Im going to get him/her soon. :)

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  1. ant

    ant Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    :smile: I've checked all the parameters and here's the results:

    PH- 8.2
    Nitrates- 0
    Nitrites- 0
    Copper- (yes, i tested it) None. (I gots me some chocolate chip stars and i read somewhere that all inverts. are sensitive to copper. So i figure i must not have any since they still alive.)
    Ammonia- 0.0

    Are these parameters good for my octopus?


    *If this is in wrong forum, Please move it*

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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi ant,

    These parameters look good. How about your specific gravity? - should be about 1.026.

    Nancy
     
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    All seems to be in the pipe, 5x5 !!!
    congrats!
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    ..and water temperature depending on species....
     
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    There's Colin chirping in with a wrench...hadn't thought of that one ! Yeah, he is totally correct...temp?
     
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    Cthulhu, were you just watching Aliens?

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    LOL Greg, wasnt meant to be a wrench....

    Dan, nice space pope!
     
  8. ant

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    temp-72
    salinity-1.023--Ill add some salt






    Ughhhh, I just got back from a trip to tennessee and I now have a outbreak of black algea stuff. The dude at the pet store said theres methane under this and we sucked some up before we left (4 days ago)
    What is it and how do i get rid of it!!!!!!!!! I am putting a timer on the lights but i dont know how i should time it. I'm gonna set it to turn off at mid-day. Please tell me if this is not good.


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    Ant, i have my fishtank lights set to be on when i am in looking at the fish... so what that means is that my fishtank has a 12 hour cycle with the flurorescent light coming on at 12pm, then metal halides at 2pm, then metal halides off at 10pm then fluros off at 12AM, i use two timers which are built it.

    what is your light cycle just now?

    Any chance of a pic of the black stuff?
     
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    i sucked alot of it out with a pump we got and that was like 2:00am yesterday. Its already reforming on the sand again :( Its only on the sand and rocks but not on the walls.Any info on this would be great. I circled the black algae. I think it may be diatoms? :confused: Also i was wondering if i changed alot of the water (10 or so gallons) would this take it away?



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    So...when do you anticipate arrival? Is the algea that much of an issue? How bout a creature that eats it, say a snail?
     
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    yeah, that is diatoms, just let it take its course, but i also think i see one of those nasty Bryopsis algaes in there, the really hairy tufty ones. I am guessing that there has to be high nitrate and maybe too much food going in the tank?

    http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/algaecontrol/a/aa033001.htm
     
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    Well, I used to feed them 2 or 3 times a day but now i only feed them once. What kind of snails might eat it Carol? I am still sucking small amounts out; they are patches ranging in size from 1 to 2 inches. :hmm: My Nitrate test comes out at zero. Maybe its wrong but ive tested it a few times. I would like to order him in the next few weeks if at all possible.Is that bushy stuff harmful? its been in there a while (the wvy green)
    P.S. The black stuff will eventually dissappear?
     
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    ..........is there a algeacide i can use? or should i just do 2 water changes 15% each week? Colin are you sure its not cyano algea?








    Very Confused -=Ant=-
     
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    *A reply might be nice*
     
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    What's the status of your tank now? Any change? Did you do the water changes.

    Removing by hand is probably the best way to get rid of nuisance algae quickly, but other methods work, too.

    The link Colin gave you is a good one, full of suggestions. Of course, if you want to keep an octo, those algae-eating fish are not a good idea!

    Nancy
     
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    Get yourself a snail, hermit crab...uh no wait, scratch the hermit crab... :mrgreen: ...and the snail might not be safe either! You can try though ;)...and a brittle star. They all eat detrius and help keep nitrates down. Brittle stars in particular are omnivores and will eat the mess the octopus makes. Octos usually leave them alone too.

    Go here and pick some things out, hopefully your local store has these in stock:

    http://www.aquacon.com/saltwater-fish-index.html

    Here's a quote from their site:

    The Atlantic Astrea snail loves to graze on algae. A very active cleaner, it cleans both algae and diatoms. According to Julian Sprung's Reef Aquarium Manual , Volume One, Atlantic Turbo snails are the ideal snail to be placed in your aquarium as soon as ammonia and nitrite levels reach acceptable levels (less than 1 ppm). One of the best snails for controlling Diatom's (light brown/red algae), Green Algae Blooms and Dark Purple/Red Slime algae . Introduced as soon as possible to new aquarium, these snails effectively limit the development of all microalgae.

    And about Bumble Bee snails:

    Totally Reef Safe, they are about 3/8" and look like Bumble Bee's. A great scavenger, cleaning up both your sand bed, rocks, glass, and they take care of diatoms, hair algae, and red slime too!!

    And on green brittle stars:

    A good garbage cleaner for your tank. Brittle stars are one of the best detritus removers for the aquarium. (Detritus causes high nitrates). Keeping the detritus (garbage) down in your system, promotes cleaner water, lower nitrates, and healthier animals. Totally reef safe.They are also interesting to watch.
     
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    The diatoms keep coming back and sometimes is very dark black and almost in a mound. It has moved from just on the sand and rocks in small amounts to big amounts coming back rapidly and even on the glass a little. I suck it out with a small tube for an air pump and it works fine its just that it keeps coming back. I havent done the water changes but i will start doing them. Would a biowheel help with my problem? Would a brittle star hurt chocolate stars? Our LFS has near 4 every time i go there. Also, one of my starfish has....ummm....fallen apart. It scared me when i pulled him out. One of his arms was just dangleing there. I dont know why i didnt notice it before. Could this be the source the algea came from? I beleive they are green brittle stars at the LFS.
     
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    Hi Black96WS6,

    I was reading your #1 above and had a few questions. I currently have a 37 gallon tank connected to a refugium thats about 15 gallons. I was looking to buy some chaetomorpha to help with the nitrates. I didn't know about the deep sand bed option. In your opinion, which is better? I currently have about 1.5" of sand in the refugium, but I could increase it to 6. Or, would the chaetomorpha be a better option? Thanks!
     

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