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  • in reply to: Soft corals with T5 x2 lighting #6095
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    Having kept softies for years, I do fret about low lighting levels. Yes, there are corals you can keep – cabbage corals & mushrooms, etc. However, my experience is that the more light the better, even for soft corals.

    If you can’t ditch the T5s and put some LEDs in there, then my advice would be to choose tubes of about 10,000K color temp, and replace them religiously – preferably every six months, but certainly keep them no longer than than 9 months.

    You don’t say how deep your tank is; if possible, keep the corals as near to the top as possible.

    I can’t help but think that, in the long run, you’d spend less by buying something like the Arcadia Classica Stretch Marine LED Lighting. They work out cheaper in the long run than T5s, and you can cram in quite strong lighting without too much heat being generated. In addition, your corals are more likely to thrive and propagate, leading to less being spent on buying them. Not what you may want to hear, but it is the result of decades keeping softies with different kinds of lighting!

    in reply to: Scarlet Hawkfish #6093
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    Why not get a harlyquin, all they eat are starfish, that’s all starfish, but it will starve once it’s ran out of food, you would then need to move it on, or get a supply of astrina.

    in reply to: Non magnetic powerhead recommendation #6091
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    Newa do fixed speed ones with suction mount. They are a bit bulky but very very quiet

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    in reply to: My new 94L Kent Marine Bio Reef #6001
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    Sand added.

    As expected, absolute sandstorm. No matter how careful you are adding the sand, you are guarenteed to end up with such a mess.

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    In the sand bag there was some kind of sachet of liquid that said it was a ‘magnet’ of some kind, i followed the instructions but i have my doubts that it’s actually done anything. It’s meant to clear the water up fast.

    No powerheads are on at the moment (turned them off after the salt finished mixing) so i’ll just give it a few days to settle. As long as it settles out a lot more by tuesday i’ll be happy, i don’t want my live rock to get convered in sand as it settles. That being said i’ll probably stir the sand up an awful lot aqua scaping the rocks.

    Tomorrow i’m going to hopefully make some more water up and top up to the ‘min’ line on the back wall so that i can actually get the pumps going and filter some of this sand out.

    Salinity running a tad high at 1.027 but i’ll bring this down when i add more water tomorrow.

    So thats it for day 1 of my new tank!

    in reply to: New Red Sea reefer 350 voyage #6000
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    Lol, yeah a few have mentioned that. I fitted a door stop just after the photos were taken.

    So unless someone really smashes the door open should be safe!

    in reply to: Lee's 600 Litre In-Wall Kitchen Reef #5999
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    Arrgghhh…. the stand won’t fit!!! Can’t get it through the door and round into the utility. Looks like I’m gonna have to make a timber stand

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    in reply to: Possible White Spot whilst in QT #5998
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    Update. Lost the goby a couple of days after the first post. Tang spots cleared up but have now reappeared over last couple of days. Tang is still eating like a pig and as active as ever and nice and fat.

    do I just carry on leaving him for the 21 days or should I add some more Avloclor? QT was dosed a week and half ago with 6 crushed tablets in the 90ltrs of water.

    any advice appreciated.

    thanks

    in reply to: Carbon dosing – different products, different results #5997
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    Just a quick check Dami, did you mean ethanol rather than methanol as I’m pretty sure if my vodka was methanol I’d be dead by now. I’ve tried both solid carbon dosing and using a mixture of ethanol/acetate, pellets are so much less hassle but nowhere near as controllable.

    in reply to: What wavemaker in 110ltr tank #5996
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    I have 2 aqua nano 60 tanks. I run 2 rw4 in each tank on their lowest settings. You could probably get away with just one if it was turned up ? If you get them off eBay you can get 2 for the price of a single one from a lfs.

    in reply to: DIY LED light diffuser. #5995
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    Evens out the hotspots and PAR.
    You loose a bit of shimmer

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    in reply to: Tunze Turbelle Stream 3 #5994
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    Well marketing has never been a strong point of Tunze and that video confirms it…

    But they do make some very reliable and well designed pumps and this new device sounds very Interesting. I can see them available in DE sites for around €260 and in stock in October. I’m sure more info will surface soon.

    in reply to: Toadstool collapsing. #5993
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    Theoretically lightning is ok if not to less, I have tried to move it to the different spots in the tank also my jebao pump is running all the time in wave mode. Except lightning everything is running day and night.
    It has been couple weeks since it started collapsing and I think its harder and harder to lift up.

    in reply to: Coral Beauty – Reef Safe ?? #5992
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    I had one and it ate my Xenia I didn’t notice anything else but rehomed it shortly after just not worth the risk IMO love my corals more than my fish 😀

    in reply to: First time finding something dead in my tank. #5991
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    Are your nitrates usually that high? If not it might be the back end of an ammonia spike which you might not detect a couple of days later with ammonia test.

    It won’t hurt to change water, may be worth preserving a sample of current water though to test ammonia when you get a kit?

    in reply to: My Red Sea 130d #5656
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    So…… I had my water tested and it all seemed good.

    So I decided (actually the wife did) to get some fish….. originally it was going to be just 2. But we ended up with a Domino, a humbug and a yellow tail…..
    Got them in the tank…. they all huddled in the bottom corner for a couple hours then were swimming all over the place. I fed them that evening… all seemed fine. (You can tell this isn’t going to end well right? CORRECT)

    I was up at 3am for work so I thought I’d check how they were…. half expecting them all to be dead.
    So I’m shining my phone torch in the tank to see where they are… all I can see is the yellow tail, no sign at all of the other two. The Domino isn’t that easy to see anyway as the tank has a black background.
    The only place they can be is through the hole where the second return pump should be, seems ridiculous as the hole is about 10-15mm MAX! So I put my set my phone to record with the light on…. low and behold I can see the humbug in with the return pump. No sign of domino…. I guessed he must be in there. I didn’t have time to tend to them, plus I didn’t want to make too much noise at that time so I left them until I returned home from work praying all day that they would be ok.
    So I got home and started dismantling the lid and bits and bobs to rescue them…. I thought it would be as straightforward as lifting the bag of ceramic bio beads out and they’d be resting on it. Well that was the biggest mistake ever as the bag didn’t come out easily!
    Eventually got the bag out, I then realised I’d made it worse as they can now get under the baffle and into the heater chamber (which was off). Luckily I could see the humbug and I managed to catch him and put him back. Unfortunately the domino was found at the bottom of the return chamber dead. I think I squashed him with the bag of ceramic! ☹️

    So I’ve now covered the ridiculous hole up with a heater bracket!

    Tune in soon for more dramas of an amateur marine fish keeper!!

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