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  1. about 3 months ago i added 2 fish to my 14g biocube, making my total livestock to be 3 fish (royal gramma, rainford goby, and hi-fin banded goby). The hi-fin i had it from the beginning so like 4 months or so. I added the rainford about a week before i added the gramma. after making these additions i noticed that they started to scratch themselves against the rocks and sand. At that point, i did not know much about itch, so i did not think anything about it. i did not perform the usual quarantine because i don’t have space for a tank in my apartment. anyway, both the rainford goby and the royal gramma eventually died a week later. The hi-fin banded goby is still alive with no show of itch that i can see. When all this was happening in my system i added garlic to all food and some to the water. Don’t know if it helped the banded goby or not, but he is okay from what i can see. its been 2 months since the deaths. but not sure if i still have itch in my tank, like i said there is one fish in the tank. i have some coral, pistol shrimp, and snails. my wife wants to add another fish, but i don’t know if i still have itch in my tank, like i said i have no quarantine tank, i am taking my chances from introducing it again. not sure what to do here. so wanted to know what do you all think??? is itch finally gone since it’s not attached to current fish and it’s been 2 month since i noticed signs of itch? any ideas as to some preventive measure i can perform prior to introducing a new fish other than a quarantine tank in a small apartment?
  2. I don't think it had any disease or anything, it died because it did not eat. I read that mandarins are hard to keep alive, but never heard about these guys. The LFS is pretty good about telling me what to purchase and how to take care of it, but this one he probably was not sure. Yeah, I don't have any bristle worms to eat it, and the 3 nass snails cant get to it if its in the pistol shrimp cave system he set up. So I guess ill just pay attention to any sort of spike at this point. But ill leave alone. On a side note, you think I should get some bristle worms as detritus processors ?? would they be a nuisance for the pistol/goby in its den ??
  3. I have been having many issues feeding my goby, its been really skinny and small. Yesterday I saw it really weak, it was getting moved around by my powerhead all over the place, it moved some but it seemed weak. I turned off my powerhead and left it to die since that was going to be the outcome anyway. I had been having a hard time feeding this fish, I tried everything, copepods, prepared frozen food, nori seaweed, and pellets for omnivores. So my main problem is that I have no algae growth yet, my tank is about 3 months old, but for some reason I cant grow algae or its very slow to grow. I heard that these fish eat algae and seems to have starved because of it. Anyway, so it yesterday It was dying and today its missing. I have a candy cane pistol shrimp and a hi-fin banded goby and the rainford swam near their hole and was sideways but breathing, now I don't see the rainford anymore, not even the body. Whats going to happen if my pistol shrimp took it under the rocks ???? I am hoping that there is no ammonia spikes or high nitrate spikes. I have a 14G Biocube and I don't want to disturb my rocks to get this dead fish out, but I also don't want to get some sort of disease in my tank from the dead corpse spoiling. What should I do???
  4. yeah i don’t think it’s stray voltage, i think it’s just that they probably just get scared, i think that i should just keep it on, hopefully they get use to it.
  5. i have a 14g biocube, i have bicolor blenny, royal gramma, rainford goby, and hiding for three days is hi-fin band goby. i have a cobalt aquatics mj900 return pump with IM aqua spin nozzle and a hydor koralia 425 gph powerhead pointing mostly up for water agitation. now, my problem is that when i turn on these devices the fish immediately hide under the rocks, none come out when pumps are on, as soon as i turn it off, they all come out and play. dumb fish don’t know i have the pumps for their benefit, OXYGEN!!!!. i turn off when feeding, and when i feel like they would like to come out. it’s on all night long though. any advice as to what i can do to have these on and have fish move around??? i have an order for the IM wavemaker 125-1200gph so maybe that will slow water movement a bit for them. any ideas as to what else i can do, do i have too much water movement in my tank that they can’t support???
  6. has anyone had a 1701Nor 1702N ZETLIGHTS. what corals grow under this light??? SPS, LPS, ZOAS ???
  7. okay great, I only have 1 candy stripe pistol shrimp / hi-fin banded goby and 3 nassarius snails for now. so cool, ill wait about a week to let them acclimate to this water change and change it next week.
  8. thanks for you input on that, will be getting some soon
  9. okay thank you, please let me know how that works for you I am going to the LRS to get some APEX copepods than, seems that they are not bad at all, I just need to get all this detritus building up in my tank and I need several ways of removing it.
  10. ooppps meant to say 15 PPM, yeah I am concern for the invertebrates in the tank leaving the water at 15PPM till next week, you think that they should be fine till I change it next week ???
  11. Hello, Working with about 15% nitrates, I did a 30% water change yesterday with a new salt mix, went from IO regular salt to Red Sea Coral Pro. I have a hi-fin red banded goby, candy pistol shrimp, and 3 nacerious snails. I know that they are all sensitive to high nitrates, can I do another water change soon to lower my nitrates ?? or would I affect my livestock because that is too much water turn over a 2 or 3 day period ?
  12. i would like to add apex copepods in the tank, but currently i have no predators that can eat them and iam afraid that they can get out of control. i currently have a hi-fin red banded goby, candy pistol shrimp, and 3 nacerious snails. iam starting my livestock addition so later i’ll get more fish. wondering what i could get later that will eat these copepods but keep a healthy population so that they can eat my detritus and such. i will also eventually put in corals some well. these copepods are small and should not present visual issues, the tigger ones are pretty big and might be much for a biocube when they overpopulate.
  13. i think i am going to go with option 1, seems to be the way of least resistance. Can copepods ever get to being a nuisance in an aquarium???? with them getting to a point of overpopulation???
  14. I am trying to think of a way that i could have a copepods heaven in my 14g biocube. I have read many forums on sustaining copepods and most only mention to put chaeto in a tupperware with pod in the tank and that will keep the copepods safe from predators, but that looks unsightly and i will like to feed them nutrients that will eventually make there way into the fish that will eat them. this of course it somewhat hard because iam trying to keep everything in the tank, and putting phytoplankton in the tank is just gonna cause the tank to take up nutrients in the water column. so, i would like ideas in which i can hold the copepods in the tank safely, be able to separate them from my water column when feeding, and have the ability to allow them access to get into the water column when not feeding. so my idea was to have a hang-on neat clear box with a door that lead to small holes for copepods to be able to get out into the water column, the door will be able to keep the phytoplankton within the box when enriching them, then when the water is clear i can open the door for them to get out into the water column. this would make a safe heaven for copepods breeding and enrichment for eventually feeding to fish, all this inside a 14g biocube. what do you guys think i should do???
  15. i wanted to ask the experienced reefers out there about their experiences with coralline algae. i have heard that people should not buy the coralline in a bottle cause it will eventually show up in your aquarium anyway. i can only come up with two benefit that i see is mentioned a lot, it reduces unsightly bad algae by taking up real estate on the rocks and it looks nice. i have also seen in many forums that mention that coralline just takes up elements in your water column that other species need for their health. so what is the verdict on coralline algae? should i get it before bad algae takes over most of my rock. iam currently cycling my tank, 3 weeks in. wondering if i should get it??
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