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  1. Camera Focuses @ 00:08 http://s1046.beta.photobucket.com/user/maxvan1/media/20130313_235120_zps0917b851.mp4.html -It has been well over a month since the mother snail died [Maybe even 2 months]... -Housed in a 5 gallon nano. -Confirmed to be a Narite under 30x microscope. Im wondering what foods i could supplement as they grow out? I"m guessing they wcould start out competing each other for surface algae if more reach the snail stage.
  2. *EDIT: Self-IDed after reading my own observations. Nerite larva! SWEET! This is a top-down picture of them... You can see them right on-top of the blue-cup (its my Clownfish's home -- Apparently the roof is his litterbox; I've seen him lay a few down right on-top.) But in all seriousness, what are these little black worms? They seem to like my detritus collection. They have a mouth with teeth -- @ 30x mag they are kinda scary! They look exactly like the monsters from the movie series "Tremors", except about 10 magnitudes smaller. *Edit: on second look under magnification they may actually not have teeth, it could be a sucker (like a snail mouth kinda) They also seem to move using the head section to pull their body along... slug like except long.
  3. I am trying to find some caulerpa peltada, I cant seem to find an online retailer, and I havnt seen many other aquarists with this particular variety. I am looking at growing some on a small scale to see how algal oil is produced. I work for a biofuel company but different sources of feedstock. Does anyone know where I could buy some?
  4. Clownfish problem?

    Edited: After thinking about this overnight I might guess that the intakes of your skimmer and fuge are not surface-skimming types. (IE they have tubes that stick UNDER the surface and pull from under the surface). Does surface of the water in your main tank may have a slight buildup? Sometimes its hard to see, look at an angle. If this buildup ever covers the complete surface of your tank you run the risk of choking the water under that surface buildup... I am not 100% sure on think but I believe that the buildup is probably a mix of diesel-range range organics which are lighter than water, so they will float. Diesel-range organics use a lot of oxygen when they decompose, which could in-turn choke your tank; hence the importance of surface skimming. Do you have a surface skimmer attachment on? ______________________________________________________________________________ You said your clownfish is breathing fast; What is your tank temperature? Do you have good surface exchange? Do you run carbon, if so where is it in relationship to your protein skimmer? What is your salinity at? --- (What I am trying to get to here is your O2 levels might be low?) How does your clownfish swim, normal? When you say he is in one area, do you mean just swimming in one area or do you mean kind of 'flubbing/choaking' in one area?
  5. I tried to give my Clownfish a nice home... I wish I could find another false perc to put in there with him :/ It feeds from my hand. http://s1046.beta.photobucket.com/user/maxvan1/media/20130202_152235_zps6c8833bf.mp4.html
  6. -Received it today in the mail, its been in my tank for not even 6 hours and there is already visible growth.
  7. Bryopsis...I think... :(

    The nuke, regardless of whether it would work or not, should never be necessary. Rooted macro algae will out compete bryopsis to the point of elimination if they are started in equal quantities.... If you add rooted macro algae, preferably in a refugium for this case, allow it to establish while manually removing as much bryopsis as possible than eventually the macro will out compete the bryopsis, That may be true -- I dont know. But I do know that if the tank had an establish refugium from the than the bryopsis would have never had a chance to takeoff.
  8. Questions: How much carbon are you using? Heres what I think happened: - Activated carbon fed the growth of the Caulerpa. - You removed the Caulerpa (as much as you could) - The remaining Caulerpa died, OR 'went sexual' as a result of nutrient starvation, then died (nitrate/phosphate go up). - The carbon is still leaching phosphates*more likely dying coral; however there is no longer anything to absorb them (no more Caulerpa). - Phosphate spikes high, nitrates also high - 'Crash' - Water changes drop nitrites back down unreadable... -Not likely with your skimmer running. How is your surface exchange? Do you have a heater; What is it set at?
  9. Bryopsis...I think... :(

