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  1. This is my first attempt at a SW tank. I am adding all sorts of life forms from Puget Sound, Washington State. The humble beginnings: Currently aiming for a stable 55F environment and waiting for the dust to settle. Had a molting from one of the amphipods. Well, I thought mystery snails were the only ones with more of a penchant for relocation, until I just saw the clam decided to try a new spot in the tank (and out of view, of course). I know he is there because I can see him from the top, but the little stinker has made it impossible for me to get a side view. I guess they all want to redecorate at some point. The snails and amphipods have pretty much decimated the green tuft seaweed. Littorina scutulata and several amphipods and copepods. Algae: Sarcodiotheca gaudichaudii, Cladophora columbiana, Prionitis lanceolata, Fucus gardneri, Alaria marginata. The tank today: I am also documenting this in YT so I can remember what things looked like once a transition has taken place. Please bear in mind that I do have a goofy sense of humour, so some of the videos are kind of wacky.
  2. Today is maintenance day on my saltwater aquarium. I’ve discovered a few unwanted pests in the tank that I want to get rid of. Hydroids, these pests can start irritating corals as they tend to ‘attach’ themselves to the coral. Bubble algae, these shiny green bubbles look cool, especially when there’s a cluster of them. However, this algae, like all types of algae, can take over a whole tank. When the bubble pops it releases trace elements that will form new bubbles anywhere in the aquarium. Vermetid snails, these are very common in reef aquariums. They feed using a very long string, usually inches long, that they let float through the water column waiting for something eatable to get caught on it. The problem is that these stings can tangle around and irritate corals, causing them to close up and eventually starve to death. Pulsing/pumping Xenia, this is not really a pest or algae. It’s a very hardy and invasive coral. They are quite fun to the eye, as they are constantly pulsing their polyps trying to catch food from the water column. This soft coral (meaning it doesn’t have a skeleton) grows extremely fast and tends to release polyps throughout the tank so it can form new colonies on different parts around the reef - taking ‘real estate’ from other corals. I try to limit their spread by keeping them on a separate rock in the aquarium, but as mentioned above, their polyps float throughout the tank occasionally. Lastly, Asterina Starfish. Lots of people refer to these as ‘baby starfish’. They may look cute, but they form a big threat to corals inside an aquarium. They reproduce fast and are capable of eating entire coral colonies. Again, these are very common in saltwater aquariums. What pests are you currently trying to get rid of in your freshwater or saltwater aquarium?
  3. I have an idea. And considering I’m terrible at being concise, I’m sure it’s gonna take me a while to explain it. Essentially, I want to do a nano marine rockpool tank, with just crustaceans and molluscs (and perhaps a seastar or two). And I really don’t know how plausible it is, but I’m pretty intent on finding out. I don’t know if anyone here has any experience with marine shrimp, but I figured I may as well see if any of the Aussies here are familiar with the shrimp I want to keep. Or if there’s a nano marine expert who can help me out. Or if anyone just has any advice. I’m all ears. So this species of shrimp is actually the species that got me into the hobby! I found them on a camping trip, and they were just so active and engaging, and I just fell in love. Then I went home, did a bunch of research, and got an aquarium. They’re part of the reason why I’m so interested in shrimp. Now I’m on holidays again (in a different place in Victoria, Australia) and they’re everywhere in the tide pools. Millions. The species is ‘palaemon serenus’, the red-handed shrimp, and they grow to about 6cm for big females (which I discovered last night) and I think 3-4 for males. Just from observation. They live primarily in colonies of 10-30 under rocks during the day, venturing out when they feel safe, and going everywhere once it gets dark. They’re omnivorous, eating pretty much everything they can get their little claws on (including my fingers and toes). They look rather like Australian freshwater macrobrachium shrimp, to be honest. I’ve had a look and it’s legal to collect from this location. There aren’t limits on anything I want to collect. So, I’m thinking I’d do a 20 litre tank for the meantime (until I can get some awesome 30ish litre low-boy tank). I’ve got one at home that could be set up as soon as I’m back. If I take home a big rock and sand, then I should have beneficial bacteria sorted, as well as a food source. The rock would have plants and a bit of algae and all the other good stuff you find on the rocks they like. Other than using salt for water changes, I’d run the tank like a freshwater tank - sponge filter for filtration, freshwater light, no heater, fortnightly or monthly water changes. I’d love to add a couple little fish if I can catch them, but I have no idea how to identify whether they’ll grow or not. Same deal with the majority of crabs (although I have ID’d a few species that would work). And unfortunately no nudibranch either… although I found the CUTEST little one last night. They’re apparently super specialist in terms of diet, and I don’t have the time to observe one for hours to see what it eats, ID it, work out how to cultivate it, and all that. I’m thinking maybe shore crabs could work? Or another small crab species. I found a decorator crab the other day, and OH MY GOSH was it the cutest thing I’d ever seen. If I see another one, that’s on the list of things I’d keep with the shrimp. So, that’s the plan. I would love any advice, recommendations, or criticisms you have. I understand there’s a good chance this could be too ambitious, and the well-being of the animals is number 1 priority, so if it sounds like it’s a bad idea then I’ll just scrap it. But I’m pretty keen on finding out a way to make this work.
