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Old 03-30-2010, 05:13 PM   #191
 
I like jawfish more for this tank.
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Old 04-01-2010, 04:14 PM   #192
 
I think I found my skimmer! or do I? skimmer

good or bad if bad any other recomidations on a HOB skimmer?

Would an emperor shrimp and a sea cucumber be ok?
I have done little research on this species.

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Old 04-04-2010, 08:43 AM   #193
 
I think after some thought I will move the scooter blenny over to my tank and leave the jawfish out.
I also think I will get him a mate and maby get a watchman goby shrimp pair.
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:17 PM   #194
 
I feel that I am over stocking and will not act with out a possitive note.

So my stocking would be at:

fish
  • 2 black clowns
  • 3 bangaii cardinalfish
  • 2 scooter blennies
  • 1 watchman gobies
inverts
  • 2 nassarius snails
  • 1 turbo snail
  • 1 long spine urchin
  • 8 reef hermits
  • 2 skunk cleaner shrimp
  • 2 fire shrimp
  • 3 peppermint shrimp
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:19 AM   #195
 
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I feel that I am over stocking and will not act with out a possitive note.

So my stocking would be at:

fish
  • 2 black clowns
  • 3 bangaii cardinalfish
  • 2 scooter blennies
  • 1 watchman gobies
inverts
  • 2 nassarius snails
  • 1 turbo snail
  • 1 long spine urchin
  • 8 reef hermits
  • 2 skunk cleaner shrimp
  • 2 fire shrimp
  • 3 peppermint shrimp
I like this list for compatibility, but make sure that you feed sinking foods, as 3 of your fish are bottom feeders. That along with the CUC will drive competition for food on the sand's surface. I also do not know how I feel about the 3 cardinals. I have heard they will pick off the weaker one until only two are left.

Wait on the Turbo snail until the tank is at least a year mature. They are voracious algae eaters and need a steady diet. I slack on cleaning the glass just to provide my turbos some food.
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:12 PM   #196
 
I'm aware about the 3 cardinals will kill the weaker one. They kill the weaker one when 2 pair up. I will get them small or just get a pair fish. If I do get them small when they deide to pair up the weaker one will be moved.
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:47 PM   #197
 
Please read post above. I now remembered the order of stocking is important.

I will add

Fish:

1st: scooter blennies
2nd: watchman goby
3rd: cardinals
4th: clowns

Inverts:

1st: 2 Nassarius snails ; 3 hermits
2nd: 5 hermits ; 3 peppermint shrimp
3rd: 2 scarlet cleaner shrimp
4th: 2 fire shrimp
5th: 1 turbo snail

Long spine urchin will be added along with banngaii cardinals.
Pistol shrimp will be added with yellow watchman goby.
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:19 AM   #198
 
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im not sure if anyone said scooters can eat like mandarins, but they are pod hunters.

i personally would skip the longspine. they are big due to their spines and this also means they will be knocking rocks and corals over constantly. you will also need to feed algae for it in the long run. if you want the longspine solely because you wish to eventually breed your cardinals, roll up a ball of aquarium putty and stick it with a few toothpicks.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:27 AM   #199
 
ok urchin can go. I have one scooter in another tank, he is eating frozen food. I won't buy another one ontil it is eating prepared foods.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:38 AM   #200
 
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im not sure if anyone said scooters can eat like mandarins, but they are pod hunters.
This has been mentioned in this thread, but if I recall he told us he owns the scooter and it eats prepared food. They do belong to the Dragonet genus, scientific name : Synchiropus, the same genus as Mandarins.
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