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Vaideen

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  1. Probably brought up this before, but oh well. There's a few mudskipper species that are a lot smaller than the larger species you might find in LFS's (novemradius, argentillieneatus, etc). The smaller species I'm interested in are: Periophthalmus darwini (45mm) Periophthalmus gracilis (45mm) Periophthalmus takita (65mm) Periophthalmus novaeguineaensis (80mm) (this one I just included because they are the smallest species that are regularly available) Btw, novemradius is unavailable in Australia 😞 So just how much small of a tank can a fish of their size and lifestyle be put in?
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    Pipefish care?

    The last of the pipefish has just died, possibly due to starvation. If I keep pipefish again in the future, I’ll look to set up a system that caters to them more (plenty of Macroalgae, air driven, etc).
  3. No change in 24 hours, alk is still 11.8
  4. Though I’d imagine that they still use up alk more slowly than hard corals? Always wondered why reef tanks keep a higher alk than natural sea water. I reckon it’s more economical to follow the baking soda path, a little goes a long way to boost alk. I’ll have to look into that, my goal is an SPS dominant tank 🙂 Thanks buddy, I’ll look into these.
  5. I thought ideal alk levels were 8 to 12? Oh yeah I should've thought about that. Plz explain 😁
  6. Yep I know softies don't use up alk. But the water I put into the SPS tank is the same as the water I put into the softie tank. And that water has an alk of 6.5. So idk why the alk is increasing. I'm doing tests right now. The source water has an alk of 6.5. The source water, lowered to an SG of 1.025 (originally 1.030), has an alk of 6.1. Turns out the "baking soda" I've been trying to boost the alk with is actually epsom salt (should've labelled that tub). I've since found the real baking soda and now, the Salifert Test Kit isn't changing colour when I'm testing for alk. So I'm guessing that my alk is ridiculously high now? Trying to sort it all out now. EDIT: Okay, so I think I overdosed with the baking soda (2 teaspoons), so it's good that I still had the water in a bucket, before I poured it into the tank. I eventually mixed the over-alk water with under-alk water and now, my alk sits at 11.8 😁. SG is 1.027, which is a tad bit too high, but oh well, at least my alk is finally at a good level.
  7. My magnesium is always at good levels, and so is my calcium. Last night, I tested the alk, which was around 7, though it dips to ~5.5 sometimes. Would a low alk still be bad if kept stable? I'll test the alk again tonight to see how much is consumed. It still doesn't explain why my softie tank has a higher alk but with the same water source.
  8. Okay so, My pipefish and SPS pico's parameters are a little off. I've tested for calcium and magnesium a few times before and they've always been at good levels (~450 ppm and ~1350 ppm respectively). Alk levels, however, have always been way too law: varying from 5 to 6 ppm (even new water from after a water change). I use natural sea water, which usually has a lower alk, but I use the same NSW for my softie and mangrove tank, which has an alkalinity of 12.9? Then again, I did dose magnesium one time when it dropped to ~500, because the mangroves were looking sick. Then again then again, I've done quite a few water changes afterwards? 🤔 Soooooo..... what's the deal?
  9. Vaideen

    Pipefish care?

    Wouldn’t pipefish be able to swim through the pores of the sponge? Or should I use a finer sponge like one from a sponge filter?
  10. Vaideen

    Pipefish care?

    I did have some netting over the intake, but the pipefish still got sucked in. I've since gotten a super fine netting over the intake, and that might prevent any more casualties in the future.
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    Pipefish care?

    Turns out pipefish and HOB's aren't a good mix.... I found one of the pipefish with half its body stuck in the filter intake. I got it out but it's not looking so hot now... I took apart the HOB and found a segment of another pipefish (might've just been a strand of macro, but it was probably the pipefish, since I can only see three of the five pipefish.
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    Pipefish care?

    Not hatching any brine shrimp now, I’ll set up a new hatchery later tonight. Dont think my LFS stocks Instant Ocean products at all tbh, but I get what you’re getting at, suitably sized and nutritionally valued foods. Surely frozen mysis fits those criterion, right?
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    Pipefish care?

    I originally swapped out the HOB for an air stone in fear that the baby pipefish would be sucked into the HOB, but now that they've all been eaten by the adults, and the adults themselves are a lot stronger swimmers, I suppose I can get the HOB back into use on the tank. Might even go out on the weekend or after school to the river and get some macroalgae. I want the tank to be SPS dominated, so I'd rather keep the macro in the HOB, not in the tank. The pipefish will still manage, they can hold onto the acro frags, rocks or mangrove roots. Brine shrimp culture died about a week ago. It was looking great, produced quite a bit of live brine shrimp (only saw the baby pipefish eat them though), but then the water clouded up, the brine shrimp disappeared and the culture just started to smell like a hobo's armpit, so I took that down. Just feeding frozen mysis now.
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    Pipefish care?

    Okay, I think the adult pipefish have eaten all the babies (I haven't seen the babies in ages) but the adults seem to be doing okay. Tried feeding them mysis shrimp again, but I still didn't see them eat. Some of the pipefish look like they've eaten though, large stomachs and all.
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