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  1. skipm

    Happy 4th of July

    I want to wish all of you a safe and happy 4th.
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    What Do You Want to Discuss?

    What are some of the topics you want to see discussed here?
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    Sandbed or No? Give me your opinions

    Kinda wanting someone to play devils advocate here. On my next nano I am trying to decide whether to go bare bottom or sandbed. I know BB is easier to clean but to me a sandbed looks better and with a few nassarious snails cleaning is not a big deal. Try to convince me one way or the other.
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    Our 5-Gal Critter tank

    From what I've read the Hawaiian shrimp are brackish water not salt water shrimp. Everything else sounds okay as long as the worms and stars don't outgrow your tank.
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    Please help, is this an 6, 8 or 12 gal. Nano Cube?

    The display part is probably around 9 gallons with the other 3 in the rear area.
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    Office 4g

    They can be kept together as long as they can be kept far enough apart so that their sweeper tentacles can't reach each other.
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    Small crab and SPS life together(200 x microscope observati)

    I think that is an acro crab, they live in acropora colonies.
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    BC29 -- Advice on Next Steps for SPS

    If your having cal/alk problems you should probably start using something to supplement them, you could use a 2 part additive like ESVs B Ionic or use kalkwasser in your top off water. It doesn't make a lot of difference on the chamber order, I would stay with the way you have it though. Stay...
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    Need advice from experts please. I'm a total NOOBSTER

    There are many good books on aquarium keeping. Delbeek/Sprung are great references but might be too lengthy for a novice reefer. try looking up "The Nano Reef Handbook" by Chris Brightwell, "Mini Aquariums" by David E. Boruchowictz (Has both FW and SW info), "The Natural Reef Aquarium" by...
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    Salinity way over chart

    You will have to add more FW to get the salinity down, only water evaporates and not salt so your salt level will only increase with evaporation. Since you have an empty tank you can just remove water and replace it with FW, if it had livestock in the tank you would have to make the changes...
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    Salt forming along seam of tank wall-how do I repair a leak?

    There are many videos demonstrating resealing an aquarium on you tube. You will need to completely drain the tank prior to resealing.
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    feeding corals

    Most corals also benefit from regular feedings of one or two times weekly. Do a little research on whats in your tank and feed them food of the appropriate size and type.
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    Which nano for seahorses? Opinions needed ASAP

    I'm not familiar with the tanks you list but keep in mind that seahorses need a taller tank rather than length or width.
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    Pico fish for pico tank

    IMO a pico is too small for fish, inverts would be a better fit. You could add a pair of sexy shrimp, bumble bee or bongo shrimp (if you can meet feeding requirements), snails, blue legged hermits, etc. Avoid the larger snails unless you have a larger tank you can transfer them to as they...
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    2.5gal Critter Tank!

    If you don't have enough algae you can feed a herbivore food (I like pellet for this) or some nori to keep them going, just closely watch that you don't overfeed.
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    New to the forum and new pico

    Salt does not evaporate so you need to top up with fresh RO water and not saltwater. After topping off on a tank this small I would do a weekly to bi-weekly water change of about 10%. Getting premixed saltwater from your LFS is fine for water changes, just match temp. prior to changing.
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    my 125ltr reef

    Looks pretty good but in time your tank will be too small for the tang.
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    JBJ Nano Cube 28g and Remora Skimmer

    You would have to take the canopy off of the tank to use a Remora (the regular or the nano model). With the hood off its just a matter of deciding where you want to put it and where the skimmers feed pump will fit.
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    What is the pros and cons of the Biocube HQI

    The biggest problem with any AIO tank with HQI lighting is heat, it is almost guaranteed to need a chiller which of course means added expense which is part of the reason to go nano.
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    Another mystery guest help...

    They are generally harmless but they can grow to plague proportions. If you get lots of them you can add bumble bee or bongo shrimp to your tank,they feed off of them.