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Schmitee

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  1. So much for me keeping track of my tank on here, 4 months of nothing when all sorts of things, good and bad, have happened. Over the Christmas new years break I went away for a week and came back to some less than desirable water conditions and the majority of my zoas gone or on their way out. In the end managed to save some but lost the majority. Also lost the clown goby a couple weeks later, poor thing was very picky with his food. I thought he was eating the frozen food, but he may have spat it back later without me noticing, ended up looking rather skinny when he died. So now the good news, i now have a hammer, torch, another colony of zoas and a fungia. So far they are mostly happy, other than the mushroom which i think got damaged during transport. I've also got myself a clownfish who is slowly starting to host with the hammer. Last addition, got myself an Ocean Free Nanoskim which fits perfectly in my diy filter so gotta be happy with that Enough talk, here's an fts
  2. Painted sweetlip?? (Diagramma pictum labiosum)
  3. Latest additions! Went in search of my first tank inhabitants yesterday and picked up a cute little clown goby and a zoanthid colony. I was actually looking for a small colony which could expand over the coral branch at the front but ended up with a larger piece with two types of zoa The goby seems to enjoy sitting in one spot on the sand next to live rock but I turned the pump off to try feeding him and he was happy to explore the tank
  4. I've just got the API tests, but they're getting pretty old as well so figure that won't help. I know my LFS just uses API, but figure it can't hurt to have a second trial...
  5. Cheers Craig! love DIY About time for an update, though not much has changed other than a covering of diatoms and cycling. So, two weeks in, I've started testing every couple days... latest results are: Ammonia - 0 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate - <5 Phosphate ~0.1 Salinity - 1.024 So, either the tank is already cycled... OR my test kits are getting old and dodgy... thinking I might double check at my LFS. I also collected some snails last Saturday and chucked them in... apart from a couple of attempts at carpet surfing they seem to be doing alright. SO keen to add livestock!!!! Cheers, Schmitee
  6. The weekend is coming which means its almost time to go shopping... The question is lighting. Can I keep the current 2x24w fluoro reflector on the tank with more appropriate lights (say, 1x hagen marine glo and 1x power glo)?????? OR... do I need a new light altogether? I'm planning on sticking with softies and/or LPS, so lighting requirements should be a bit lower. Schmitee
  7. Yep hoping to get a peppermint shrimp down the track, though I'll remove what I can myself to be sure. I could fit an external skimmer behind if I wanted, but the plan is running skimmer-less. Schmitee
  8. Not quite what I had in mind @Cam07... So far spotted the arms of two brittle stars, a tiny starfish, a few snails, 3 aiptasia (due for lethal injection tomorrow) 1 unknown polyp and a coral which I really doubt will last. Some day I'll learn the names of all these things...
  9. About time i actually added to the forum rather than just asking questions, so after being inspired by seeing @gingerbeer's new marine, here goes. Started setting up my first marine tank yesterday, using a slightly modified aquastart 320. I've sectioned of the back as an in tank sump with a media section and a section for the pump and heater so they are all hidden. For media I'm trialing pumice for extra bio and I'll be modifying a prefilter sock to fit my overflow. At the moment I'm running the light that was already on the tank so I'll be changing either the tubes or the whole fixture soon (not sure if 2x24w t5 lights will be enough, especially with the over hang). So after spending some coin, i chucked in my new goodies and started spying on any hitchhikers (secretly quite addictive). here's how it looks now. Schmitee
  10. Yoshi, those tilapia have been in the lakes for years and there's some that would be 30-40cm. Back in 2011 I think they got a bit of a refresh of the gene pool in there because the Brissy river was well and truly up to the ponds. As for fishing for them, I know a mate that tried for them a couple of times, not sure he ever got caught or moved along though. All the best for getting rid of them though! Maybe employ some bull sharks to do the job...
  11. Thanks all for the info. Definitely looks like Bacopa caroliniana. Having a look on google, I have seen it growing on the side of ponds and creeks before, so now I know what I'm looking at! Now to try and convince it to show some reddish hues in a low tech tank... Cheers, Schmitee
  12. Hi guys, Picked this plant up in a local creek, the top leaves were reddish when I collected them. I doubt its a native, but would love to be pleasantly surprised! Cheers, Schmitee
  13. Always a good idea if you're concerned to use a grounding probe. That way if there is any electrical leakage it should be grounded and therefore no issue. I've got a power head running in one of my tanks now which gave the water a nice tingle... Put in a piece of wire from the water next to the pump and attached the other end to a metal piece on my light, no more nasty surprises. Definitely not something I would suggest as a long term fix, but could be a good precautionary measure (free if you have a piece of wire hanging around and don't have copper sensitive creatures, or you can spend a small fortune on a commercial one.)
  14. Hey mate, No need to worry, corydoras do this all the time because they have the ability to absorb oxygen through their abdomen. Mine are often darting to the surface for a gulp of fresh air, have done for the 1+ years I've owned them, not an issue at all. http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/corydoras/ Schmitee
  15. I can't tell if it's gas or fluid filled, the bubbles are completely clear with no red margin or anything, can't see red inflammation anywhere pointing to an infection. The treatment contains methylene blue, acriflavin and malachite green. Thanks none, as a last resort I'm considering lancing the bubbles and if there's no improvement by tomorrow night I will be euthanizing.