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  1. NUDI ID

    Definitely looks like a classic Zoa eating Nudi to me. At that size, he probably has "friends" running around you are not seeing. Keep a very close watch on any closed Zoas and look for signs of stress.
  2. Snails

    Hard to tell from the distortion, but my guess would be Astrea/Turbo snails. See if you can snag a better picture as they climb up on the glass!
  3. Worm ID needed

    Unfortunately, it has been euthanized with extreme prejudice. I brought it down to the LFS, who gave me a positive ID of Oenonidae. They argued over the exact genus (Halla, Oenone, Laranda or Tainokia), but they all agreed on the words "nocturnal serial killer" and "eats anything it can stun with mucus, including fish and possibly coral". They mentioned some other things about poison, reproduction, survivability OUTSIDE the tank that I am not mentioning here, cause I do not want to give anyone nightmares. Stay the heck away from this worm.
  4. Worm ID needed

    Here is a fantastic closeup of what the head looks like. You cant see it now, but this worm has a fully functional jaw and is able to open it, much like a snake.
  5. Worm ID needed

    12" Tweezers He came out immediately following "lights out" lastnight. I grabbed him directly from behind (which appeared to be a natural blindspot). I only saw about 1-3 inches of this beast at first and was more than a little surprised when I pulled the other FOOT of him out of the LR.
  6. Worm ID needed

    Looks like an Oenone/Eunice worm, however, I just wanted to get everyone's consensus. The size of this bugger was over 12 inches long and I havent seen a fireworm get this large before. 1) Nocturnal and light sensitive 2) FAST withdrawal 3) My hunch is, it was predatory, however, this is not confirmed 4) Very destructive in a nano: Moves around ALOT of sand & LR! Higher Res: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/214/bugger.jpg/
  7. New BC14 - Critique Me Please

    If you get *really* desperate waiting, you can speed up the cycling of your tank by using the dirty filter or a handful of sand from a well established tank. Alternately, you can go out and buy a couple of cheap FW guppies and stick them in your SW tank. These guys are great for seeding a tank and can be fun watching them swim around!
  8. New BC14 - Critique Me Please

    Definitely ditch the UV at least for the next few weeks. Just remember, the sterilizer kills beneficial bacteria along with the bad..... Right now, you do not really want to kill off anything off, as this will prolong your starter tank cycling time and interfere with your bacteria breakdown process. Anyway, it can take some time for the ammonia/ium to settle down. Generally 1 to 4 weeks depending on how well seeded it is. 4 weeks is probably on the overkill side of things. Just remember you do not want to add any fish until after your readings stabilize and you are sure it is safe.
  9. lgreen's Mandarin FAQ

    Your common names classification wasnt entirely complete. I have updated it for you in order to better reflect the accuracy of said organism.
  10. biocube 29 build and aquascaping

    Thats a fantastic score off of CL, I am completely jealous. Your 'scaping looks great too. Careful placing your rocks so close to the back though as it can create pockets where your cleaners cant get to, otherwise, great start! Any plans on what you are gonna hang from your inverted rock?
  11. WTB: King Midas Zoanthids

    Anyone find a good vendor for these yet?
  12. Quarantine Question

    I generally try to avoid any kind of substrate that could potentially interfere/absorb with any of the medicine you may be adding to the quarantine tank or the pest itself. So no LR or DSB in any of my quarantines. That being said, you make a very very good point about stress. Its probably more valuable to keep your fish calm and at home with its surroundings WITH the LR.... so I may have to rethink my quarantine!
  13. New To Nano's and NR and Have a Few Questions

    1) The Fluval U4 is a pretty good filter that has won several awards overseas. I ran a couple of these in my nano freshwater tanks. The only problem is, their carbon filters can be tricky to replace at times. Make sure you have a LFS in mind where you can buy these at. 2) The Koralia 240's are also a good choice. Though, running both at once may be a little too much flow, but it depends on what kind of coral/fish you are going to stock your tank with (if your stock requires high flow, you can probably run both units plus your fluval). 3) A fuge is a fantastic addition to any tank and works in conjunction with your mechanical filter. It can break down a larger range of water pollutants than a strict carbon filter, but it can also act as a valuable food source for your main tank as well. Use both imo, but be sure to monitor your water quality closely! 4) Lastly, you will need to determine what kind of coral you will want to stock and what you can realistically afford, before choosing your lighting.
  14. attack of the clown

    It is possible that the LFS clerk picked out the alpha female from the store tank and gave you that. So their roles could be already established. However, its more likely, your pair is immature and will need to sort out their roles later. Keep an eye on them until you know for sure.
  15. This is probably a stupid question

    Yeah, depending on what you are planning for your tank, I would increase your water flow. I like to stir this crap up and keep most of the detritus off of the bottom. Then again, I get kinda lazy with my water changes.
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