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  1. Wolve

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    Hi All

    i have heard alot about this great site and just joined.
    im pretty new at this only 3 months in and having all the newbie problems.
    currently have a 3 foot tank with 3 foot sump with dsb, cheato and skimmer in. 6 39 watt t5's on the tank. and just trying to get rid of algae for now :).
     
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    welcome wolve!! :thumbup:
     
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    Am I missing something here? What happened to all of the pics?!:lol:

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    hey wolve, great to have you join.

    Sounds like you have a basic grasp on things to start, the fact that you know what algae is and that you have a skimmer is a good place to begin:)

    If you are three months in, why not tell us what you ahve done so far and lets see if we can help you "burn off" the algae and get the nutrients downb a little.

    do you have any live stock yet, if so what.

    oh and are you plotting the water paraneters, its a great way to track the progress of your cycles.

    I am sure you will have lots of questions, the best way to get an understnading on whats happening in your little glass box is to ask us any question that come to mind. Masa has a great "brains trust" of experienced and helpful reefers, lets see if we can help u a little :)
     
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    YES WELCOM TO MASA WOLVE!!!!
    Ask the guys as much questions as you want and what you want. Be save than sorry!!!! You got the first step right to join masa.
     
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    Welcome to MASA Wolve! :)
     
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    Welcome to MASA Wolve, hope you enjoy it here with us. See you're from DBN, you can also join our East coast reefclub - it's free, and we have a meeting every last Thursday of the month - one of the committee members can fill you in a bit more.

    To get back to the tank, please post some pictures about the tank and the sump.
    In order to assist we also need your parameters as well. Do you have livestock in at the moment?

    If you haven't read the link in my signature please do so as there is some great info for beginners.

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    Wolve

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    thanks very much everyone for the great welcome.

    i need to get some updated parameters will try to post tmr heres some pics for now.
    sorry for the *** quality im not too great with the camera.

    my lights 6 x 39 watt T5
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    tank at the end of cycle
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    current FTS
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    skimmer not too bad (aqua excel)
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    Wolve

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    some inmate shots :)
    livestock
    3x false percs
    1x green chromis
    1x scopas tang
    1x blue cheek goby
    1x cleaner shrimp
    5x local snails
    1x red starfish
    1x crocea clam about 5cms

    1x hammer coral
    1x brain coral
    1x toadstool leather
    1x cauliflower coral
    1x green ric
    some local polyps

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    Wolve

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    clam pic taken in the morning so if was a bit lazy to pose :)
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  20. Tobes

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    That is quite a lot of livestock for a tank only 3 months old :( - too much in my opinion. OK, here are my thoughts:

    Blue cheek gobies can only be introduced after the tank matured for a year or so as they sieve the substrate for critters and other goggos and not fish poo as some people think. It will look like he's eating, but he won't get any nutrition and will slowly starve to death. You'll need to feed him meaty frozen foods and hope he accepts it. The same for the sea star - you need to target feed him.
    A 3 foot tank is also too small for a tang as they need a lot of swimming space. He won't be happy and will quickly grow too large.
    3 clowns in a 3 foot may be looking for trouble as clown can be very territorial and will fight. Two should be OK if they're a mated pair.
    Your calcium and kH levels needs to be perfect to keep the clam happy.
     
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    Wolve

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    hi Tobes, thanks very much for the comments. when i say three months i mean 3 months since the cycle which was about 7 or 8 weeks i think. so that makes it about 5 months now.
    The blue cheek eats food from the water column and even from the water surface i feed him/her omega one pellets and marine mix, i even bury some pellets in the substrate that he picks up when he shifts.
    As for the tang he is very little and i will be upgrading to a 5 foot tank in the next few months so he will get plenty of space :).
    The clowns are captive breed and get along very well havent seen them fight not once.
    Since iv added the clam i have been dosing Kalk to the system via the ATO.

    i will post some parameters tmr for everyone to let me know if all is going well.
     

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