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  1. EddWaldo

    Is my puffer a danger?

    Hi all. I’m sort of new to marine tanks, been a fresh water scrubs for too long. a few months ago I set up my 75 gallon tank. Cycled for 2 months. Then I added two Wyoming clowns and a bristletooth tang. The tang didn’t come out at all and just seemed to hide all the time. A week and a half later I added a Royal gramma, algae blenny and a valentini puffer with some hermits. a few days after adding the new fish my tang died but I believe this is due to it not feeding well and my friend saw it and said it was didn’t look good from the shop. But today now a week later I’ve just come home to my royal Gramma now dead, it was very young but seemed to be feeding well. but for a past week the puffer has just been following the clowns around everywhere they go and also pushes them to the sand trying to be close to them. firstly could the puffer have killed my gramma and secondly is the relationship it has with my clowns going to hurt them? They are the reason I got the tank and if the puffer would harm them then he would be gone tomorrow. the blenny just seems to be chilling on the rocks but he did used to use the same cave as the RG, maybe he could have squashed him? any advice would be appreciated. also parameters good, only thing I am lowering tomorrow is salinity which is 1.026 and I want 1.024 thanks.
  2. JRC

    Coral ID help

    Can anyone help ID these coral. I got them in a frag pack at a trade show and can't for the life of me figure out what they are. Coral #1 Coral #2
  3. Hello, thanks for looking! I have two questions; 1. How long should I wait to add the first invert critters after cycling is complete in my new setup? 2. I'd really like to add pinwheel plate corals at some point in the future. What cuc candidates should I look at that will play along with them? Or maybe an easier ask, what doesn't ?
  4. bones6966

    Ignorance Induced Issues

    Hey all, So due mainly to my ignorance and lack of reading prior to making decisions I have caused my self and more so my mollies a few issues. I was talking to a guy at the pet store that told me I acclimate my mollies to saltwater. So over the course of a week or two i have slowly added the salt to the water I change out and am now at proper reef salt levels. I neglected to read up on any of this and I noticed my mollies rubbing on the side of the live rock I just put in the tank. I believe I messed the cycle of the tank up and am now starting over in my cycle. I bought a proper test kit to see where I'm at and how much I messed it up. The numbers are concerning to me and I am looking for some help on how to fix them and how to keep my fish comfortable/safe until the cycle is sorted out. I feel absolutely terrible for neglecting to think ahead and now my fish are the victims. Tank is 30 Gal and home to 5 mollies and a few guppies. I have about 9 Lbs of live rock in the tank and 3 inch of crushed coral substrate in the bottom The numbers are as follows. PH - 8 Ammonia - 1 PPM Nitrite - 2 PPM Nitrate - 5 PPM Ammonia has gone up from 0.5 last night, Nitrite up from 0.5 Nitrate up from high 5 last night. Should I change a large part of the water? Will that hurt the cycle? How do I move forward? Thanks for your help guys.
  5. ahouseofscales

    Adjusting Powerhead Flow?

    Hi all, I need some help with my powerhead. I have two points of flow generation in my tank (a 10 gal nano reef w/ GSP, xenia, palys, zoas, and a mushroom): a 10 gal Aqueon Silentstream and an Aquatop MaxFlow CPS-1 Powerhead. The Silentstream has very minimal flow, which is why I added the CPS-1, which has a flow rate of 256 gph. However I find that this is a little bit too strong for my tank. Is there any way to adjust the flow of this powerhead?
  6. Saltwater scrub

    Mushroom ultra green

    So I had an ultra green mushroom coral in my nano. Was doing great than the mushroom started pulling over it’s self. I had a fuzzy mushroom that was going threw a splitting process the prior week, so I let the green mushroom do it’s thing. I don’t like moving my corals or really bugging them at all once placed. Turns out it was slimming of the shell it was fragged too. Sooo he floated to the bottom of the sand bed I had some shells around for him to potentially match on too everything looked ok, as ok as it could anyway. Today I went and really looked and it almost looked like he was falling into the sand so I went to pick him up and there was pretty much nothing left to this coral. I thought they were pretty well impossible to kill soo figured he’d be ok 😞. He is now up on the rock work. Anyone know if he’ll come back from this? He didn’t smell dead that is for sure. Should I have not had him directly on the sand?? Why whyyyy didn’t I put my hand in sooner I feel sooooo bad 😫😫😖😖
  7. i bought this little piece of coral 2 weeks ago and i feel like it’s turning more and more brown. I don’t know why or what’s happening and i can also see the sides turn white.My water parameters are:Ph: 8.2Sa:34.2Kh:8.3Ca:420Mg:1215No2:0No3:<0.05Po4<0.02I also feed my corals red sea reef energy plus coral nutrition AB+
  8. LucasYes