  4. Hey guys! So, I recently had a disaster in my hobby. My apartment had to be treated for pests, and I was required to remove all of my tanks from the apartment during treatment. During this time, I ended up losing about half of my livestock - including my beloved Peacock Mantis Shrimp. I do really miss having a mantis shrimp - they such cool little creatures. Very interactive, inquisitive, and always getting into some sort of trouble in the tank. Reminds me of my puffers, in some ways! But I don't think I want another peacock right now - I want to try a different species. One I've had my eye on for quite a while. The Wennerae Mantis, Neogonodactylus wennerae! These guys max out at around 3", and are perfectly suited to small tanks. They're smashers (meaning they have modified claws to break open shellfish), just like my peacock was, but with much less power. These guys are able to hunt down crabs, shrimp, and snails, but are going to struggle to crack open anything with a thick shell. I went to my LFS today, and picked up a 5.5 gallon Seapora glass tank for $16.99. It's a nice tank for the price - Seapora makes nice stuff, IMO. I rinsed it out, just to get any dust out of it, and this was it. Next, I decided to paint the back black, since the tank wasn't going right up against a wall. I taped off the rim of the tank with duct tape, cause that's all I had lol. I just use some Krylon Black Acrylic paint and a roller for this. I prefer spray painting but I don't have an area to do that here, so rolling paint on is the best I can do. It looks fine from the front side of the tank, but usually looks kind of "meh" from the back. First coat: I did three coats total, which got me a decently opaque surface. This is what the tank looked like, pre-fill: I added some sand from the Peacock Mantis tank, which has long been dried, but not cleaned. I'm hoping all that dead gunk in the sand will help get us a strong cycle in this tank. Whenever I filled it the first time, I ended up getting milk, basically. Gotta love aragonite. I had just used plain freshwater to fill that time, though, so I drained the tank and added in the rock. I'm using a piece of marco dry rock that I had from a previous tank, a piece of well-seasoned rock that's got some life already on it (although, not much algae due to being in a bucket), and a piece of rock I got from the LFS. I got this particular rock for a reason - but that's gotta be a surprise. Whenever I refilled the tank (with saltwater this time) I was careful to do it slowly to minimize cloudiness. The powerhead I bought (Aquatop MCP-1) was way too strong for this tank, and was blowing water around. So, I pulled my Koralia Nano 240 out of my 10 gallon QT, and switched them around. Each tank is better off, I think. Then, I tossed in a preset heater and a thermometer, and we're off to the races! I'll update this post tomorrow, and tell the story of why I picked this rock, and what the extended plans are for this tank.
