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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:21 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Yep.  I  am  going  to  return  it.
 Just  a  quick  question  guys.  Can  I  have  a  pair  of  percs  along  with  the  sebae  clownfish  or  will  they  fight?
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 Couple  of  days  back  i  got  myself  a  Pakistani  Butterly  and  the  next  day  i  introduced  a  Zoa  and  to  the  horror  I  noticed  the  butterfly  pecking  at  my  zoa  so  I  had  to  tear  down  my  enter  rock  structure  and  had  to  bag  the  butterfly.  Butterflies  are  not  reef  safe.
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 mixing  differnt  species  of  clownfish  esp  in  a  small  tank  like  yours  is  not  recommended..even  if  you  dont  see  any  physical  fighting  or  damage  ,the  stress  of  competing  for  resources  with  another  clownfish  species  can  shorten  the  lifespan  and  affect  the  health  of  your  fishes...you  can  mix  them..they  will  survive..but  if  you  want  to  keep  them  really  happy..dont  do  it
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 @Pradeep
 
 Great  to  know  you  are  planning  to  go  reef...I  am  in  the  process  of  converting  my  50  gal  to  reef...mainly  looking  for  zoanthids,corallimorphs  and  other  soft  corals..are  these  avilable  anywhere  in  bangalore?...chennai  lfs  dont  seem  to  have  them...another  reason  i  avoind  the  lfs  here  is  because  they  seem  to  be  bent  on  destrooying  reefs  to  collect  lr  and  corals..
 
 one  more  thing..add  only  snails  for  algae  cleanup..i  added  hermits  and  later  found  out  tht  they  arent  very  good  algae  eaters..they  only  destroy  your  live  rock  and  kill  your  snails..just  thought  id  let  you  know  before  you  get  hermits  and  later  regret  it..the  snails  (i  use  turbo)  are  quite  good  by  themselves  for  algae  contral
 
 all  the  best!
 
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 Hi  Guys,
 
 Superb  thread.
 
 But  the  abbrevations  are  becoming  a  bit  daunting.  Please  help  understand  better.
 
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 Hi  Nayak,  Long  time  no  see,  mate.  Are  you  back  in  blr?
 
 I  am  not  sure  what  you  are  missing  out  on  the  abbreviations  so  I'll  post  a  list  of  the  more  commonly  used  ones  here.  This  list  has  been  kindly  provided  by  another  site,  without  their  permission  of  course  Smile  
 Its  a  large  list  and  most  aquarists  will  know  what  a  WC  means  but  I  ve  included  the  most  common  terms  for  even  the  newbie  aquarist  who  reads  this  thread.
 
   
 A  is  for  abbreviations  Smile
 
 Alk  -  Alkalinity
 
 Ammonia  -  NH3,  a  toxic  substance  that  builds  up  in  the  aquarium.  It  is  released  by  fish  through  their  gills  and  as  a  result  of  waste  buildup.  Ammonia  is  the  first  step  in  the  nitrogen  cycle,  and  is  removed  by  bacterial  action  where  it  is  transformed  into  nitrite.
 
 BB  -  Bare  Bottom,  referring  to  keeping  an  aquarium  with  no  substrate  at  the  bottom.
 
 Ca  -  Calcium
 
 DIY  -  Do  it  yourself  Smile
 
 DOC  -  Dissolved  organic  compounds.
 
 DSB  -  Deep  sand  bed.  Generally  4  inches  or  deeper.
 
 FO  -  Fish  Only,Saltwater  aquariums  that  contain  no  corals  or  other  
 invertebrates  are  considered  to  be  "Fish  Only."
 
 FOWLR  -  Fish  only  with  live  rock.  An  aquarium  with  no  significant  corals.
 
 FTS  -  Full  Tank  Shot
 
 HOB  -  Hang  on  back  filter
 
 Kalk,Kalkwasser  -  A  solution  of  calcium  hydroxide  in  water,  which  is  alkaline.    An  additive  that  is  slowly  dripped  into  a  reef  aquarium  to  raise  the  alkalinity  and  calcium  levels.
 
 LR,Live  rock  -  Rocks  removed  from  the  ocean  that  usually  have  a  variety  of  sea  life  attached  to  them,  including  sponges,  algae,  coralline  algae,  worms,  and  starfishes.  Live  rock  is  commonly  used  in  reef  aquariums  because  it  contains  bacteria  that  can  help  filter  the  water  through  nitrification.
 
 LS  -  Live  sand
 
 MH,  Metal  Halide  -  Metal  halide  lights  are  a  type  of  light  bulb  which  burns  very  white  and  very  bright.  They  require  a  special  fixture  and  ballast.  They  are  the  closest  thing  we  have  to  artificial  sunlight,  and  are  typically  used  on  reefs  and  planted  tanks.
 
