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  1. A small update (no pictures yet): The live rock isn't as far along in the curing process as I had originally thought, so that's not going in till much later on it looks like and the plants I'd ordered are delayed from weather. =_=; At least the water change was a success for the most part and according to the breeder, Kefka and Terra are doing good and ready to come home Friday. It sucks that I won't have the live rock or plants in there, but once again, life happens. I'm beginning to believe that this tank is cursed.
  2. Definitely. Wasn't planning on my first post for my journal to go this way, but life happens. Thankfully I got the rock home so first order of business in the morning it to put it in there and hope the plants make it in tomorrow as well
  3. Coming from a family of aquarists, it should have come as no surprise to my dear husband Cas that eventually I'd be bringing pieces of the ocean and all its wonder into our house at some point in our marriage. While he was OK with the guppies and Ember the betta being surprise additions, he wasn't totally prepared for the day that I would bring in a saltwater aquarium. Mind you, I DID mention once or twice over dinner (and maybe when he was half asleep) that I was looking into bringing home two occelated clowns bred by my dad. But as much as I love the goofy guy I call Cas, he's never been the best listener. This past week is evident of that. Some of you may have seen this lingering on my profile: This is (or was) a WIP for our two clowns Kefka and Terra (For those who have no idea, they are two characters from Final Fantasy. Yes, we're nerds) as well as our Watchmen Goby Rorschach (I did tell you we were nerds). While I hadn't completely decided on what kinds I'd be putting in here, I knew that I was going to be putting corals and live rock in here. The pipes are for both the clowns and Rorschach (though I'm anticipating that neither will use them, but we'll see.) as well as for macroalgae that would be put in at some point. WELL. Last week I popped a tendon in my wrist and haven't been able to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk or do any strenuous activity with my wrist. This also coincided with a school function that I was expected to attend out of town, so it became up to Cas to put in the rock that I'd been curing at a nearby friend's house as well as to do the daily water tests while I was gone as well as perform water changes as necessary. Today I came back to this: Cue the facepalm session! Don't get me wrong, the tank looks beautiful with the artificial plants and it looks much more put together than I'd left it. But my problem is... where is the rock? Where are the plants I ordered? And where in the world did that black sand come from? Getting slightly worried, I run some water tests. Salinity is a little lower than it was when I left, but otherwise good. Everything else checks out too. At that point I notice that the water, while not overmuch so, is cloudy and decide to check out the filter (cause... you know, he could have forgotten to check it.) Looks fairly normal on first glance, then I take a closer look at the media. Yup, that's why it's cloudy. Cue more facepalms! *Internal thoughts*: Cas, are you kidding me? So on top of my wrist being out of commission, now I have to do a water change and get this sponge cleaned out AND change out the bio filter bag. Oh yeah, and we're picking up the Final Fantasy crew this Friday. At least the Spook Squad and Ember are doing good. Hopefully by the end of this I'll still have all my hair on my head as well as better pictures once I have the CORRECT things put in there. What could possibly go wrong here?
  4. One thing I try to get at the stores before I bring home livestock- be they fresh or saltwater- is a sample of the water so that I can do my own testing as soon as I get home and decide from there how I'm going about acclimating and for how long. More often than not I'll do the drip until the water doubles in the container (usually about 20 to 30 minutes depending) for my saltwater crew and 30 minutes of floating for my freshwater stock. Even if the parameters are the same as mine for any reason I do the drip just in case. Better safe than silly. The next time though if everything is good then I'll do the floating trick. My qt usually is sitting at 1.026, though I don't keep it that high for long unless the situation calls for it. But at the same time I'd rather have it higher and be able to bring it down with freshwater than to have it too low and be scrambling to raise it up (and pulling out my hair because salinity and I always end up fighting.).
  5. Loving how this has got people talking and sharing different ideas about acclimating! =D I'm heavily debating on the float method for my new clowns when I pick them up now that I've seen others have done it with no problems. I'm not sure that I would go straight for not acclimating at all on the account of diseases but that's why my quarantine tank is hanging around. I have a LFS just down the road, but I prefer a nicer shop in Louisville, KY (about an hour away) for my livestock since they breed their fish there and have an excellent selection of clowns and gobies that are gorgeous. With FW fish, I've never quarantined. I know that's a big no no but I've never done it since I only go for fish from reputable breeders or from the fish shop I mentioned before. My guppies were all put in their tank after acclimating and have been absolutely fine since then. Same went for my betta Ember, but I don't like to make that a habit of not giving them a week or two in the qt.
  6. There's a possibility that it is just starting out with the cycling. Usually when you use live rock, you'll see a period of "die off" occurring within your tank which will later become nitrifying bacteria, however with dry rock you don't have this going on and will need to introduce some ammonia in there to get things moving. Some people like to do the dead shrimp method (which isn't going to make your house smell the best in the world if you go this route) but if you aren't a fancier of that you can also put fish food in there since it will break down and cause an ammonia buildup. Typically the process for dry rocks to become live rocks can take two months, but every tank is different. I've attached a helpful video here to explain a little more of how the process works as well. Hope this helps! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjtgaTLz0J8
  7. That's very true. I think really it just depends on the situation and what the keeper decides is best. I'd be open to giving floating another try, I'm just overprotective of my fish I guess 😂 Ah, he'd understand (I think). His bark is worse than his bite in any case. 😁
  8. Blenny's are cool little fish, especially when you get a lively one. Watchmen goby are a good choice too. I'm going to be throwing one of those in my 20g this Friday. Gobies in general have cute little faces that remind me of grumpy old men saying "get off my lawn!". I'd name mine Gramps, but I'm gonna take advantage of the Watchmen name and call him Rorschach (Hopefully he doesn't start screaming for me to give him back his face XD)
  9. Cheap isn't always better with saltwater sadly. It'd be nice if it was though, especially with filters and live rock. I had a used filter that I was trying to refurbish about three months back and we'll just say that it is an experiment that will never see the light of day since the saltwater in the bucket fried it after about three hours. It was worth a try, but my husband banned me from doing that again. 🤣
  10. A good thing that stand didn't give out! That's very true, still, I'm sorry you had to get right of it. It's never a good day when you have to break down an aquarium =(
  11. Oh? I've never heard of that before, but it sounds like an interesting thing to look into. I just had it pretty much beat into my head since I was a kid with Dad constantly having new fish coming into his fish room (or fish basement, but that's a story for another time). This is probably a stupid question, but without acclimating first, wouldn't that open the fish up to shock with a sudden change in water quality or temperature?
  12. Indeed. Thankfully my dear Cas is growing on the idea of fish, but he still thinks that I'm crazy since I like to keep detailed records of everything about my aquariums from week to week so I can see any patterns and make adjustments as necessary (I'm weird, I'm sorry XD). I mostly blame my dad for this, but it's a good habit to have I think.
  13. Oh man, aphtasia. =( I've had the same happen a long time ago when I first started out and I ended up bleaching it to be on the safe side. You live and learn though. Hmm, I can't think of anywhere off hand that would have socks that size, but I did find a video that shows how to make your own if you decide to go that route. It might be worth looking into if you can't find any at a fish shop or online. Hope it helps! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY2cMzmnfzI
  14. I've done the floating myself with my freshwater fish and never had a problem. I think I'm just super overprotective with saltwater since I know it can go belly up if you aren't careful. My biggest worry with floating the bags is sending the fish into shock if something isn't right and then losing them. I still do the good ole siphon tube method, but I might need to improvise since a mysterious four legged critter decided my old device would be a good chew toy 😑