    Emerald crab molting? Or dead

    Hi, I’m new here, so I won’t be writing a 3 paragraph essay, as I don’t know the community. My emerald crab, turned brownish, and he’s just sitting there, not moving a muscle. I’ll include a picture, but I hope he’s not dead. https://www8.online-convert.com/dl/web7/download-file/5b3d0395-02b8-4071-b2ec-a9e4a08a5734/image.webp Here’s the picture, sue me if it’s a virus.
  9. I was wondering if someone could help ID this coral. Purchased as a Acan but now I am thinking Favia. Please let me know what you think. Also how do you guys tell the difference?
  10. Hartland97

    Help With Zoas!!

    Hello all!! I recently added 2 zoa colonies to my tank with no luck! i have been cycling my tank for around 3 months before adding the zoas and the parameters are stable with a 10% water change every week! as soon as i add the zoas they open up in full bloom and then close the day after, lighting is steady 7-4 and the clowns are thriving. Help please Parameters SG 1.025 +- 0.001 PH 8.0 Temp-27 Celsius Ammomia 0ppm nitrites- 0ppm nitrates- 20ppm
  11. i got a pair 4 days ago and they are always on the top left from my aquarium, never seen them go anywhere else and they seem to struggle with the flow. They have been eating since 3 days but only small amounts. Are they just getting used to the tank or is there something else wrong i have a blue marine reef 60 with an additional pump. Brand is tunze but I forgot the what the exact one was?
  12. Alex33xKV

    Did my royal gramma do this?

    Hi, a week ago I bought a royal gramma, it has refused to eat and hides whenever I come close to the aquarium. I've noticed that it has been aggressive towards my clowns, and roughly 5 days after I had bought it, I found my tuxedo urchin floating around, and a day after that I found my cleaner shrimp in pieces on the sandbed. Could my gramma royal have done this? I checked my ammonia and it's 0 - so couldn't have been ammonia.
  13. I have had this monti frag for a month or two, seemed to be content as far as I could tell until this morning. I noticed a slime trailing off of it and after work today it had a coat of slime in one area, was discolored, and looked completely different. I haven’t made any changes other than adding some zoas and a ricordea. salinty is 1.027~ Temp is 79. The only water test I have is the API 5 in 1 but based on that all looks good- low/no nitrites or nitrates, ph and kh are same/consistent. the only odd thing that has happened is the loss of a blue legged hermit this morning. My son did knock the frag off the rock like a week and a half ago but no damage and it wasn’t encrusting on the rock so just the glue came loose. I have lost two blue legged hermits and an emerald crab over the last 2-3 weeks but one was injured and not much for them to eat. any idea what’s going on? Anything I can do? thanks!
  14. hippie_gambino

    Reef Lighting 60g tall

    Hello, I am new to reef tanks and I bought a 60 gallon tall tank to start my reef tank. I am looking for suggestions for lights that will grow coral. Also I am having trouble figuring out a filter, I have heard that hang on back overflow boxes are dangerous, while canister filters sound like the way to go, My tank is not drilled. The dimensions for my tank are 48.5 in W x 12.75 in D x 25 in H. I'm really excited to start this tank. I really need help with a strong enough light for how deep the tank is and that is somewhat budget friendly.
  15. FrancineJ

    Where to place wavemakers?!

