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  1. stella1979

    My Pond Is Under Attack !!!!

    It probably isn't cheap, but there's a channel on YouTube called Bamma Bass (I think!) with a large and gorgeous pond. They installed a system with a movement sensor and a sprinkler/water jet thingy... basically, when the birds or any other critters approach the perimeter of the pond, they get...
  2. stella1979

    Good set up for crested gecko ?

    Hi :) I don't see a photo or a link so... if you want to share a link you may click the edit post button and add the link but if you want to share a photo you'll have to make a new post in order to upload the file. Please just let me know if you need any help.;) I have a Crestie who's about 9...
  3. stella1979

    If you dont own about 6 test tubes, do you even test?

    I too have found that API kits seem to reach full saturation a little early and stay that way for a few minutes afterward, so I would say no, you don't absolutely need the timer. However, I have noticed if left for an extended time... idk, maybe 20 minutes, the color dulls which seemed to...
  4. stella1979

    If you dont own about 6 test tubes, do you even test?

    No, lol. When I had five tanks running and wanted to knock out testing them all in little time each week... and hated the leaky caps on API tubes... well, I got a cheap 20-pack of test tubes on Amazon, along with a little rack to hold them all. Alexa is my timer.;)
  5. stella1979

    Question What is it

    Hmmm, I am not blameless for the experience but Aiptasia X didn't work for me, and due to its ineffectiveness, my aiptasia issue got a bit out of control. I started using Aiptasia X when I had about a dozen of the pests. It seemed to work but in the next few weeks, 30 more popped up. If I'm...
  6. stella1979

    Saltwater ecosphere help

    Just wanna chime in on sand... Do you guys know that we can thank parrotfish for nearly 100% of the sand on earth? Crazy, right? It's true.:P Most parrotfish eat algae for the most part, chomping down on the rocks where the algae grows with their incredibly strong bite. What are the rocks in...
  7. stella1979

    Saltwater ecosphere help

    I quite like this idea in that, it seems like a lot of fun and like there would be lots of good lessons along the way. :) I have never done an ecosphere myself and have watched too few to comment on what may be common problems to watch out for or anything. What immediately comes to mind is...
  8. stella1979

    Frustrated with fishless cycling

    Hi again. :) I checked out your tank and the last picture here... https://www.petsmart.com/fish/starter-kits/top-fin-enchant-aquarium---3.5-gallon-5253372.html is of the filter. That little black and white cartridge at the bottom of the picture is your filter media. From what I can tell...
  9. stella1979

    Frustrated with fishless cycling

    Hmm, well, what kind of tank is it? We can certainly figure this out.;) Whatever kind of filtration you have, what I am concerned about is the surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize. Filters will generally have some kind of porous material, like filter pads, sponges, and or...
  10. stella1979

    Frustrated with fishless cycling

    Hi :) Welcome to Fishlore! :) I think we need to talk about the filtration on the tank to get to the root of the problem. Can you please share what is filtering and providing flow in the tank? Also, 2ppm is a pretty standard dose for a fishless cycle but it is also higher than needed for a...
  11. stella1979

    30 Long Conversation

    I've never owned a Prime, HD or not, so cannot speak to the particulars between the two. What I can say is, when it comes to lighting, always get the best your budget allows. Also, my buddies with the HD's love them and their tanks look fabulous so that's what I'd recommend.;)
  12. stella1979

    20 Gallon Saltwater Nano Reef Tank

    It's very cool to win stuff in the hobby!:D Congrats!! However... you absolutely. do NOT want to start dosing all willy-nilly, lol. Let me explain a few things as best I can then try to tell a little personal story as quickly/shortly as I can.:rolleyes: First, anemones are related to but are...
  13. stella1979

    Question Protein Skimmer Options?

    Hi Kammy :) Welcome to Fishlore.:D You definitely don't have to have a skimmer on a nano tank... though, skimming doesn't hurt, lol. I've been running a 20g long for nearly 3 years without a skimmer and I do have some tips to make up for the lack of one. Keep in mind that the purpose of a...
  14. stella1979

    My 24 Gallon Reef

    We all get behind sometimes.;) Sorry to hear about the shrimp. As for the setosa, definitely give it a fighting chance. Personally, I have never dripped any of my corals, including the most sensitive SPS frags. My usual is to prepare a dip (for hitchhikers) and two rinse containers. Since...
  15. stella1979

    30 Long Conversation

    I believe max light spread for the Prime HD is about 24" and this is if you hang it at max height, meaning, your overall light level will be lower due to the distance from the surface which gives you the max spread. So, yes, another light is recommended and definitely necessary for a 30L SPS...
  16. stella1979

    20 Gallon Saltwater Nano Reef Tank

    Nice!!:D Very nice view.:D:D Hrmm... A damsel for your first eh? Sorry to be the stocking police but they can be meanies. Might not want to wait too long before adding the next.;) That is, don't let one fish own the 20L for long. It will become their tank and they may not take kindly to...
  17. stella1979

    Help Zoanthus Polyp

    @Magicpenny75 is totally right. I often feel that some of the best advice I can offer new reefers is to not mess with brand new corals, lol. It's true but it's also true that you don't want to sit on your hands and watch them melt. It's also very true that different zoa varieties will have...
  18. stella1979

    Help Zoanthus Polyp

    Hi :) I have never acclimated corals to water parameters, only to temp by floating their bags, then dipped and inspected for unwanted invaders, rinsed in tank water, and finally, in the tank they went. People's experiences will be different. Mine, with zoas, was not great in the beginning...
  19. stella1979

    Help Ammonia Issue

    This does seem strange... It sounds like you had a cycle established, then possibly/likely overwhelmed it with the addition of the current stock. Filters, in general, can be a pain in the rear when trying to keep nutrients (namely, nitrates and phosphates) low in a tank. Reason being, filters...
  20. stella1979

    Cycle Help

    Well, yes, adding more ammonia leads to more nitrites and we should allow it to drop to zero and even stay there for several days. I can only speak from my own experience so here's a story to explain why I once thought there may be a reason to worry about a cycling tank sitting at 0ppm ammonia...




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