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Old 05-02-2012, 12:12 PM   #21
 
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It has been about a week and a half since I have added my first two blue green chromis to the qt tank and they have been doing well. A little bit of trial and error on what foods they are willing to accept, my local place feeds their fish spectrum pellets which I had some of these at home. When offered the fish did not show much interest in these or the formula 2 pellets that I have. I did however earlier in the week pick up some raw shrimp and scallops from the grocery store. After deciding that trying to cut up each piece of shrimp to a size that would fit into their mouth was going to be a bit of a pain I decided to place the shrimp into my blender. Bit of trial and error but now have something that seems to work. When I place the shrimp in they all go crazy over it, and have finally started to relate my presence of being around their tank as the promise of food to be coming shortly.

Last Friday I had picked up one more green blue chromis to add to the other two that I had picked up the week previous. I had set up a drip acclimation for the fish and added him to the tank. When first added the fish seemed fine was swimming around the tank with the other two and not hiding. No aggression was noted among any of the fish. Saturday before I was getting ready to leave for work I saw the orginial two swimming around the tank but was not seeing the third. I found him laying on his side under one of the pieces of pvc that was put in the tank for hidey spots. When I got home he was dead. All the parameters where spot on no detectable ammonia or nitrites and the ammonia alert badge haning on the tank was not picking anything up either. I called the store the next day and talked to the manager about what had happened. I was informed that they had no guarentee on their saltwater fish and even though I took the correct steps and it was probably the fish they would do nothing. A bit disappointing considering that locally they are the only place that carries saltwater fish and the next nearest places are about 40 miles away. I decided to give them one more chance and picked up another blue green chromis yesterday.

This time I shortened my acclimation process to about an hour, made sure to find out what the specific gravity of their water in their system. Which I found to be where I am keeping mine at 1.025. Added the new fish in and again was swimming around with the others. Today 24 hours later and things are looking good. Everyone is swimming around happily and eating well. Hopefully things keep going well this time around. Later this week will give the scallops a try and see how well those are recieved.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:28 PM   #22
 
Thanks for the update. I read your thread earlier this morning and was wondering if an update was coming soon. I plan on starting a FOWLR soon so I'll be reading and rereading this thread.
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:38 PM   #23
 
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Thanks for the update. I read your thread earlier this morning and was wondering if an update was coming soon. I plan on starting a FOWLR soon so I'll be reading and rereading this thread.

Thanks Jim for reading, still learning a lot myself and definitly before getting ready to start my tank I spent a lot of time doing research. Look forward to following along on a build thread on your tank.

Right now my latest research has taken me to lighting, I am starting things off as a fowlr but do want to make it a mixed reef. Originally was wanting to upgrade to leds but going that route means quite a bit of waiting... So now really thinking about getting a t5 fixture that would allow me to start and than later upgrade to the leds. Although was talking with someone else who is going from leds to t5 on their tank. The leds is still a very new technology and I would imagine that in the next year or two there will still be a lot of changes and improvements that will be made with the fixtures.

Will still have a bit of a wait on the corals but looking at a few months instead of a year without breaking the bank. Until than I keeping looking at different zoas and LPS which of course helps to feed the addiction
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:05 AM   #24
 
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Well about time for another update... Tank finished cycling about 2 weeks ago, I ordered my clean up crew from reefcleaners.org. I had ordered about 25 snails, 5 different types and got way more snails than that along with two surprise hermit crabs that sneaked in with my cerith snails. After much thought and getting the opinions and experience of others on a reefing forum that I belong to I decided to leave them in the tank and observe how they behave.

It has been a month now since I had gotten my blue green chromis and they have been doing well. I seem to have chromis that are a bit of a picky eater, if I try giving them pellet food they completly ignore it. They do however love shrimp and a few other prepared frozen foods that I give them. I have scallops that I am going to be trying but waiting on a order from foster and smith before I do anything with them. I have selcon and garlic guard coming in and with a portion of the scallops I am going to try my hand with making my own fish food. I am planning on adding some nori to it along with some krill and we will see what else. The other portion of the scallops I will blend up and freeze just as is for feeding.

Now for the reslly exciting news, today I picked up two new addtions for my collection.. anyone what to guess what they are?

I found a nice pair of clowns, originally I was thinking about getting either a pair of Percula or Ocellaris but the local place had some nice Clarkiis in that I ended up getting. I have a few pictures of them while they where in the 5g bucket acclimating. I am hoping to get some better pictures of them in the next day or two since the top down pictures really don't do them justice. If getting pictures prove to be a little too challenging I will try to at least get a video of them. Here are the pictures of the new additions and hopefully will have some more to share.

Here is one of both of them
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The larger of the two
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And the smaller one
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They both have a little patch of white on their tails almost looks like they had brushed up against some white paint
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:24 PM   #25
 
One of the meanest and territorial clown fish out there. The yellow slowly darkens to brown the older they get. The older they get also, you will be able to see their teeth that they get. Becareful what you put in with them.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:35 PM   #26
 
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Here are a couple of video updates

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Feeding time new addition Clarkii Clownfish - YouTube
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:32 AM   #27
 
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Some pictures of the new guys, really needing to get a macro lens for the camera using the stock lens right now. Also going through a diatom bloom so the rocks are not looking very pretty.







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Old 05-22-2012, 10:45 AM   #28
 
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One of the meanest and territorial clown fish out there. The yellow slowly darkens to brown the older they get. The older they get also, you will be able to see their teeth that they get. Becareful what you put in with them.

Interesting, the information that I have seen from several sources say that these guys are semi aggressive and should be good as long as not placed with other clowns and are semi aggressive towards passive tankmates. Any sources that you could share with more information? Thanks
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Interesting, the information that I have seen from several sources say that these guys are semi aggressive and should be good as long as not placed with other clowns and are semi aggressive towards passive tankmates. Any sources that you could share with more information? Thanks
Yup me. I've housed them more than once, and will never house them again. They even came after me when I had my hand in the tank to clean the glass. Becareful what you read.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:36 PM   #30
 
That sounds so good to me.
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