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  1. dmschiff

    Need Advice!!

    Sorry to jump in, but I wanted to make sure Aiptasia X is safe for fish. Has anyone used it with fish? The info on SWF says it is reef safe, coral safe, invertebrate safe, but nothing is mentioned about fish. I already tried the peppermint shrimp route. It worked great. I went t bed at night...
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    Can I/ Should I switch to T5's?

    I will try to ask intelligent questions, but honestly don't understand lighting very well. Currently I have a Hamilton 2x175 MH with 2x55CF. I believe they are about 3-4 years old. (WE bought it used about 2 years ago. )The CF completely stopped working. So My husband tested them, said the...
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    Ich paranoia-anyway to know without a doubt it is gone?

    I'm paranoid that I didn't perfectly complete hypo. I started to lower salinity from 1.025 but stopped at 1.018 because my kids were sick & needed my attention. Anyhow I let it stay at 1.18 for about a week and then lowered it from1.018 to 1.09 over the next 48 hours. I have about another...
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    Hypo question concerning ammonia?

    I have a 10 gal QT with a yellow tang. I hoped to have him in my 120 by now, but black ick and possible brook surfaced. So, I gave him formalin baths and started lowering SG for Hypo. The SG has been at 1.009 for about a week now, but the ammonia is starting to rise. I keep changing the...
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    Clown w/Brook and yellow tang in QT need advice please

    I understand your concern, you may be completely correct. But actually until a few days ago he looked a lot better than when I attempted to rescue him from the local fish store in no more that a 5 gallon space. He is eating like a champ, comes to see me at the glass and actually doing better...
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    Clown w/Brook and yellow tang in QT need advice please

    Earlier I did place the clown in 1 gallon water from the QT in a separate bath and only added 2 drops of Quick Cure for an hour. Not sure that it did anything. He definitely won't eat. Ate like a champ yesterday. The tang has me sooo confused. First he presented with a white-ish powder/velvet...
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    Clown w/Brook and yellow tang in QT need advice please

    water conditions: ammonia = 0 nitrites = 0 nitrates = 40 ph = I believe is 8.0 So difficult to tell maybe between 7.8-8.0 phosphate = 0 temp = 78 (Constant heater or else I would increase it a little)
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    Clown w/Brook and yellow tang in QT need advice please

    Ok. The local store only had something called Quick Cure. The active ingredients are Formalin and Malachite Green. Nowhere does it state the amount or % of Formalin. The package states that it is for freshwater or saltwater and that it is for "fast relief for ick and Protozoan parasites"...
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    Clown w/Brook and yellow tang in QT need advice please

    Also, forgot to mention that I won't be able to get the formalin for about another 3 hours. Should I do anything in the meantime? Freshwater dip?
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    Clown w/Brook and yellow tang in QT need advice please

    Beth, thanks for your quick reply! Unfortunately my camera is not working at this time. I will try to figure out how to use my 10 y/o sons camera, but I doubt the quality will be worth it. Yes I did look at the photos on this site, and honestly believe that the clown looks most like the...
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    Clown w/Brook and yellow tang in QT need advice please

    I purchased a false perc clown and a yellow tang at Christmas. Placed them in a 10 gallon QT that has been running for months. The clown looked fine at time of purchase the tang was skinny and had a very slight white spots on fin. Clown started t eat the 2nd day and the tang took a few days...
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    Need refugium light that won't rust

    I've never heard of these. Where do you get them? How expensive? My sump is about 40 gallons. The fuge is about 15 gal. I run it opposite my lights to grow my chaeto and to keep PH more constant.
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    Need refugium light that won't rust

    Any suggestion for a quick light for my refugium. roughly 13x18 Currently I have a 23w flourescent clip on light. It has been working fine, but the light fixture is rusting and starting to drip rust into water. I know others here have used a light from home depot. Please list any...
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    New punctato butterfly breathing rapidly

    Ok, I did a 30% water change, but used water from my DT which has 0 ammonia. My reasoning is that it should boost the bio filter. IS this correct? I believe I read this in Beth's posts somewhere. Can someone, ANYONE, please explain to me how the fish are going through ammonia poisoning...
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    New punctato butterfly breathing rapidly

    Sep, I don't know where to begin. Obviously I did something majorly wrong and I feel like dirt right now. I honestly thought I was doing things right. Can you help me please! Here it goes... I honestly thought that if you start the QT with the majority of water from a cycled tank it was OK...
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    New punctato butterfly breathing rapidly

    They really don't look sore. Almost as if they could be wiped off, but maybe even a light speck of color. I'm having 2nd doubts now and wondering if it is ammonia. All day the flame angel and PJ cardinal have been fine, then about 7:00 this evening all of the sudden the flame angel was on his...
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    New punctato butterfly breathing rapidly

    No. They seem pinkish red, just moving a hundred miles an hour. He has been upright most of the day now. I'm really not sure if his color is normal or not. He is more yellow toward the dorsal area, but fairly white near the belly. Is this mnormal? I will try to get a picture and post it. I...
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    New punctato butterfly breathing rapidly

    Just received a a flame angel, Pajama cardinal and a Punctato Butterfly, yesterday and placed them in QT. Drip aclimated them for about 3 hours The flame angel and PJ cardinal seem fine. About 2 hours after the Punctato was added he started to lie on his side off and on. That didn't concern...
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    Is my star fish dead?

    I've had an orange linckia for about the past 6 months. Seemed to be fine. But, the last 2 days seemed to slump in the corner and is now more or less a blob. I think he is up side down. I believe a small part of his leg is missing, but can't be certain. I assumed the fish or crabs would be all...
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    Anemone splitting or sick???

    The last few days I noticed a few hermit crabs hanging close to our BTA. Originally I thought it was trying to get the anemone's food. Today, the BTA looked great all sprawled out, not bubbled, but very full. An hour later, the mouth was wide open. Kind of slit like, but at least 3-4 inches...
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