chichimom79's 10 Gallon Contest Tank

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    chichimom79 reef junkie

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    Parameters are (just did a water change about a half hour ago):
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 5 ppm
    pH 7.9
    phosphate <.25 ppm
    dKH 8
    calcium 440
    SG 1.026
    Temp 78

    Equipment:
    Hydor Koralia 240 (x2)
    Tetra 2-15 Gallon submersible auto-adjust heater
    AquaClear 30 (using sponge only with occasional carbon- also have chaeto in here)

    Inhabitants:
    Fish:
    Yellow Bar Maroon Clownfish pair

    Inverts:
    Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
    Astraea Snails (x2)
    Nerite Snails (x2)
    Scarlet Hermit Crab
    Lots of hitch hiker brittle stars

    Corals:
    Frogspawn
    Torch
    Neon Trumpet
    Candy Cane
    Radioactive Dragon Eye Zoas
    Xenia
    Acans (x5 assorted-don't know the names)
    Fuzzy Mushroom (looking unhappy)
    Encrusting Hydnophora

    May the best nano win!! Good luck everyone! :Cheers:
     
    chichimom79, May 18, 2012
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    R3verb Time to add some coral!

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    Looks awesome! Contest starts soon so you will get full points for your first week!
     
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    chichimom79 reef junkie

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    I forgot Nassarius Snails(x3) and a suction cup thermometer :p
     
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    FishyReef Broke Reefer!

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    Fail! Guess you don't get those points after all lol ;-)
     
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    chichimom79 reef junkie

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    Hey, out of sight out of mind! LOL
     
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    Parameters
    pH 8.0
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 5
    temp 78
    SG 1.025

    Added two blue-leg hermits and an astraea snail.

    The tank seems to be doing great other than a hairy mushroom that has been declining in health for several weeks for unknown reasons. I have put it in very low light and low flow to see if I can get it to recover. Also had a hitch hiker sponge start to disintegrate. Don't know what that's all about.
     
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    Update
    The tank has had it's first nitrate spike. I am unsure of the cause, but I lost an emerald crab I put in on Friday, and my cleaner shrimp was dead this morning. Everything else is fine and I am doing daily water changes to get back to the 0-5ppm range I try to keep. Sigh...
    Parameters are
    pH 7.9 (struggling with this. I know it's acceptable, but I want 8.2 damnit!)
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 15
    temp 78
    SG 1.025
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    Looks great, but honestly, the trates really don't seem that high at 15.
     
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    chichimom79 reef junkie

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    That's after the water change I did though. I know it's not super dangerous, but I still don't know why I lost those inverts.
     
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    Might you have an old piece of equipment that may be leaking current into your tank?
     
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    Or even a new one?
     
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    chichimom79 reef junkie

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    I don't think so. All of my equipment is new since March. Would I feel it if I stuck my hand in or would it depend on how much voltage was leaking out?
     
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    Yeah, the perameters aren't bad enough to kill inverts like that. Stray voltage though, inverts are usually the first to die.
     
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    Ok, I will borrow a voltage meter and check that out. Thanks!
     
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    Well, that in itself is a bit of good news at least. So back to guessing. I guess the trates could have done them in, but like mentioned before, they really were not through the roof high. I wonder if you might have some sort of predator in there that you are not aware of? Are you finding the bodies in the mornings.
     
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    Ammonia 0
    Nitrites 0
    Nitrates ~3
    pH 8.0
    temp 78
    SG 1.025

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    SG 1.025
    Temp 78
    pH 8.0
    ammonia 0
    nitrites 0
    nitrates ~4

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    nice looking good
     
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