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  1. One way is to set up a refudge. Needs another bypass tank and facilitate the growth of macro-algae. Macro-algae is the so called seaweed. you can get them at any LFS or seaside. But If you get them from seaside, you must must side you quarantee them and dip them before use. Since you are new to the hobby, better don't get any stray things in the sea as they contains pathogens which may means a disease outbreak in your tank. So just look ard diff. LFS for macro-algae. Macro-algae can facilitate the deplete of phosphate and nitrate as they will be absorbed by these macro-algae. If you haven't a surge tank, then you also can try grow them in a space below. AND with lighting on 24/7. By doing so, you allow them to photosynthesis and produce oxygen too instead of contributing CO2 which will affect your pH. This is the lowest cost method and nature method. harder to do it cos you are dealing with the balance of nature. Another way is that to use phosphate removing filter medium. There are brands like seachem and aquapharm that produces these filter medium. not that expensive. most likely to be around $17. a good investment but not a long term plan as you must replace them once phosphate level starts climbing. My advice is that must judge by your tank size and your filter system. If you have a small tank, you can use the second method which will be more efficient and fasting. As you are dealing with lesser water volume, the filter medium also won't be exhausted so fast. If you are keeping a big tank, it's good to use both method as the natural method can help lowering your expenses and is more realistic for long term. the filter medium can help to prevent a sudden increase in phosphate and can it set a benchmark for your tank to be maintain at.
  2. no la.it's not a common sand wrasse. the pic very blur. this is the one. please don't insult my wrasse. it's not a common sand wrasse. I also have my male leopard wrasse. very nice but not for sale.
  3. it's a small juvenile and will take a few years to grow. Not availiable readily and is seasonal. first come first basic la.
  4. Dragon Wrasse for sale... only one for $12. Price neg. as you really interested. Self collect at Tampines. Pm me, email me, sms or call me. email me at secret_cracker@hotmail.com sms me at 81968903. thanks.
  5. Thanks guys for the response. But I won't be starting so soon because I wanna do my research to bring the quality up and the standard there. After all, Singapore is a country where ISO is so important. I don't want to be producing stuffs that just pass off as another lousy product. And certainly I will test them out in my own lab and my own livestock before releasing them into the market. Hopefully one day the American will say "Maybe we should get pods from Singapore." Hahaha..that'll be another achievement for our nation. Hurray. Any input or experience can be shared here so as to aid me in my research plan. Thank you so much.
  6. Okay, Blue and purple sponges huh? Blue and purple Sponges, which are available in Singapore, will be the Haliclona Sponge. They are from the Indo-pacific region. This specie of sponge required intense lighting so make sure you place them at the correct position. Please do a few checks when you buy the sponge or at least ask yourself these questions now: Firstly, did you or the LFS expose the sponge to air? Never EVER expose the sponge to air as the air will be trap inside and those portion will die off. Next, is it attached to a huge substrate? It must be attach to one or else it can’t survive. Last but not least. Is that any white portion? If there is so, then ask the LFS to cut it away and wait for it regenerate before you collect them. Or you can do it yourself. AND REMEMBER NOT TO EXPOSE IT TO AIR. Many people have tried to keep Sponge in their reef tank but fail because due to the lack or knowledge. I am sure and not surprised that your LFS exposed these animals to the air. But don’t fear and don’t need to be panic because help is here. ? Few checks for the health of the sponge will be: 1) Smell. Is there any foul smell? It shouldn’t have any. If so, it will pollute your water and crash your tank, as some sponge can be poisonous. 2) Color. A bright color is a healthy color and anything other than that will be bad. 3) Algae. If algae is growing on your sponge, that’s not a good news. A good way to revive it will be to cut the bad portion away and let it regenerate. Sponges are filter feeder so you can place them somewhere near the current or power head and allow them to filter the food and air. They also engage in chemical warfare with your corals so do place them not so near to your other corals and they can grow fast too. A sterile environment is not suitable for sponges especially when silicate level is at zero. Sponges need these nutrients in the water for feeding. If nutrients are not enough, you can try feeding it by turning off your power head and pouring food to feed it. And one last final thing you should take note when keeping your sponge will be to get rid of anything detritus on it. ? It shouldn’t be that hard for you if you follow my directions. Have a nice fishy day.
