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post #41 of 89 Old 05-03-2010, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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I re-arranged the rocks since I got the new one... I stacked them in a much better way - it made a lot more hidey-holes for the fish. My protein skimmer should have been here friday... but its due for delivery today. I will DEFINITELY have some new pics tonight!!

My husband has been talking to my oldest bro (he lives in VA and I didn't even know he had saltwater tanks since I've never been to his house there!) He evidently keeps Niger triggerfish. Feeds them goldfish! yikes lol! Anyways, he is a bit old-school on starting up tanks... he told my hubby we should get damselfish to put in there.... well he just kept insisting that we do it so he took us up to Petco and we got 2 damsels. They are pretty... but I haven't even had Diatom in the tank yet!!! >>INSERT EYE ROLL HERE<<

PLEASE don't get mad at me about it... I KNOW it wasn't the right thing to do....

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post #42 of 89 Old 05-03-2010, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I got the protein skimmer. The instructions were total crap and definitely not for a person that has never used a PS before. I have no idea if it is working correctly or if I have it set correctly but I have a question in to the "reef squad" at marinedepot.com where I got it.

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post #43 of 89 Old 05-03-2010, 06:11 PM
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What species of damsels are they? I know a lot of damsels can get really territorial. What was your brothers reasoning for adding the damsels? I hope your tank and your damsels do well...

BTW Niger Triggerfish are gorgeous. Did you know that the Hawaiian word for triggerfish is humuhumunukunukuapua'a?
LOL, just a random fact that I knew :)

Good Luck and btw, I am waiting for pictures of your tank and your damsels!!!! :)

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post #44 of 89 Old 05-04-2010, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Well, they are: 1 yellow-tail, & 1 super bright blue one, not sure of the type of damsel, it was in the "assorted damsel" tank lol. I stayed out mowing a couple lawns late yesterday so I didnt get the pics... sorry!! I can't take good tank pics in the living room during the day, we have a giant bay window that just lets in too much light.

His reasoning in the damsels are that it will help to cycle and age the tank faster. Its old-school and sort of inhumane, which is why I wasn't planning on doing it. Hubby pushed me into it though. He is getting super excited about it, which is actually a really good sign for me... I may get a big marine tank sooner than I hoped for! :D Which means my (by the time I can do a bigger tank lol!) I will be able to use this smaller tank as a hospital tank or something later down the line. Yay!

I'm trying to talk him into a 125g... I eventually (once I get good and experienced in the marine tanks) want to get a Moorish Idol... I know they are hard to keep, etc... I've been doing my homework, thats why I say eventually.... hehe

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post #45 of 89 Old 05-04-2010, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, and I forgot to mention... I put in a ? to marinedepot.com where I ordered the protein skimmer, and I got an answer back really fast! He pretty much explained it all for me well enough that a beginner could understand lol. I think I would definitely order from them again, they shipped it like an hour after I ordered it and their customer service has been great.

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I'm trying to talk him into a 125g... I eventually (once I get good and experienced in the marine tanks) want to get a Moorish Idol... I know they are hard to keep, etc... I've been doing my homework, thats why I say eventually.... hehe
The Moorish Idol will not live in captivity. Period. Read this, The Moorish Idol. Keeping one succesfully in this hobby means keeping it alive for a year at most. Hardly success in my book. There are many problems this fish presents: problems with shipping, problems with acclimation, starvation from not eating, starvation although appearing to eat well and compromised immune systems. Just letting you know to save your money now. (Believe me, I would LOVE this fish...it's just not feasible)

Look at the Long-Finned Bannerfish. The Heniochus Butterfly is another name for it. They are commonly referred to as the "poor man's idol."



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The Heniochus Butterfly looks so much like a Moorish Idol, I had no idea that such a similar looking fish to the Idol existed. I think the Heniochus Butterfly is a beautiful fish!

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I know. I wish they were "reef-safe." I can't house a Heniochus with corals, cause that is just a nice snack for them...



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I know. I wish they were "reef-safe." I can't house a Heniochus with corals, cause that is just a nice snack for them...
Isn't it a good thing we have a forum? Based on this site's info if I were setting up a reef I'd get a Heniochus:
(of course, if I were setting up a reef I'd heed your advice over anything I read on some site)

http://www.themarinecenter.com/fish/...hiteheniochus/

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post #50 of 89 Old 05-04-2010, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Ok... so I THOUGHT I was doing my homework, lol!! Everything I've found online just says they are hard to keep and finicky eaters, it didn't sound like it was too bad... I even read some posts on another fish forum about it, weird.

I've seen them for $35-60... I just looked up some of thos longfin bannerfish and they are $30-45... only a small price difference I wonder why its called the "poor man's idol"? Just because of how fragile they are?

It DOES look really similar!! It looks like it may get a couple in bigger than the idol as well?

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