 Nitrate,NO3  -  the  final  product  in  the  nitrogen  cycle.  It  is  not  toxic,  but  can  be  dangerous  at  high  levels.  Nitrate  is  created  by  the  oxidation  of  nitrite  by  nitrobacter  bacteria.  In  a  nano  reef,  nitrate  levels  should  be  kept  below  10  ppm.
 
 Nitrification  -  The  process  by  which  ammonia  is  changed  to  nitrite,  then  nitrate,  and  finally  nitrogen  gas.  
 
 Nitrite,NO2  -  the  second  product  in  the  nitrogen  cycle.  Nitrite  is  a  highly  toxic  substance  that  is  produced  by  the  oxidation  of  of  ammonia  by  nitrosomonas  bacteria.  It  is  easily  removed  with  biological  filtration.
 
 Nitrogen  Cycle  -  The  nitrogen  cycle  describes  how  organic  wastes  break  down  in  the  aquarium.  Fish  wastes  naturally  decompose  into  ammonia,  which  is  highly  toxic.  Nitrosomonas  bacteria  process  the  ammonia  into  nitrite,  which  is  also  toxic.  Nitrobacter  bacteria  then  break  down  the  nitrite  into  nitrate,  which  is  much  less  harmful.  This  is  as  far  as  the  cycle  goes  in  most  tanks,  though  under  the  right  conditions,  the  nitrate  is  further  broken  down  to  free  nitrogen  gas.
 
 ORP  -  Oxidation  Reduction  Percentage  (dissolved  organic  breakdown  time)
 
 PAR  -  Photosynthetically  Active  Radiation.  Wavelengths  of  light  that  can  be  absorbed  by  chlorophyll  or  other  light  harvesting  pigments.
 
 Parameter  -  A  particular  physical,  chemical,  or  biological  property  that  is  being  measured.
 
 PC  -  PowerCompact  fluorescent  lighting
 
 pH  -  Provides  a  measure  on  a  scale  from  0  to  14  of  the  acidity  or  alkalinity  of  a  solution  where  7  is  neutral  and  <7  is  acidic  and  >7  is  basic;  concentration  of  hydrogen  ions.
 
 RO/DI  -  Reverse  osmosis  with  deionization.  DI  filtration  alone  is  highly  effective  at  purification,  but  the  filter  media  exausts  quickly.  By  adding  it  to  the  end  of  a  reverse  osmosis  filter,  near  100  percent  purity  can  be  acheived,  while  extending  the  life  of  the  DI  resin.
 
 SG,  Specific  Gravity  -  The  ratio  of  density  of  a  given  liquid  to  that  of  pure  water.  Specific  gravity  is  used  to  measure  the  salinity  of  seawater  as  compared  to  distilled  water.  Distilled  water  has  a  specific  gravity  of  1.000  while  natural  seawater  has  a  specific  gravity  of  about  1.025.  SG  readings  are  also  effected  by  temperature.
 
 SW  -  Saltwater
 
 UGF  -  Under-gravel  filter
 
 W/C,Water  Change  -  The  process  of  removing  a  certain  percentage  of  water  from  a  reef  aquarium  and  replacing  it  with  newly  mixed  saltwater.  This  process  helps  remove  disolved  organics,  nitrates,  detritus,  and  replenishes  trace  elements.  
 
 Zoos  -  Zoanthids


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 This  is  a  good  one.
 Will  admins  turn  this  portion  into  a  article,  or  a  sticky  so  that  it  does  not  get  lost.
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 Honestly  guys,  why  is  everyone  thinking  I  was  planning  a  FO/  FOWLR  tank?
 Its  a  reef  for  sure.  Just  taking  my  time  over  it.
 
 @  Pironya  ,
 We  do  get  them  occasonally  in  blr  but  not  too  often.  Chennai  would  be  the  place  for  it.  Collect  from  hobbyists  if  you  dislike  buying  from  LFS.  I  am  prety  sure  that  the  hobbyists  have  all  the  best  corals  anyway.
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 @Pradeep
 
 I  too  prefer  getting  frags  from  other  hobbyists...
 
