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Postby hangfire7 » Mon 04 May, 2009 6:39 pm

Id have to recommend staying away from guppy tho, I know I will be from now on....
Ive had nothing but trouble with the light I got through them, one of the LEDs was DOA, I ended up fixing it myself as I seemed to be getting pissed around trying to get it replaced. Now I come home to find one of the PCs is dead, seems to be the ballast.
I havn't had the MH on apart from when I first got it (where i tightened down the ballast as it was noisy as hell), but it wouldn't surprise me if something went wrong with that next.

Im at the stage where im going to chalk it up lesson learned and planing on getting it replaced with something decent in the nearish future.
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Postby hangfire7 » Mon 04 May, 2009 11:32 pm

More critters spotted:

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Postby hellaflush » Tue 05 May, 2009 1:02 am

china stuff is good... as long as you know you have support to fix it... which is rare...

ive sent 2x pm's and an email to guppies regarding their products and no reply in over a week... think i will try and look elsewhere for my gear
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Postby hangfire7 » Tue 05 May, 2009 4:52 pm

Yeah,
I might end up grabbing a new balast for it and having a go at replacing it myself. damn lighting is expensive, and im hard pressed to find a decent powered all in one LED/PC/MH for a 2ft tank.
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Postby muddywaters » Tue 12 May, 2009 9:24 pm

Justin.

Is your SG still low?
Are you still topping up with ASW?

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Postby hangfire7 » Tue 12 May, 2009 9:30 pm

Nope,
SG is at about 1.024
Ph average about 8.12
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Postby Namn8r » Tue 12 May, 2009 9:59 pm

Coming along nicely Justin...nice pickup with the hitchhiker tube worm!
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Postby hangfire7 » Tue 12 May, 2009 10:22 pm

Thanks, yeah the tube worm is a pretty one.
Also the big crab I have in the tank molted last night, was a bit surprising. I spotted him in his rock already tonight, he looks all clean and a lot bigger.

Ive spotted atleast 3 other crabs in the tank, most pretty tiny.

Also spotted this urchin:
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He's looks a bit sick to my by the look of his spines.

Also spotted what I beleive to be a nudibranch, but it was nowhere near a good position to get a photo of. Was like a flat worm, but white with black spots, and to little ears and the nudi looking feathery thing on its back.

I can see it from the opposite side of the tank, doesn't appear to be moving around really.
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Postby sydneydrewid » Tue 12 May, 2009 10:31 pm

the urchin doesnt look too bad in the pic.. why u saying its sick??
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Postby hangfire7 » Tue 12 May, 2009 10:34 pm

Just looks like its missing spines to me, I believe they can lose their spines when they're unhealthy?
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Postby Namn8r » Tue 12 May, 2009 10:55 pm

They grow back mate. I wouldnt stress.

Those urchins are tough as. Bit of a pain when they start moving your live rock and knocking over corals!
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Postby hangfire7 » Tue 12 May, 2009 11:28 pm

Its pretty tiny, 1-2cm diameter.
I think its pretty cute.
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Postby muddywaters » Wed 13 May, 2009 5:52 am

Justin.

Does "Nope" mean you're no longer using ASW for top-ups??? If not, what are you using?
You don't think an SG of 1.024 is a little low???
An average of the PH is of no value if the upper and lower points are above and below acceptable levels.
It will be low in the mornings and (obviously) higher after the lights have been on for a few hours. This is when you should be taking your reading.

The reason I'm interested is...You have two of the most important fundamentals of a healthy system that are clearly out of balance.


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Postby hangfire7 » Wed 13 May, 2009 10:04 am

Just using straight RO water to top up now.
I realise these levels are at the low end, but I beleive they are still in exceptable range are they not?
The ASW ive mixed to PH 1.025 ill be using for my next water change (which may be tonight)

My PH swings between 8.10 and 8.15.

I deffinantly appreciate any advice Dennis.
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Postby KirTracid » Wed 13 May, 2009 12:02 pm

Hey mate,
I wouldn't get too caught up on the numbers. Sure, you want to keep as close to normal seawater parameters as possible as Dennis is stating, but it's all a bit of a learning curve when you first get a tank setup.
Stability is also a major concern & I'd be more concerned with that than chasing a magic number. Alot of people who start messing with PH buffers and such end up in more trouble than they started off with.
Sure they're both on the marginally low end Justin, but it could be a hell of alot worse. Aim for 35 ppt, but if you're just under or just over thats fine too.
Coming along nicely. Seems you picked up a few decent hitchhikers. That urchin will come back to full health, they're pretty damn tough, he probably had a bit of shipping stress & cycle stress, hence the lost of spines. They'll grow back though as long as he's provided with ample conditions =)
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Postby hangfire7 » Wed 13 May, 2009 12:16 pm

Thanks Kirsty,
Thats good to know.
Ill bring the SG of my mix up a to 35ppt before I do my next water change should slowly allow me to bring the tank SG up to optimal over the next few weeks. I think PH has been pretty stable since the tank finnished cycling. Im not sure what kind of swinging is normal between night/photo period. But id imagine a stronge ASW mix will alos bring the PH/alkalinity up along with the SG so I should slowly start moving into more ideal water conditions.
I didn't want to keep toping up with salt water incase my parameters move to fast, its suprising much evap occurs.

