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    Senior Member solowma's Avatar
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    New 55 gallon and new to the forum

    Hi guys and gals.
    I have recently joined the site and the saltwater community. I started my tank up about 3.5 weeks ago and been doing alot of reading. This site has been one of the most informative sites.
    I have converted my 55 gal fresh to salt. I have 80 lbs of sand, 3 maxijet 1200 and one 900 on a wave timer. Fluval with no media in it.
    I added about 10lbs of live rock about 2 weeks ago. 5 of figi and 5 of vanuatu. Things have gone well and I am waiting to the end of the month to add another 25 to 50 lbs (money is the question).
    Currently my rock and sand have grown a little brown algae so I cut my lighting down to 4 hours of antic blue and no day time. (coralife 48")
    I have been shopping around and Ivan has the best prices. So Ivan, I will be coming to see you soon for the rock.
    So last night, looking at my empty tank and getting discusted by the brown algae, my girlfriend and I decided to go to als for for a small clean up crew. (I don't care for als innes, but didn't have the choice) Well, I am glad I did a little. The person didn't know what the prices were so guessed, so I got my peppermint shrimp for half the listed price. Red hermit crab for 1/10th the price. Good deal. Also picked up 5 blue legged crabs and 3 nausaurus snails.
    Everyone seems to be happy and I can notice a difference on some of the rock where they have been cleaning.
    One question, what do I feed the peppermint shrimp?
    Sorry about the long post,
    Slow and steady makes a great marine aqurium
    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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    Welcome to Aquaria.ca !

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    Senior Member solowma's Avatar
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    Thanks, and that was a quick response
    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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    In a book I have, I read for "opportunists and scavengers" under which shrimps was listed as one of the invertebrates;
    It reads: small pieces of fish, shellfish meat, shredded prawn, mysis shrimp, brineshrimp, cockles, mussels, and algae.

    Feed once a day at most. Remove uneaten food after one hour. These animals require little food and may subsist on the leavings from any fish in the tank.... I also believe peppermint shrimp are one of not many Aiptasia eaters, (if you have happen to have this problem in your tank).

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    Senior Member solowma's Avatar
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    No, I am not having a problem with that, but have a bit red hair algae and some other type on my sand. Crabs and snails making quick work of it though. Already see a difference on the rock and also saw something growing on my rock. Not sure what it is yet, but it is bright green, looks like a small clover leaf.
    Also found a old clam shell embedded in one of my rocks.
    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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    bright green small clover? probably a Halimeda (cactus algae)

    peppermitn shrimp is one of the creatures that will eat aptasia, if correctly identified that is... there are several species that looks exactly like the peppermint.

    they will also eat anything else... shrimps are not finicky (cept for harlequin shrimps i suppose), most shrimp available at pet shop are perfectly content with flakes

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    Senior Member solowma's Avatar
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    I will have to go pick up some flake food. Shouldn't need much right now with the amount of creatures I have. Feed them once every two days with just a pinch.
    As for the cactus algae, I will have to keep an I on it.
    What do you guys think of porcelain crabs? Good and friendly tank dwellers and coral safe?
    What do you guys use as a aquarium creature and coral dictionary?
    150 (reef) 56 (FOWLR)
    75 gal sump 25 gal refuge
    300lbs CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand
    280 lbs of Assorted rock
    Tunze 9010 skimmer, Current USA 48" Fixture
    1 cleaner shrimp, pistol shrimp
    50 blue legged hermit, 15 nausaurus/astrea snails
    Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 1 blue chromis, 1 yellow watchman 1 corral beauty
    Colt coral, Frogspawn, Bubble, Donut coral, Mushrooms,Starburst green, Green and orange polyps an Umbrella coral, Purple Long Tentacle Anemone.

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    Senior Member Ricepicker's Avatar
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    mighty internet... gotta be wise and filter out the bad information though.

    also, porcelin crabs are great but dont get one till ur tank is mature and u get more rocks

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