    So I have no clue where to put my wave makers... they are 2 aqamai kps’ i attached pictures to see what you guys think... I really don’t know how much flow they should be set to each (each one goes to 1050gph) i have livestock coming so any help would be appreciated.... I basically know when to set it for feeding mode and night mode and that’s about it... not sure is they should be set to constant or a different pattern or even different patterns from each other (maybe one constant and one something else?) not sure if if I even have them in a good spot or where a good spot would be... Thanks if anyone cares to help! I’d appreciate it top picture is left side- output side pointed at rock bottom picture (with really red line) is right side- intake side (it is placed between the 2 intake holes... and pointed at the back of the rock
  16. Machu

    10 Gallon Fish Stocking?

    Looking to stock my ten. Right now its just macro algaes and gorgonians but id like one or two fish to fill it up. Not a fan of gobies or blennies but id like something a bit more oddball for the tank. I know a ten is pretty limiting but if anyone has stocking ideas let me know.
  17. ethanhh

    100% Water Change

    Hey there, I need some advice. For the pass month my fluval evo 13.5 has had some problems. I brought it home from college in November. I have no clue what it is. My assumption is that its an algae bloom, but that means it should have gone away by now. I tried dosing MB7 and my LFS told me to take out all the reds, whites, greens and yellows from my light. I have no idea what to do next. I was thinking what if i do a 100% water change and drip acclimate all of my coral and fish back in. I wanted to reach out to everyone on this form to get a second opinion. If there’s any other recommendations I am very glad to listen. I do a water change every week and change out my carbon along with it. Please HELP.
  18. Hello, My first coral, which is also a test coral, is losing color "and polypes" at it base. I need help to identifying the cause(s)😢. The coral is a seriatopora hystrix introduced this Wednesday (24/02/2021) after acclimation and a quick dip in CoralRx. The tank is 2 months old and was started with 7kg (15lbs) of indo live rocks. Its parameters are (tested with Salifert test kits): temp 26°C (78.8°F) salinity oscillating between 25-26 measured yesterday phosphate 0,03 nitrite 0,002 nitrate 0,005 total ammonia 0,25 true ammonia 0,0176 ph 8,25 measured 3 days ago KH/ALK 10,2 Ca 445 Mg 1470 Salt brand: instant ocean Light: GNC bluray M Flow: nero 3 Here photos at day 1, 3 and 4 after introduction (the zoanthids can be ignored) + a photo from above at day 4 after introduction (the gray part between the branches was already here when the coral arrived). And here a photo of the entirety of the aquarium. For me this discoloration could come from 4 causes The tank is too new for sps (🤷‍♂️ better luck next month with a new canary sps) The light is too low The flow is too low There is nothing going wrong and I am just panicking😱🤯 because the coral is just a little paler due to acclimating to the tank parameters. Personally, I was thinking that the light is too low. Indeed, the light was at 50% blue and 50% white at introduction while the constructor speaks of 300 PAR at center when at 100%. Thus, I increased my percentage by 5% two times (yesterday and today and is thus at 60% blue and 60% white) and was going to continue this increase at a slower pace (+2% a day until reaching 80%). I not so sure of my conclusion. I need some experts help 😉. What is happening and what should I do?
  19. MangroveMaster