I was really pleased with the rock I received from Seca, alot of really diverse life came with it.
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Postby coral diver » Wed 13 May, 2009 1:56 pm

Hi!! cycling the tank is the most of everything you can say and I bet every said at one time

but this is what i normally test in my water WEEKLY
SG1.025 OR 33 PPT
CALCIUM 450
ALKALINITY 8 TO 10 DKH
MAGNESIUM 1400 TO 1450 PPM
PH 8.2
MONTHLY I do the rest of the test
nitrate
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iodine
copper
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Postby KirTracid » Wed 13 May, 2009 3:36 pm

Coral diver is running his tank @ 1.025 with no ill effect. Like I said, as long as you don't deviate too far you'll be fine.
In regards to PH, as long as your Alk is fine I wouldn't be too concerned. Alk allows the PH to stay stable in a simple sense.
There's also no point chasing specific numbers as most test equiptment we have access to as hobbyists is not perfect either.
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Postby muddywaters » Wed 13 May, 2009 9:16 pm

Justin.

I was more concerned you were still topping up with ASW.
Had you been still topping up with ASW, I would have been very concerned as your SG should have been through the roof, so to speak.
You're not, so that's all good.

Even though your PH is a little on the low side, the variation is excellent.
A lot of people would be more then happy with only a swing of +/-.05.

I'm not suggesting you should get "hung up" on numbers.
What I am saying is take the time to fully understand what they mean so that when you do test, you'll understand what's going on.
It takes experience to "read" a tank and your tank is still very young.
While the difference in SG is currently only .002, your long-term goal should be to get it up a little. To do that, you need to understand what's going on.

Your main goal however, should be to enjoy your tank and it's inhabitants.
Seems you're finding new stuff almost daily. You might be surprised at just how much more you find in the coming months.

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Postby hangfire7 » Wed 13 May, 2009 10:56 pm

Ill continue to raise the SG with water changes.
Id thought 1.025 was considered optimal PH, but sounds like a bit higher then that is preferred by most, so ill push it up.

Talking about new stuff, I spotted a crap load of these things tonight, ive counted at least a dozen, thought they were Copepoda but they look round not long and narrow.

ID someone?
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Postby hangfire7 » Mon 18 May, 2009 10:25 pm

No one can help me with those bugs?

Also, got some new pics:

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Its CUTE!
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Postby voigtstr » Tue 19 May, 2009 12:13 am

That last critter is pretty.

Re the aquascaping, are you planning on keeping the rock back from the glass a bit? How will you scrape algae off the glass if the rock is so close?
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Postby hangfire7 » Tue 19 May, 2009 12:43 am

Ta,

Your tank looks good voigtstr.

In regards to the aquascaping, it'll probably get rearranged in the near future, Ive actually done some minor adjustments since the most recent full tank pic. But I don't think its possible get full access to all the glass for scraping, I figure so long as I can access the majority, and it looks good for viewing, doesn't matter if there's algae towards the back and sides where I cant clean.
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Postby hangfire7 » Sun 24 May, 2009 11:16 pm

Latest FTS

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And new cleanup crew, not sure on the SP, but got 8x of the little stripped snails and 1 of the big ones. also 6 of the little hermits

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Was planing to get a redline cleaner but didn't find any stock this weekend, no big deal, probably be a good idea to let the tank mature a bit more anyway. Its been 6 weeks since the first of my live rock went in.
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Postby mnemonix » Mon 25 May, 2009 12:32 am

The striped snails are Zebra Trochids - Austrocochlea Porcata.
They're a good general purpose grazer, but you will probably want more variety in your snail species to do a complete job.

http://seashellsofnsw.org.au/Trochidae/ ... orcata.htm
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Postby hangfire7 » Mon 25 May, 2009 3:19 pm

Thanks, maybe you can ID this one for me, came as a hitchhiker:

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Postby hangfire7 » Mon 25 May, 2009 11:52 pm

More pics, I spotted a butt load of aiptasia really tiny but im sure they're aiptasia, theres about 13ish all in a little alcove on one of the rocks.
Ive ordered some of the redsea x-aiptasia.

Another coral spotted:
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Some pretty greenery:
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Same coral from previous pics, seems to be doing well:
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The this crab is coming out of its rock at night now, should I be concered by it? I believe its a gorilla:
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Postby hangfire7 » Wed 27 May, 2009 6:58 pm

Evil slug?

What is this?

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Postby hangfire7 » Thu 28 May, 2009 12:37 pm

Im thinking some kind of cucumber.

Also heard alot of clicking from my tank lastnight, first time ive noticed.

I beleive it to be a pistol shrimp, mostly 2s and 3s.
Seeing the clicking was after lights off pistol shrimp would be more likely.

Ive also spotted what appears to be a juvinile pistol shrimp on the rock the last couple of days, very tine but seems destinctly shrimp shapped with claw that looks prodominant.
Ill try to get a pic of it, but its pretty tiny.
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Postby hangfire7 » Tue 09 Jun, 2009 11:45 am

Picked up a pair of Peppermint shrimp on the weekend, I doubt im gona be able to get a pic of them, its hard enough to spot them at all.

But hopefuly they'll make a meal out of the aiptasia that im still seeing in my tank.
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