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  1. MarjoleinJ

    MarjoleinJ

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    The start...

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    Filled with water, live rock and base rock, here we go!

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    Massive green hair algae bloom:blush:

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    The first occupants to help with the algae - 1 algae blenny and 2 blue-legged hermit crabs

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    The second lot of occupants: 2 common clowns, about 1.5cm long at the moment:)

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    Latest additions: 1 Bangaii cardinal

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    And one cleaner shrimp

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    The tank at 7 weeks, algae looking better, so far so good:)

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    Some of the life on the liverock - are those feather dusters and ??tube worms?
     
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  3. Lizid

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    How long did you cycle you tank before you added fish and stuff?

    I have also just started but I am three weeks into the cycle...
     
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    Wow you have more livestock than me at 7 months... My cycle alone lasted 4 months...

    Guess I am being overly cautious haha
     
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    In my algae ridden tank of the past I battled with Hair algae. Few ways to get rid of it. Siphon it off, use decent RO water (I was getting RO which was worse quality than the tap water), skim skim skim and phosphate remover. Not sure which one helped the most as I did this all at once.

    Rather be cautious if you are starting out. This hobby is about patience first and foremost.
     
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    In your display, do you have any other extra flow pumps? Or only the return pump?
     
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    Hi there and welcome to the forum :thumbup:

    Just some questions....how long did you cycle your tank before introducing the Blennie and the hermits? Then how long before you added the clowns and Banggai Cardinal?

    On that note Banggai Cardinals are shoaling fish. I am not sure what the others on here would say regarding keeping a lone fish. I would suggest getting it a buddy at some stage :)

    As for your question regarding the last photo. Well yes those are tubeworms I can see. Congrats!
     
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    :welcome7: I agree with Shaun you should get the Banggai Cardinal a buddy or two.
     
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    I know this is off topic but in regards to the Banggai Cardinals. I have had two in my tank for around a year and a half now. Could I add a newer one now and take the number in my tank to three? I would think the older two might pick on the newer one or would there be no problems?

    Thanks ahead of time ;)
     
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    Banggai Cardinals are normally placid & don't think it should be a problem if you add another one or two, there might be a little bickering at first but I'm sure they'll be ok.
     
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    Thanks for that :thumbup:

    I was thinking along those lines :whistling:
     
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    Banggai can gang up against other, especially when one pair paired up. They can take out the other. Best is to have one male and one female. As young they do not bother each other. Only when they reach sexual maturity.
     
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    I was just reading about sexing Cardinals and how to look out for their "nodes" under their bellies. So let me see if I find anything :p

    Thanks for the advice Riaan :thumbup:
     
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    I thought they would be ok as when I had some in my previous tank I had no issues even if I introduced them months apart.
     
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    trouble starts once they start breeding. Or they think about doing the deed.
     
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    Thank you for the feedback everyone. I added the Blenny and the Crabs after about 4 and a half weeks. We tested the water first and had it tested at the LFS. Then I waited 2 weeks before adding the rest.
    For the algae, I am using a Phosphate remover, skimming and physically removing some as well. It does seem to be getting better slowly.
    Riaan - no other flow pumps only the 2 return pumps that come standard with the tank, and the skimmer pump.

    With regards to the cardinal the LFS said that one should be ok. From what I've read there seem to be lots of different opinions about keeping just one. I'll do some more reading and definately consider getting a bubby in a little while.:)
     
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    not sure how much flow the 2 returns are giving you, but I would look into adding 1 or 2 small Seio pumps for more flow as well. Else detritus will settle in the tank, before going over the overflow while still in suspension. Although too much flow and you end up with sand storms.
     
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    Thanks Riaan:), will look into this.
     
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    The pumps that @Gesiggie have in her display seem very nice.
    Magnet mounted
    360 degree adjustable
    Adjustable flow

    Maybe she can comment on how they have doing?
     
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    @Bendor, @Marjolein
    The flow pumps I have in my display are two Seio Prop 320's
    They work like a charm and was under R250 from Dorry's last year. I have sufficient flow when placed correctly to cover all the rockwork, but I do occasionally tweak them a bit as the corals grow and gets bothered too much

    No, The flow can not be adjusted

    According to box:
    Magnet mount included
    Ceramic shaft
    Ceramic rotor bearing
    High flow rate
    Energy efficient
    Prop impeller rotor

    Do bear in mind that this is a small Cube 45x45x40 (approx - cannot remember exact dimensions). Whilst 2 pumps are quite enough, I am sometimes tempted to add a third, just to stir things up a bit :)
     
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    Hi and Welcome to MASA.
     
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