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Old 03/01/2009, 06:44 PM   #151
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Have you plugged in a light or something else to confirm that the DC8 pug is actually de-energized? May be an ACIII issue. Just a thought.


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Old 03/01/2009, 07:16 PM   #152
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The Reef Fanatic Solenoid is needed to allow CO2 to pass through. otherwise it's in a normally closed state. I plugged the solenoid into another outlet and the light indicator on the solenoid kicked on to show that the solenoid is "open" and allowing CO2 to flow. I then unplugged the solenoid, and the light kicked off again... however CO2 continued to flow, and the bubble count did not stop.

So something is wrong with the solenoid that it is not closing when the power is cut.


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Old 03/01/2009, 08:10 PM   #153
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you may still have CO2 in the line after the soleniod which is why you may see some co2 bubbles after it shut off. Please keep an eye on the zeomag. i bought a bag and then began reading the GEO thread once i ordered it. I know some people use zeomag on top of the ca media in their reactors, that was my initial plan but i have read that in order for Zeomag to be effective the ph in the reactor needs to be lower to disolve the media. lower than the ph needed for the ca media. Test the levels regularily and look to see if it is breaking down in your current ph level. Let me know what you find. It will still be a while before i need to bring mine online


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Old 03/01/2009, 08:15 PM   #154
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you may still have CO2 in the line after the soleniod which is why you may see some co2 bubbles after it shut off.
I thought so at first as well, but it's been going all day.
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Please keep an eye on the zeomag. i bought a bag and then began reading the GEO thread once i ordered it. I know some people use zeomag on top of the ca media in their reactors, that was my initial plan but i have read that in order for Zeomag to be effective the ph in the reactor needs to be lower to disolve the media. lower than the ph needed for the ca media. Test the levels regularily and look to see if it is breaking down in your current ph level. Let me know what you find. It will still be a while before i need to bring mine online.
Will do. Although I'm planning on picking up a Peristaltic dosing pump for Magnesium that will keep my Mag level constant around 1440 ppm... instead of dosing it up each weekend like I'm currently doing.


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Old 03/02/2009, 08:52 AM   #155
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Have some new additions coming my way...

Hopefully this guy will work for pest control:



a pair of these:



...and also a surprise from the Diver's Den. After that it'll be time to sit back and let my tank mature, as it will be basically stocked, and I don't plan on adding anything else (coral or fish-wise) for a while.




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Old 03/02/2009, 09:03 AM   #156
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Looking nice TJ. Its good all your delayed fish and corals made it fine.
what type of wrass is this?


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Old 03/02/2009, 09:49 AM   #157
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TJ is that the Christmas Wrasse?


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Old 03/02/2009, 10:00 AM   #158
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TJ is that the Christmas Wrasse?
Yep.

The one in the picture is a female. I believe the male's coloration differs a little, and does not have the black dot on the dorsal fin. LiveAquaria didn't have an option to specifically choose a male or female, so I have no idea which will show up.
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Looking nice TJ. Its good all your delayed fish and corals made it fine.
what type of wrass is this?
Thanks. I was very surprised how well everything shipped and has responded up to this point.

The wrasse as Phil correctly pointed out, is a Christmas Wrasse.


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All 3 will make very nice additions


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Old 03/02/2009, 07:04 PM   #160
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Sweet that will be nice in your tank! definately let me know what im up against with the magnesium and if you do decide to get a separate pump to dose mag.. let me knwo how that works!

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Old 03/02/2009, 07:42 PM   #161
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Make sure that the tank is covered really well when you add the wrasse. I had one just like it for a short period of time....really short. He never survived the QT. I had him in a 35g Qt with an eggcrate cover on it because all my research showed that they are big time jumpers. There was a slight opening slightly less than the size of a quarter where the HOB entered the tank. After three weeks in Qt he must have made the most accurate thread the needle type leap straight up to have squeezed through the hole I thought no fish could get through. I'll never under estimate a fish's ability to jump again. When I found him the next morning, he was right below the small hole laying on the work bench.
I hope you have better luck than I did. Both you're choices are very great looking additions.


