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  1. Sand

    Question! I want to setup and Mbuna species tank with sandy bottom and rocks etc. Aquarium sand is quite expensive. Can I buy Home depot play sand and just rinse it before using it. The home depot said that it's all safe and already washed of harmful stuff and says its safe to use for aquariums and terrariums. I know the play sand won't look as nice but it could save me alot by using play sand. Any thoughts on this topic. Thanks
  2. Sand

    Thanks sounds like it's pretty safe. The Sand is a Tan color with specs of some other colour in it as far as I can tell. I've worked with Sandblasting sand before would it not be too fine? Maybe you can buy different grades. Also it worried me a bit cause doesn't it contain additives? I'll look in to the pool sand thing. Not sure though. At least the "play sand" supposedly has removed the fine particles that can be inhaled and cause damage removed. Also this so-called "Cichlid Sand" they sell at BigAl's does it come directly from Africa or is it just simulated? Yes I will definetly rinse anything after the last gravel I put in from LFS. I pulled fine sediment out for months after not rising it first. arrg lesson learned.
  3. Well my tank been running for almost a year now and the Green hair algae just keeps coming back, I had a Sea hare in my tank which helps tremedously but he has seemed to disapear. I also have a foxface to keep it down as well. I'm thinking I need to run some sort of Phosphate remover, I have a Red Sea Skimmer it's a 55 gallon with a canister filter I also run Carbon and Chemipure. I do about 10-15% changes weekly. I do not use RO water and have heard that even people who run RO still have algae problems. Any suggestions??? Also have Cyano but I treating with Red Slime control. I have Corals (Open Brain,Elegant,Leather Anenome,Crocea Clam,Frogspawn,SunCoral) so turning off lights is out of question. Any ideas for me????
  4. How Do I Move Salt Set-Up?

    I moved a 230 Gallon Salt setup all in one day. Took 14 hours but we did it and no casualties I might add. Get some large rubbermaids for Live rock and Fish and Corals. Catch them all after about draining half the water and filling rubbermaids about 3/4 full. Put fish in one with some rock,Coral in another depending on how many you have might need more than one. Throw a heater and airstone in each bucket with livestock or corals and concentrate on draining rest of water. I agree with others we kept all sand in buckets, dust pan works good at getting out sand we also left some water in buckets with Sand so it didn't dry out. Keep your live rock wet with water from old tank. Salt buckets work great cause they can seal properly. Disconnect everything move it and set it up. If you can keep all the water great but doing a 25-30% change at the same time as moving is ok. Everyone has there own techniques I guess. cheers
  5. I just started setting up a phyto system to culture phyto and then reef Pods. Anybody else done this yet tell about your system to compare to mine!!
  6. Phyto Culturing

    I bought a bag of live phyto to start with then went from there. Then I'll split cultures and try not to cross contaminate.
  7. Green Hair Algae

    Well I have about 70lbs of Live rock in 55 Gallon corner tank which is lots I think I hardly got any sand bed left for corals. I have cut back on feedings but then the fish start stealing from my corals, arrg. I just put some Phosphate remover in my canister to see if that helps especially with Cyano, also picked up a ladder glider to turn the sand. although he likes to dig holes under my corals to hide and disrupts them. I have a powersweep as well as XP2 to move the water around it's quite breezy in there.
  8. Green Hair Algae

    I wonder if nice corals or plants live in those fast moving streams???
  9. Green Hair Algae

    Running a Rena XP2, Bulb is about 5 months old, Metal Halide,Calcium and KH is at appropriate levels, PH a little low around 8.1, acouple turbos,a nessarius, hermits, got a powersweep in tank also along with XP2, Feed once a day, I probly do feed more than I should, with mysis and brine. The skimmer I have is plenty large enough for this size tank I think plus it has a surface basket to help.
  10. How do I get my Red Open Brain's Sweeper tentacles to come out? It pufffs up when the lights go out at night but I have only once in 3 months seen the tentacles to feed some mysis. Is my brain likely to die if I don't feed soon? It seems to be growing in size but it seems to never eat! Is it filter feeding? Is it feeding at night when I sleep? I dose with reef Roids twice a week in my tank. No water chemistry issues Alk & Calcium as well as PH all good. Any thoughts anyone I don't want my brain to die one day!
  11. My Red Peacock Croaked

    Sadly I came home yesterday to find my large Red Peacock Floating upside down, I took my tongs to flip him over then he had a burst of speed and twitched quite a bit then went back to being upside down. After a few minutes of trying to revive him I decided to put him out of his misery and in the freezer with water he went. Now question is, what did he die from, No damage to fins, No ich,No bloating of Stomach, No body wounds. is it possible he died from old age or natural causes? Is it possible he had a stroke? Can fish have Strokes? What was the twitching I noticed late in the game? Wish I had been there to witness what happened. Does anyone have any thoughts on these things? What's the average lifespan of Peacocks? Surely it must be more than a couple of years! Thanks. Note: My Water Quality is excellent so for those who are wondering!
  12. My Red Peacock Croaked

