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  • Posted on: 28/5/2007 20:12
Re: Few questions for those with orcas #1
Thanks for the reply CMW - i will try to remove the foam tomorow but need to get some more RO water to help clear out any scud it dislodges in the process. I'll let you know how i get on.

Emerald crabs stay quite small (Max of about 3") and are apparantly really useful little fellas to have in a nano to help control unwanted algae (including bubble algae). I am due to go and collect one on thursday so will post pics and more information then. The following link has some basic information about them http://www.etropicals.com/product/pro ... cfm?siteid=43&pCatId=1260
TROPICAL: 4 WCCM's, 2 Dwarf gourami's (1 male 1 female), 2 glass shrimp, 1 male guppy, 4 platties, 2 corys, 5 neon tetras
MARINE: Orca Nano TL450 - 4 BL Hermits, 3 Turbo snails, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 Royal Gramma


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  • Posted on: 27/5/2007 19:57
Re: OH NO, Mantis Shrimp at large #2
What a happy ending for lil' Nelson! My LFS has a HUGE mantis shrimp (he is about 5" long with really wierd eyes and i think he is fascinating. He's for sale too for those of you here in England that are interested in a fascinating species!
TROPICAL: 4 WCCM's, 2 Dwarf gourami's (1 male 1 female), 2 glass shrimp, 1 male guppy, 4 platties, 2 corys, 5 neon tetras
MARINE: Orca Nano TL450 - 4 BL Hermits, 3 Turbo snails, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 Royal Gramma


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  • Posted on: 27/5/2007 19:48
Re: Freaky looking creature! #3
Quote:

Jamier101 wrote:
I know I would want to prod it if it was in a tidepool.


...me neither!
TROPICAL: 4 WCCM's, 2 Dwarf gourami's (1 male 1 female), 2 glass shrimp, 1 male guppy, 4 platties, 2 corys, 5 neon tetras
MARINE: Orca Nano TL450 - 4 BL Hermits, 3 Turbo snails, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 Royal Gramma


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  • Posted on: 27/5/2007 19:37
Re: Few questions for those with orcas #4
in reply to your stocking question i have sadly lost my 2 clowns recently due to a white spot outbrek but eventually i would like to replace them.

I have in there now:

1 royal Gramma
3 turbo snails
1 cleaner shrimp
4 BL hermits

and am about to introduce a Mithrax (emerald) crab to help control algae.

Aswell as the 2 clows i would also like a red firefish and that will be it all stocked up then!
TROPICAL: 4 WCCM's, 2 Dwarf gourami's (1 male 1 female), 2 glass shrimp, 1 male guppy, 4 platties, 2 corys, 5 neon tetras
MARINE: Orca Nano TL450 - 4 BL Hermits, 3 Turbo snails, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 Royal Gramma


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  • Posted on: 27/5/2007 19:34
Re: Few questions for those with orcas #5
Hi all,

That explains why i have heard reference to carbon in the Orca and had no idea where it actually was!!!

I have still got the sponge in but have not cleaned it as yet as i'm terrified of breaking the skimmer tube thingy!! As per my post in the other thread - how can i get it out safely - any tips would be appreciated.

Also how do your skimmers work as mine seems to be very temperamental and does not need 'emptying' very often!
TROPICAL: 4 WCCM's, 2 Dwarf gourami's (1 male 1 female), 2 glass shrimp, 1 male guppy, 4 platties, 2 corys, 5 neon tetras
MARINE: Orca Nano TL450 - 4 BL Hermits, 3 Turbo snails, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 Royal Gramma


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  • Posted on: 23/3/2007 22:55
Re: What is Live Rock? #6
Have I killed my LR?

It was added into my new Orca on the 3rd March this year and it still has no sign of life, except for a few green shoots!

My SG was on the low side when the LR was added and my ph is still only 7.8 but rising slowly! Unfortunatly the LR was added in not-so-ideal water paramenters as my Refractometer delivery took loger than it should have!

As I have mentioned (and posted a pic of) on another thread, I have bubbles on the rock which I believe to be a good indication that there is life there but other than that - nothing! I hope that I have not killed my critters by being too hasty!

I must add that this is premium grade fijian cured rock from STM.
TROPICAL: 4 WCCM's, 2 Dwarf gourami's (1 male 1 female), 2 glass shrimp, 1 male guppy, 4 platties, 2 corys, 5 neon tetras
MARINE: Orca Nano TL450 - 4 BL Hermits, 3 Turbo snails, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 Royal Gramma


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  • Posted on: 23/3/2007 22:21
Re: Orca 450 Questions #7
Refractometers are so much more reliable and hrad wearing that hyfrometers - invest in one off ebay for about 25 squid!
TROPICAL: 4 WCCM's, 2 Dwarf gourami's (1 male 1 female), 2 glass shrimp, 1 male guppy, 4 platties, 2 corys, 5 neon tetras
MARINE: Orca Nano TL450 - 4 BL Hermits, 3 Turbo snails, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 Royal Gramma


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  • Posted on: 23/3/2007 22:04
Re: Orca TL-450 #8
Thanks Adam - how come it din't like the way that I tried to post them? Was I doing this wrong?

TROPICAL: 4 WCCM's, 2 Dwarf gourami's (1 male 1 female), 2 glass shrimp, 1 male guppy, 4 platties, 2 corys, 5 neon tetras
MARINE: Orca Nano TL450 - 4 BL Hermits, 3 Turbo snails, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 Royal Gramma


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  • Posted on: 23/3/2007 21:49
Re: Orca TL-450 #9
Hi all, well my TL450 has been up and running now since the end of Feb and my 6kg of live rock was added 03/03/07. The LR still has no signs of life which is worrying me but there are air bubbles on it which I believe is a good sign?

My reading are currently:

SG/ PPT 1.021
Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0.25
Nitrate 10
PH 7.8
Temperature 78

.....so im wondering if it is now time to add some inverts? If so how many and which would you personally recommend? I have hear turbo snails, hermits and peppermint shrimp are a good addition? My ph is on the low side even though I added a Hydor Koralia to increase circulation a few weeks ago. I live in a brand new house (3 months old) and i have read somewhere that this can make the ph too low due to fumes escaping from newly painted walls etc! This may be rubbish - any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Orca with 6kg LR

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Hydor Koralia

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bubbles on LR

Im considering replacing the bio balls and noodles with bits of broken LR as this apparantly does not realease as much nitrates back into the system? HAs anyone else done this?

Im hoping to add some inverts to my tank this weekend and also a little LR rubble - especially as my LR is disappointing so far with regards to the lack of life!

Hope you enjoy the pics - I would really appreciate your advice and thoughts on the above.

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TROPICAL: 4 WCCM's, 2 Dwarf gourami's (1 male 1 female), 2 glass shrimp, 1 male guppy, 4 platties, 2 corys, 5 neon tetras
MARINE: Orca Nano TL450 - 4 BL Hermits, 3 Turbo snails, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 Royal Gramma


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  • Posted on: 28/2/2007 16:39
Re: Fish protest with hunger strike??? #10
mmmm fishies with garlic - delicious
TROPICAL: 4 WCCM's, 2 Dwarf gourami's (1 male 1 female), 2 glass shrimp, 1 male guppy, 4 platties, 2 corys, 5 neon tetras
MARINE: Orca Nano TL450 - 4 BL Hermits, 3 Turbo snails, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 Royal Gramma



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