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Old 03/02/2009, 09:38 PM   #162
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Picked up 5lbs of rubble for the refugium today:








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Old 03/02/2009, 09:43 PM   #163
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All 3 will make very nice additions
Thanks Phil.
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Sweet that will be nice in your tank! definately let me know what im up against with the magnesium and if you do decide to get a separate pump to dose mag.. let me knwo how that works!

Thanks
Thanks. I need to figure out what I'm going to do... I'm not sure if I want to spend the $100 it costs for one... I'll also need another dc4 or dc8 to control it as well. So it's more than likely going to go on the back burner for a while.
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Make sure that the tank is covered really well when you add the wrasse. I had one just like it for a short period of time....really short. He never survived the QT. I had him in a 35g Qt with an eggcrate cover on it because all my research showed that they are big time jumpers. There was a slight opening slightly less than the size of a quarter where the HOB entered the tank. After three weeks in Qt he must have made the most accurate thread the needle type leap straight up to have squeezed through the hole I thought no fish could get through. I'll never under estimate a fish's ability to jump again. When I found him the next morning, he was right below the small hole laying on the work bench.
I hope you have better luck than I did. Both you're choices are very great looking additions.
Thanks Harold, Yeah, it's going to go into QT which is fully covered. I'll be able to tell for sure if he's eating flatworms in there. Then once I get some type of top constructed for at night I'll move it to the display.


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just my 2 cents
i have rubble ontop of a 5 inch sand bed, with a ball of cheato with a decent amount of flow. i have to take a python to it every water change, i have so much detrius build up everymonth its crazy. dunno if i would do rubble again honestly, next decent sized serpent star i see will be going down there thats for sure. i prob have 20 of the little white ones working the rubble too.

pep shrimp and a cowrie keep the "intake" section super clean tho.


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Old 03/03/2009, 12:01 AM   #165
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Man your sump is clean TJ!!!


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Everything is alive, and the Christmas Wrasse is a female, and only about 1-1/2." So should be a great size for my tank.


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Hey! I am currently waiting on a LA order myself, hoping to get it in the next couple minutes to meet the fedex 3pm quote. Whats even more coincidental is that I, too, am expecting a christmas wrasse.


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Old 03/03/2009, 03:58 PM   #168
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Delivery from Salty Critter. Some frozen food, filter socks, Seachem Reef Plus amino acid supplement, and an extra Spectrapure DI resin:



PE Mysis... have heard nothing but good things about it, and wanted to give it a shot.



Live Aquaria order:

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Hey! I am currently waiting on a LA order myself, hoping to get it in the next couple minutes to meet the fedex 3pm quote. Whats even more coincidental is that I, too, am expecting a christmas wrasse.


You'll have to post if you receive a male or female. I was wondering how they sorted it out since there isn't an option, or if it is just a random scoop and bag.

The one that showed up is tiny... maybe 1-1/2" I was planning on QT, but being that small it could shoot right through the mesh anyway... and I figured there would be a higher probability it would try and jump out of a 20 long rather than my display. So a FW dip, and into the tank it went.


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Diver's Den Green Acropora Millepora:

Absolutely Lovely! Your gobies are also inspiring


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wow that mille is awesome btw. i had one of those gobys awhile back they are great additions.


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TJ that Acro from LA is amazing. I can't believe how big it is.


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Fish look good TJ !
Are the gobies in a FW dip there?
And I have to agree, that Acro is amazing!!!


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You'll have to post if you receive a male or female. I was wondering how they sorted it out since there isn't an option, or if it is just a random scoop and bag.

The one that showed up is tiny... maybe 1-1/2" I was planning on QT, but being that small it could shoot right through the mesh anyway... and I figured there would be a higher probability it would try and jump out of a 20 long rather than my display. So a FW dip, and into the tank it went.
Can you elaborate on how they're sexed? Is it as simple as that second spot on the dorsal? Mine looks pretty much the same as yours.

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Nice.

The male doesn't have the spots on the dorsal fin. Here is a picture of a friend's adult male Christmas Wrasse.




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