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Old 11-04-2012, 01:02 AM   #16
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Hope that chaeto survives for you.

I'm a fan of the 50/50 in situations like these. But you obviously have to pick what fits your color preference.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:33 AM   #17
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Hope that chaeto survives for you.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:48 AM   #18
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Very cool, it is looking a lot like a saltwater tank.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:50 AM   #19
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Thanks, Green...

These shrimp have rather similar requirements, IE: High pH, etc, so yup, it looks like a salt water tank!

Hoping it's not as messy, though!

(I used to have marine aquaria, guess I'd like to have em again someday!)
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:03 PM   #20
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Since I stopped the airstone bubbling I've noticed occasional tiny bubbles being released from the live rock and sand. Guessing it's from the algae...

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Old 11-04-2012, 11:11 PM   #21
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thanks for the pics. the shrimp look very nice. I just hesitate at the idea of starting a brackish tank... too much work?
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:56 PM   #22
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So far not much more difficult than setting up a freshwater tank.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:25 AM   #23
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Ummmmmmm.... seems those cute little bubbles have turned into Diatoms.

Pretty typical in a new marine aquarium, wasn't expecting it in brackish.

Any idea if the Opae Ula will eat them? How about the MTS?
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:34 AM   #24
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Have just completed a roughly 25% water change. Probably not needed, but just in case...
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:59 AM   #25
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Okay... Room is dark, the Opae Ula and the MTS are on the sand grazing, the MTS leaving trails. A good thing, I'm thinking!

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Still not using the airstone...

The diatoms are loving the fluorescent lighting... they're pearling like crazy, assuming it's the actinic spectrum that does it. Is kind of fun watching the pearled diatoms catch rides to the water's surface where the bubbles are released... the diatoms and the sand grains raining back down to the ground.

The shrimp are doing well, too. Noted several fresh molts under their shared shelter this afternoon.

Seems the chaeto is growing. No pearling on it that I've noticed, though.
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I haven't been able to find chaeto that thrives in my brackish water yet. So if you've found a strain that can handle it, you may be on to something for HRS keepers!

I've seen folks have good luck with very few strains so yours is probably one of the hardier ones.
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I'm keeping a close eye on it. Will continue to post about it and everything else related to this tank.

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Hey Rob! I noticed you don't have any type of filtration, may I suggest a sponge filter? If you don't want too much movement attach a inline valve and turn it low. Once the sponge gets aged you'll notice the shrimp grazing on it. Food for thought (pun intended) e
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Hey E!

Have lots of experience with those. Been thinking of attaching a pre filter to the small HOB that came with the tank. The HOB has an adjustment knob on the intake. It's still sitting in it's box.

Just gotta get my hand in the tank and move the live rock on the left side. I do hate to disturb the critters, though.

(Luckily, the Opae Ula all congregate at the opposite end! Lol)

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