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So I’ve been working at this aquatic shop for about 2 years, we specialize in freshwater, however I own many tanks and recently decided to start a saltwater tank at home. My manager and I are very good friends, he often comes over and helps me out with water changes and testing levels. However when I came into work today as I was changing in the break room I came across a bag. Inside the bag I discovered was a mantis shrimp, a freaking mantis shrimp. I closed the bag and went to investigate what the heck was going on. In the quarantine room I discovered my manger filling a stock pond with RODI water. I was alarmed because for one we only specialize in saltwater two, I had a bad feeling that shrimp was going to be used to cycle the aquarium. Low and behold 5 hours later we’re closing up for the night and my manger brings out the poor shrimp. He explains to me that the shrimp would most likely survive. I still had a bad feeling as I watched him dangle the bag over the pond. Next thing I know the damn shrimp has punched the damn bag and fallen to the floor. I felt sick as my manger picked the poor thing up and dunked it into the water. The water wasn’t cycled and i have no idea what the temperature was. I’ll keep you guys updated.
Hello All! I recently purchased a 2-headed hammer coral frag from a local LFS that I thought would be a perfect addition to my tank. I've had poor luck with hammer corals in the past, as a frag I purchased months ago died within the first 48 hours of purchase. My parameters and every other coral in the tank were fine at that time, so I thought I was just dealt a bad hand. With regards to the frag I want to talk about in this post, I've had this frag for roughly 5 days, and it just doesn't want to open. The flesh doesn't appear to be deteriorating, but the mouths of the coral are agape and just doesn't appear to be in good health. Any help with regards to possible insight and solutions would be greatly appreciated. Tank specs and other inhabitants listed below. Thanks everyone! Tank: JbJ 28 gallon LED nanocube Flow: 2-266 gph pumps (connected to wavemaker that alternates pumps every 30 seconds) Light: 25W of 14K LEDs w/ 4W moonlight LEDs (meant for low-moderate light specs) Parameters: Salinity - 1.026 P.H - 8.2 Calcium - 430ppm KH - 170ppm Nitrate - 0 Nitrite - 0 Ammonia - 0 Phosphates - between 0 and .25 ppm (All parameters except salinity were measured with API kits) Fish: 1 Percula clownfish & 1 Photon Clownfish (Bonded) 1 Male Mandarin Goby 1 Yellowtail Damselfish 1 Purple Dartfish Coral/Invertebrates: Toadstool Leather Elegance Coral Red/Green Trachyphyllia Kenya Tree Coral Pink-tip green bubble anenome various polyps and zoanthids (honestly don't know all of the names) green-tipped pocillopora (hitchhiker frag with green-star polyps, has grown well) I also have a few photos posted of the tank itself and the hammer coral in question
Hello All! As the title suggests, I have a green bubble coral that is currently undergoing some tough times. The lower-center portion of the skeleton is gone, but I still get decent extension from the remaining sections of the coral (I'll have pictures posted below). I've had this coral for roughly 4 months, and prior to this injury it would be roughly 9 inches across. This all started after a 20% water change and i believe, but not a 100%, I bumped the coral. I didn't notice any popped bubbles or severe pressing/pinching. This was roughly 2-3 weeks ago from now. Since then, the coral has shown progression and regression in different facets. The coral originally excreted a brown, mucous-like substance, but this stopped roughly 10 days ago (originally thought the coral had brown-jelly). Since then, the sides extend to a decent length, but the middle slowly is deteriorating. Any help would be greatly appreciated and tank specs will be below. Thanks! Tank Setup: 14k white LED's with moonlights (low to moderate lighting) (bubble is currently in a moderate-light location) 532 gph (2 pumps alternating on wavemaker) (anywhere from low to high) (bubble is currently in low flow) SG: 1.026 Calcium: 440 Alkalinity: between 120-140 mg/L (had to use test strips because kit was out of date) nitrates: <10 nitrites: 0 ammonia: 0 also have been using recent iodine supplement (has opened better since using supplement) Tankmates: 2 percula clowns 2 3 stripe damselfish 1 yellow-tail damsel toadstool leather eagle-eye polyps green-eye zoas kenya tree purple-tip, green bubble anemone red trachyphyllia green star-polyp The photos below in order are: the bubble closed up for better view of injury, the bubble a week after injury, the bubble two weeks after injury, the bubble a few months ago pre-injury
Hello, I wake up this morning with one of my chromis not swimming well : The tank is new of almost 1 month. Any idea what i could be and what i could do to save him ? Water parameter : Salinity : 1.025 Temperature : 25 Celcius Ammoniac : 0.25 (i put frozen food 20min before so maybe a false reading) Nitrate : Near 0 Phosphat : Near 0