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    I use the sponges on all of my AC filters. On...

    I use the sponges on all of my AC filters.

    On a couple of my larger tanks with the larger AC filters (AC 110) I use extra sponge (half sponge) for added mechanical filtration.

    With my tanks...
  2. Thread: Rodi

    by kaybee
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    I use two dual total dissolved solids (TDS)...

    I use two dual total dissolved solids (TDS) monitors to measure four points of the RO/DI process to cue me when to change out certain stages of my RO/DI unit.

    The first point monitors the TDS of...
  3. Thread: Johannii gome.

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    If those are johanni's the males will undergo a...

    If those are johanni's the males will undergo a color change (blue/black horizontal-striped) and the females will remain the color that they are. Can you post a close up of one of the fish? Johanii's...
  4. Thread: cleaning glass

    by kaybee
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    I lightly spray with RO/DI water then wipe off...

    I lightly spray with RO/DI water then wipe off with a squeegee (no hard water marks or chemicals).
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    First one appears to be some sort of cynotilapia...

    First one appears to be some sort of cynotilapia (probably a 'chewere'); the yellow on the dorsal fin (along with body shape and striping differences) rule it out as being a p. demasoni in my...
  6. Thread: Try to identify

    by kaybee
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    Too small to tell at that size (visually or via...

    Too small to tell at that size (visually or via venting). However, even when they're larger both yellow lab genders are near identical (though there are subtle differences which begin to develop once...
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    They're on the aggressive side (perhaps among the...

    They're on the aggressive side (perhaps among the most aggressive species in the hobby) and are probably best kept in somewhat larger tanks (75-90gal) with other aggressive types. A hyperdominant...
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    #1 is a yellow tail acei (Pseudotropheus sp. acei...

    #1 is a yellow tail acei (Pseudotropheus sp. acei 'Msuli'). When compared to other mbuna's they're on the peaceful side. They max out at 5"-6".

    #2 & #3: possible Metriaclima msobo. The specimen in...
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    Maingano's and demasoni's are both blue/black...

    Maingano's and demasoni's are both blue/black striped fish, though the fact that the former is horizontally striped and the latter is vertically striped should be a enough of a difference for them...
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    Unfortunately, pseudotropheus demasoni are highly...

    Unfortunately, pseudotropheus demasoni are highly conspecific-aggressive. They usually have low tolerance to their own kind when kept in small numbers. Properly stocked you'd want to keep a dozen of...
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    Excluding the shaking, the behavior that you've...

    Excluding the shaking, the behavior that you've described seems to be expected. Mbuna's are social fish by their very nature. Small social fish are very secure in groups.

    Placing one into a...
  12. Not sure how accurate this will be but if the tap...

    Not sure how accurate this will be but if the tap water is nitrate free, try filling the test tube with 1ml of tank water and 4ml of tap water, then test it.

    Multiply the test result by 5, that...
  13. If the water parameters of the tap water and tank...

    If the water parameters of the tap water and tank water are considerably different you may want to avoid very large water changes , maybe daily (or every other day) 25%-33% to avoid any type of...
  14. Thread: Clean Up Crew

    by kaybee
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    In the eventual 90gal you could add african...

    In the eventual 90gal you could add african catfish (synodontis); they have the temperament to thrive along with african cichlids. I've kept s. angelicus, s. eupterus, s. ocellifer and s....
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    Late response on my part, I've used the AVAST ATO...

    Late response on my part, I've used the AVAST ATO for nearly two years now with zero issues (plugs right into my APEX aquacontroller). This is the only ATO I've owned.

    It seems that you had...
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    Non-Mbuna's: Nimbochromis livingstonii: this...

    Non-Mbuna's:

    Nimbochromis livingstonii: this species maxes out at 10" or a little more and requires a larger tank. It's also carnivorous and at full size may be predatory towards smaller fish....
  17. In addition to the primary 50 or so frogspawn...

    In addition to the primary 50 or so frogspawn 'heads' (which multiply by 'splitting') each branch has a bunch of mini frogspawn polyps budding from the skeletal branches. This colony thus has...
  18. Frogspawn (before & after pix): From Frag to Colony

    Purchased as a coin-sized $5 single-polyp frag in May 2007, this is a photo of my frogspawn in Aug 2007:
    http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/y2kenny19/Saltwater/frog1.jpg

    Almost six years...
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    Nimbochromis venustus (giraffe cichlids aka...

    Nimbochromis venustus (giraffe cichlids aka venustus) are pretty much compatible with other Lake Malawi haps which are not members of Nimbochromis genus.

    I've kept them with cyrtocara moori...
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    I've got something very similar residing in my...

    I've got something very similar residing in my reef tank:

    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=63332
  21. Thread: Planning a 75

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    Shouldn't be a problem with a breeding group....

    Shouldn't be a problem with a breeding group. Venustus in particular have very large broods as far as african cichlids go (40-80 fry per batch usually, though 120 isn't unheard of).
  22. Thread: Planning a 75

    by kaybee
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    Venustus should get along fairly well with other...

    Venustus should get along fairly well with other 'haps' (though keeping multiple male venustus or other male nimbochromis in the same tank may prove challenging when females are in the tank).

    Some...
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    It looks like some type of filefish. They belong...

    It looks like some type of filefish. They belong to the same Order that triggerfish and pufferfish are members of.

    The corals appear to be genuine to me. I can identify tubastraea (sun coral, the...
  24. Thread: TDS, how high?

    by kaybee
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    I use one of these:...

    I use one of these:
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/fm-2-filter-monitor-with-volumizer-hm-digital.html
  25. Thread: TDS, how high?

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    As Cliff asked, what is the TDS of the RO/DI...

    As Cliff asked, what is the TDS of the RO/DI water as it exits the unit?

    If possible, are you also able to measure the RO water as well? (the water exiting the RO membrane prior to it entering...
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