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el_ote

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    salt on the brain...

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    el_ote's 10 Gallon Tank

    Thanks @Lula_Mae & @vlangel ! Definitely a cute overload and while getting him wasn't too much $, the upkeep is $$$... Lol
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    Total noob in need of advice

    The cycle explains the beneficial bacterias ability to process the waste/food/live-rock-die-off by breaking it down to ammonia, then nitrite, then to nitrate. When you first get a tank, you buy live rock at the store or order online, if there is die off between store and getting into your tank, that die off starts the cycle. People will wait out the cycle in order to see the ammonia rise from die off then get converted to nitrite then finally to nitrate where they can do a water change to lower the nitrate to safe levels. Then they could add some food to the rock only tank to try and make the ammonia show on a test again and test to follow the cycle from ammonia to nitrite to nitrate. The tanks ability to process ammonia quickly is what's meant by being cycled. In your tank, we felt the tank was immature in the cycle process to handle all the waste created by the large bioload (all the fish) which is why most people are recommending rehoming most of the fish. Hope this makes sense.
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    TSB taste test

    @ClownTriggerDude Tail Spot Blenny. One of the most entertaining fish we can keep! In my humble opinion
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    Conch Yoga

    Aha, is this him? @Aurortpa
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    TSB taste test

    Oh I get it. I've seen that method for coral feeding. Any picks of the strawberry conch?
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    TSB taste test

    Not a Pepsi fish I see. What's under the bottle?
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    el_ote's 10 Gallon Tank

    Here's some shots of the tank with the cubes below my rockwork. Really want my goby now. I think it'll make a great tunnel system for the burrowers. Here's the Squat Lobster enjoying them too. And here's one of my newest frag
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    el_ote's 10 Gallon Tank

    Here's the MarinePure Cubes in action at my office tank. The Jawfish dove right in after I took my hands outta the tank. Showing off his ninja skills
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    el_ote's 10 Gallon Tank

    Added some MarinePure cubes as a kind of stand for my rocks. My hope is extra biological filtration,pod nursery, and an easier pathway dig for my pistol shrimp and future goby. I am still waiting to come across a nice Randall's goby. No pics of the cubes since I stirred things up and did a water change right after. I'll take some mañana.
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    Total noob in need of advice

    i dont think you have to restart. just tweak things until you get a good rhythm going. i think you can safely remove the bio balls now without waiting. if you have to keep the sponge until your order gets here, take it to the sink, rinse and squeeze the gunk outta it. trial and error. trial and error. you'll get it.
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    Total noob in need of advice

    Read the above, multiple times, at least the first 2-3 pages worth for sure. i read and re-read this many times prior to starting a tank including all the way through just to make sure i didnt miss anything important hiding in all the knowledge. (edit to add, this thread has A LOT of great info even if you dont have the same tank) This is a pretty good guide to fish. in your tank at your skill level, i would keep TWO fish. period. if you get the hang of things, go ahead add another; MUCH later on. how porous is your rock? it looks kind of smooth. is it river rock? river rock wont work for our tanks, you need surface area for the beneficial bacteria to populate. any ammonia is too much ammonia in the tanks. you are too overstocked for a small tank and your biofilter cant handle it. distilled water is a good way to go. stay away from tap water. a RODI filter would be awesome if you can get one, but distilled will work. dont overfeed. start slow. keep 1-2 fish. try to keep the tank at good parameters for an extended period of time before you try to add anything. right now you want to build your routine. weekly water changes, testing, and keeping everything happy. read articles. read other's posts, learn their maintenance schedules especially the successful tanks similar to yours. start slow stay slow. youll get there.
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    Total noob in need of advice

    ∆ what tank is that? 6 fish seems like a lot. I agree with the water source being a possible culprit of problems. You can mix your own salwwater with RODI from the lfs or from your own filter or buy distilled water. No tap water. Weekly water changes. 10-20% at least. Don't over feed. Post your actual parameter test results. "Within range" doesn't help people know how to help you. Need nitrate, ammonia, phosphate tests. Need more info to give better advice.
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    Minimum tube anemone tank size?

    Cool video i found just the other day about the rock flower anemones in a pico.
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    Starfish leg looks decomposing

    Also found this thread here:
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    Starfish leg looks decomposing

    Make sure it has enough to eat. I know for sure the sand sifters in a tank too small or not mature enough to provide food for it will decompose similarly.it can regrow if it gets healthy. Miss my sand sifter... They're so cool.
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