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jamielloyd jamielloyd
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  • Posted on: 4/10/2011 0:37
Re: Lack of success with corals #1
how high is through the roof?
how much live rock is in the tank?
which corals have you been attempting to keep? :)
do you understand the nitrogen cycle?
your overstocked but is there also a chance you could be overfeeding?

id jus start weekly 20% water changes until you can bring your nitrates down.. id also recommend a protien skimmer and once fitted go for 10% changes..


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  • Posted on: 5/5/2011 23:13
Re: Boyu TL-550 #2
if you go for tunze powerheads they do an artificial rock to house them in.. dont see why you wouldnt be able to make your own though

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  • Posted on: 14/3/2011 0:41
Re: New to marines, bit of help with the tank please? #3
i had 800kg+ over 2 joists! seemed to move quite a bit lol..


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  • Posted on: 20/2/2011 22:29
Re: Corals are dying off #4
on my 300l tank i had 6x24w t5's + 3x39w t5's with a mixture of whites and blues and 2 pairs of aquarays that i ran for 9hours a day..

before you buy anything else you need to look at your lighting.. Id also put your lights on for 8 hours and not split if your keeping corals..

I also recommend making your own water too if at all possible.. unless you can be sure your getting good quality water.. you want the TDS reading to be as close to 0 as possible and you want the salinity to be the same each time.. do you buy fresh RO too? and do you own a hydromoter or refractometer? for topping up with fresh RO?

you should be able to pick up a second hand light unit for alot less..

do you know your nitrate and phosphate levels? high nitrates and phosphates are usually the cause of algae.. phosphates can be introduces through bad quality water or food.. if using frozen try to rinse it (i'll admit i dont bother myself, but i do make sure i drain the water out when its defrosted) are you using a good quality flake? :)

i wouldnt worry about trying to feed the shrimp.. it'll find food..

What type is the surgeon? it sounds like your probably overstocked which wont help with water quality (again check nitrates) my bangaii's wouldnt eat flake either! :(


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  • Posted on: 19/2/2011 19:33
Re: Corals are dying off #5
The issues your lighting!

what corals are you trying to keep? and how long have you been running one blue t8? i find it hard to believe you've got to the stage where your dosing without having adequate lighting.. you've been terrible informed :(

you need to find out the cause of the algae problems rather than starving the tank of light.. the corals use photosynthesis so turning off your lights for a long period of time is a big no no.. where are you getting your RO? what stock do you have? are you over feeding? etc..

can you post a pic of the tank?


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  • Posted on: 4/1/2011 1:30
Re: Aiptasia in new setup #6
glad its turned out ok :)

i had 100's of them at one point.. i dont rate anything other than digging a big hole where they stand! but thats just from my experience.. ive got a 50+ kg of dead rock in the garage to show that aiptasia beat me!


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  • Posted on: 4/1/2011 1:22
Re: Whats the best thing to clear green hair algae #7
ive had a bit of a spell of it over christmas.. my RO unit had burnt out long before and i had been relying on a not so local LFS (sometimes having no RO, missed a few water changes and top ups)

are you running any kind of phosphate reactor? if not rather than buying anything your dont wish to keep id recommend a reactor..

failing that i think but im not sure.. that lawnmower blennies eat the stuff.. best research that though!

bear in mind although ive kept marines for a few years i still rate myself a beginner so research is key..

Good Luck!


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  • Posted on: 4/1/2011 1:15
Re: Tiny white things moving on glass??????? #8
dont worry about it.. you'll find plenty of things crawling about :D

ive been keeping marine for a few years now and ive got no idea whats in my tank as far as the almost microscopic life is concerned.. your fish will love it though ;)

post a pic and you might find out more :D


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  • Posted on: 27/12/2010 10:12
Re: thinking of getting small koi #9
got a 4 x 2 x 2.5 in the garage with koi in it but ive got a pond outside they can move into..

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  • Posted on: 29/9/2010 23:29
Re: Marine Water Changes #10
there should be a separate section for ill advising about biorbs

only need to replace when something dies? i bet you cant wait!



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