 Gotta  check  out  with  the  hobbyists  in  Chennai
 
 Thanks
 
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psimhan  wrote:                
Honestly  guys,  why  is  everyone  thinking  I  was  planning  a  FO/  FOWLR  tank?
 Its  a  reef  for  sure.  Just  taking  my  time  over  it.
 @  Pironya  ,
 We  do  get  them  occasonally  in  blr  but  not  too  often.  Chennai  would  be  the  place  for  it.  Collect  from  hobbyists  if  you  dislike  buying  from  LFS.  I  am  prety  sure  that  the  hobbyists  have  all  the  best  corals  anyway.                

 well  you  had  mentioned  somewhere  in  your  early  posts  that  you  are  presently  planning  a  FOWLR  and  later  you  will  think  of  a  reef!
 anyways,
 only  thing  that  bugs  me  for  your  set-up  is  that  you  don't  have  a  sump  -  if  you  say  'a  full  blown  reef'  you  will  need  that  extra  bit  of  water  for  your  small  set-up.
 WRT  (with  regards  to)  lol!
 the  corals  -  wait  a  while  let  things  cool  down  -  don't  rush  it!
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 I  am  planning  a  sump  but  it  will  be  a  few  months  to  a  year  down  the  line.  Honestly  by  about  that  time,  I  am  looking  at  a  new  larger  tank  with  a  sump  and  the  works.  
 I  don't  really  mind  waiting  for  a  while  on  the  corals.  I  still  have  to  make  the  hood  -  its  a  DIY  project  and  it  has  been  a  while  since  I  did  woodwork  (high  school  if  I  can  remember  correctly).  
 I  am  planning  to  stick  to  PC  lights  for  now  because  MHs  will  wreak  havoc  on  temperatures  in  such  a  small  tank.  MHs  on  the  bigger  tank  possibly?  
 
 I  am  getting  some  snails,  caulerpa,  cheatomorpha,  and  a  couple  of  urchins  this  week.  Tank  looks  good,  no  parameters  because  the  guy  selling  me  my  SCWD  and  test  kits  messed  up  on  the  shipping.  It  ll  be  another  month  before  they  get  here.
 But  inverts  are  all  there,  and  swimming  around  at  night.  
 I  haven't  seen  any  trace  of  the  crabs  or  shrimp  since  I  got  the  LR.
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 Its  a  large  list  and  most  aquarists  will  know  what  a  WC  means  but  I  ve  included  the  most  common  terms  for  even  the  newbie  aquarist  who  reads  this  thread.                

 
 Thanks....    Smile  
 
 Though  I  know  a  few  mentioned  here,  it  is  good  to  know  the  rest
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:01 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Okay,  big  update  coming  up  in  a  bit.  
 I  just  got  a  shipment  of  snails,  macroalgae,  an  urchin  and  dare  I  say  it,  polyps  Smile
 Yes,  Some  palythoa  and  3  varieties  of  buttons.
 Please  don't  scold  me  Aquascapes  Smile
 Anyways  the  snails  are  not  too  active,  but  the  urchin  is  just  romping  around  the  tank  like  he  owns  it.  
 Surprisingly  the  palythoa  are  already  opening  up  and  I  thought  it'd  take  a  couple  of  days.  There  were  slight  problems  during  shipping  and  I  am  afraid  the  polyps  got  into  chemical  warfare  and  possibly  stung  each  other.
 
 I  have  way  too  many  snails  and  macroalgae  for  my  tank  so  some  of  it  will  have  to  go.  So  if  anyone  wants  some  macro  or  snails,  let  me  know.  I  have  Sargassum,  Chaeto,  and  a  few  other  varieties.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 2:45 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 I  need  some  macro  but  I  am  in  mumbai!  Can  anything  work  out?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:36 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

                                                   
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Please  don't  scold  me  Aquascapes                  

 That  is  ridiculous!  Why  should  I  scold  you    Chuckle  
 I  just  asked  you  to  go  slow  -  speed  kills!
 
                                                 
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There  were  slight  problems  during  shipping  and  I  am  afraid  the  polyps  got  into  chemical  warfare  and  possibly  stung  each  other                

 Do  you  mean  that  they  were  in  the  same  bag    Surprised  
 
                                                 
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but  the  urchin  is  just  romping  around  the  tank  like  he  owns  it.                  

 try  to  feed  it  with  corriender  leaves  or  lettuce  once  or  twice  a  week  or  your  macros  will  soon  disappear  along  with  your  coralline!
 the  coralline  will  however  spread  in  the  tank  but  not  your  macros.
 
                                                 
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I  have  way  too  many  snails  and  macroalgae  for  my  tank  so  some  of  it  will  have  to  go.  So  if  anyone  wants  some  macro  or  snails,  let  me  know.  I  have  Sargassum,  Chaeto,  and  a  few  other  varieties.                

 see  if  you  can  send  some  across  to  apurva  -  he  really  needs  it!
 and  Rajeev  is  looking  out  for  the  snails    Smile
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