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Amyloodinium ocellatum (Marine Velvet)

Posted 12/18/2010 at 09:42 AM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)
Updated 03/03/2014 at 09:11 AM by snorvich

What is Oodinium?

Velvet or Coral Fish Disease is caused from an infestation of the dinoflagellate Amyloodinium ocellatum. The life cycle of Velvet is very similar to the life cycle of marine ich. This organism is parasitic on fish at one stage in its life cycle; during that stage it is visible to the naked eye. The total life cycle for this parasite approximates 3 weeks; but for total safety after a tank is infected two life cycles should be waited (six weeks). The lifecycle is very...
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cryptocaryon irritans (marine ich) Part I

Posted 12/18/2010 at 09:01 AM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)
Updated 03/03/2014 at 08:58 AM by snorvich

The life cycle of this parasite is interesting and is important to understand when evaluating a treatment. The stage where the parasite is attached to a fish is called a trophont. The trophont will spend three to seven days (depending on temperature) feeding on the fish and that is what you see symptomatically when you see "salt sprinkled on the fish". However ich does not have to be visible in order to be present. After that, the trophont leaves the fish and becomes what is called a...
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Done with the power hog!

Posted 12/09/2010 at 02:29 PM by bdare

I'm selling off my chiller, chiller feed pump, 2 MH's and 4 over driven T5's and moving into the realm of LED.

To practice my DIY skills I ordered a small retrofit kit which I'll use to light my sump. Once I'm confortable enough I'll drop the loot and get a big retro for the main display!
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0 for 2 or 3 on radiata

Posted 12/06/2010 at 07:40 AM by sacremon

The radiata stopped eating in the LFS QT, and it died about 12 days after that. Likely cause was that the fish was collected too small and got damaged in transit. Chris tells me the collectors for the regions that the radiata come from tend to be fairly indiscriminate, netting what they can without regard to what has been requested in terms of size, or indeed at time, species. He says the distributor has another on hand, and he will get that one in. If that one is in poor shape, I will spare...
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Posted 11/23/2010 at 11:27 PM by superkat (Thoughts While Watching Paint Dry)

Well, this is certainly a topic that many may jump right into and have a list of things that they are thankful for.....but some of us....maybe are pulling at straws to find something to be thankful for...and tonight, I just wanted to share a few that are first and foremost in my heart:

1. My children.
- It really is something when a bad day can be turned around by a hug from a child...or a sarcastic comment from your adult daughter. When Liam holds me, or touches my...
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