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Padda's pal

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  1. Thanks. Maybe you can help me understand this a bit more. I'm not very good at water chemistry. So if this is phosphate in my tank and it does sound as if that is the problem, why am I not having the same trouble in my nano? Not a trace of any algae in there except the coralline. Or should I expect to start having trouble there too? I just like to be prepared. Now the plan here until I can get a skimmer would be to do more wc , to use a product like Phosban and manual removal of all bubble algae? impossible to say what the nano's doing but if coralline growing well that would suggest a low Po4 as it inhibits it, testing water would always be first option to know whats happening although Po4 tests are notoriously hard to read i have the high sensitivity Merck/D&D test even this isn't the easiest to distinguish between colours, reckon skimmer would make your life alot easier
  2. reason i'm saying phosphate is because you are having trouble with algae and your nitrate is low, also high phosphate slows cheato growth while other algae love it, maybe you could take a sample of your water to be tested bubbles been popped will spread algae but to grow needs food, myself i would do a big clear out then run some phos remover or you could look into dosing vodka but youd need a skimmer if you were a bit closer i have a spare skimmer
  3. Cheers Koko am hopeing to get a good bit done this weekend a friend has all my harder to keep corals so am busting to get them back
  4. No I don't have a skimmer on it but the nitates are always o or undetectable on the test. That is probably because the tank is a 29 gallon and only has a cleaner shrimp and a small cleanup crew. I am very understocked. I have adapted an aquaclear 110 which is filled to the brim with live sand and live rock rubble and chaetomorpha. I also have a canister eheim filter and the media baskets also contain only live rock and live sand. Plus I do weekly water changes and I syphon off any debris I see on the rocks and sand. phosphate is the main one for algae growth, you could run some rwoaphos to lower it, how often are you harvesting your Cheato ?
  5. Hope this is allowed but heres my tank build http://www.ultimatereef.net/forums/showthread.php?t=379211
  6. emeralds wont kill and eat fish, prob as Koko says gorillas got stung by a dwarf fuzzy lionfish hurt a fair bit and arm looked like a rugby ball have a mate that was stung by a cataphyllia and he still has small rash like marks but i have touched same coral and nothing ?
  7. if you use good salt and do weekly water changes unless you go stoney coral heavey you wont need to worry about dosing calcium, mag, alk buffer reef is harder to keep then fish only softy tanks not much harder then a fish only LPS again the majority not much harder then a softy tank SPS tanks raise the bar a good bit also hard to meet the demands of all the different ocupents myself i dont buy any full size corals i get frags and grow them and seeing this i find most rewarding part
  8. how are your parameters, seems odd that everything else fine, are you getting them from same supplier ?
  9. GPS puffers start fresh then into brackish and then full marine, also a no no in a small tank (to messy) anyroad as for a 10 gallon tank i would go for no fish in it bit of live rock and soft corals live Zoas i kept a tank like this and loved it, bigger is easier but cost go up, as i understock and spend money when its needed to be spent and do the mainteance needed i have a hassle free time with my marine tank
  10. still have 3 they are growing well these pics are old and i will get some up to date pics and put them on
  11. Hiya i live near Stansted airport (not far from cambridge) if there is something i can do to help just let me know
  12. you have a point Devs, only have 3 now but they are eating well and seem to be growing i will get some more pics
  13. so Hows the feeding going ?
  14. Thanks ellnbea i now have 5 little fellas mainly holding on to sides but also a bit of swimming, i have a brine shrimp hatchery running right now and am going to try fed them tomorrow, i have moved them to a little tank as haveing problems with the big goldys trying to eat them through the breeding trap. Sorry about quality of pic but this is some of the eggs
  15. got up for work this morning and i saw my common goldys spawing in the java fern i could see some eggs, but i had to go to work when i got home i could only see a few eggs (i would say alot got ate) i put 10 eggs in a breeding trap and am going to see how i get on i have bred other egg layers before but not goldys so am looking forward to seeing them grow (with a bit of luck)
  16. i appreciate all input but kinder i cant seem to find your point i read it twice and still no wiser are you just saying you agree with d golem ? Ps loinhead What puggirl is saying is not far from the way i thought it was; but given that things might be different for different countrys i thought of a plan for me to find out for UK i am going to find out how they judge them and there terminology
  17. i do like the terminology you use and it makes sense (I think ) would the one in you sig be a SVR ?
  18. what you seem to be missing is i'm not asking if its ok to give them other names i want to know the officially correct termanology, an insult to every breeder ? not sure where your going with that statment and i think its a bit stronger then what we are talking about and nothing to do with what we are talking about i am not trying to cause confuseion i'm trying to stop it, note the fact there called chinese ranchu !!
  19. to meet criteria as you might already know most sea fish have to be over a certain size other wise you have to put them back the reason is to give every fish the chance to spawn at least once (a good idea) also fish has to be a tasty
  20. Sorry i forgot to say thanks for your opinions and im sure we will find something we can all agree on
  21. Looks very good, i am a tattoo fan and would like to see how these turn out and if you do ranchus
  22. i also fish (sea) but eat my catch if it falls into criteria How do you catch the fish that you keep and put in tank ?
  23. i know they are quite different fish and agree they have been breed differently but what i want to know is a lionhead and a ranchu the same fish just bred for difference looks and if i should (in theory) be calling a lionhead a lionhead ranchu, a ranchu a Japanese ranchu and collectively inclueding all cross breeds simply a RANCHU Is there a official stance on this as there quite often seems to be confusion and no set answer ? i know at the end of the day theres a difference as ranchus (Japanese) are my favourite goldfish where as im not as fond of lionheads still like them but prefer other goldfish !
  24. To my understanding at one point all ranchus looked pretty much like what we now call a lionhead but the Japanise like went for no wren and curved back and the chinise stuck with the big wren and straight which made the ranchu look different depending on wether it was chinise (lionhead) or japanise (ranchu). as such that all lionheads are ranchus, which means a ranchu with a big wren and straight back is a lionhead ranchu and a ranchu with no wren and a curved back are japanise ranchus !! i would like you imput on this guys
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