Fire shrimp are always a bit shy compared to cleaner shrimp, mine was at first but now he's always out on show and makes it known to the cleaner shrimp that he's the boss. Theres much more chance of them being seen in small tanks rather than the 100gallon plus ones because theres less places to hide.
For Phospate, the Salifert test kit is very hard to read and I would definitely not go there again. The D+D is much more accurate and an absolute doddle to read, you can't go wrong with it and no guesswork involved. It reads:-
0 0.008 0.015 0.03 0.045 0.06 0.08 0.11 0.14mg/l
I don't run any phosphate removers since starting Zeovit 3 weeks ago and my phosphate has already come down from 0.11 to 0.045 so am well chuffed.
Those hermits are beauties Howard, but I was advised ages ago not to have them because they aren't considered reef safe (from the top guy at Wharf Aquatics,who won't even stock them) But you never know,fingers crossed you might be lucky. I don't trust any apart from good old red legs, my mexican red tipped is a sod for killing ceriths, he'd be sumped by now if I had one.
I'll add my 2p worth, I've got these in my orca 450
1 red leg hermit 1 mexican red tip hermit (can't be trusted with snails) 2 astraea snails 5 cerith snails 1 cleaner shrimp 1 fire shrimp (he's the boss and always out and about)
In my daughters smaller 27litre tank 2 astrea snails 1 red leg hermit 2 peppermint shrimps (you only see them now and again)
I have found these amounts to work fine with my tanks. Now if I was to take the advice of Chris R Brightwell(which I won't) who wrote the Nano-Reef Handbook, these are his recommendations.
9.45 litre zoanthid reef aquarium 2 cleaner shrimp or peppermint shrimp 3 paper bubble shells (which we can't get) so substitute for other snails 1 red leg hermit
11.34 litre mixed zoanthid and corallimorpharian reef 2 fire shrimp ( I would think they'd kill each other unless a mated pair) swap for cleaners in my opinion 3 paper bubble shells 1 red leg hermit
28.3 litre mixed reef with 1 sixline wrasse + 2 clowns(GULP) 5 paper bubble shells 2 red leg hermits
37.58 litre mixed reef mixed reef, 1 blackcap gramma, 1 brazilian flameback angelfish, and 1 rainfords goby (DOUBLE GULP) 5 paper bubble shells 2 red leg hermits 2 peppermint shrimp
56 litre mixed reef with all gadgets and refugium, 1 candy basslet, 1 solar fairy wrasse, 2 banggai cardinalfish. 10 paper bubble shells 5 red leg hermits.
So as you can see, you can't take it as gospel what's written in books, just use your common sense when it comes to grazers and scavengers, start with a couple of each and see where it goes. And DON'T put stupid amounts of fish in small aquariums.
Just found this FREE download from reading on the Zeovit forum, theres just over 600 pictures of corals with latin names. They can be downloaded to your PC or Mac and then onto your ipod. I've just put them onto my daughters ipod nano and they look great. ENJOY
They are lovely Tony, and perfect little nano fish
Watch out for damage to the long dorsal ray on the firefish, I'll tell you why I mention this. At feeding time, especially with mysis shrimp, my clowns go crazy trying to get the lions share and sometimes mistake my shrimp goby's long spine for mysis. So far he's grown it back about 5 times and luckily not had any infections
For anyone who is a bit of a panicker when it comes to salt water+electrics, there is an alternative fan/chiller controller which is salt water safe, costs ?35+pp from monitors direct, haven't checked if anyone else sells it but here's a link
There is nothing in the instructions that states that it is waterproof, although it does have a silicon/rubber sheath on it. It was originally designed for terrariums which are damp and humid so it must have a level of security against water damage. Mine works fine with the balloon method and keeps my tank at a steady 25degrees. As far as I know Howard has never had any problems with his either (thin layer of silicon sealer). We are both here to tell the tale afterall, nothing's ever blown up If you don't feel sure about it you could contact the makers and double check
If your fan/fans already come with a plug on the end, theres no wiring involved with the habistat cool control, you just plug it in and you're off. The sensor will probably need a good smearing of silicon over it, or do what I did and thread it into one of those kids long balloons to protect it from the water. We're not 100% sure that it is totally waterproof so better safe than sorry. They are brilliant by the way