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slowly setting up.

Posted 05/28/2014 at 02:01 AM by Vilas

Did more research into local fishes. The local clowns are fine, basically any angel or tang isn't. Which is a shame, they're so lovely to see in the tide pools. Such temptation!

I collected a bit of a cleanup crew, and added it once I had amonia and nitrites at 0 for a week. Started small, 6-7 small snails (topshells, according to my book) a couple of limpets, and a chiton. The snails are amazing with brown algae, as it turns out!

Also realized that the zoanthids that coat the rocks aren't so easy to just take. and a hammer and a chisel is illegal. However, we solved that problem by finding a few that were encrusting oysters, which we do have a permit for. Nothing beats fresh oyster straight from the sea, and once the oyster is eaten, my permit does allow soft corals.

These zoas seem hardy as hell, based on where they live. You even see them over the water line at low tide, and in small pools that regularly have water evaporated out of them, kids walking on them, and trapped fish peeing.

I've attached a couple of photos of the tide pools and of the little frag on the oyster shell. Didn't want to add too much, but now it's been a few days, and my water seems stable, with good polyp extension.

My next order of business will be to add a few more snails, ever so slowly, and maybe try to make a mission to Sodwana up the coast, where I might be lucky enough to bag a cleaner shrimp. It's ever so slightly warmer up there, so you get all kinds of cool things. I just need to find a place to collect that isn't a protected area.

I think I'll also eventually add a few of our locally common Dwarf Cushion starfish, they're not available in the general reef trade, but local guys have great success with them as part of the clean up crew. Pretty little things, only get about an inch in diameter.
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    first saltwater tank

    hello I am new to forum and am looking for someone to really assist me step by step for setup. I have a 55gallon long or can use a 90 gallon tank I have. I also have a stand with a 15gallon aquarium I want to make into refugium underneath my stand and aquarium above. I have been researching and taking my time but now need help with doing it. I wanna get tank drilled. I wanna make reefugium out of 15 gal. Also I want t o start out with best hardy fish for first time saltwater aquarists as they are in my best interest to keep them safe! I hjave pics of wat I have so far plz help!!!!

    adam
    Posted 05/30/2014 at 02:20 AM by a_hillz a_hillz is offline
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    pics for adams stand with tanks

    idk how to attach pic
    Posted 05/30/2014 at 02:23 AM by a_hillz a_hillz is offline
 

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