problem snail ?

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  1. Richard

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    Hi there
    Just started my first marine tank and after placing some live rock to perform the first cycle this little guy popped out of the live rock.
    Is he going to be a problem or can I leave him in the tank.
    See attached pic.
     
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  3. Manic

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    Welcom to MASA.
    I don't see a pic though. Was the image smaller than 200Kb?
     
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    and now?
     

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    Doesn't look like a problem snail to me but you might have problems with the crushed coral later on. Cool hitch hiker though. How big is it?

    Try posting the pic by using the quick upload button on the right of the screen when you post cos it a lot of people wont download the excel file to view it.
     
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    Hi Richard :welcome7: to MASA - why dont you tell us alittle more about your tank dimensions and current setup and where you wanna be with it in say a year? Corals or fish only? Equipment skimmers lights pumps?
     
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    Stomella, great hitchhiker. :)
     
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    Yep! Its a keeper, and will usually multiply. They don't like light so you will usually see them at night, and when the lights come on they will take off to go hide.
     
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    Hey Richard welcome to Masa...
     
  11. Richard

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    Thank you for the help.

    I have a small setup
    1200 x 550 x 450
    900 x 300 x 300 sump tank
    Protein Skimmer
    Fluidised bed filter
    bio balls
    2 x 54 watt T5 plus a bit more from a T4 unit that i cant get bulbs for at the moment

    At the moment I am busy with the first cycle with some live rock.
    I am planning to start with the simple stuff first. ie 2 x clown fish and live rock for starters with easy to keep leather corals and an anemone somewhere in the future.

    I have a small carbon filter (air driven).
    Should I run this a few days a month?
    Read about doing this but still not sure.

    I have hair curlers in the overflow of the tank in addition to the bio balls in the sump.
    I have been told to rinse the bio balls off in hot water every two weeks or so to prevent the build up if nitrate. Would this be the right thing to do ?

    What problems should I expect with the crushed coral ?
     
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    The crushed coral will collect a lot of ditrus and could cause nitrate problems if not cleaned that often. The bio-balls and hair curlers are bad though. Rather remove them and replace with a dsb or live rock. They just gonna cause problems and extra work.
     
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    I was using the crushed coral is in the pic, I had to replace it with super fine substrate after 5 months. Huge nitrate issues. I now have 4-5 inches of sand and no nitrate issues.
     
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    Welcome Rich!
    I also have 1 of those as a hitch hiker but only seen him like 3x in 4 or 5 months now
     
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    As said, chuck the bio balls and hair curlers .... best doing this now so you will not have to disrupt your system in future because the time WILL come when your "nitrate factory" (ie bio balls and curlers) becomes an issue .... systems sounds great, looking forward to following its progress :)
     
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    Richard please post a full tank and sump pic....
     
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    GREAT ID! Thanks Warr! YES - it is indeed a stomatella snail! AWESOME addition to the cleanup vrew!
     
  18. Richard

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    Thank you for the advice.
    I will remove the bio balls and curlers tomorrow.

    I currently get my water from the 2 oceans aquarium. (sea water, not mixed water)
    How long can I keep it (in a sealed plastic container)in order to do a water change at a later stage?
    and if so what is the best way to store it.
     
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