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Urchins

Posted 03/18/2014 at 12:21 PM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)
Updated 03/18/2014 at 06:32 PM by snorvich

Sea Urchins

Scientific Information:

Phylum: Echinodermata
Class: Echinoidea
Order: Multiple. See below

Common Names:
Pin Cushion, Tuxedo, Long Spine(v), Short Spine, Pencil(sn), Flower(vv), Fire(vv), Sand Dollar(sn)

v = venomous
vv = very venomous
sn = special needs

Origin:
Pin Cushion - Caribbean
Tuxedo - Indo-Pacific
Long Spine - Indo-Pacific
Short Spine - Indo-Pacific...
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Live rock

Posted 04/28/2014 at 04:52 AM by sleezyp1

[QUOTE=sleezyp1;22608450]I have about 50 lbs of live rock for sale $2 lb.
PM me if interested
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Alk: the most important test you run...

Posted 05/11/2014 at 12:35 PM by Sk8r

Run it. Now. To see where you are.
If ever things are going squirrel-ey---test your alk.

...Then test it weekly, during your first half year. Bi-weekly thereafter. This is for fish-onlies AND for reefs both softie and stony. For all tanks. Alkalinity is THE most important test for a reef, once you pass your cycling hurdle. And for a fish-only, alk controls so very much regarding fish health, just consider it an absolute essential. If it's right, you've got a major part of fish-care...
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GFO and Algae

Posted 10/04/2014 at 01:04 PM by Sk8r

Do you need GFO: how to use it...RE PHOSPHATE AND ALGAE PLAGUE
Granulated Ferrous Oxide is, in effect, rusty iron pellets made porous, specifically to sop up and hold phosphate out of your water.

Rock, sand, and tapwater all contribute phosphate to your tank, and algae loves it...especially hair and film algae. Some rock is worse than others in this regard---but it can be some of the prettier rock. And 'new' rock goes through a period when it starts slowly 'leaking' phospate...
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Things many people don't realize...

Posted 12/29/2014 at 03:39 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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