    Well I never spray anything near the tank and never use anything but water on the glass. I always run carbon and do 20% changes per week. I suspect that either he smacked his head real hard on something or he maybe had a stoke or heartattack or something of that kind. It may also be line breeding that weakens the Fish to certain things.
  13. Clownfish Questions

    My Occelaris Clowns ignored my Leather Anenome and my large Frog Spawn for 4 months until I added a Foxface then suddenly the Wild caught Clown taught the Captive bred Clown to use the anenome now it's their home it looks awesome. I agree that Clowns will host in many diffrent Things, Anenome's are a bit trickier but I think they are great. I have a question My Frogspawn is super huge can I frag it somehow without killing it????
  14. Open Brain Question?

    Finally this morning before Light went on when it was kinda puffy I put a couple of mysis shrimps in the Brain, Watched it for about 5minutes it finally started to close up on it, then the sweepers came out Sweet. I think I got it now, feeding fish first is not an option cause they won't eat at night in dark and Brain won't eat during day. Thanks for all the input
  15. Open Brain Question?

    Well putting Shrimp or food in the brain after pumps are turned off sounds good but my fish always get to it long before my brain could ever grab it. mmmm I guess I'll keep trying.
  16. My Red Peacock Croaked

    Well I'm going to get a friend to do an Autopsy on him if I can to see if he can discover what happenned, I think it's probly due to overbreeding in captivity and bad genetics.
  17. Has anyone in the history of fishkeeping developed or has found or rigged up an auto feeder for their Salt tank that will use Frozen foods???? I've been looking everywhere on the net and no dice. I thinking of designing one myself could be a good product. Please send me your thoughts!!! Thanks
  18. 120g

    Well I had a similar setup years ago with a 230 Gallon jobby. Obviously with a refugium your doing Salt. I would recommend an external pump attached to your sump far away from your refugium. Nice place to put Protein skimmer also. If your return pump or pumps are strong enough you should have no need of powerheads, Get a Splitter for the end of your returns so you can have essentially 4 returns. Point at least 1 if not 2 returns near the surface or the waterline to agitate the surface this will increase oxygen, therefore no need for wavemaker except if you wanna spend endless amounts of money on your tank. And trust me you can, a tank your size after Rock and livestock,chemicals,Salt,Equipment,lighting,sand, your looking at about $4000 I figure. Not to mention power bills and Salt Creep. but it will be a beautiful showpiece if you put the time in.Anyways enough of that you will find out soon enough. Good luck if you have any other questions let me know. Cheers
  19. I'm seriously thinking of investing in some Monitors pinpoint devices to be exact. I already have a refractometer so that's great, but I would love a Calcium/Kh/PH monitor system of some kind, I know they have a calcium and PH monitor but has anyone ever heard of a Kh monitor I've been trying to find one online for a long time. I love to automate my system and be ontop of the water, or do these devices seem redundant once you got a system where you know what kind of calcium and kh draw you have. Any thoughts
  20. Well I bought a Pinpoint PH monitor couple weeks ago, works great! Never have to test it again, wish I could do that for Carbonates. Technology is soo slow, hahaha.
  21. MMMM. It seems really quiet in the Salt Section, I guess Nobody has nothing to say.
  22. Calc and alk issues (long)

    Also to add to this long discussion are you aware that Hagen test kits for either Calcium or Kh I can't remember which one but one of these kits, the readings are Half of what they actually are. What I mean to say is that if you measure 200ppm then it's actually 400ppm. Now this was told to me by a friend at Aquarium Illusions a couple of weeks ago. I'm following this rule and I'm having great success with the few corals I have. Hopefully this helps. My bad I misunderstood the guy, The ideal readings for Kh are 200mg/L, in the test kit they say 105mg/l is ideal. That's what I was trying to say.
  23. Malawi Tank suggestions for a 60 gal tank

    Here's what I got in my 150 Gallon Malawi setup, Electric blue,red peacock, Maisoni,Bi-color,Sulphurhead,Flametail,Lwanda,Redfin Borleyi,Redtop, and from tanganika, leulepi,compressips,brichardi keep in mind these are all males and you would never fit all these in your tank too small, Very peacefull setup, as long as they are fed well they are happy. They all compliment each other color wise nicely. Personally I would never mix mbuna with peacocks but that's just me, Your just asking for headaches trust me. Also with no females their is no cross breeding.
  24. help identify

    Is it possible he is a new Blue Orchid Male? I had one for a while that looked similar. Of course I'm not a experienced as some of the other guys on here at identifying.
  25. 230 gallon Africian chiclids

    Just to let you know, I have a 150 Gallon African setup right now, I started with Male Malawi peacocks, then recently added 3 Tangs, leleupi,brachardi and compressips all males, The tangs did raise the agresiveness a little but it's settling down now I just kept lots of hiding places. As far as adding mbuna I personally wouldn't recommend it but there are always exceptions to the rule. Good luck with the setup.