does my live rock look healthy to you ?

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  1. Ginger

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    hi guys, i need your advise.
    my tank has been running now for 8 months and the live rock is not looking so good anymore,is this rock still healthy for my tank?
    i also found 2 snails on the rocks, should i take them out or leave them there? i circled the one picture of the snail on the rock.They not that big yet, but dont want any problems.

    ps: all my water parameters are in order.

    Thanks:)







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    It looks fine. Why do the water drop into the tank that high? It will cause a lot of salt creep. Put the pipe either just just under the water line or a little deeper, but then drill a small hole just above the water line. The reason is if the power trips, then there will be no run-back/siphoning of water to the sump, causing a flood. It's called a pee hole :p
     
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    why is your return up in the air creating bubbles in you DT?
     
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    Are you running a cannister filter?
     
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    vincentputter I love Nayn cat!

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    How much did you pay for your Clown fish?
     
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    You might want to check that clown of yours for fin rot, it's either the picture or his back tail fin is badly rotting?
     
  8. Ginger

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    with regards to the water dropping into the tank that high question. when i bought the clip on skimmer the guy at the fish store set i must let the water drop in like that, ive attached a picture of my skimmer and pump setup. i will stop the water dropping into the tank like that as i now understand it can cause salt creep. thanks for the heads up :)

    about the black stuff on my clown fish. its been like that since it was a baby, could it be fin rot ? or maybe it was born with black on its tail? i paid R250 for it

    and about the 2 snails in my tank?

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    vincentputter I love Nayn cat!

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    I saw this type of clown fish going for R160 @ Pet juncktion.
     
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    Closer pic of his tail please?
     
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    this is the closest pics of the clowns tail i could get.

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    Your clown looks fine to me. Mine has always had black markings on its fins too.

    Your live rock will change in appearance throughout it's life in your tank. Sometimes it'll be green, sometimes pink and sometimes with corals growing on it. The purpose of the LR is to provide a porous/semi-porous medium in your tank which aerobic and anaerobic bacteria can colonise, so as to complete the nitrogen cycle, converting ammonia to nitrite and then to the less poisonous nitrate. Nitrate is converted to nitrogen in the deepest anaerobic regions of your live rock and deep sand bed. Do you have a sump with a dsb?
     
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    hey thanks everyone for all the help so far ! :)
    umm nope i dont have a sump because im staying in a flat and space is limited at the moment. but i am planning to invest in one .
     
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    Did you mark the water level of the tank at the correct capacity vs salinity? How do you top up evaporation water? And with what?
    BTW, those swing arm hydrometers are not accurate, see if you can invest in a decent refractometer.
     
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    agree must have been the pic, clown looks fine :)
     
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    Yeah your liverock looks fine. Good algae growth. You could buy another piece but Tongan liverock to add different algae and bacteria if you want. I decided to use both Kenyan and Tongan liverock in my tank for that very reason ;)

    As for the snails well they are all good but the small ones in your pictures could end up being ZOA eating ones. I noticed in my tank a small snail who had lodged itself inside a colony of my green ZOA's. I left it at first but later I noticed a few of the ZOA's closed all the time and decided to remove the snail. If you have other corals you might want to keep an eye on them then in that case but from what I can see from your pictures you dont have any corals so you should be fine sir :thumbup:
     
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    thanks guys , ill definitely follow all your advice given.
    and yep i have marked the water level for correctly for salinity vs capacity.
    and i always use RO water for my top ups .
     
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