    Black Mangrove Help

    Hello all. I want to preface this by telling you what I’m needing help with; -How to save my black mangrove -How to care for the plant in the future -How to grow the black mangrove propagule(seed) that is healthy I collected my black mangroves from a chain of islands in Florida. The first mangrove was planted in the sand submerged. This was because it was high tide. It had 2 leaves, the original 4 propagule leaves, and a healthy root system. I would say it was around 5 inches tall. The other mangrove was floating in the water and had no roots, stems, and was completely closed up. I took both of these mangroves and put them into plastic bottles filled with the seawater from the area I collected them. I was on vacation at this time, so I brought both mangroves back to my home in the North(Hardiness zone 5b and near Lake Michigan). The mangroves were healthy and doing okay, but their state was slowly declining. The seed had started to spread out its leaves, but still no roots or stem. I had swapped out the water multiple times with tap water and added kitchen salt. I put the seedling into an aquarium with sand, soil, rocks, and saltwater. The seedling could not hold itself straight so I gave some support in the form of a skewer stick. This did not work out, so I put it into a plastic bottle and near a grow light. It was declining in state, but 2 more small leaves formed in the middle of the original 2 leaves. The seed was doing fine. The seedling stem was looking dried out, but the roots looked great. The plant stayed like this until I put it into the hydroponic grow light system with nothing but water. I also encased the whole system in a large plastic bag and plastic wrap. This was to keep the humidity and temperature at a good level. I was also spraying it multiple times a day. This setup was working out, but when I sprayed it one day, the plant collected a large water droplet on the top leaves, which made it bend down. This plant stayed in this position for a while, and I thought it would heal itself. Around this time, the outer two propagule leaves fell off. I also added soil, sand, and rocks to the hydroponic system(I know this defeats the whole point of a hydroponic system, but I thought it was a good idea). I supported the weeping stem by putting a small cup under it, which pushed it into a straight position. The plant wasn’t improving, but it didn’t seem to get worse. I then moved back into the aquarium with the same soil(but muddy), sand, rocks, and freshwater. The second pair of propagule leaves fell off while I was moving it, which left the top two leaves and the little buds. The top stem is very dried, but the bottom stem and roots look good and are even growing. That was around last week. Throughout this whole time, the seed has been floating in saltwater, and has grown a stem and small roots. The leaves have also spread out. WTL:DR(Way too long; didn’t read): I took mangroves from a place in Florida and they live with me in a hardiness level 4b area. The seedling has a very dried-out top stem, but the bottom stem and roots are looking okay(Look at pictures for more info)The seed is doing great. I need help to revive the seedling and allow both plants to thrive. First of all, thank you for reading this; I know it was very long, but I hope it gave insight into my journey with the mangroves. Secondly, what do you recommend for my way to save the seedling? I have found many resources for growing mangroves, but it seems that many people grow red mangroves instead of black mangroves in aquariums. I know a couple of things about how to grow black mangroves from these resources, but I want to get advice from others who are more experienced. My goal is to be able to grow black mangroves and reproduce them so I can help coastal environments. Thank you for any help that you give me. P.s. I posted pictures of both mangroves and the habitat that the seedling is in.
  20. Phycostatic