  5. Day one the big tank fill 55 gallons is a lot finally got all the equipment now just add water me my husband and kitty are ready to go(very slowly in all aspects) the kids just like to play with the boxes for right now
  6. I am in the process of upgrading my 46 gallon reef to a 200 gallon by Pro-Clear Aquatic Systems. I am documenting the process here. This is my current tank: This tank is currently running on an aquatop canister, HOB skimmer and HOB refugium. I am using a 150w maxspect razor for lighting and Jebao wavemakers for flow. The new system will be a 200 gallon system by Pro-clear aquatic systems. The dimensions are 60”x26”x24”. This tank is using the built in sump with, filter socks, Red Sea 600 skimmer and a refugium lit by a kessil H80. I am using a Sicce 5.0 for the return, as well as an aqua clear HOB filter as my carbon reactor. The display is using 3 kessil a360x for lighting and 2 icecap 2k gyres for flow. The cycle on the new tank has already started and as soon as it finishes, I will be moving the coral and rock from the old system into the new system to begin my 36 day fallow period. The current fish will be moved into a separate quarantine system for 6 weeks to eradicate any illness from the main display. ^This is the QT tank I plan on stocking this new tank with the following: 1 yellow tang (already have) 2 ocellaris clowns (already have) 1 six line wrasse (already have) 1 blonde naso tang 1 yellow belly regal tang 1 Caribbean blue tang 1 harlequin tusk 1 niger trigger 1 snowflake eel 5 lyretail anthias I know this is not a saltwater forum so I hope it is okay that I am posting this here. If anyone has any questions just let me know!
  7. Does anyone know if the test strips are accurate when used in saltwater?
  8. I know this doesn't look like your typical salt water aquarium. I am putting in life rock very soon. Anyway...idk if you can tell, but does anyone know why there is algae growing on the substrate on the left side of the ship, but none on the right? Does the power head have anything to do with it?
  9. I am almost a year into my role as a maintenance tech for a large store in the Chicago suburbs, I figured it would be fun to share some interesting clients tanks, cool new aquarium installs, current favorite fish in the store, and fun perks of professional fishtankery. Here is one of my favorite saltwater tanks. This one is interesting because the client had this cabinet face custom made by a carpenter. All of the doors are functional for quick feedings but the whole front and sides are on sliders so it can be easily pulled away from the tank for easy maintenance.
  10. I'm interested in trying a salt water tank but don't know where to start. I'm basically looking for an equivalent of the co-op but for saltwater if that exists?
  11. My Green Spotted Puffer in his 40 gallon breeder. Had him since Mother's Day 2020!
  12. Hi y’all I am going to start a saltwater tank for my dorm room. I am going to be getting the SCA 50 gallon starfire complete package. Also I am going to be getting the kessil tuna blue light. With these two things is the tank big enough for a pair of snowflake clowns, and can it support an anemone. Thx
  13. Hey guys, I know saltwater isn't really the focus of this forum, but I was hoping someone might have some knowledge to offer. I have a 5" Volitan Lionfish that I've had for around 6 months, and he's always been a voracious eater. He's taken anything from live feeder fish/ghost shrimp to freeze dried river shrimp (in extremely conservative amounts), and has always been a chonker. The last week or so, he hasn't been eating. I'm fairly certain he's got lockjaw, and while I found a ton of forum posts online, a lot of them ended up being fairly useless due to the lack of what causes the lockjaw. It's thought that excess krill may cause it, but it seems that's been debunked, or at least isn't the preferred theory. I offered him a small ghost shrimp today, and he stalked it for around 30 minutes. He'd strike, but was unable to open his mouth wide enough to get the shrimp. So, I removed the shrimp from the tank, killed it (a necessity in this case, unfortunately), and cut it into three small pieces. The two tail pieces were ignored, but he took the head from a pair of tweezers, and managed to swallow it - with a lot of difficulty. I'm not sure it's helpful, but here are my water parameters: Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 30 PH: 8.2 Temp: 80 SG: 1.020 Anyone have any thoughts on how to continue on with this? I may pick up some Selcon and soak his food in that, and I don't mind going the extra mile to feed him, I just hope it gets better. It seems some people say it comes and goes with little to no explanation. I just hope I can save my buddy!
