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Re: Starting a 5 gallon Marine Tank

A piece of 2 liter coke bottle and 5 minutes cured my strong current problem. The flow is squirting out both sides across the back of the tank and no longer dumping right down on my xenia.

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Trust me when I say, if your ALK and Calcium are out, either way, you can kill corals with it.

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What exactly does "dosing" copepods do? It provides something living in the tank that's food for all? Any other benefits? And are they really alive in the bottle?

And anyway, I'll have to make it back down to the LFS and check out what they have. They're listed as a retailer of the tigger-pods product. And they have literally every brand of the "water care" products so i bet they have the continuum too.

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If you're going to buy pods, I've had great luck with these...

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There will be a lot of amphipods and many will be pregnant. You won't see many copepods, but they're in there. reefcleaners.com has straight copepods that are a good deal too, but the pods from reefs2go are hardy strains and offer a lot of bang for the buck IMO.
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If you're going to buy pods, I've had great luck with these...

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There will be a lot of amphipods and many will be pregnant. You won't see many copepods, but they're in there. reefcleaners.com has straight copepods that are a good deal too, but the pods from reefs2go are hardy strains and offer a lot of bang for the buck IMO.
Looks like a good deal to me. The free shipping part makes it. I think I will end up getting those soon. Thanks for the tip

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Just got my water tested at the LFS. I'll buy the reef kit sooner or later. It's expensive.

Calcium 440 ppm
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Phosphate .25
Nitrate 0ppm

Woman (owner) at the LFS says my xenia could be suffering from lack of Nitrate.

Also found out my hydrometer is a little off. She used a refractometer and determined my water 1.027. I thought it was in the 1.025 ballpark.

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Little update: Yellow polyps and the trumpet coral are doing very well. Kenya tree grew some more. The toadstool leather is healthy. My xenia is pretty much dead and shriveled up. I hope when I finally get some nitrate it'll bounce back.

AND, that mushroom that disappeared a while back, just re-appeared tonight. Who knows, but it's healthy and it got bigger. It was probably hiding between 2 rocks where I couldn't see it.

Oh, and I'm having better luck growing SPS coral than xenia.... Go figure.

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Water is to clean, SPS will love it, and the others not so much.

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Mushrooms will really move around,Not like anenomes(maybe like) but will seemingly vanish,only and hopefully to appear in a nook between rocks bigger than before.I've purchased rocks with like 10 on them that now only 1 remains.Their not gone I can find 6 of them in various locations in my tank.Some act like nems and can sometimes be seen extending tremendously out of a nook and other times retracted and hard to notice.My wife still doesn't get their there even though I'll point them out;"there use to be so many on that rock!"And RM is correct that some corals really dig pure clean water(your sps{congrats they're way harder to keep for many}) and others (the simple) will prefer 20 or so NO3.
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Water is to clean, SPS will love it, and the others not so much.
Thats what I've been told. I literally have zero nitrates still after 2 months.

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I'll blow the secret. That is an ocelleris clown. Right around an inch long. He did the typical clown fish thing for a while, hosted by the filter and never left the top. Then after a few days he started eating and became active. Chasing his reflection at the top and sleeping behind the filter. He's become a really good eater. And over the past few days, he's really been cruising the tank and doing some exploring all over the tank.

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You may at this point be able to overfeed to get the Trates to come up some.

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That's where I'm headed.

Anyway, I have identified everything in my tank expect 1 invert. I saw him cruising on the rock and on the glass. It looked exactly like a rolly pollie. http://www.anneofgreengardens.com/wp...olly-polly.jpg

Except it had more of a foot than legs and it was pure white.

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hitch hikers:
1 or 2 pretty good sized bristle worms.
A little starfish
stomatella snail
The Un-ID'd white thing

Things I added:
Astrea snail
2 scarlet hermits

I'm looking to add 1 shrimp

Coral Banded and Peppermint shrimp are pretty much the only 2 that are reef safe and in my price range.

would you recommend either one over the other?

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I'd go with the Peppermint Shrimp myself, you can always add more of them, but the CB you can only have one in a small tank.

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Un-ID white thing,check out isopods.
Both shrimp are fairly cheap ,but like RM said only one CB unless you get a pair(already formed).Both shrimp are cool and interesting to watch,the CB is a riot cause he thinks he's the toughest thing in the world.The peppermints are active and can perform a greater usefullness in cleaning and eating small aptasia.



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I was leaning that way anyway. I don't really like the way the CB shrimp look, they have brighter colors and everything, but I don't like the claws i guess.

And good to know peppermint are better suited for a small tank, but I'd probably only have one regardless.

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Un-ID white thing,check out isopods.
I missed your post the first time. Sorry.

Pretty sure that little white guy is one form of an isopod or another. Haven't seen him in a while though.

Are they good, bad, indifferent?

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They are all of that!If you don't see him munchung on your corals then no major concern,but they could be a nightmare.Since you only notice him and not his devastation probably no big deal.



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The rest of the corals are doing very well. Only problem with the whole tank is the xenia are pretty much dead now. But that's because I still have 0 nitrates.


Anyway, this brings me to my next question;

I just tested and my results were 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and 0 nitrate.

Now i just tested my 10 gallon freshautolinker.com autolinking image water tank with the nitrate test kit, and got basically a 0 as a result, It did turn a slightly darker gold/yellow but was still closer to 0 than the orange for 5.

I am starting to think I have a bum nitrate test kit, because I'm pretty darn certain that there is a lot more nitrates in the 10 FW tank than "almost 5"

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There are dates on most test bottles(I use API) ,but would tend to agree with you as even when my reef is 0 no3 I can always verify the test is still good buy testing my 180 freshautolinker.com autolinking image water and seeing the usaull 40 or therabout.
Ironically my xenia have not been as healthy or multiplying like they did originally.
The marine biologist at my #1 LFS said that xenia is going extinct in the oceans?



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Kit expires August 2017. I too have API.

Well anyway, I have been "overfeeding" to try and get the nitrates up.

I have 3 other FW tanks to check that nitrate test on. I'm going to do that now.

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