  7. Lobster...Is it Reef-safe? A lot of people have asked this question and I have received answers from LFS that "YES. YES, REEF-SAFE." And I will go like "So do they attack or eat small fishes, huh?" Then most likely they will tell you, "Won't la, very small now. Very shy one." AND SO "THEY DO?" GUESS WHAT? the answer i received will be "Won't grow fast one la." HAHAHAHA.... Guys, please don't accept this kind of nonsense. From the picture you post, It's a Enoplometopus daumi Holthuis 1983, Daum's Reef Lobster. It's normally imported from Philippines and Indonesia. Lobsters are delicious on the plate and not so in the reef. Because firstly, They are territory. Means? They will fight and occupy it's own space. So when they grow bigger, they will occupy more territory and it means lesser place for your other livestock. They grow up fast and normally bigger and bigger. Lobsters required a lot of living space and need at least 100 gallon of water. It's filtration system must also be good due to the fact that it produces waste equivalent to that of a big adult fish. And you need to have a sand substrate bottom. And not it will be better to have not too much of live rocks. Lobsters, unlike shrimp, prefer to burrow into sand. They are very clumsy when they move about. So don't be surprised to see your corals moving around and it's not because they have got legs. Lobsters are nocturnal creatures, which hunt for food at night. So it will be pretty hard for you to observe whether they do eat or injured your food. So if you have fish with injured fin or injuries, you may want to look into having a lobster salad soon. ? It still can be tamed. Marine life is a very mysterious thing. You can still train and tamed them but sometimes it takes patience and luck. Just like how they tame a killer whale to perform and swim with human. But that doesn’t mean you can start to put in triggers, puffers and eels just because I say you can tame them. :S I won’t bear any responsibilities if any of livestock kick the bucket.
  8. Pmed you about your MH light. pls read and reply thanks. Help me to reserve that.
  9. Pmed you about your MH light. pls read and reply thanks. Help me to reserve that.
  10. To me, it's like running a lab at home. hahaha..it's a lab already anyway. I like the science behind all these reef and marine stuffs. If I am going to produce zooplankton and rotifers, I did it for the sake of science. Experimenting to produce good and better quailty. Singapore lack of some scientific lab and experiment with marine life. So I practically convert my home into a lab.
  11. I have up to 5 tanks at home and they are all linked. I am a great supporter of reef tank. Now I am only keeping one reef tank and the rest are just running daily without any live stock. I'm new to Singapore Reef club but have been answering questions in Wetwebmedia forum for some time. normally I hang around foreign website and not locally. Until recently that I noticed we are lacking of Live Rotifers, zooplankton and pods. which is not a good practise. I am thinking of running my tanks to produce them and market it. But first of all, I will make sure that nitrate and phosphate level are low in the products. Quailty will certainly be of standard. If let's say I provide home delivery service to your house with monthly supply, will anyone be interested ? It's just that I have been answering questions and reading stuffs from america, when i come across my local forum, then I realise how backward we are. maybe it's time to change.
  12. I pmed you. pls check and call me. Or sms me. I want the whole tank except the livestocks. But...anything is negotible. Just give me a call. And the hood...can light be place on top ?
