivid coloring and stripes. While these species are not necessarily directly threatened by being collected for sale as pets, the service they perform for corals may raise questions about the wisdom of the aquarium trade, the researchers suggest. “The primary concern would be that overharvesting of the fish would lead to decline in coral abundance,” Dr. Knowlton said. Coral bleaching is also closely associated with global warming and with the proliferation of seaweed as a result of overfishing in general. To demonstrate the goby’s role, Dr. Hay and Dr. Dixson studied the small staghorn coral, a host for the fish. Although the coral is a common fast-growing species, it is nonetheless threatened by a seaweed called Chlorodesmis fastigiata, or turtleweed. This lurid green hairlike plant is damaging to many corals because of an oily substance on its surface that reacts chemically when it brushes against coral, causing intensive bleaching within two to three days. Dr. Hay and Dr. Dixson set out to test the response of the fish. “We took the worst-case scenario and saw if these fish could defend the coral against it,” said Hay. Donning scuba gear, the researchers collected seawater samples next to corals that usually hosted gobies and had been brushed with the toxic weed. They then released samples that were laden with the coral’s chemical signals near corals that were occupied by the fish. In the same experiment with resident damselfish, the damsels abandoned the reef. “The neighborhood’s going downhill, we’re moving,” Dr. Hay said, describing their response. But when it came to gobies, they “came out and trimmed the seaweed back just enough” that it no longer slathered the coral with its chemical mix, he said. The redhead goby seems just to trim the plant, Dr. Hay said, while the broad-barred fish actually devours the seaweed, in that way increasing its own toxicity and warding off predators. The researchers still do not know what chemicals the corals release to activate the fish. “We know they are responding to it via smell,” Dr. Hay said, “but we don’t know what the compound is at this stage.” Either way, on corals without the protective gobies, there is a reduction of photosynthetic ability of roughly 80 percent. With the fish on duty, that suppression drops to around 20 percent. The fish play “a very critical structural role in the maintenance of the reef” — fulfilling a purpose, Dr. Knowlton suggested, that may make them better suited to living with the ocean’s corals than dwelling inside a home aquarium.
  8. My tank was without power/heat/movement/etc for 5 days during hurricane Sandy. Hair algae seemed to sprout during those days. I've been reading a lot on here and other sites about algae and I see a lot of folks will say "it's not hair algae it's bryopsis" and vice versa. The algae I have hasn't gotten worse in the last 2 weeks now that I have power. I threw in an emerald crab since that died during the hurricane. I have a starry blenny (the only fish to survive the hurricane) but he doesn't seem to tough the stuff. I do see the hermits and emeralds on it. The snails I have don't really seem to touch it either. But something HAS to be keeping it from spreading because it's not spreading and keeping it short. So what is this? And what kind of snail is this? It hitch-hiked in and has tripled in size.
  9. how do you feed your maxi anemones?

    I use tweezers and feed them piece of seafood. I got some "jumbo mysis" and they get that every 2 weeks. I will sometimes feed them pieces of scallops and shrimp too. Once I even gave one chicken! They seem to like being fed and get real happy, big and colorful afterwards.
  10. Zero Water - Brita Pitcher that gives 0 TDS water?

    Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I recently had this thought too to use my ZeroWater pitcher for water. I currently use tap (180TDS) - I have always thought my tap water tasted funny and I never drank much water. After getting the ZeroWater pitcher (I have a really big dispenser thing) I definitely am drinking SO much more water. I have had it for 6mths I think. The only time I had to replace the filter is once - when my fridge decided to be so cold to freeze every thing and the filter was frozen soooo not filtering. I changed it out and kept the frozen one - it works fine now. So technically I have not had to change the filter since I got it. Another thing that I LOVE is that my container broke and Zerowater sent me a new one at no cost. Excellent customer service. When I got the TDS meter I started taking it everywhere and testing my water. I was surprised that rain water just had 8TDS. My parent's house in PA which is supposedly well water and supposedly the best kind of water after spring - had something around 300 I think. I took it to work in NYC and it had just 18TDS. Anyway I have been thinking of using my ZeroWater dispenser. It holds 1.5gallons and I have a 15gallon. If I'm changing out 1-2 gallons every H20 change, I think it's manageable. It's better than my tap water, no?
  11. My Calcium is always high

    Thanks! I am waiting for the refrac but it hasn't come in yet! Usually things come very fast but not this time. I ordered it on the 4th! I'm going to have to call and see what's up. Do they make any things that test the water without involving a chemistry set? I would think by now there shoudl be some sort of digital thing that measures everything for you. Not that I don't like testing water, but it'd be convenient.
  12. FT Zoas for RBTA or green torch

    Do you have pics?
  13. Saltyduck's 15gal Tall Nano - New Pics 5/25

    These are pics of my tank AFTER Hurricane Sandy. Got a little bit of a hair algae problem from the storm, but overall things are a whole lot better than they could have been. Got Coraline? A little meet-n-great: My Grogonian (prob my favorite coral) Emerald crab on the hair algae job. My two new clowns:
  14. Never Count a Hermit Out

    All of my hermits - redlegs, scarlets, blues - survived hurricane sandy power outage and it got COLD. I pretty much completely ignored my tank the entire time I didn't have power til the very end because I found it very upsetting to look at. Everything survived with the exception of 2 fish, 1 emerald crab and sand sifting star. In the wild I have seen bluelegs and likewise crabs living in the most DISGUSTING conditions. There's been tidepools of human waste (they find this very yummy apparently) and some with oil from boats. And all sort of nasty things. The crabs seem perfectly happy. These pools range from 70ish deg to def much hotter. These guys definitely are roaches of the sea.
  15. My Calcium is always high

    That's what I was thinking of trying - raising the Alk levels. I tried looking on my salt to see if they have calcium levels anywhere but it doesn't. This is the salt I use: The test kit I tested it with this time (API) is brand new. I just got it in. I had a Sea Marine test kit but I never liked that one. I went to 2 of my LFS places yesterday and I really should have taken it in. They both offered to test it. I think I will bring some in next week and have them BOTH test it. They're right next to each other. It will be interesting if they find different things. That's what I've always heard! I can't wait to get it. I DID get it from Amazon Prime (two-day air) but it isn't coming in that quickly. Mail here is still kinda messed up from the hurricane.