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    The Big Switchover

    I may have made a total impulse buy this weekend. The PetCo nearest to me had some good sized (8-10 inch in across) rose bubble tip anenomes mislabeled. What should have cost in the range of 50-60 dollars was only $6.49. That was such a steal I couldn't pass it up. The anenome is currently in...
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    The Big Switchover

    Corals may be coming down the line later on. I want to really get some good experience with just a FOWLR tank first. Well, unfortunately, there is no need to worry further about my firefish. It died a little earlier tonight. I really think it just didn't acclimate well (even though I drip...
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    The Big Switchover

    The firefish wasn't interested in the offerings this morning (Ocean Nutrition formula 1 pellets). I'm going to try some frozen brine shrimp later to see if it's tempted by that. I don't think it's being bullied. The two clownfish set up shop on the other side of the tank from where the...
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    The Big Switchover

    I haven't started on the sump yet. Or the refugium. The tank has been overshadowed, as far as improvements to it go, with the coming of spring. I just bought a motorcycle so I'm getting that ready for the road, I've been out fishing, and spending a lot of time with my toddler. I haven't had a...
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    The Big Switchover

    Well this weekend, after doing a water change I decided to head to the pet store to (finally) get a cheap light fixture to get me by until I can save up the coin to get a new T-5 light....again. I also may have walked out with some company for my lone clownfish. I picked up another ocellaris...
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    The Big Switchover

    So I have the worst luck with T-5 lighting. My original 2x54 watt T-5 unit burnt out the ballast seconds after unpacking it. I went through two ballasts in that fixture before I got fed up with it and bought a different light. This newer fixture is a Coralife 2x54 watt and it had been working...
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    The Big Switchover

    I'm not entirely sure. I'm probably going to keep adding until I'm happy with the amount of rock and the layout.
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    The Big Switchover

    Oh yeah, I need a lot more. Today is pay day so hopefully I'll be able to get some more this weekend.
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    The Big Switchover

    I haven't updated in quite some time, but no problem! Nothing much has happend until this past weekend when I picked up 20 more pounds of live rock, FINALLY. It looks much better, I do kinda like the minimalist look, but I need more rock. I did find one really cool hitchhiker. One little...
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    The Big Switchover

    I swapped the hermit this morning for a handful of turbo snails. I was going to put the store credit from him towards some live rock but the PetCo only sells the crap rock that's manufactured like concrete with pebbles and stuff in it. That stuff doesn't look natural at all so I passed on it...
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    The Big Switchover

    We keep our heat set to 72 all the time. It may seem warm but we have a basement apartment so it's actually quite necessary. The water should be plenty warm for the little dude for the night. I'm actually kinda sad I can't keep it. He's really cool but I want a nice, peaceful tank. I don't want...
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    The Big Switchover

    Yeah, I gotta talk to him and lay down the law. My plan is to toss the crab in a tupperware container I have with some salt water already mixed up until I can retun him in the morning. On the up side, I should be able to swap him for some stuff I actually want.
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    The Big Switchover

    So after a little googling it looks like I have a White Spotted Hermit Crab on my hands here. Uh-oh. Everything I've read says that it is predacious, has a voracious appetite and will readily hunt and kill small fish. I would definitely put my 2.5 inch long ocellaris clown in the "small" fish...
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    The Big Switchover

    Well, my buddy Craig did it again. I haven't been to my pet shop yet this weekend to pick up any more LR but he stopped there tonight. Guess what he did, he brought me a hermit crab. I know it may sound far fetched that I have a friend that keeps bringing me stuff for my tank, but I really do...
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    The Big Switchover

    It's been a few days and there are a couple developments. There is a healthy covering of diatoms all over the sand. My water parameters have leveled off at zero ammonia and nitrite and just 5 nitrate, leading me to believe that, for what is in the tank right now, it's all cycled. Too bad I still...
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    The Big Switchover

    This morning's tests: Ammonia: 0.25 ppm Nitrite: 0.25 ppm Nitrate: 5 ppm We are swimming along nicely.
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    The Big Switchover

    Checked my water stats tonight. Holding at a steady 79 F which is good, 0.25 ppm ammonia, 0 ppm nitrite. I didn't bother testing nitrate once I saw zero nitrites. I'm actually quite surprised at the low ammonia. I figured it would have jumped up more than that with my two fish, hermit crabs...
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    The Big Switchover

    I'm glad someone likes my (nearly) rockless tank. It looks barren and boring to me!
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    The Big Switchover

    My buddy swung by today, he's pretty much my only friend I have that keeps a saltwater tank and he brought me an urchin that was irritating him by continuously knocking over rubble as well as some hermit crabs. As I had to run out to the store to grab some frozen food I asked him if he'd like to...
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    The Big Switchover

    I'm sure some of you have seen me either lurking around or have seen my couple questions in the past couple weeks as I was thinking about switching my planted 75 gallon into a FOWLR tank. Well it has been done and I'm going to chronicle all of my massive mistakes and screw ups in this spot for...
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