el_ote

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  1. Any thoughts on these bad boys. They are freaking me out! They are in a bad corner of my tank and i cant clean the glass very well so sorry about the bad picture. They look to have strings or mucous coming outta the tops. maybe a spaghetti worm or hair worm or a vermetid? This is after i nudged them with my poking stick: How worried should i be. They gave me the heebie-jeebies
  2. http://www.reefgardener.com/collections/ricordea-mushrooms havent ordered any from there, but the corals look great
  3. just as good as the title implies: http://bowiebranchia.tumblr.com/?_utm_source=1-2-2 found this in my G+ feed
  4. Nice tank! love the clams!! How are the fish since the treatment? I like those dosing containers you're using. Have you had any issue with the lids being metal?
  5. Thanks mystersyster. This smaller tank is what I should have stuck with from the beginning. Keeping my tank now feels like fun again.
  6. Added a CurrentUSA TrueLumen Pro 12" Actinic to my fixture. I love the color being added and my couple of mushrooms are really opening up now. I may just end up gutting the fixture and mounting some more of these inside.
  7. hi NaCl H20 my biggest issue was not sticking to weekly water changes. one skipped became two became three... Then the GHA took over and it became a REAL battle. The rocks i have are the ones i was able to clean the most of GHA before transfering. there is still some on there, but im scrubbing it off at water changes and its also dying off on its own. My best advice is dont ever skip a weekly water change! Also, dont over stock or over feed.
  8. From an original tank of 5.5 gallons to 10, 20, & 40, I'm back to a 10 gallon. My complex came in with a new 10 gallon max rule and while i didn't like being forced to downsize, I had begun to let my maintenance slide considerably and my tank suffered for it. Since I made the switch, my interest has done a complete 180. I kept a couple of rocks, dumped the sand bed, and transferred my fish hermits and peppermint. Anywho, heres a first set of picss: Newly Set-up: Hardiest Clowns Ever! 2 new emeralds and a survior hermit Some Shrooms from my office tank current params 8-5-16 Alk 7.3 dkh, Ca 415 ppm, Mg 1440 ppm Ammonia 0ppm, Nitrite 0ppm, Nitrate 10-20ppm Equipment: 10 Gallon Standard Tank Neotherm Heater 75W i think Coralife 2 bulb 20watt fixture Aquaclear 110 with Fuge Mod (chaeto coming soon) & Chemipure Livestock: 2 Clownfish - They've been with me since the first tank 1 Banggai Cardinal Fish 3 Hermits (ones huge, took out a Mexican Turbo for his shell and filled it) 1 Peppermint Shrimp 2 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp 3 Emerald Crabs I have a 12" TrueLumen Pro Series LED Strip Actinic light coming in that im going to attach to my t5 and from there i will get a GFO reactor not sure if Two little fishies or brs mini. I'd have to figure a good way to add the pump since im sumpless right now. Thanks for stopping by.
  9. Is the 36" Current USA TrueLumen Pro Deepwater Blue Actinic LED StripLight you listed the only light you are using? i saw the great growth you are getting and was thinking of adding a strip to my small t5 fixture.
  10. I've had the yellow watchman, the Randall's goby, and the hi-fin goby. The yellow watchman and the hi-fin were both paired to my Randall's pistol shrimp at home. They just found the shrimp within a day or so of being introduced to the tank. The Randall's goby is paired to a Randall's pistol shrimp at work and was also paired within a day or so of being introduced with no help from me. I'm not sure any of those fish stay small enough for a 4.3 gallon, but i can tell you that my hi-fin goby was the smallest of the bunch. They are all relatively inexpensive. -e edit: Looks like all the fish i listed are shown to be 10 gallon minimum tank size. check this thread out for fish in the pico tank range. http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/74703-lgreens-ultimate-guide-to-nano-fish/
  11. thanks ReefKid. i'll definitely get those ballasts if i go thru with it. 3blue+ and a coral+ is my fave combo. i guess i should buy at least one bulb once i decide to cut it in order to measure correctly. God knows how many times i measured for my screen top and still came out too long even accounting for the thickness of the corner...
  12. http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=291646020289&alt=web perhaps a ballast like this. i think ill take my light apart to see if it is capable as the one linked above of doing both 39w & 24w. maybe all I'll have to figure out is how to cut my fixture down to size...
  13. thanks gus, i figured that was most likely the case. better try learning some electronics
  14. i have a 36" 39W fishneedit and was thinking of taking the guts to make a hood for a smaller tank and using 24" 24 Watt bulbs. my question is if i do that, will the drivers overdrive the bulbs or only send out what the bulbs need. If they overdrive the bulbs, does anyone have any ideas on what i can add to consume the extra wattage? Thanks
  15. Congrats! I feel like a Charles would round out that name nicely.