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  1. reef dude

    Large hole in Giant Devils Hand...plz help

    I have had a giant Devils hand leather for over 3 years now and it is to say the least, monstrous, stretching an honest 17-18 inches in diameter when fully open. Just yesterday, a small hole at the center of the hand ripped into a dime sized hole, exposing the inner tissue. The hole is right...
  2. reef dude

    Toadstools turn white?

    I just fragged a toadstool about a month ago and now all the new frags polyps are turning white, they used to be yellowish brown, now it looks as if they are really unhealthy. I mean up untill recently they've been growing new stalks and forming really nice crowns on top, but now...
  3. reef dude

    bubble tip and corals

    I'd like to get a bubble tip anemone but was just wondering if it could potentially harm my corals, I have a lot of LPS, SPS and softies. Do they tend to move around much??? harsh stings??? etc...?
  4. reef dude

    Struggling/dying Finger leather

    I have had this finger leather for at least a year I would say. By now it is the size of about a persons two hands put together and the fingers largely sprawled out. It was doing absolutely awesome untill about 2 months or so ago. One day out of the clear blue, it developed a slimy...
  5. reef dude

    New 10 Gallon Nano!

    Here we go guys.... I just setup a 10 gallon nano-reef and this is how i did it, all within 2 days. I used about 10 lbs of aragonite reef sand, and apprx 5 lbs of LS from the LFS. Then i filled the tank with water from my 90 gallon reef tank that has been up for a year and a half. I picked up...
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    MH's too strong for my tank?

    90 gal Tank is over a year old and had LPS and softies. Been using 2 175w metal halide 5500k bulbs supplemented with 2 40w actinic bulbs. It seems like every time i get a new coral, or ones that have been in there for a while start to shrink up and turn dark in color. My brain coral seems to...
  7. reef dude

    Dying Corals

    Recently, my rose hammer coral and frogspawn coral have become completely shredded down to the skeleton. Before the rose coral died, i saw my peppermint shrimp all over it as well as a bunch of blue legs. a month later (NOW) i just experienced an 8-9 degree increase in temperature during a...
  8. reef dude

    Clown is nesting in Open Brain

    My true percula clown just recently started nesting in my 9 inch green open brain. First of all, the brain hasn't responded too happily. It's not opening as much as it has a few weeks ago, and every night, it shrinks up to smaller than a closed fist. The clown is not only rubbing in it, but...
  9. reef dude

    BrooklynJohnny: Need some advice

    I plan on setting up a 10 gal. nano reef. I've had about 13 months of experience with my 90 gal. and would love to have a nano reef in my room. My main concern is about filtration. I would appreciate your opinion as to what you would suggest because you have such a beautiful tank! I was...
  10. reef dude

    Adding LR to an established tank

    My tank is just over one year old, I have 8 corals, LPS and softies, and all water params are doing perfect. I was interested in adding some more LR to the tank because i have made a wall that goes exactly half way up, but i would like to make this wall go just about up to the top of the tank...
  11. reef dude

    Can my tank handle SPS corals?

    I have 2 175w metal halides and 2 NO 40w actinics on my 90 gallon reef. I have a few LPS and some softies. However my softies seem to not like the light very much because they only open up when i move them towards the lower half of the tank and my LPS corals take a long time to adjust to the...
  12. reef dude

    "yellow" water

    Everytime i look at my 90 gallon reef from the side, the water column tends to have this yellowish tint to it. But every time i look at it from the front, it seems crystal clear. Should it look clear from both views?? I do have 2 175w 5,500 k and they are just about 12 months old, is that a...
  13. reef dude

    Phosphates in RO/DI water?!?

    Well i just tested my RO/DI water for phosphates and it seems to be about 0.2 ppm, possiby 0.3 ppm If i am correct, this should NOT happen?!?!?! Is there an easy way to tell if you are getting TRUE RO/DI water?
  14. reef dude

    Contaminating RO water

    I was told that it is very easy to contaminate RO/DI water. I heard you should always wash your hands, keep the water covered, etc..... before handling the water. Is that true?? Obviously if your hands have soap or ammonia on them, that will contaminate/affect the water, but how sensitive is...
  15. reef dude

    Chronic Algae problems

    My tank is approaching the one year bench mark by the end of this month. Durring the first 1-4 months, I kept getting brown algae all over the sand and glass(diatoms was what i was told) Then they started to go away, but when the blooms died down, I saw a rise in a thin green filmy algae all...
  16. reef dude

    I'm miserable, So is the tank

    I bought a yellow headed sleeper goby about a week ago. He is churning my sand over like crazy. i dont mind that part because he keeps it nice and white. BUT.....My tank is so dam cloudy its ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!! the sand is such a fine grain that when he spits it back out, it gets picked up...
  17. reef dude

    Sleeper Goby and DSB

    I recently purchased a yellow headed sleeper goby and thought that he would make his cave/territory, and then leave the sand alone. But he's made his cave in the sand but he is CONSTANTLY picking up pockets of sand and spitting them back out, which is clouding the water a lot! the larger...
  18. reef dude

    A good lighting schedule

    My 2 actinic blues come on at noon, then the halides come on at 3 pm and shut off at 11 pm. The actinics shut off at midnight. total of 12 hours light time. I have a frogspawn, finger leather, colt coral, and a new toadstool. What would be a good lighting schedule? 2 actinic 40 watt ea. 2 MH...
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    Specific coral tank(LPS v. SPS v. soft)

    Recently I have been adding my first corals to my tank. The frogspawn(LPS) has done very well under my 380 watts of total light, 4.2 watts/gallon. I then bought a finger leather and colt, and toadstool, but the toadstool seems to not like so much light. My Question: Should I stock my tank...
  20. reef dude

    Harlequin Shrimp & Starfish

    I ordered a pair of Harlequin shrimp at my LFS but i dont have any starfish at the moment. I tried giving them some brine at the store but they wouldnt eat it. Can they go without a starfish for a week or so, or do they have to be munching on them pretty often... Anyone with any info, or...