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  1. leebca

    Good Bye

    October 31st will be the last day I will moderate the forum I currently am assigned. Most of November and December I will be in Europe and then in 2013 my time will be split between China and India on behalf of my work. I will not respond to posts after that date. From now until then I will...
  2. leebca

    Cloudy Eye(s) in Marine Fish

    FISH WITH CLOUDY EYE(S) I get enough questions about a fish with cloudy eye(s) that it's worth a sticky I will refer to. Beats having to write it out each time I get the inquiry. One Cloudy Eye The single cloudy eye can be due to a (A) bacterial infection (highest probability), an (B)...
  3. leebca

    Melafix and Pimafix -- How They Don't Work

    It was the end of my third day at InterZoo 2006 in Nuremberg, GERMANY. Part of my objective for going there was to obtain information regarding fish medications. I had the opportunity to speak with people in the (large and impressive) Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Inc. (API) booth. I had a long...
  4. leebca

    Lymphocystis - Info and Treatment

    Many hobbyists have come across this viral infection. I thought I'd provide some general information and what the hobbyist should do. Lymphocystis is a common viral infection of ornamental marine (and freshwater) fishes, caused by a number of related viruses. Most hobbyists refer to this as...
  5. leebca

    fed properly/proper nutrition

    FED PROPERLY/PROPER NUTRITION I used these words in various posts and, in the future, the words will appear as a link to this post. It’s to explain what I mean. Hobbyists misunderstand what it means when it is written that their fish must be fed properly and receive the proper nutrition...
  6. leebca

    Cleaner Fishes and Invertebrates -- Picky Fishes!

    Many marine fishes act like cleaner fish. Besides the obvious fishes specialized to be cleaner fish, there are quite a number of other fish which will 'pick' at other fish. The fish being cleaned seems to 'ask for it' by striking a submissive pose (aiming its dorsal fin away from the cleaner...
  7. leebca

    Curing Fish of Marine Ich

    Curing Fish of Marine Ich :evil: Intro There are several posts and threads in this Forum which describes the disease, choices for the cure, and the process to cure marine fishes of Marine Ich (Cryptocaryon irritans). It seems like a lot to read and it can get confusing. So here’s a “short”...
  8. leebca

    Small Black Smudges on your Anemonefish?

    Hyper-Melaninization Those small black smudges on the Anemonefish are reactions of the fish coming into contact with a marine lifeform that is irritating their skin. The result is the condition known as Hyper-Melaninization. You can find sample photos of fishes with this condition on the...
  9. leebca

    How To Feed Macro Alage to Marine Fishes

    BACKGROUND I guess I’ve taken it for granted that people know how to feed macro algae to their Tangs, Rabbitfishes, Angels, etc. The hobbyist is probably familiar with seeing the local fish store (LFS) feeding their fishes. But that is a one-shot visual observation. Unfortunately, most LFSs...
  10. leebca

    Formalin Treatment - Marine Fishes

    INTRO It’s getting harder to find a good reference for performing a Formalin bath treatment for marine fishes. I’ve run out of them, to tell you the truth. Ones I used are no longer posted. So, I thought I would share with the reader how I perform a Formalin bath treatment. It should work...
  11. leebca

    Making Wild Fish Illegal

    I'm putting this issue to the reader in the form of a poll. Choose the statement that you most agree with. [NOTE: I call Anemonefishes, Anemonefishes, not by their slang term, clowns.] No one can deny the popularity of 'Nemo' in the marine aquarium hobby. Since the movie came out in 2003, it...
  12. leebca

    Marine Depot Scratch & Dent Sale

    Marine Depot, sponsors of many web forums and marine clubs, has a medium to good return policy. Once the product is opened, it is no longer sold as new. Recently they now offer the returned goods to the walk-in public to buy. All merchandise is "As is." Only dry goods are offered for sale...
  13. leebca

    The UV -- For U and ME

    UV (for U and ME) The Questions I don’t wish to make this a long sticky post, but. . .you know me by now. :) I’ve been asked more than a few times about the use of an ultraviolet (UV) unit in marine aquarium systems. “Should I use one?” “Does it kill diseases?” “Will it cure diseases?”...
  14. leebca

    Time Commitment to the Hobby - Poll

    The time commitment to the hobby is wide and varied. I thought it might be interesting to see what amount of time you spend in the hobby. For some who haven't thought about this, this could be an eye opener. :eek: I want first of all to keep the poll relating to FOWLR systems. Since that is...
  15. leebca

    My New Fish Won't Eat! Tips

    MY NEW FISH WON'T EAT INTRO This phrase is heard much too often. I understand hobbyists that by online fishes and receiving them only to find out they are not eating (despite promises from the shipper/supplier). I understand people who buy marine fishes that were told the fish was eating...
  16. leebca

    PMs May Go Unanswered

    I appreciate those of you who have problems, concerns or need help with your marine fish. I know that when one of my fishes is 'off' I get a little sick in my own stomach followed by anxiety. ;) I receive many personal messages by e-mail -- these are PMs -- seeking information and/or help...
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    The Census of Marine Life

    I know that this post is not directly about fish keeping or our home marine systems, but it is for informational purposes only. I wish only that you be aware of a very large project. In 2000 the question was posed, “What lives in the ocean?” A simple question with an extremely extensive...
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    What Size Tank for that Marine Fish?

    INTRO You want to know what is the appropriate sized display aquarium for a particular marine fish. You look it up. You find books; you find Forums; you find on-line marine fish sources; you ask your LFS; and you ask around. You get about a minimum of 3 and up to 10 different...
  19. leebca

    Proving once again. . .

    Sorry for beginning this post with an abstract perception, but I thought it would be the best kind of introduction. So many times there is posted a marine hobby question that can only be answered 'it depends.' It's the favorite response to most hobbyist's questions. It isn't always just...
  20. leebca

    Holiday Ideas

    Happy Holidays to all! 'Tis the season for many occasions. Just a short post to keep things going and in line with your marine systems: 1. Keep maintenance up. Don't get so into the 'spirit' that you neglect your pets. 2. You'd like to show off your marine system and inhabitants to holiday...
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