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So pretty, it out competed my zoas. That seems impressive.
 

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As you can see in the photo above, I have a bit of a hair algae problem still. Parameters are spot on where I want them at though.

S.g 35
Cal 410
Alk 8.7
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How many emerald crabs do you keep in there? I love them for algae control except when they get too big. That is when I see them going after fish with more determination.
 

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How many emerald crabs do you keep in there? I love them for algae control except when they get too big. That is when I see them going after fish with more determination.
I have gone through 5 emerald crabs and currently only have 1 small ruby. My Dottyback thinks they taste really good. The only reason the Ruby is probably still around is because she is small enough to hide.
 

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How many emerald crabs do you keep in there? I love them for algae control except when they get too big. That is when I see them going after fish with more determination.

I have never seen that. How big did yours get?
 

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I am not sure of the measurement, but it was one of the largest I have seen in aquaria. It would hang on the rock and claw after the fish as they passed by. I fed the tank enough I am sure. I guess they get a desire for fresh meat when they get older. I heard from Joey at Aquarium Central that one sex is more aggressive than the other. Is it the males? I have a hard time telling them apart.
 

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I am not sure of the measurement, but it was one of the largest I have seen in aquaria. It would hang on the rock and claw after the fish as they passed by. I fed the tank enough I am sure. I guess they get a desire for fresh meat when they get older. I heard from Joey at Aquarium Central that one sex is more aggressive than the other. Is it the males? I have a hard time telling them apart.
My largest I ever had was in this tank, easily 2in wide body. I never considered sexing the crabs. Seems like such an easy thing to do with us boys that grew up on the Gulf.
 

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Yea agree, pretty easy to do when they are big enough to boil lol. Never tried a small one, but I will next time I order some from KP.
 

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I really want another Birdsnest and I believe I may finally add a torch or other euphyllia. I have an area that is on a point in the rocks jetting into a pretty strong laminar flow that is constant. It has been too much flow for any of the LPS I have tried there. It would be a great spot for another SPS but the PAR in that area is 150 MAX. It needs to be a special piece because it is going to be one of the last for the tank. It also can't be Pink.
 

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I have a nutrient issue that I am trying to resolve. I have a plan of action but still sucks to deal with but I suppose that is part of the hobby
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You have chaeto in the sump? If not, I have some I can give you.
Not yet, but that is part of my plan going forward. My area I would grow the chaeto is covered by my RO/DI reservoir sits on top and would just way to complicated to work with. SO! My eyes are wide open looking for a eye appealing RO/DI reservoir that I can have on the outside of my stand which would greatly upgrade the possibilities of my sump. I have my lighting all sorted and ready to order. Just finding something to hold water that can blend in with decor is a tough one. I don't want to drop $200 on a bucket of water if you catch what I am saying.
 

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Just finding something to hold water that can blend in with decor is a tough one. I don't want to drop $200 on a bucket of water if you catch what I am saying.
What about rolling your own? Get a cheap tubberware container for the size you need and box it out with some craft work. You can go plywood stained or painted, or hit a craft store and get creating with basketweave or something else. There are many ideas out on the web for some creative ATO options.

For example, here is a "food safe" 50 lb pet food container for $45. Looks like it will hold about 15 gallons of water. At 14"x14" footprint, you could skin this in a 3/8" plywood box about 15"x15" footprint or even tighter. Make it out of headboard and/opr Decorate it to your liking. Does not need a bottom, make the top removable (no hardware needed) and put a potted plant on it or make it into a cat tree. There is a lot of options.
 
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