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Old 12/08/2006, 11:17 PM
Clint0912 Clint0912 is offline
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Very psyched

Picked up my cured live rock today. 72 lbs of Fiji and 48 lbs of Tonga. Had a great time putting it all in the tank. Can't wait until I'm stable enough to start getting livestock.

Is it normal to sit in front of your tank staring at rocks for a half hour
Old 12/08/2006, 11:25 PM
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Hey at least once a day my girlfriend looks at me stairing in my tank and sarcastly says "Dont worry all your fish are still there"
And I thought buying an puppy would be too expensive!

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Old 12/09/2006, 12:01 AM
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Mine looks at the tank and says, "I thought the rocks were going to be pretty colors, they just look moldy"

If she only knew they cost over $600. She would make me double that for her Christmas gift
Old 12/09/2006, 12:08 AM
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Half an hour? Thats it?? It only gets worse from here on out!!
Just wait till you have fish and corals! Then your family starts saying your OBSESSED!

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AKA Kim Hardie..
Old 12/09/2006, 12:08 AM
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It has been six weeks for me since I got my rock and I still am thrilled about it. In fact I am still playing a little here and a little there trying to aquascape the stuff to my liking. Kind of fun to take the time to enjoy what ya got and work with it - possibly coming up with some kind of real "tight" set up!

Good luck, post pics once and a while.

Old 12/09/2006, 12:12 AM
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this stuff is just cant ever seem to get enough of everything
Live everyday as if it was your last, take time to smell the flowers,
enjoy all things living, never take anything for granted, you just never know when your number might be up...
Old 12/09/2006, 12:40 AM
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Trust me I would have been sitting there longer but I had to go to work

I'll post pics when I can. Be nice to get some feedback
Old 12/09/2006, 12:42 AM
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Girl friend always saying she wished she was a fish so I would look at her the way I look at my tank.
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Old 12/09/2006, 01:56 AM
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same here my gf snapped when she found out i just spent over 1 grand aproaching 2 this month. were gonna keep the next grand undercover before my balls get cutoff
what it do
Old 12/09/2006, 04:27 AM
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since i started this hobby i get much less sleep too. Its either cause im messn with tank or just watchn it or on rc readn and asking questions. And the money into it- OMG!
Old 12/09/2006, 03:08 PM
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just got my fiji rock last night... i've already stared at it for about 2 hours. "ooh ooh that might be alive" "wait something was in that hole a second ago"

Fortunately my wife is very understand of my fish disease... as long as I keep it to 4 tanks
Old 12/09/2006, 04:15 PM
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Been about 24 hours now so here is the update:

Water looks kinda yellow
pH 7.8
NH 8.0
NO2 1.0
NO3 15
Temp 75
SG 1.022

Keep looking for signs of life but nothing to really report on yet. If I know what I am doing there will be pics if not I'll try again. Also later, when I have time. I'm going to post pic of something attached to the rock.
Old 12/09/2006, 09:08 PM
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Ok I have one of these questions that I really know the answer to but need to hear confirmation:

I have "something" on the underside of a flat piece of tonga rock. The pics aren't good but I'll try to describe it. The cluster is about 4" x 2" and comprised of about 30 or so small translucent, deflated balloon looking things. Each one is about 1 inch long. Here is the question:

First off does anyone know what it is and second is there any chance it will be "revived" or should I just remove it now and save myself the ammonia.
Old 12/09/2006, 10:32 PM
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My personal opinion is to not remove anything from the live rock and just let nature take its course.

And don't tell anyone what you've spent on anything! Especially a girlfriend. For me, I just recently bought an engagement ring, so the GF/fiance can't say anything about me spending too much on the tank.

Just telling someone that you spent (only) $15 on a fish, they'll think you're crazy. While everyone on here will appreciate that $15 is a steal!
Old 12/11/2006, 04:26 PM
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Did 5gal water change. Water is still yellowish. Anyone know why this is.

Pre water change test results:

ammonia 0 ppm
nitrite 2.0 ppm
nitrate 10 ppm
pH 7.8

GF's comment:

Wouldn't it look better with nice white coral
Old 12/11/2006, 04:39 PM
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My friends made fun of my $1000 "rock tank" for 2 months . Then it was my stupid "snail tank". Then it was my SW "desert tank" when I refused to go throw in a couple groupers and eels "like a SW tank should be"...

They thought I was crazy. Now they just stand there in awe.

I could care less if they laugh at me. Especially when some of the same people end up living with me and spending at least 300 each on it themselves on "approved" livestock
Old 12/11/2006, 08:07 PM
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Re: Very psyched

Originally posted by Clint0912
Is it normal to sit in front of your tank staring at rocks for a half hour
ONLY a half hour? now THATS crazy!
Reefers Law: It can take about 48 hours to brown, and 48 weeks to color back up!
Old 12/26/2006, 10:25 PM
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Ok so the tank has been up and running for a few weeks now. It's fully cycled and I'm starting to get some alge growth.

However I haven't seen any sign of life from my live rock. No worms or stars or any critters at all.....Is that normal?? So far I haven't put any livestock in but I'll probably get some snails tomorrow.
Old 12/26/2006, 10:39 PM
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you sure its fully cycled?
i didn't really see any stuff for a month or so after i was at 0 on ammonia, trites, and trates. now though they were prob right infront of me and i didn't see them. now that they have multiplied (pods, mini stars, worms) there are all over. the damned pods don't even bother to hide during the day anymore.
also look at night with a red lensed flashlight.
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Old 12/26/2006, 11:44 PM
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My wife buys me a 75G for my birthday. I bought my LR and put it in the tank last week. If I ONLY stare at it for a half hour she's happy. My eyes are glued to that thing hours a day. It's like having your own little ecosystem.

Ya, I think it's very normal to be this psyched......or at least I hope so, or I may have a problem too ;-)
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Old 12/27/2006, 01:35 AM
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I wish i could get away with half an hour, I sit there and look at the LR hours to see something new. more i look more i see

If my wife asks it was $15
65g , 45g Sump, 400w 20k XM, ER RS80, Phosban Reactor.
Old 12/27/2006, 01:53 AM
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it takes a little while and the more you look diff things show up
Old 12/27/2006, 03:32 AM
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any new addition brings hours of staring!!!! even if it's in the sump.. you will open the doors and sit on the floor just staring!!! after a few hours you get tired af it and you stand up!!! then you go at it some more... for days and days you do it as a rutine until you pause and think.. 'what if i do this!!!' then you fidle some and start the staring cycle all over......

come on guys/gals... i know you all do it.. you even do it afther the lights are out just to stare at the pods and stuff in the tank and fuge..

GL and better start saving $$ now?.. you will need it!!!

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thx to Randy and so many other for making reefing that much easier
Old 12/27/2006, 06:32 AM
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I watch my tank all the time lol, when the mh's are on i like to see what comes out, when the actnics come on more comes out, and finally when the moon lights come on, wow! I see pods coming out, peanut worms, snails, all that!

The best thing is, keeping a good eye on your tank, if something goes wrong, you will be able to catch it in time.
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