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Old 05-27-2013, 03:58 PM   #391
 
Very Nice. A very good beginner coral that looks awesome is the Duncan coral ( highly recommend, one of my favs). For fish, if your looking for an active swimmer that's more peaceful then the royal, check out the blue chromis or the midas blenny. Keep up the good work!

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:34 PM   #392
 
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things are looking real good man.Just a heads up,Be wary about the yellow polyps as they will sting most corals and reproduce rather fast.As far as beginner corals those are all pretty good ones.I have seen you on this forum for some time and was looking for some one who was interested in having some coral frags shipped to them.I provide the coral and you pay the shipping.Most of the corals you have listed as well as mushrooms and zoanthids can be shipped without overnight wich will allow for a cheaper transport.If you are not interested then no big deal,I just need a little practice shipping out of state.
Thank You. Honestly at the moment, I want to pick out my corals in person, so I can get an idea of what they should look like, etc, before I start trading or buying online. I appreciate the offer, maybe in a few months

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All those corals look good to me. I forgot, do you have a pistol shrimp for your goby yet? Love seeing him out front showing off!
I don't have a pistol Shrimp for a few reasons. first, I have not actually seen one locally (I know right). 2nd, I don't want him to hurt my cleaner shrimp. My cleaner usually stays up top and the pistol would be on the bottom, but ya never know. And lastly, my watchman is almost always up front in plain view and pretty active. Im scared if I get the pistol they will burrow in the back and ill never see them. Its all still up in the air, we will see what the 8th brings.

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Very Nice. A very good beginner coral that looks awesome is the Duncan coral ( highly recommend, one of my favs). For fish, if your looking for an active swimmer that's more peaceful then the royal, check out the blue chromis or the midas blenny. Keep up the good work!

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I was looking at Duncan's yesterday, and I'm going to add them to my list!
As for the Chromis, they are not really my thing. I think they would look cool as a large group in a large tank, but not in the nano. I'm scared about the Blenny because I read they can get a little dominate over goby's, and my watchman is very small still, so I'm not sure how I feel about that. Thanks for the Kind words.

Again, thanks for everyone's help. Its been a very tiresome project due to my many issues. I have had horrible luck so far so when I see that my water is pretty much ready to go for some corals and I hear everyone's kind words I get super excited and all that work is finally paying off.

Unfortunately, I may need to take the QT down completely as I really don't have the room for it right now. (its in the bedroom), so again im going to run some risk with getting fish, but I don't think I have a choice at this moment.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:01 PM   #393
 
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I think as long as you pick healthy specimen that aren't prone to ich outbreaks, you should be fine. Royals I heard are sensitive and prone to ich, but dottybacks can be a more hardy fish with a similar look.
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:23 PM   #394
 
I agree. Long as the fish seem relative healthy (active, no unusual spots, etc.) you will be find without a QT. In fact, I haven't used a QT at all do to the same problem....lack of space. I would recommend coral dip though just to be on the safe side.

I have a yellow watchman goby and pistol shrimp pair along with a scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp. They get along great. You rarely see the pistol shrimp, maybe a few times a month. But, there are always evidence of them in your tank (new sand piles from tunnels). Don't worry about them establishing a tunnel behind your rockwork somewhere where you don't see them. It doesn't take long for the active duo to create tunnels everywhere. I'm to the point where i fill some tunnels back in to keep them busy. I love my sand battles with them when i clean the tank.

I also agree with wanting to see the corals/fish in person before purchasing. Nothing beats the feeling of hand picking out your reef inhabitants. With that said.......in my experience, if you order from a reputable dealer online (like liveaquaria or bluezooaquatics) they seem to be as healthy if not healthier. Keep in mind that you cutting on the "middle man" when you order online. Instead of your aquatic creatures going from a wholesaler dealer to your lfs to final your tank, it goes straight from the dealer to you. This cuts down on stress tremendously do to reduce shipping and these coral farms usual have a slower turnover rate to ensure the healthiness of there inhabitants.

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Old 05-29-2013, 04:08 PM   #395
 
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I enjoy shopping at my local fish stores as well.It is nice to see corals you want to purchase in person "when possible".If you decide you want to try out an aquacultured specimen shipped I have over 100 types to choose from and I can snap pictures so you can see the specimens if thats of concern, if not then maybe some one else wants a free coral or two?I am simply needing to get experience shipping small stuff so I can ship the bigger more sensitive things to my friend who is moving.In the process of learning I would love to help out a fellow salt water hobbyist.So the offers still stands for short period of time.

On another not I also have a red sea max and it is awesome,and it looks like yours is coming along rather nicely. I want to add actinic as you have but have not gotte to it yet.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:23 PM   #396
 
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:06 PM   #397
 
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So Badx has offered to send me some corals so he can work on his shipping strategies and so I accepted. Not sure what he is sending exactly but he showed me pics of his frag setup and it sure is nice. I am hoping he was able to send them today or tomorrow so I can get them before my trip this Saturday.

What is the Red Stuff's on my rock now. It does not seem to scape or brush off. Is it OK? A red coralline?

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Old 06-04-2013, 01:05 PM   #398
 
May likely coraline algae if you can't brush/wipe it off. That means your tank is in a good place
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:00 PM   #399
 
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My YWG seems skinny still. He does not eat a whole lot, but he does eat. I've also noticed his skin is dull and white on both sides. I don't see anything strange with his behavior or anything. Any ideas?

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Old 06-05-2013, 06:03 AM   #400
 
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What are your water parameters?
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