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post #121 of 149 (permalink) Old 03-26-2013, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hey thanks. I can tell you this it's hard to keep a SW tank this size stable pretty sure with all the evaporation I been getting this tank is going to be a ship wreck soon.
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Still got that little guy but he only comes out when the lights go out. Think I'll just take him and the coral to the lfs for store credit. I'm still debating to take it down or leave it up or do a FW planted tank. I just don't like sticking my hand in this tank to work on it who knows what's hiding in the live rock.
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Well my fish vanished because I can't find him nowhere even moved the LR a little to see if he would come out but nothing that's weird. I just want to let anybody thinking of starting a nano SW tank that they should start with something bigger first and decide later if this is for them. This tank is pretty hard to keep stable and it don't help with out a lid.

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Well my fish vanished because I can't find him nowhere even moved the LR a little to see if he would come out but nothing that's weird. I just want to let anybody thinking of starting a nano SW tank that they should start with something bigger first and decide later if this is for them. This tank is pretty hard to keep stable and it don't help with out a lid.

Check the surrounding area, he might have gone carpet-surfing if something spooked him.

Reef Tanks require a special view of its life-cycle and the diverse eco-system it contains. I know with Fresh Water I could look at any small invasive fauna and just go "Eh" and get rid of it. With Saltwater though there is a large diversity which first fascinated me. There's little surprises in all LR you obatin such as:
-Sponges
-Feather Dusters
-Corals
-Tube Worms
-Mamma Mia Worms
-Bristle Worms
-Aptasia
-Gorgonians
-Barnacles
-Clams
-Mantis Shrimp
-Amphipods
-Copepods
-Hairy Crabs
-Decorator Crabs
-Macro Algae
-Snails
-Mini Stars

and the list could go on forever. I feel like Newman took a little bit of an extremist approach on the dangers of these fauna. Almost none of these will do any harm and none of these cause serious damage. Now if you have sensitive skin, you will get irritation and some burning sensation if you touch LPS corals, but if you have skin tougher than a baby....THEY WILL NOT STING YOU I got stung once from my frogspawn, thought I was going to die..... still alive, go me. After that I can swirl LPS between my finger tips like batons without feeling it. But the Zoanthid toxins are a serious danger, but only if you plan on fragging them.

I say stick with it but if you don't wanna put in the extra effort than you can tear it down. You're doing a good job so far though!

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Also did a quick search and here is your local Marine Aquarium Club http://www.austinreefclub.com/

or there is also a southern Texas one too if that works better but you can just google search that one. If your local club is anywhere as supportive as the one in Minnesota then you'll be good.

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Hey thanks. I did look around the area but didn't see the little guy. Maybe my peppermint shrimp took him out?
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Hey thanks. I did look around the area but didn't see the little guy. Maybe my peppermint shrimp took him out?
Np,

I would highly doubt it. If anything it might have died of natural causes and the peppermints ate the corpse. Otherwise you would be surprised out how well some fish can hide. They can sometimes disappear for weeks and reappear for no apparent reason.

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He didn't jump out because I moved everything. Tired of evaporation in the 3g picotope reef, so what did I do?

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If you don't want any evaporation then you'll have to add a piece of acrylic or glass over the aquarium. Or you can get an ATO which on a tank that size means very infrequent needs to top off your aquarium.

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I just wanted something a little bigger because the 3g was starting to tick me off now I'll have a little more room for error.
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with saltwater it really is all about patience. I had a 12 gallon biocube set up for 5 years with a mated pair of clownfish and various soft corals and it was slow to start. You wont have a "finished" looking tank after a few months unless you have tons of money for corals. The best advice I can give is to just be persistent. It seems like every few days you want to scrap it or change it or something just get it stable start with easy corals like zoanthids or mushrooms and pay close attention to top off.

Did you ever find your fish btw? a pistol shrimp/goby combo would be awesome in a tank that size
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No I didn't find the fish. I took down the picotope and moved everything to new 10g tank in the pic I posted above.
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Wife came home with this last night.

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