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  1. Chad

    Best fish for 3 gal tank

    This comment is hugely important. Focus on what can be kept. 3 gallons is terribly small. We all pretty well know that not much can be kept in that size of tank and thrive. What can?
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    Any body up for a challenge??

    That's right. This is a known thing. It isn't something we need to figure out, we already have figured it out. These folks just need to study what is out there and learn the existing science.
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    Wood or rocks

    I live in a desert. That means that most fish and plants just won't grow here. That means I can have almost every thing I want to have. I didn't realize until I started getting into forums like this (years ago) that others were not so fortunate. Californians cannot have caulerpa algae...
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    How to properly add sea salt to the water?

    That is very true. Many of them require unique conditions. It is a specialty itself to keep algae of certain types. Some are easy of course, but they also tend to be invasive and so not available in many countries.
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    How to properly add sea salt to the water?

    That's tough because looks can be deceiving. It is hard to tell from looking if this is the remains of a coral reef or some other form of stone. The reason is that impurities can exist that are harmful to your tank in rock that was created in, say a cave. That rock will also be calcium carbonate...
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    How to properly add sea salt to the water?

    I have found that ceramic rings work really well. They are easier to maintain than bioballs in my experience.
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    Regular Partial Water Changes

    Thank you for the information, a very well thought out article on this subject. I have make it a stickie thread so that people can easily find it.
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    Members MIA

    A reminder to everyone - duplicate accounts are a violation of the rules and results in an immediate ban of both accounts. This thread is now closed!
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    Members MIA

    I have had experiences that lead me to agree with this. When people are not around there is often more to it than meets the eye. As for updates to the forum itself. like an app or a button to voice agreement, keep making suggestions. The moderation team has no power to enact them. We don't...
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    How to properly add sea salt to the water?

    That's good stuff. There is also a very good reason to have that grain size. The size of the sand is such that it doesn’t hold onto detritus. It has that nice grain size where stuff doesn’t get trapped but there is enough surface area for bacteria to thrive in the sand bed. Also, if you enjoy...
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    How to properly add sea salt to the water?

    A sump is best. You can also buy a hang on the back refugium. Marine tanks usually have a protein skimmer as part of their filtration. But in terms of an actual filter, the bacterial part is done by your rock. So if you need a filter for particulate matter you can use a canister.
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    How to properly add sea salt to the water?

    1. You don't really need to prevent it. Things will be puffed up at first but generally stay settled afterward. 2. No, you don't need that. If you decide to use it I suggest waiting. Coraline isn't something you must have in your tank.
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    How to properly add sea salt to the water?

    Curing the rock has two functions. 1. For dry rock to build up the bacteria 2. For live rock to give the die-off time to decay before placing it in your tank. When the rock is taken from the ocean, and transported across the country, there will be a certain amount of organisms that do not make...
  14. Chad

    Drastic Pygmy Cory Behavior Change

    Thanks for chiming in. If you have a version you feel comfortable being pinned, let us know.
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    Drastic Pygmy Cory Behavior Change

    Thanks for asking. I and the mod team will take a look at them and decide. Chad
  16. Chad

    Interested in SW...

    Good luck! It might help if you explain how different it will be than the one you have. Let us know what they say!
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    Interested in SW...

    Often, most often, when a fish passes away we will buy a new one to replace it. So what I mean is that you simply don't do that. This can be a problem though if the fish are schooling or shoaling fish that can't be alone. What I've mostly done is either buy another tank, even when I didn't...
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    Interested in SW...

    I'm of a different mind on the snails. Nassarius are really the only ones I would put in. or a single fighting conch. Some snails, like turbos, are actually cold water and die off causing more problems that good. I love hermits. I recommend scarlet reef hermits if you can get them. If you can...
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    Interested in SW...

    Then you should just jump in! SW is as easy as fresh when you are just keeping fish.
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    Interested in SW...

    The fish part is just like fresh. Some fish get along and others don't. Then you add the crabs and shrimp. And snails. Even some snails will kill each other. Then you have hitchhikers like bristle worms. And once you get to corals that's an entirely different level. So complexity can be no more...
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