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Old 02-28-2010, 08:00 PM   #121
 
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Will do for sure! This hobby is terribly addicting! I can take videos with my digital camera so I will set it up tomorrow when I get ready to feed and hopefully get a good video of all the action in the tank. I cant wait to get to work on the 75G but its going to be a slow build due to money. The tank and stand is definately the cheap part!
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:33 AM   #122
 
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Still looking for recommendations on foods for a varied diet, keep in mind that right now my clowns are juveniles and dont eat very much/large foods. I have to chop the mysis shrimp very finely right now for them to eat it.

Also looking for opinions on this stocking plan. If you think it will work, what order should they be introduced (already have the clownfish)?

False Percula clown pair
Tail-spot Blenny
Watchman Goby
Clown Fairy Wrasse
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:43 AM   #123
 
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I think you stocking list will work fine and the order will not factor into it with the list you have. Just add them as you find the appropriate healthy livestock.

For feeding, i would think most of the frozen food selections would be fine. Just place a cube into a cup of water and allow it to break apart. Then slowly pour it into the tank. The only thing they won't take will be squid, plankton, krill, and other large chunks. But the basics like brine shrimp, marine cuisine, angel formula, angel & butterfly formula, etc will not be a problem at all.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:08 AM   #124
 
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Thanks Pasfur, I will see what other frozen foods my LFS has to offer. Currently they seem to be very happy to eat the thawed mysis and flakes soup but it probably doesnt offer the full line of nutrients they should have. That and I would hate for them to get bored with it and no longer eat.

Well good, youve ok'd the stocking list, now if I can get my LFS to agree to it I will be doing good! I will then stock them in the order listed. Im willing to bet the LFS will agree with 2 choices but will give me a NO on the last. We will see, Ive just emailed her after reading your response. I will probably add the Tail Spot Blenny later this week.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:03 AM   #125
 
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Just like I figured she said no on the clown fairy. Ugh she is starting to get annoying! Even if she is right I see no reason why I couldnt give it a try. GRRR. Ill just get someone else to buy the fish for me if she wants to be this way... I need to get started on the new tank so I dont have to deal with her crap anymore.
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:19 PM   #126
 
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Just like I figured she said no on the clown fairy. Ugh she is starting to get annoying! Even if she is right I see no reason why I couldnt give it a try. GRRR. Ill just get someone else to buy the fish for me if she wants to be this way... I need to get started on the new tank so I dont have to deal with her crap anymore.
Are you saying that she refuses to sell you the fish? I'm not even sure this is legal.
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:56 PM   #127
 
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You know I kinda thought the same thing. Yes, she refused to sell me ANY livestok before the tank had been running for a month. I wanted to purchase a CUC before then and she REFUSED to sell them to me. Ill have to look into this. I mean dont get me wrong and I think you can tell this about me, if the fish seemed at all uncomfortable I would gladly return the fish. But Ive see larger fish than a wrasse in 29G tanks and they seem to be perfectly happy. Its just extremely frustrating to try to do everything right and yet still be treated like Im an idiot because I went with a tank smaller than she recommended I start with.

I mean come on, Im not asking her for a tang or other large fish. Its a small, peaceful fish (4" adult length). Im not positive but Im pretty sure she has them currently in 20G breeder tanks.... I realise thats not a permanent home but give me a break here.
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:29 PM   #128
 
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If a person was to buy a watchman goby and then a pistol shrimp a week or two later would the two still pair up?

Heres a pic of a starfish the wife spotted tonight,



Its really small, less than the size of a dime I would guess. Is it identifiable? And if it is does anyone know what species it is and whether or not its safe in a reef tank?
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:34 PM   #129
 
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if you buy a watchman and a pistol they may or may not pair, mostly depending if they find each other. that is an asterina starfish.

on the subject of frozen foods i always pre-rinse the cubes in alittle RO/DI water because the water they come in is full of phosphates.
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:53 AM   #130
 
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if you buy a watchman and a pistol they may or may not pair, mostly depending if they find each other. that is an asterina starfish.

on the subject of frozen foods i always pre-rinse the cubes in alittle RO/DI water because the water they come in is full of phosphates.

Thanks for the info onefish2fish. WWM (Wet Web Media) also said it was an Asterina star. Ill will monitor it to see if it stays away from my coral or not. Hopefully it will be fine and can stay. I read somewhere that the 6 leg Asterinas are safe while the 7 leg are not. Time will tell. Also, I have been rinsing the frozen foods before feeding them to my fish/shrimp.

Im going to the LFS today to get an Emerald Crab and a few more Astrea snails and also see what else they might have as far as frozen foods.
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