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post #1 of 20 Old 03-19-2010, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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How does my tank look?

Name: 54 Corner Bowfront
Owner: toonyace316
Type : Saltwater
Substrate: Live Sand
Size: 54 Gallons
Live Rock: 65+ Lbs.
Power Head: 1 Koralia? brand
Protein Skimmer: Aqua C Remora Pro
Inhabitants: 12 Dwarf Hermit Crabs, 3 ? Snails, 3 Mexican Turbo Snails, 1 Sand Sifting Star, A few Tube Anemones, A small colony of Zoas or Polyps, some Xenia, a Feather Duster, 1 Large Female Clown, 1 Small Yellow Tang, 1 Small Chromis, 1 Small Longnosed Hawkfish, 1 Scarlet Hawk, 1 Male Psychedelic Mandarin (Very large and fat), and 1 Chalk Basslet
Filtration: Marineland C-220 Canister Filter
Lighting: 17" 150 M.H. Pendant with 2 14 W Actinic T5's
Temperature: About 76*F
Decor: Live rock lined on back walls and live sand on bottom
Accessories: Wooden Stand
Food: Frozen Brine, Flake, and occasionally live brine

It is a year old, and it doesn't look bad at all. I use Tropic Marin, and I do 5 gallon water changes weekly BTW.
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post #2 of 20 Old 03-19-2010, 06:41 PM
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Upload some pics and I'll let you know...

All your specs look good. Do you have a sump? How long has that Mandarin been in there? I am not a fan of that canister filter; how often do you clean it?



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I don't have a sump, and I just got the Mandarin. I know the person at my LFS, Dallas North Aquarium, and he said it was a very healthy looking one, and by my research I agree. I change the floss once a month and carbon bi-monthly.
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I don't have a sump, and I just got the Mandarin. I know the person at my LFS, Dallas North Aquarium, and he said it was a very healthy looking one, and by my research I agree. I change the floss once a month and carbon bi-monthly.
The Psychadelic Mandarin is also called the "Bullseye" Mandarin as far as I know. That would be yours, the one with all the bullseyes on it? It is tough to get these to eat prepared food, so keep a good supply of live food in your tank. These animals can wipe out a copepod population in a week. You might need to supplement with Reef Nutrition's "Tigger Pods" if he doesn't accept pellets or frozen (which is likely). I have the Green Mandarin, and he eats nothing but pods.

I think that you should be cleaning out the filter more often, but the true tell will be your Calcium, Alkalnity and Nitrate tests. Can you post the results of these?



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Here are some pics:







This is a portrait shot. Sorry for him hiding, he is new.

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The Psychadelic Mandarin is also called the "Bullseye" Mandarin as far as I know. That would be yours, the one with all the bullseyes on it? It is tough to get these to eat prepared food, so keep a good supply of live food in your tank. These animals can wipe out a copepod population in a week. You might need to supplement with Reef Nutrition's "Tigger Pods" if he doesn't accept pellets or frozen (which is likely). I have the Green Mandarin, and he eats nothing but pods.

I think that you should be cleaning out the filter more often, but the true tell will be your Calcium, Alkalnity and Nitrate tests. Can you post the results of these?
Mine is the Striped and non-bulls-eye. The scientific name is Synchiropus splendidus. I have live brine shrimp to feed him with my pods until I can wean him on to frozen HUFA enriched brine, which I have. I will do the tests soon and post results. I might have low calcium, but I have supplements for that and Alk. Also, I am doing a W.C. tomorrow, so Nitrate won't be a problem.
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I can't see the pic. Can you try tinypic.com?



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Mine is the Striped and non-bulls-eye. The scientific name is Synchiropus splendidus.
I have the same one. He is a finnicky eater, I'll tell you that.

You might be supplementing pods for his entire stay in your tank. Do you have a sump?



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Nitrate: <5
Calcium: 420
Alkalinity: 8

Added supplements for Calcium and Alk.
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