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September 10th, 2006

01:55 pm - what the hell is this?
i have a 10-gallon nano set up, about 8 pounds of fiji rock, two hermit crabs, a clownfish, and i had a coral banded shrimp but he seems to have dissapeered off the face of the earth. all of my levels are great on the tank, pH and salinity are the usual pain the butt, but i have this weird stuff growing on my rock and i haven't been able to find out what it is or how to get rid of it! it's growing on the sides of the tank as well. any ideas?

thanks much!

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August 15th, 2005

08:25 pm - Tank addition
I just added a Mandarin goby to my tank (Callionymidae Perciformes Actinopterygii). I was told by the the aquarium owner that it was reef tank friendly. It was in a tank with corals. Now after I look it up online I see that one site says that it is a omnivore and that it eats mollusks and other invertebrates. It also says that it needs and lives in live rock. I have plenty of live rock. I could actually use another piece or two but that is another matter. There should be easily enough for it to find a spot to hide or sit.
My worry and concern is the diet. Will this goby eat my invertebrates? I want it to be a coral tank and the fish are just a side note. The last thing that I want to do is lose coral and other invertebrates to a fish.
Can anyone give me some advice or expertise?
Thank you

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August 14th, 2005

05:20 pm - introducing a nubie
I am new to Live Journal and also new to salt water aquariums. I am glad to find a community where I can learn from others and share experiences.

I have had fresh water aquariums in the past to include a very successful Molly tank. This is my first attempt at a salt water tank. I have decided that I want to try my hand at an invertebrate tank. The initial set up was 7 weeks ago. I have a 29 gallon tank. I have added live sand and 18 pounds of live rock. My specific gravity is at 1.020, I know that I need alittle more salt mix to get that up. Ph is at 7.8. Ammonia is .25. Nitrite is 0. Nitrate is 5.
I think that I have my tank set up for inhabitants.
Any suggestions on what I should start with?

Thank you for the help.
I look forward to reading the forum.

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March 24th, 2005

09:13 am
Hello there!

My name is Sheri, and I am excited to find this community. Although small I am hoping you can help me, and I can assist you guys in any way possible.

I am afraid I start out with a question.
I am taking care of my fathers 150 gallon saltwater tank. My issue is that we cannot keep the PH normalized. I think this is what is taking our anemones.
Last night, 4 of our feather dusters looked very very bad. One looks like an accordian coming out of it's tube, the other wouldn't come out, and our oldest (mary kate and ashley) look like they've been eaten!!

Any advice?

Current Mood: confusedconfused

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July 31st, 2004

04:00 am - new additions and what not
I picked up some pretty frags this weekend, but not without a price. The tank these guys came out of were under two 175 watt metal halides. Now who was a dumbass and lifted her hand into the bulb??? Oh, I know....me!

The blue pictures are of my BT anemone and tomato clown and a green ricordia (aka caribbean mushroom) under an intense blue pen light that really captured their phosphorescence.

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July 15th, 2004

01:00 am - Tank update with pics
Well, I guess I should introduce myself since I'm your first member :)
I'm a 26 yo single mom and nursing student in Dallas, TX with an ol' saltie heart.
I'm almost done with this degree and then I can afford the tank of my dreams!
(I've always said that a bad crack habit is cheaper than salt hobbying.)

Well, let's see here, I have a 20 gallon nano with mostly mushrooms, a finicky anemone, a tomato clown and an endless supply of feather dusters. I also have a 55 gallon aggressive setup with a fuzzy dwarf lion, a wrasse, a couple of stars, and a Niger trigger. I rarely put my hands in that one or I'll get bitten or stung. Feeding time is definatly the highlight of my day!

Well, here's my update I posted in another fish journal. I do this every once in a blue moon mostly because I like reading about how other people's tanks are fairing (even when they are doing well).

Things have been going smoothly for the most part in my nano salt tank. (7 months old this week)
I still have yet to see coraline break out, but I have the copepods and the filter feeders going nuts.
I have made some adjustments on buffers, and started upping my dosages of kalkwasser, calcium, strontium, and iodine to get different responses from different animals. We'll see how all that goes.

The only bad thing that has happened was last week I picked up a max clam and it didn't survive. I'm blaming it on immaturity of the tank and perhaps a slightly bouncy salinity level. Can't win them all.
Well, enjoy the pics.Collapse )

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01:24 am - welcome
hello everyone and welcome to the mini and nano reef community. this community will be used for suggestions, comments and other useful ways to help with reef keeping. i am still working on the interests list so suggestions are appreciated.

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