  14. So I've gotten tired of trying to get good pictures with my cell phone, and I needed a new hobby.. So I bought a DSLR and picked it up a Best Buy on my lunch break yesterday. I got the Canon EOS RP Mirrorless with the 24-105mm lens bundled together. I know relatively little about photography, so I was wondering if I could get some basic tips on getting good pictures of my fish. Here's a few from me playing around with it last night: https://imgur.com/a/J4CBRK2#jxhDCOS Some of these turned out okay, but they're obviously not as good as they could be. I'm finding that the auto mode on this camera prevents me from getting too many unrecognizable photos, but rarely produces anything of decent quality. So, I turned off some of the auto settings and used manual ISO, manual focus, and manual shutter speed. Then I shut off all the other lights in the room, and focused on one tank at a time. Here's what I came up with. https://imgur.com/a/NXpsAsW#O68hfqt I tried some tips I got on another forum, and added a bright (150W LED) floodlight to the top of the tank to serve as a flash of sorts. I ended up getting tons of Limia Nigrofasciata glam shots, as they're my newest addition - how do you think I could improve on these? The glass could obviously use some deeper cleaning, and this particular tank is a bowfront with limited viewing angles, which makes it hard to photograph. https://imgur.com/a/oqP9ru3#rBUTCzh Thanks for any tips!
  15. I over stressed my fish now they have ich. I bought ich x but it was the saltwater brand by accident. Can I still use it in my freshwater tank?? I have rummynose tetras and a pair of golden rams
  16. I want to start a 55 gallon salt aquarium i been keeping freshwater water aquariums for a few years now but i always been scare to start a salt water tank dont really know where to start what kind of filtration & other equipment i need
  17. All though this is a freshwater forum, I bet there are some brackish/ saltwater nerms on here. What kind of tanks do you keep?
  18. Not sure if anyone will know, but I have a Salt water tank that keeps collecting Salt deposits on the top of my lid towards the back where the opening is. Anyone know why?
  19. Hello all I am looking to set up a 29 gallon saltwater aquarium and have a couple questions 1. What size/brand filter should i use 2. What lighting do I need 3.what fish should I put I. There I was thinking about 2 clown fish for sure and 2 four stripe Damsel fish what other fish should i gay or is that to much and last but not least how long should I cycle it for? is it 4-6 weeks like freshwater usually is
  20. So, my girlfriend finally approved me getting a 40 breeder saltwater mantis tank, on one condition: I have to tear down one of my 3 freshwater tanks. im super excited about the saltwater tank, but I’m torn on what to do about my freshwater tanks. I have 3, a 5.5 betta tank, a 10 gallon for my pea puffers I may or may not be getting back (they’re with my parents rn, long story), and a 20 long with a blue goby 6 celestial pearl danio adults and about 30ish CPD fry (I plan on taking most to my LFS when they’re big enough, they’re only 2 weeks old rn) So I have a few options... option 1: tear down the 10 gallon tank that I just finished setting up and got all new substrate for that’s supposed to be my experiment tank comparing seachem to the CoOp easy line. If I do get my pea puffers back, put them in the 20 long and hope they do ok (they’re with 3 rummynose in a 10 and haven’t caused any issues over the past 9 months). I’d have to level out the table that the 10 amd 5 are on, and put the 40 on that table. option 2: tear down the 5, put the CPDs and the betta in the 10, and do a puffer in the 20 (either the peas if I get them back, or a South American or red eye) and do the 49 either on the table with the 10 sideways or get the 40 a stand option 3: put the 40 on a stand regardless and level that. (Can go with option 1) Option 4: put the betta in the 20 with the CPDs and do the puffers in the 10 if I get them or a red eye puffer any input or advice would be great. I have recent photos of each tank on my build thread “College Apartment Fishroom Build”
  21. Hello everyone! I know this is an overall tropical fish forum but I have a saltwater question. I have never kept and kind of reef fish but I have a 10 gallon who I am interested in converting. It currently has a king betta who lives alone and am looking for a upgrade. I was wondering, what saltwater fish would be happy in a 10g? Also, I also would like to try out some kind of coral or sea anemone. Is there a particular kind you recommend for a beginner saltwater keeper? I have A LOT of research ahead of me and if you have any tips for keeping saltwater tanks, I am happy for any info. The tank currently has a power filter and not heater. Thanks in advance!
  22. Alright so I know this is a freshwater fourm but I am hoping that there are some saltwater scrubs out their that can help me with my question, I am setting up my first saltwater tank (15gal reef tank), and I wanted to make sure that the fish I want for it isn't too much -Clownfish x2 -Bangai Cardinals or some kind of damsel x3 -Dottyback -Somekind of shrimp (bulseye pistol shrimp or somekind of cleaner shrimp) If you think this too much, please tell me what you would get rid of Thanks guys, James
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