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I found a mangled scarlet hermit crab and got pissed. So I sat in front of the glass for an hour waiting for the ...
I found a mangled scarlet hermit crab and got pissed. So I sat in front of the glass for an hour waiting for the clicks. Once I had an idea of what rock he was in I took it out and dunked it in a 5 gallon bucket of cold hose water for 5 minutes and put it back in my tank. No more clicking... but no body either
If you can catch him, you'd be surprised at how many people would buy him from you. Some people set up tanks just to have one. Best of luck to you and be careful, they don't call them "thumb splitters" for nothing.
Hey guys and gals,
The clicking has returned! There are some hermit legs laying around a particular rock so im waiting for the right moment to attack with RM's tactics. Ive got a bucket of beyond 1.070 saltwater standing by.
In these pics I wanted to show how the yellow colony and green star polyps have disappeared. This is a great example of aggressive coral taking over. That's the before and after pic. The pump is also looking kinda cool with the live sand attached.
In some pix you will see a centipede type worm, WTF is that? is it bad or good? if bad how do I get rid of it?
I think I could use about 10 more snails and 10 more hermits. Anyone disagree? how much is too much?
The pic with just the right side of your zoa showing is an aiptasia and at the base of the aiptasia looks like a brislte worm. (centipede) You're button polyps(?) look grat. ALso looks like you have a lot of algae going on in there. I don't think some more snails/hermits would hurt a bit.
hey, thanks for the info guys. Its been a little while so here's an update. I added 15 hermits and 10 sails. And Instead of adding GFO or Chemipure Elite I siphoned out a lot of the algae on the sand bed and added a sand cucumber and a starfish. They move the sand around a lot so algae cant build up. I also did a 10 gallon water change with LFS premade saltwater about once a week for 3 weeks. My Live sand covered circulation pump has a lot growing on it which makes it a little camouflaged and more interesting. I also found out that I don't have a mantis shrimp, its a pistol shrimp. The clicking has not been for food but for shelter. I can tell by the lack of additional dead bodies or shells. Mantis shrimp click for food and pistol shrimp click to build a home in rocks (3 local fish store guys told me). I stopped using my sump except for water changes cause it failed on me and put 5 gallons of saltwater on my carpet. I sleep much better knowing it wont overflow. My pump kind of blocks the protein skimmer from my view and the thermometer doesnt bother me either so I think i can live without a sump. I added more corals instead of fish and it seems to be doing well. I like coral more than fish anyway. Here are my pix....
So its been about 5 months and ive learned a lot through trial and error. Ive decided fish are a pain in the butt so im going all coral plus the two damsels I started with... I killed 2 butterflys. Its depressing... I dont know the name of anything I put in here so if anyone wants to call it out id appreciate it. Sea cucumber is doing great. Lost the starfish. It looked like something ate the middle out. I kinda blame the sea cucumber. I bought a Sea Hair yesterday thats supposed to eat all my algae. We shall see. I also went down to the beach around some tide pools and grabbed around 30 snails and 30 hermit crabs ranging in age and size. Im happy to report that nothing went wrong by putting wild animals in my tank. Im in San Diego though so im sure its different in other places. Anyways here are a bunch of pix...