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    That's a great idea...

    Have a clean up crew section / coral section/ livestock section...I'm only thinking like you that it helps to answer alot of questions ahead of time and save the back-and -forth posts. Hope you're paying attention here IJO....a couple of geniuses at work...hahaha.

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    lol mouse... I like the idea of a livestock section... I'll add it to the to-do list.

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    I think a livestock field is a good idea, it gives others the information needed to determine stress and other factors ie; incompatible species, bio-overload etc..
    And newbies an idea of what can go together, what works, in what size tank, and a chance to ask questions on compatibility etc..based on experience..
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    I'll find more info on the bio-wheel for you. My nitrate levels are never below 10ppm, if I do a small water change daily I can get it as close to 0ppm as possible. I have been advised by 3 stores not to remove the b/wheel, even with a skimmer, helps trap detrious etc...
    DSB's are not the go here anymore, there's been "new" info that suggests they are not good in the long term, give sand storms, can crash etc..they are only advised in a sump where they can be accessed easily. Alot of people are turning away from them back to bare bottoms.. I think that a shallow bed is ok, 1/2inch, easy to clean, and doesn't limit having some sand dwelling fish.
    The anemone looks good, pinkish brown. His "bubbles" for a BTA are half way down the tentacles, which are approx 3 cm when not elongated, done some looking and can't seem to do an exact ID...
    I rung the 4 top RS's here and none have VHO, and only 1 had heard of them...(Call Ripley's!) they warned about algae problems etc, being a big drawback, though a good clean up crew would help that and, I assume skimming, to reduce the nitrates they feed off.
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    go to RC and do a search on trickle filters and biowheels. There should be a ton of info and can explain better than myself why they are no longer the way to go. In the tank the rock and sand can break all that junk down with the bac,worms,snails,hermits, and so much more. Were as in the wheel it just has algea and bac, so from what I understand[which isn't a lot] if the algea crashes it can release nitrates and phosphates back into the water.[something like that] I remember reading a long thread from a University were they used an algea scrubber on 1 tank and just live rock on the other. The scrubber tank did good at first but then looked like crap after awhile.

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    I don't have a sand bed at the moment, as i said, I'm looking into one, most likely a 1/2" one, (from my research this seems the best, most RS don't want to sell DSB anymore), and the introduction of a protein skimmer. Does this seem a good idea to you? I've been doing some research on skimmers and the different methods they use etc. so that I can get the best for my tank (one that fits would help!!) and the $.
    I know trickle filters and bio-balls are not good, and I will look at RC for more info, thanks for your advice.
    Tiffany
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