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First 40g Breeder Setup

Posted 01/24/2015 at 04:47 PM by JamesHolt
Updated 07/13/2015 at 06:36 PM by JamesHolt

[SIZE="5"]Tank Shut Down Completely 6/1/2015,, Upgrade in progress[/SIZE]

[SIZE="4"]Current critters are:[/SIZE]

4 4-stripe Damsels
1 Yellowtail Damsel
1 Lawnmower Blenny
1 Clownfish
3 Turbos

1 Fire shrimp
1 Pistol Shrimp
10 blue legs
10 red legs
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How are a qt and a hospital tank different---or are they?

Posted 01/15/2015 at 02:52 PM by Sk8r

Difference between a qt and a hospital tank...
There need not be. What describes a hospital tank can be a qt, IF you're willing to do very frequent filter changes, and you can do it as one tank. Follow with me. Understand the trade-offs.

A 'cycled' qt relies on bacteria. You can go as far as sand, rock, etc...or just sponges with bacteria. You put the fish in, you watch fish for four weeks. If you have to treat, you then move the fish to a hospital tank. And if it's a sand-rock...
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Where I have seen folks go wrong

Posted 01/03/2015 at 05:08 PM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)

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From working in this forum for quite a while, I have seen quite a few scenarios where folks run into problems:

Leaving a fish at the LFS for a month to make sure it has no parasites. While this seems to be intuitive, there are several problems with this. First, many local fish sellers run copper in their system and this will mask various parasites. Secondly, since LFS run fish systems, and receive new fish frequently, they are constantly exposing fish to new parasites and other
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Things many people don't realize...

Posted 12/29/2014 at 02:39 PM by Sk8r

A few things many people don't realize...
1. bacterial colonization (cycling) goes on for some time after your initial 'ammonia' reaction, in the sense that life goes on colonizing your rock all the way to the core of it. This is why old live rock is tougher than nails---and why just-cycled rock is very fragile. This process (depending on how holey and porous your rock is) can continue for many months. This is one reason why we say go slow at first. Your rock won't be finished colonizing...
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Stages of Marine Aquarist experience with parasites

Posted 12/27/2014 at 05:34 PM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)

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At the risk of offending (I have no intention of doing so, however) some folks, I have observed that aquarists go through different stages of awareness about marine parasites. As their embedded base of fish increases in value, so too does their sensitivity to infecting their prized fish friends.

Unconscious Incompetence
+ all tanks have ich, there is nothing one can do about that except feed garlic or ginger
+ I cannot
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