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Kalk: how to: why to: how much to

Posted 03/13/2011 at 12:39 PM by Sk8r
Updated 03/13/2011 at 12:53 PM by Sk8r

Why put lime in your ATO?
It's called 'dripping kalk', from the German word for lime. It's appropriate for anyone with clams or stony coral, ie, a tank that sucks up calcium faster than weekly water changes can supply it.

This is why stony coral keeping is a lot easier than people think it is---easy, as in, "very little work" in, "actually far less work than keeping a FOWLR."

First you need an ATO [automatic topoff]. Everyone does who...
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Quarantine (my opinion)

Posted 03/09/2011 at 09:40 PM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)
Updated 03/18/2014 at 10:39 AM by snorvich

Q: Should I quarantine all fish?

A: Yes. Four weeks is a good window for observation of disease and parasites. All newly acquired fish will benefit from 4 weeks of time by themselves in the quarantine tank to recover from shipping/handling stress and to acclimate to your feeding regime.

Q: What about corals, inverts, algae, and live rock?

A: Whle I feel that the risk is very low unless they are coming from an infected tank, you can set up a separate QT...
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Obstinate urchin

Posted 03/08/2011 at 03:05 PM by sacremon

I bought another urchin, which arrived today. This one is in the sump rather than the display tank, as it is too dangerous for at least the eel. It is a flower urchin, Toxopneustes pileolus. This is one of, if not the, most venomous of the sea urchins. It is reputed to have caused human deaths, and laboratory experiments with the toxin have demonstrated it to be very potent, at least in mice.

In any event, I got the urchin in today and set about acclimation. I use a bucket from...
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cryptocaryon irritans (ich) part II

Posted 02/28/2011 at 04:02 PM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)
Updated 05/19/2011 at 03:18 PM by snorvich

Subjective and Non-Subjective Observations, Claims, and Common Myths:

1. Some Tangs seem more susceptible. This is true. Their mucous coatings are reduced in thickness and composition. They swim up to 25 miles a day in the ocean in search for food so maybe Mother Nature provided them with this as a means of 'escape.'

2. It goes away on its own. Definite NOT true. It is only visible at one stage IF it is on the body or fin of the fish. If it was once seen, then it hasn't...
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Naso tang gets annoyed

Posted 02/18/2011 at 01:17 PM by sacremon

A little over a week ago, I got in an Astropyga radiata. Common names are something like Radiating Urchin or Long Spine Blue Spot urchin (Live Aquaria seems to prefer the latter). They are strikingly colored, reputedly venomous and are fairly active during the day. It has been wandering all over the tank, and it appears to be at least sampling some of the algae that has taken over much of the rock and sand. Yesterday, however, it discovered the rock to which I tie nori to feed the two tangs...
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