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  1. holy carp

    Wild Sea Nem, Help!

    Yes, I agree with this.
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    Wild Sea Nem, Help!

    The white film is probably mucous to protect against the toxic ammonia you're collecting in its tank. Have you been testing ammonia? Not sure how you can use the term cycling without understanding biological filtration. We're talking about the nitrogen cycle - please read up on this ASAP if anything is unclear. I've never heard of a bird eating an anemone. Can't find anything online about birds eating anemones. *sigh* In any case, my take is this: You need a properly cycled system that manages ammonia and nitrites and preferably has some other biological activity - You need to ensure that ammonia is 0. You don't have time to cycle a tank - you need to find a bacteria-populated substrate such as rock, sand, or sponges from an established system to achieve an immediate biofilter quickly enough to save your anemone. You need sufficient water flow and movement to keep that biological activity going and provide sufficient aeration. You need to maintain the right temperature - I don't know what water temperature averages where it was collected, but like @Clown79 said, probably quite a bit warmer than you have it right now. You need a strong enough light to feed the anemone - They generally live in shallows so get a lot of sun all day long. [EDIT: maybe according to @OldManSea lighting isn't as critical for this specific species.] You need to supplement it with direct feeding - shrimp may be fine, but a variety will be most healthy in the long run.
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    New tank. Bug with red legs?

    They supposedly take on coloration from the zoas they eat, but I haven't seen them first hand.
  4. holy carp

    New tank. Bug with red legs?

    Looks a little like a zoa spider.
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    Torch and Skeleton

    When mine are happy and get enough light they won't eat. However I've had heads lower down get shaded by ones above and then they will eat. So it may be a sign of good health that it isn't trying to take food. Best of luck.
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    Torch and Skeleton

    I also wouldn't react to that. It may have been a small injury of some sort, but in a healthy system it will fully recover. Torches are pretty hardy, though don't like being directly blasted by powerheads. Given its coloration and how extended its tentacles are, I think you're in good shape. You could try feeding it little bits of mysis or other food to give it some extra energy if you'd like.
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    WV Reefer

    Congratulations to a beautiful 12G long tank! This tank is an impressive accomplishment. It's hard to imagine being able to keep all these animals healthy and vibrant without a sump or filtration or dosing.
  8. holy carp

    Where do I start?

    That's good progress. You may also consider moving it away from that window - the natural sunlight is perfect for algae, and not that beneficial for corals. Even if the light doesn't directly shine on it, you may still be getting more than you ideally want. Upgrading the lighting from Fluval stock to something higher °Kelvin or more on the blue spectrum will give the algae a little less fuel as well. You could get something like an inexpensive orbit marine on a tank that size. Additionally, adding some Fluconazole with a water change might help suppress the algae from regrowing. I don't think it fully eradicates GHA or bryopsis in a tank, but it suppresses it enough that they simply don't grow quickly unless nutrients get way out of control.
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    White Stringy Stuff on bottom of Monti

    No, don't panic. These things often grow in the dark shaded areas under corals. I have them on the skeleton of my elegance. They have been there for years, and never bothered anything. I think they may be some kind of sponge, but I was never able to get a proper ID. In your case, the monti will likely overgrow them and seal them off anyway. I had asked a similar question here:
  10. Let's get some updates on this little guy, please.
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    You definitely don't have to, but I do it sometimes because it's fun to watch them eat.
  12. It might just be lymphocystis from an injury. Perhaps he was bullied by tank mates in the store. I would not overreact right away; that little guy is still acclimating and the stress of a dip might be unnecessary. If it starts to improve in a couple days, you probably don't need to do anything. If it worsens over the next few days or week, then I'd try a dip in hydroplex. That got rid of chronic lymphocystis that my dottyback had for over a month from a crab attack. 10 days after dipping it was gone. Swimming along the side of the tank is not unusual when new fish are stressed. Make sure he has some safe places to hide.
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    It's a tiny isopod walking across a piece of coral skeleton. I'm not sure what the total magnification on the microscope was.
  14. holy carp

    Shipping small brittle stars

    I can't comment on shipping, but I can say that these guys are surprisingly hardy when it comes to conditions. I had left water change water out where some got sucked in and they were alive for a couple days with no flow or heater. They may have lived longer, but I saved them and put them back in my tank. There must have been plenty of detritus from vacuuming the sand, so they probably had enough to eat from the sediment in the bucket. So that's how I'd try sending them - 2 day in dirty tank water, but without rocks. As long as they don't cook on a truck baking in the sun, I think they'll be OK.
  15. Um... How much money does a phytoplankton starter culture cost? It's the ongoing expense of repeated phyto purchases that can be saved by culturing it at home, not the initial investment in a starer culture that can benefit the hobbyist. Not to say this isn't a fun experiment, but I would not put my reef at risk of contamination to save a few bucks.