  13. I PMed you. pls call me or sms me. thanks.
  14. I have read many of the replies to this post and find that there are many misleading information. So let me correct some of the mistakes. First is that… you can keep a lionfish with damsels if you did a proper acclimation. Yes, a proper one. But by right it’s not recommended to keep a lionfish with small fishes. Damsel is definitely considered small but they can grow bigger than a lionfish with care and proper husbandry in a big tank. I have one myself a few months back until I give it away. Okay. First of all…why can damsel be place with lionfish? Because compare to other nano-fishes, they are fast and smart. And they can grow big. Okay. Live rocks. Please don’t misunderstand the use of live rocks. In this case, they are not used for filtration but for hiding place. Lionfish are territory fishes and they don’t like lights. So during the day they will like to hide under the rocks and hunt at night. The damsels also love to swim in and out of the rocks. It will be best for you to create a cave for your lionfish as it loves to hang upside down during day. So please understand the need of the live rock. It’s the house for the lionfish and the damsels. It protects your damsels and also housed your lionfish. Your damsels can play hide and seek with your lionfish and I bet that with live rock, your damsels will be safe. The lionfish can’t get squeeze through those small craters and holes when your damsels swim around. Just imagine a tank without live rock and just only your lionfish with damsels. So what will happen when your lionfish is hungry? What will you do if you are hungry and see food in front of you? MUNCH. You will grab them and eat. So the live rock can protect your damsels. And the proper way to acclimate your lionfish is to off all your light and let it get familiarize with the area and the fishes in your tank. Off your lights for a day and try to keep it low for a few days as lionfish tends to be even shyer than your damsels. Let it find a comfortable sleeping place. ? When choosing your lionfish, it will be best to get one, which is feeding. Most of the lionfish doesn’t accept frozen food and only take live food. The problem with this is because our sources of marine fish are all capture in the wild. So you will need to train your lionfish to feed by giving it live brine shrimps and feeder shrimps for some time first and slowly substitute it with frozen food and dried food. And I saw one of the worst mistake and reply here, which is to keep lionfish and frogfish (anglerfish) together. That’s the worst combination. You are lucky that they didn’t rip each other up but most of the time they will kill each other. And having two such predators together is a worst thing even if they don’t rip up each other. Lionfish can eat anything, which they can fit into their food while frogfish can eat anything bigger than it. So it’s like keeping two killers together. And you already see the result of such a mistake. Even if the lionfish doesn’t rip the slug, then frogfish will do it nicely too. Don’t blame it on the lionfish but blame it on the ignorance of the owner. The other inverts and small fishes may seems to do well for some time but frogfish and lionfish are reputable predators for their feeding habits. They may not eat your fish for months but once they feel like it (most of the time), they will just gobble up your shrimp and fish one by one. And this is often cited as mysterious death at night. And it’s really irresponsible to be stocking in excess because you hope that a few will survive. It’s not an irresponsible act and it’s the your responsibility to check for the compatibility of the livestock and not do it by trial and error. It’s like putting in a few children with one lion and hope that a few will survived. Even if they survive, they will be living with constant stress and will died of stress. That’s another common source of death. Another mistake is to feed your saltwater fish with freshwater fish. Your LFS will certainly say you can do that because they do that too. I can only tell you that your LFS will say anything to sell your stocks. I won’t be surprised that they will tell you that this is okay and that is okay when in fact, it’s not. Feeding them with freshwater fish can caused poisoning to the fish’s liver and long-term effect will cause your fishes to die prematurely. What I am saying here is not fiction but fact through scientific research. If you pay a visit to USA, you will never hear anyone feeding marine fish with freshwater fish. You will only hear this in Singapore because freshwater fish is in abundant and food sources like feeder shrimps are harder to get. LFS will do anything to sell away their fishes. And in fact, many of them know nothing at all. It’s true. I have been keeping 100 different types of fishes for years and normally I exchange my fishes with my LFS. I even once trade a nigger trigger and fire clown for two damsels. It doesn’t matter to me because I treasure the experience more than anything else. I used to keep 3 lionfish and what I have written here is all from my experience and what I have read up and research on. From a fish-only tank to a reef tank, I have many collections and have traded them all away. And now I am managing my reef tank with 3 slugs in it. Slugs are poisonous but with proper care and husbandry, everything is fine. I have a big Spanish dancer. With proper husbandry and care, you shouldn’t be thinking about death as a problem. Please be a responsive fish-lover. Feel free to email me on any questions, I will be glad to answer them.
  15. Okay...the picture is rather blur but I think it's not spiltting but it's melting. Mushroom normally will spilt by having the new bud at the base and this new bud will slowly grow out of the mother mushroom into a new area. I have been keeping many species of mushroom. What's your tank parameters ? How are the other corals doing ? My suggestion is that you can take it out and smell. Smell is a good way to gauge the health of coral. If it smells bad, then it's bad news. Dip it in Iodine solution or Lugol's solution then monitor it. Try not to throw it away because it's still a life. OK ? email me if you have any questions. And one last possibility that it's spilting is that it's actually injured but is now recovering itself by this method of spilting which is the recovering method. Do you remember hurting it ? IF it's recovering, then pls don't remove or throw it because it may be tear away by your small little act. Observe and tell me more of what you see from it. Is there any slimy tissue or thing coming from it ? how's the health of your other corals ?
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