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You will have noticed that upon joining that your access is limited and there are quite a number of forums features you can't access. Your first 3 posts are held in a moderation queue before being published. After your 3rd approved post, this restriction is removed. We do this to help keep the SPAMMERs out.

A quick way in which to start your post count is to take the time to introduce yourself and tell everyone a little about what shrimp you keep, how many tanks you have, etc...

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Marimo Balls/Moss
"Marimo ball & Marimo Moss" are illegal imports and a protected species in Japan, as such anyone buying, selling, trading, showing photos of this species will have there threads removed & deleted. If you have this Species in your possession you are advised to Contact AQIS for the safe removal and quarantine of it. Failing to do so may end up in loss of tank inhabitants and legal action being taken by AQIS. This topic is not open for discussion on SKF.

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