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    Post by williemcd on Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:34 pm

    So ya don't need those powerheads? Bill
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    Post by Fern on Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:46 pm

    Yes we do, only have one semi decent powerhead in the tank and the other is on its last legs. Need a few more to get the crazy water current that salt tanks want.
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    Post by pope on Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:52 pm

    Oh, and you probably won't actually need 2 part for about 6 months at least depending on bio load, watch your alkalinity to tell you when to supplement and dose the 2 part, and monitor to make sure your dosing is on par with your consumption. For the most part, simple water changes will keep your trace elements where they need to be for a while. Once you do start dosing 2 part, google DIY 2 part, or look at the bulkreefsupply 2 part package. I personally stay away from the "commercially" packaged and available 2 additives because they're expensive. The DIY 2 part is the cheap way to go, but the BRS package is the SAME stuff, and you don't have to mess with sourcing magnesium chloride or calcium chloride (since you live in Florida this is hard to find at hardware stores, though you can order Prestone Driveway Heat from autozone.com to use for calcium chloride Magnesium chloride is harder to find, though magnesium sulfate is just Epsom salt.)

    I've also come to believe the MOST important part of my reef tank is my ATO.
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    Post by Fern on Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:04 pm

    Ya I did read the back of the 2 part stuff, got it half price because it came in with a used tank the boss bought, so it will get me going till I really figure out the hows and whys of it.... so for the moment its the lfs stuff till we fully comprehend all the stuff
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    Post by pope on Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:14 pm

    All that needs comprehending is this... Don't dose what you're not testing for. If you're calcium is holding at 440 - 480 ppm, and your alkalinity is holding between 7 and 9 dkh, then there's no reason to dose. So now you got time to figure out the relationship between the two, and to a lesser extent magnesium. Water changing twice a month should keep your parameters in line for a good while. Now that I dose I only water change when my magnesium drops, because I don't read nitrates.
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    Post by FishVixen on Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:38 pm

    well our calcium is at 480 and don't have a test for alkalinity yet.
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    Post by pope on Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:13 pm

    It's probably going to be about 7 if you're using IO salt.
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    Post by FishVixen on Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:11 pm

    Sorry did have the test it was 11 and Calcium 400
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    Post by FishVixen on Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:36 pm

    Pic of Cherry the watchman gobie Not the best pic but he's fast!
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    Post by Fern on Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:45 pm

    I think the Coraline algae is starting to grow well and use up the calcium in the water
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    Post by FishVixen on Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:50 pm

    couple more pics
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    Post by FishVixen on Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:52 pm

    Question: Anyone know what this stuff is? (The whitish stuff that looks like spider egg sacs)
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    Post by Fern on Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:36 pm

    I got all awesome yesterday and contacted an old buddy who does local tank maintenance! He hooked me up with all the live rock I needed and is coming by later in the week to pick up angels in trade cheers I even got the reaction chamber for a calcium reactor from him cheers
    PICS cheers
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    vix and I spent near an hour last night getting them all stacked in a pretty way that they would be structurally sound too, left some sand area open for anything that wants to be on the sand and have lots of good places in all levels of the tank to put corals!
    Mushrooms!
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    Itty bitty purple and white feather duster!
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    and I dont know what this is? Good or bad?
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    Post by FishVixen on Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:22 pm

    This tank is like starting all over in the hobby LOL. Learning new parameters and equipment and stocking for a reef tank is shall we say mind boggling!
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    Post by Fern on Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:29 pm

    Yes it is!!!!
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    Post by pope on Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:00 pm

    Nah. I don't know cuz the pic's not that great but your unidentified thing looks like a mojano. The spiderweb stuff might be a sponge

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    Post by Fern on Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:11 pm

    Ok I was afraid it might be a mojano, they come in all sorts of colors that they are hard for me to ID still. I do know I have at least one aptasia in there ans will get a peppermint shrimp to deal with them. Do the peppermints eat mojano too?

    Got more stuff pics soon!
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    Post by FishVixen on Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:59 pm

    This
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    Post by pope on Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:11 pm

    file fish will eat it all, but they're ugly. Just think... for years you been trying to get F0 stock. Now you'll be begging for F1 or even F2 or F3 if you're lucky enough to find them.
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    Post by Fern on Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:18 pm

    Laughing Man I know! Tank raised always lives better than wild stuff!!!
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    Post by Fern on Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:55 pm

    mushrooms
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    feather duster
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    Leather coral
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    Post by Fern on Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:02 pm

    Now for the shiny new stuff!
    Blue leg hermit crabs
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    Emerald crabs
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    I am 90% sure that these are "is it nippy in here" zoas
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    Some spiffy blue zoa, clueless what kind (thinking Polar ice caps or tub's blues)
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    some nifty zoa, like eagle eye but not...
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    Post by williemcd on Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:37 pm

    Damn you Fern.. I've got too much on my plate to be even considering salt but you are testing my resolve!.. Bill in Va.
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    Post by Fern on Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:45 pm

    Twisted Evil That's all part of my evil plan Twisted Evil
    Just wait till I get more nipples and some blue orgasms muahahahahaha
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    Post by williemcd on Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:42 am

    So some member delivers wood to you and now your trying to give me some wood too?...You two timing wench... Bill in Va. Very Happy

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