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Name: Rupertswife

Size/Category 14-Gallon Saltwater

Type: Glass

Shape: Square

List of Fish:
1 - Yellow Watchman Goby

Lighting: In Hood Actinic and Florescent

Filtration: Live Rock Sump

Invertebrates: Peppermint Shrimp

Other Accessories: In Sump Protein Skimmer

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06/01/2011 12:00.46 PM
Sweet Tank!!!
Hey love your zoa's wouldn't mind a polyp or 2 if you still have 'em. check out my tank, maybe we can work a trade for another zoa type. Here is a vote for you!!!

Come visit me, Casey and Jesse's 5.5 REEF!.

07/24/2010 07:19.07 PM Report This Comment
Excellent SETUP!!!! LOOKS GREAT!!!! Here's a VOTE!!!

Come visit me, The Auglaize river, The Maumee river, The Little Auglaize river & The Ottawa river.

02/21/2010 01:42.17 PM Report This Comment
Hello. Sneeze’s Tank will be running for SOTW on the last week of February with a possible win on the 1st week of March. Sneeze is a shy Convict Cichlid who got beat up by his paired siblings and would love your support. Please vote for him every day to help this little cichlid win his award. Come visit the SOTWT page and help your favorite tanks (and fish) win their SOTW award.

P.S. The SOTWT page needs help sending out campaign blogs to other fishchannel members. Please join then Set-Up of the Week Team to earn daily votes from other SOTWT members. Thank you!

Come visit me, Mo's Memorial, I Love Tetras, Bubbles and La-- Please vote for us every day SOTW, RIP, my old friends, Tiny Fish & Platies and Mollies.

02/18/2010 05:14.16 PM Report This Comment
Looking good!
Last night I moved my corals back into the mini and so far so good!

Found a tiny little asteria starfish that was doing a fine job of cleaning a rock of algae.

Looks like the tank is back up and in good order. Hooray!!

Come visit me, Rupertswife & Wontgiveup.

02/16/2010 01:51.26 PM Report This Comment
Thank you for all the encouragement.
Wow. What a great community of people! I will be visiting here often!

Tank looks great now, and I'll be moving my corals back in and looking for more. Have a blessed day, all!

Come visit me, Rupertswife & Wontgiveup.

02/13/2010 06:13.57 AM Report This Comment
Good luck on your tank. They can be worth the work, you just have to have patience, thats the hardest part. Sounds like you did everything right in your power just had some bad luck. Hopefully everything comes around for you and you can try another Mantis if you want.

Come visit me, Saltwater.

02/12/2010 06:24.02 AM Report This Comment
I hope your tank settles down soon and get to be fun for you!

Come visit me, Fish Friend (Fresh 40), Fish Friend (Salt 55), Fish Friend (Fresh 29) & Fish Friend (Fresh 35).

02/12/2010 06:03.57 AM Report This Comment
Thanks for the response ! I'll check back often ! I also added you as friend ! :o)

Come visit me, NYCeltic.

02/11/2010 06:41.37 PM Report This Comment
very pretty tank! left a vote..

Come visit me, GoldfishPerson, Bass & dad's koi pond.

02/11/2010 04:46.12 PM Report This Comment
Sorry to hear about your troubles. I know you already know, however you should always test your water even if you have mixed the salt the same way a million times. I always do a salinity check WITH a REFRACTOMETER even though I know how much to mix. Hopefully things will level out. A 14 gallon has a alot higher chance of spiking then a larger obvioulsy. AGAIN, sorry to hear about how things went - Let us know if you need any help with things ! AND WELCOME ! Post some updates and more pics when things settle down, would love to see them ! Good Luck !!

Come visit me, NYCeltic.

02/11/2010 04:17.18 PM Report This Comment
New Around Here

I don't know if this is for me to post my own thoughts, or for people to comment on my page....but I'm going to share a couple thoughts anyway! =)

This is my first attempt at a saltwater tank. My husband has a 75 gal, and I bought this 14 gal. Nano because it was a great price, and came with a critter I really wanted.

When I bought the tank it housed a couple Zoa's, a Clownfish (in the picture), and a Lime Green Mantis Shrimp. All I truly wanted was the mantis when I bought the tank, so I quickly sold the Clown, who was anything but a clown and terrorized the tank. Even the mantis gave him a wide berth, so off he went to a new home.

Sadly, not long after, I lost the mantis. I thought he had buried himself in the sand bed to molt, but he never came back up. =( That was when I realized having a small tank can be a big hassle.

He basically disintegrated in the tank, and I was never able to get his 'body' out of the tank. This of course spiked the nitrates, and my zoa's and xenia's began to look very bad. In a larger tank his passing would not have been so much of an issue, but I had a big problem on my hands.

I moved all the corals out that I could, and into my husband's tank, then did a 50% water change. Which to my surprise made things WORSE. That's when we discovered that my husband mixed the makeup water with almost double the amount of salt mix he should have. Again, in his tank, it was not a big deal and only changed his salinity by about .005. Mine took a huge spike to almost .032. YIKES!!

So over the next week, we did 50% changes every other day, to get the salinity back down, and twice a week the next week to bring the nitrates back down to 0.

That was about 2 weeks ago, and I am finally seeing the xenia's and the remaining zoa's coming back and opening up completely. I plan to move my zoa's back from his tank this week, so we can pick up where we started. =)

Wish me luck!

Come visit me, Rupertswife & Wontgiveup.

02/11/2010 01:48.35 PM Report This Comment
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