    I have to disagree with most people on this one... -I would have waited a few weeks to add coral/fish, but no big deal... Just give it time. -I would add a macro algae and dose iron to supplement its growth and uptake of phosphates/nitrogen. It sounds counter-intuitive because bryopsis likely also uses iron; However, the idea would be to establish the good macro algae so that it will eventually out-compete the 'bad' algaes. Personally, I would not do a magnesium nuke. Although I have never heard of this, nor did I look into it, I think any type of nutrient 'nuke' will only set you back... Sure it might kill the bryopsis, but it also might kill your livestock. also If you reset who's to say you wont have the same problem? just my $.02 HTH Deckoz2302: -Agreed.
  10. Here is an interesting picture... Can you see the Hydroids lined up on the edge of the caulerpa blade? I wonder if that is a parasitic or symbiotic relationship?
  11. Contemplating scraping my glass for the first time -- But honestly, this is more of an experiment/fun tank more than anything so I think I am going to let them go for a while, how big will they get? *Edit: I am also wondering if anyone knows whether or not these particular hydroids can kill snails? I have one snail who keeps going around the rim of the tank; hes stuck up there because the hydroids are so thick in the middle of the glass... Hes still alive so I hope he'll be able to figure it out until the infestation passes haha.
  12. I think that sponges (Dead, artificial) will become nutrient traps. Live sponges will likely require feeding, and probably not a good option for filtration. Live rock or more SAND will be your best bet I think.
  13. Bump. No comments? Not even to the Hermit Video!? I thought it was cool... *Edit: If a mod wants to move this into the biological filtration forum that would be OK with me; perhaps that will be a more pertinent forum as there is not much eyecandy in this tank Hermit Shell change :34 version. http://s1046.beta.photobucket.com/user/maxvan1/media/20130119_9383.mp4.html
  14. Videos: Hermit changing his shell -- really cool video. http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b468/maxvan1/20130119_7698.mp4 <--- Click Link for Video 'Full Tank Vid' (Click for video link) http://s1046.beta.photobucket.com/user/maxvan1/media/20130121_174542.mp4.html Aerating my tank (Click for video link) http://s1046.beta.photobucket.com/user/maxvan1/media/20130121_175041-1.mp4.html I have had reef tanks in the past but I am in college now and no longer have the money or space for a reef tank, but hopefully I have a bit more knowledge now... I set out to start a planted nano tank. I also am going to try to keep good water quality by only using biological filtration. Basically my plan is to; 1) have high gas exchange (aerate) 2) dose Iron + monitor phosphates 3) Try to make Nitrogen the limited nutrient for my Macro Algae. Equipment: 5 Gal Fluval Edge rimless, two small powerheads, one overkill heater, a 48W 6,500k CFL bulb for lighting (Along with LEDS for display). The first day I started the tank I added; -2.5lbs Live Rock -4 species of Caulerpa -a bag full(16oz) of bryopsis (Hair Algae). - 4 Hermit Crabs The First two weeks: - I ran my lights 12 hours a day. - I changed the water 50% every week + Top off nightly (Approximately). - I ran a UV Sterilizer when my tank-light was off - The different species of algae competed for nutrients, which resulted in ALL of the bryopsis dying, and two out of the four Caulerpra species dying off as well. The only two that are remaining are C. prolifera & C. Mexicana. *Edit: I did notice that it seemed the C. prolifera 'took root' faster than the other algae... I believe that all of the nutrients in the water were eventually used up and the C. prolifera lived because it had taken root and could pull nutrients from the substrate. - After the initial die-off of algae, and once all of the bryposis was gone the C prolifera began to establish a root system and began to grow. It was time to add a fish... I added a clownfish at the end of the 2nd week, and ran my UV sterilizer for one more week after that, and then it was removed. - I aerate everyday (see picture) AFTER I feed my clownish (Rods Food). I dose a small amount of Iron EOD, and I have not changed the water in almost two weeks now, I top-off nightly with RO. Ammonia- 0 Phosphates- 0 Nitrates- Close to zero You can see I have not scraped the glass in certain places yet, im trying to have a hands off approach, although I do like to make the clownfish take food from my hand... You can also see a Colonial Hydroid Infestation, and maybe some diatoms on the glass. (Fine by me though)