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    Help Dino Nightmare!

    Hi, My phosphate kit actually ran out and I haven't gotten round to getting one, so I can only give you the readings from 3 weeks ago, phosphates were at 2ppm, and nitrates were at 10, ive since increased my skimming and added a filter sock that I clean every other day, furthermore I've upped...
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    Help Dino Nightmare!

    Hi, That does sound like a good idea! I'll see if my LFS has some, got a Pico tank set up a few weeks back, seems to have slipped the algae stage oddly, hopefully I get some green hair algae that I can introduce.... Not sure how my Dinos got in... May be nutrients but I'm not sure. Ethan
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    Question Maxi Minis!

    Hi, So my bta split and I managed to swap it for a maxi mini, I love this guy and so does my sexy shrimp! I was just wondering how fast they grow? And do they 'split' like btas? Also, of you've got one I'd love to see pictures of them! Only just discovered these guys and they are probably some...
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    Help Dino Nightmare!

    Hi, So I've had my 350L reef for about 6 months ISH now, about a month after I set it up (it was second hand so already cycled and had run for 18 months before me) I noticed what I thought to be cyno... I dosed chemiclean with no result, then I discovered I have Dinos . I tried a blackout for...
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    Question Bta Being Really Annoying

    Hi, So my bta decided that it wanted to move around the tank and has settled in the most inconvenient place possible! Almost overnight it has stung about 50% of my beloved Hollywood stunner chalice, and is right on top of it! I put an old clam shell to stop it from stinging it anymore, but I'm...
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    Question African Clawed Frog Questions

    Hi, So I've had Baryshnikov (my African clawed frog) for about 6 weeks now, he's a brilliant character and is very fun to watch! My question is, I read they can sometimes eat cat food, is this true? I normally feed him bloodworms, may try feeding some brine/mysis shrimp to give veriaty (have...
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    Question Mandarin Fish

    Hi, Sorry for the late reply! I've put them in a separate container and will put an airstone in Tomorrow... Can I feed them reef roids? Also, just saw something about mandarins linking lobster eggs, is this true? Ethan
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    Question Mandarin Fish

    I've only got a 15L Pico reef, so no good for a mandarin fish, spent about 2 hours earlier pulling algae out of the reef, and installing a filter sock... Thinking of paying for a subscription for weekly pods to be delivered to me, is there anything else that pods will eat instead of phyto? Ethan
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    Question Mandarin Fish

    Idk why it put up my GCSE results , linked to the other post, anyway, I'm a bit worried still so I'll get more pods tomorrow as they can't hurt, one thing I read was that dinoflagellates can kill pods, is this true? As I've got Dinos in my tank! Ethan
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    Question Mandarin Fish

    Sorry for the back to back posting but can't seem to attach these on the other post!
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    Question Mandarin Fish

    Ok, well I'm afraid to report that I finally found him out and about, and there is what I think to be a dent just below his head, anything I can do? Not sure if it's clear in the vid... Should I try and recapture him? I can get some pods from the LFS tomorrow. Idk how to attach a video, so I've...
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    Question Mandarin Fish

    Ok, can't seem to see anything on him, I think he's got a ridge on both sides of his body running from head to tail (hardly noticeable, may even have been shadow) but he seems " plump" I've tried to attach a picture, but due to my phone's incapability to photograph under hydras and the shy...
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    15l Pico Reef Build Thread

    funny bit is the guy said it was a mushroom Reef update - so it's doing quite well so far however annoyingly the Dinos from my DT have showed their faces in my pico, it's not that bad and only on the sandbed and gorgonian, but I've turned the skimmer off and put some food in to increase...
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    15l Pico Reef Build Thread

    I'm only 90% sure it's a scoly, but I got it from a store in a town near Leeds, only cost £17 but was in a generic "random coral" tank, they didn't know what half of them were. Ethan
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    Question Mandarin Fish

    Ok, won't rest on my lorals yet, my phyto culture seems to be going clear!?! I took some out and am setting up another, but it's just like murkey water now, as opposed to green water before, any ideas as to why it's diying? Mines a male I think, he's got a pretty prominent dorsal spike on his...
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    Question Mandarin Fish

    I've seen them in my LFS they are huge! I'll get a scooter If the mandarin passes while I've still got the tank. Ethan
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    Question Mandarin Fish

    Can't seem to see a dent, do you mean face to tail? Looked all around and he looks well rounded (admittedly not a great look) but couldn't see anything... Another question, can I use skimmate as a fert for my phyto? Ethan
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    Question Mandarin Fish

    Where is this line? Can't see anything on him buy may be looking in the wrong place
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    Question Mandarin Fish

    Ok, he looks cool, may get one at some point if my pod population is stable Ethan Ok, think there were some in my LFS but not sure, they are pretty cool though The mandarin fish seems to be 'kissing' the rocks so I assume he's getting the pods? I'm chucking some pods in around him daily but...
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    Question Crazy Thought

    Hi, So I've just set up a phyto farm and forgot to get f2 fertiliser, before I sent off for some I had a thought. The whole point of using ferts is to provide nutrients to the phyto? And a protine skimmer's job is to remove nutrients from a reef, so why can't I theoretically use skimmate instead...




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