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  1. Playapixie

    Bubble algae in ponape birdsnest: help

    Help: I’ve never had Much of a problem with bubble algae (if I had it, it wasn’t that much of a hassle and was in places I could remove.) But now it’s taken over a ponape birdsnest, and because of the delicate tiny coral structures, it’s impossible to get it out, and it’s smothered half of this...
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    Radion upgrade: to, or not to? To G3, G3P, G4, G4P?

    Hey all, question regarding coloration/“pop” improvement with Ecotech Radion upgrade options. I’ve been running a G1 Radion for something like 6 years over my 34 gallon Solana. I’m pretty satisfied with output, and the spread is acceptable, corals grow fine, so no real “problems.” But I’ve...
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    Sprung's "The Reef Aquarium", which volume first?

    I've had Sprung's "The Reef Aquarium" series on my Amazon wish list for a long time, but Santa doesn't appear to use Amazon, so I may have to take matters into my own hands. But oh, they are so expensive! So...which book would you purchase first, and why? Considering v 1 or 3 for starters...
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    New RO/DI filter from Barrier Reef came with minimal directions...pointers?

    I took advantage of the Barrier Reef Aquariuams holiday sale today and purchased their RO/DI filter unit. It came boxed, but there is no manual, only one sheet of paper with a couple sketches and very minimal instructions. I have never seen one of these plumbed up close before nor have I ever...
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    Tank crashing and possible palytoxin poisoning :-(

    I am hopeful that I have have staved off a complete disaster in my 2.5 year old 34 gallon Salona reef, but both my tank and possibly myself are now recovering from paly poisoning. Here's what happened: A lot of blue protopalythoa have been taking over several of the rocks in my tank. I've...
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    What do you call the clips that hold a glass top on a rimless tank?

    I have tried searching multiple marine store websites for the little clips that old the glass top on a rimless tank, but either I can't think of the right term to search on, or no-one sells them, and how can that be? I want to add a top to my rimless frag tank to cut down on evaporation...
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    Help! Getting rid of palythoa polyps?

    Help! I wish I'd never put any of these polyps in my tank, as now they've taken over far more than I ever intended. I think they are a blue palythoa or protopalythoa. From what I've been reading online I'm highly suspicious that this is the sort of paly that could be very toxic...
  8. Playapixie

    Coral Frags, Seattle, trade or sell, some free!

    Lord Of The Rings zoanthids, big and pretty, 4-10 heads/frag, $20-30 Silver Xenia $10 Sprung's Stunner Chalice (ORA), small $10 (super fast grower!) Liam's Clove Polyps, $20 (fluoresce lime green and yellow/orange) Pink Pulsing Xenia, FREE Kenya Tree, small FREE Finger leathers, small FREE Buy...
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    Aquaclear 30 HOB Power filter, almost new

    Aquaclear 30 hang-on-back power filter. I used this for 2 weeks on my frag tank but have downsized to the Aquaclear 20 (better fit for my little system). Practically new. $20 Capitol Hill/Seattle Let me know if you're interested. Will consider trades for frags or a nano skimmer or a small...
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    Most cost-effective tests?

    Has anyone done a comparison of the different brands of tests on a per-test basis? It's easy to see from looking at prices which kits cost less, but not so easy to see how many tests can be done with one kit. I'd love to see breakdowns on a per-test basis. Also curious if people really think...
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    Tenacious flatworms!

    I recently took over care of a little 12 gallon Fluval Edge reef that belongs to my friend's daughter while she travels the world for the next year. It was in quite a frightful state of algae & cyanobacteria when it came to me (its last babysitter neglected it severely), but after a couple of...
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    Various coral frags

    My nanos are out of room and I have some frags to share: Large gorgeous colony of Lord Of The Rings Zoanthids on a piece of live rock, well over 100 polyps, $250 (my original frag was from here: http://cultivatedreef.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=19_3&product_id=94 and he sells...
  13. Playapixie

    Clownfish won't eat, showing gills

    Help please, One of the ocellaris clownfish in my tank stopped eating yesterday and is showing gills. His breathing does not seem rapid, and otherwise he doesn't seem to be acting any differently than usual. The other two fish in the tank (another ocellaris and a tailspot blenny) seem fine...
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    Yasha Goby--starved?

    I got a Yasha Goby in the beginning of November, paired with a Randall's Pistol Shrimp. He was in my quarantine for 5 weeks and didn't show any signs of illness. He was quite shy even in quarantine, though. He lasted about 3 months in my Solana 34, and died the other day. I'm pretty sure he...
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    Bubble Tip Anemone under LED?

    I've been researching BTA's and am tipping towards the yes column. However, one of the local fish stores told me today that BTA's only do well under metal hallide, and don't do well under LED. I have the Ecotech Radion now and my corals have never been happier. What do you think?
  16. Playapixie

    Mini-maxi anemone hiding in a cave

    For the most part, my mini-maxi nems stay where I put them. However, one of them (after months of being satisfied in the spot I placed it in) decided to tour the local region. After being unable to spot it for over a week, I finally found it in a dark cave at the bottom of my tank. It's color...
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    My Solana 34 at 6 months

    My Solana 34 at 6 Months :-) IMG_0311 by Playapixie, on Flickr IMG_0315 by Playapixie, on Flickr IMG_0318 by Playapixie, on Flickr IMG_0309 by Playapixie, on Flickr Build thread at: http://www.reeffrontiers.com/forums/f70/playapixies-solana-34-build-first-saltwater-tank-60914/
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    What in the *bleep* is this? Outbreak on glass in quarantine tank...?

    OK, puzzled! I have two clowns that are at week 7.5 in an isolation/quarantine tank. They were treated with Cupramine for Marine Ich for the first 3 weeks, and have been the picture of health/spot-free for the past month. They were just there waiting for the display tank to go fish-less for 8...
  19. Playapixie

    Lens/camera/flash/gear...?

    I've been into photography for a long time and reefing for a very short time, but am excited to combine the two. I finally got around to playing with some photography techniques last night, and have come to the sad conclusion that I need a macro lens. So... What lenses are you using well, and...
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    Help: Ich? Should I quarantine & treat? Questions re: quarantine...

    Hi all, A few nights ago when my lights dimmed to all-blue for dusk, I noticed fine white spots on one of my two juvenile Ocellaris Clowns. They were really only visible under blue lights. The fish have been acting perfectly normal and they have been in my tank about a week and a half. She...
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