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Old 03/19/2017, 05:55 PM   #26
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Here is a pic today of the rock...I noticed there are these little red/purple dots in some places...is this the beginning of algae ??

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Old 03/19/2017, 07:19 PM   #27
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Old 03/20/2017, 11:58 AM   #28
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A little more research and I believe it's actually foraminiferans. Hey at least there is something happening.

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Old 03/20/2017, 12:02 PM   #29
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And I did see this...lol

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Old 03/20/2017, 03:36 PM   #30
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Old 03/20/2017, 03:56 PM   #31
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So does that mean there is a dead crab in there somewhere ? Before I put the rocks in...I went through them pretty good...or so I thought.

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Old 03/20/2017, 03:58 PM   #32
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It might be a dead crab in,this case would be good. If it's part of a molt you might want to set up a trap to catch it. Pretty sure black claws are evil in a reef tank


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Old 03/20/2017, 04:03 PM   #33
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Hmmmm.. all of my rock was dry rock but my sand was 'live'.


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Old 03/20/2017, 04:19 PM   #34
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Did you see if it was a molt?


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Old 03/20/2017, 04:35 PM   #35
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What does that even mean ...ugh ?

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Old 03/20/2017, 05:01 PM   #36
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Molting is when shrimp / crabs and other crustaceans shed there hard shell so they can grow


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Old 03/21/2017, 12:08 PM   #37
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Day 8, 9, 10: 3/16 - 3/21


Temp: 79
pH: 8.0
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 5.0
Nitrate: didn't test today
Salinity: 1.026 (35)

Pretty much nothing is happening....no movement other than my temp because it is bloody hot here in Phoenix (94 yesterday).

I need to be patient...I need to be patient, I need to be pati.....ugh. Hurry up already.


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Old Yesterday, 10:37 AM   #38
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Day 11, 12: 3/22, 3/23


UGH...just waiting. Nothing happening. Nitrites not moving. Is this NORMAL???



Temp: 78.5
pH: 8.0
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 5.0
Nitrate: didn't test today
Salinity: 1.026 (35)

Another question...I bought a wavemaker and was wondering if I should install it now or wait until I have something in the tank...does it matter either way?


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What are you adding to tank to feed the bacteria?
I'd add the wave maker now so you can tune it and then setup your corals accordingly to flow needs.


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Well I went ahead and put in the wavemaker and glad I did, I had a LOT of yucky stuff just sitting around in the rocks and such...it's all being kicked up now which is good. I plan on leaving it where it is for today but will reposition it over the next few days to make sure to find any other dead spots.


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I am adding pure ammonia, dose it to 2 ppm and by morning it's down to 0.


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Try some bacteria starter or if you know someone with a established tank ask for some rock or ruble to jump start your tank. Just be sure they don't have nasties in their tank


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