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by El Scorpio
Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Freshwater Tanks
Topic: red algae / bacteria?
Replies: 8
Views: 1798

Re: red algae / bacteria?

Yeah, that's Cyanobacteria. It can be red, even in freshwater tanks. I used to see it all the time in my saltwater tank. I frequently mistook it for coraline algae due to the color. Some ideas for you: black out the tank while manually removing as much of this stuff as you can as 1st Timer suggested...
by El Scorpio
Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Marine Puffers
Topic: Crazy Valentini Puff "Bloat" Sleeping!
Replies: 25
Views: 4200

Re: Crazy Valentini Puff "Bloat" Sleeping!

Camille has been gone for about two years now, unfortunately, but she was a blue spotted puffer; Canthigaster Solandri.
mrss wrote:What kind of puffer do you have? Such a beauty!
by El Scorpio
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:45 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: GSP‘s died
Replies: 6
Views: 734

Re: GSP‘s died

Do you have any cyanobacteria or algae growing in the tank? How about powerheads for water movement/surface agitation?
by El Scorpio
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:42 am
Forum: Marine Puffers
Topic: Valentini puffers
Replies: 9
Views: 1386

Re: Valentini puffers

I've had some tobies. They never seemed interested in the corals growing on my live rock.
by El Scorpio
Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Marine Puffers
Topic: Starting up new tank for my GSPs
Replies: 103
Views: 12946

Re: Starting up new tank for my GSPs

Wow. Really like the new tank, Maggiec! It makes me want to pull the old 40 out of the attic and rebuild my FOWLR tank. Good work!
by El Scorpio
Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: detritus worms as food?
Replies: 6
Views: 1151

Re: detritus worms as food?

I wouldn't for the simple fact that a pufferfish's natural diet is crustaceans, not worms. I don't imagine they would hurt him (unless it's a bristle worm!); there's simply healthier things he could be eating.

Besides, what would you rather eat - a lobster tail or a... 'detritus' eater. ;)
by El Scorpio
Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Marine Tanks
Topic: weird thing in refugium
Replies: 7
Views: 1888

Re: weird thing in refugium

Part of the fun of having a refugium is not knowing what's going to end up growing in it.

The other part of the 'fun' is sticking your hand in it and feeling something grab it! :)
by El Scorpio
Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Diatom Algae in F8 Tank
Replies: 5
Views: 978

Re: Diatom Algae in F8 Tank

I've never seen a pleco that wanted anything to do with diatoms. Diatoms have a silicon shell and get this from tap water; municipal water companies add silicates to tap water to help preserve metal water pipes. One solution would be to not use tap water and only use Reverse Osmosis water, but that ...
by El Scorpio
Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why can't I put more than 2 GSP's in a 55g?
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: Why can't I put more than 2 GSP's in a 55g?

Since you're wanting GSP's the goal, hopefully, is to convert them to full marine where they will thrive. Then, you can go with a FOWLR (Fish Only With Live Rock) setup; with enough live rock and a few power heads, mechanical filtration becomes unnecessary. In the meantime, I would suggest over-filt...
by El Scorpio
Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: please help me rekindle my passion
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: please help me rekindle my passion

Absolutely, don't make it a chore. That's exactly what happened to me. I used to have my tank in my spare bedroom, kept it in pristine shape, heck I even enjoyed working on it. Then, we got a puppy, who got into literally everything, and I had to keep the door to the spare bedroom shut all the time....
by El Scorpio
Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Help identify puffer from auction?
Replies: 10
Views: 1395

Re: Help identify puffer from auction?

I'm no expert, but he definitely looks like some kind of fugu to me. Interesting coloration, too.
by El Scorpio
Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Puffer Breeding
Topic: Canthigaster papua and C. solandri HELP! :)
Replies: 2
Views: 1107

Re: Canthigaster papua and C. solandri HELP! :)

A male toby puffer has iridescent lines (usually blue-green in color) radiating from the back of the head. Careful not to confuse these with their normal markings, especially on the Solandri. He will also have blue-grey lines under his lower jaws, and a dark patch next to his butt. Females lack all ...
by El Scorpio
Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Marine Puffers
Topic: suction cup on his belly !?
Replies: 4
Views: 803

Re: suction cup on his belly !?

Oh, you mean this? :)
by El Scorpio
Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: Hospital
Topic: Figure 8 puffer on side, tail curled
Replies: 6
Views: 1334

Re: Figure 8 puffer on side, tail curled

Could you post a picture of how he is laying?
by El Scorpio
Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Marine Tanks
Topic: Marine GSP tankmates
Replies: 7
Views: 1967

Re: Marine GSP tankmates

I agree. I had a 40 gallon breeder with a GSP and a bullet goby and it seemed crowded. Fortunately they got along fine with each other, but if I ever planned to do that again I'd upgrade to at least a 55.