    Cycling Help Needed for Pico

    As the title says, I need help cycling my pico tank. I messed up the original cycle by removing every last bit of phosphate somehow, so I tried to add it back by putting some dry fish flakes in. The problem now is that, within roughly 12 hours, the food disappeared, Nitrates spiked, ammonia stayed at 0.5, and nitrites at nearly 2. However, the phosphates did not increase in the slightest bit. I only dosed two things in that time period: aquavitro's remediation (since there was a lot of seemingly organic things floating around) and Seachem's prime (to see if it would help the ammonia level). I have been adding Seachem's stability as well, but not within the 12-hour period that the food was in the tank. Also, I used live sand and live rock in the tank set up, and it's still in there of course. I'll upload a picture of my test results here so anyone may be able to interpret them. They look a little lighter in person, so consider that bit. I also increased the temp to about 82 to help with the bacteria effectiveness. Is that wrong? Did that throw off the whole cycle again? Also, any ideas what happened with the flakes? From left to right (not considering depth) is: ph - ~8 | Nitrates - ~40 | Ammonia - ~0.5 | KH - ~14 | Phosphates - 0.00 | Nitrites - ~2.0 Edit: Just did about a 50% w/c and ammonia dropped properly to about 0.1. Nitrites are at 0.4. The phosphates are actually at 0.1 roughly, I believe. Nitrates are at 20 now, KH at 12. I plan on getting my water digitally tested today, so I'll come back later with those results.
  21. Hello All, I'm new, not just to this forum, but to reefs in general. Iv never kept fish before so I have alot of learning to do but I am up for the challenge. I know this is a tough hobby to maintain but it's one I'm looking forward to. All I ask is that you take it easy on me and help me through this journey. I will make many mistakes and have lots of questions, but please bear with me. As I'm new, I still don't really know what I want (in terms of fish and coral atleast). Iv enjoyed looking at all the amazing reefs on here and want to see what I can create and maintain. I love the vibrant colours of reef tanks and the interesting forms of corals. I appreciate these tanks as a piece of art and would like to see what I can create. In terms of what I know I want, I am one that likes clean and seamless aesthetics. What I mean by this is that I prefer plumbing and electrics to be hidden as much as possible. Ideally all that should be seen is the tank and the fish and coral inside. I am also someone who is frugal so much of the equipment I will need I will either buy second hand or DIY where possible. The DIY aspect isn't just due to frugality, but because I enjoy the feeling of building with my own 2 hands. I have taken my first steps on my journey already - I have purchased of an auction site an eaReef 900s and also a cabinet that I think looks aesthetically pleasing. The cabinet is not a specialised aquarium cabinet and so I will need to modify it. I have included pictures of these. (Please bear with me as I get better with my formatting within this thread). I picked up the tank on a whim - I put in a cheeky bid and ended up the winner. The tank looks to be in good condition and seems to be well made by a reputable brand. My biggest qualm with the tank is the plumbing. As mentioned, I like plumbing to be concealed and this tank obviously has the bulkheads extending on the back. I am also very keen on having the cabinet/ tank flush against the wall. The depth of the tank is 500mm and the depth of the cabinet is just over 500mm and so if the bulkheads remain where they are then it will not be possible to have the cabinet flush with the wall. At the moment I am open to ideas and inspiration, but I have an idea of what I want to do with this tank. I would like to remove the existing bulkheads and put some sort of leak tight caps to cover the holes. Ideally the caps will be black as i am considering putting black vinyl on the back glass so the black caps shouldn't be an eyesore. In regards to relocating the plumbing, I would like to drill the bottom of the tank to insert bulkheads, and then to build a weir from black perspex which will conceal the pipes extending from the bottom. I have been in contact with the manufacturer who has stated the base glass is not tempered, but I would also like confirmation from the people here who may have experience with this tank. The relocation of the plumbing will be the first major modification, and also a make or break of this project so I am very keen to get some feedback and ideas. I have tried to search for any similar projects of drilling the base of the tank but haven't found any. I would be grateful if any useful links can be provided so I can read more. Thank you for taking the time to read my long winded OP and I hope you'll join me on my journey. I look forward to reading all your comments and inspiration. Cheers Cmaza
  22. meanduck124

    Filtration for 5g cube.

    Hi all, I have a 5g cube have been running for 3 months now. For first two month, its only filtration was a dophin hob filter and a hob refugium which I modified for better flow rate. Also a bunch of live rock and live sand. Now I just got a Bubble Magus QQ1 skimmer from a friend. So if I run the skimmer should I get rid of the dophin hob and replace it with a wave maker instead? And I also want to get rid of the sand bed, it's just a little too much for me to clean them everytime I do WC. Thank you guys
  23. jessicvmtz

    Wavemaker Placement

    Hi I'm new to the saltwater hobby (coming from 4 years in freshwater experience) and I need help with the placement of my wavemaker. I'm planning on getting corals in the next few months and I want to ensure they have the best environment I can provide. So far I've made my own reefscape with dry rock and now I'm wondering what kind of powerhead I should be using and where to position it? I have a 20 gallon tall aquarium and only has a clownfish and blue legged crab. My main concern is where to place my wavemaker and whether or not I may need two.
  24. Reefer-begginer

    Dire need of help

    I need some help with this. So Friday I had added 2 fish to my 125g tank, yesterday one of them died and today, my raccoon butterfly had died. I had checked my water before a water change yesterday and my ammonia was high at 5 ml/L, after the water change of 40gs, it went to .25 ml/L. Today my ammonia is back up at 1 - 2 ml/L and I have no idea if that was caused by the now dead raccoon butterfly, over feeding, or my tank is crashing again. I need advice on what I should do and how I should approach this before I lose my other fish and just do a hard restart on my fish tank
  25. My clown has been acting weird for a bit. I can't get him to eat even with garlic. I've tried medicated food for internal parasites but he won't eat it. Right now I am just treating the water with a general cure and epson salt. He is very unactive, breathing heavily, and won't eat. There is no other sign of illness. He does have a tank mate another clown which is new and been nipping at his tail, they are now separated to prevent further stress. What should I do? here is a video of what he's doing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E-o392Dx3U
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