01-05-2009, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Pasfur
The real question is why you would risk the lives of your fish, despite the fact that experienced hobbyists are telling you these combinations don't work in the long term? There is simply no need to try this for yourself. Even worse is that you are encouraging people to ignore the advice of those with more experience and try these combinations for themselves.
Success in the marine hobby is judged by long term health. These animals are not capable of thriving in this environment. You will learn this lesson the hard way. You will wake up one day, or perhaps come home from work, and every fish will be dead with the exception of your Blue Throat Trigger.
How do I know this? Because your experience is not unusual. Every year there are dozens of people who post these type of threads. And every year these people come back a few months later and say they learned their lesson. Time and time again these animals die for no reason. I can't begin to tell you how many time i've had this exact conversation.
I appreciate your position on this topic, and perhaps I am being a bit naive, but in the short term this has worked for me. You mention the long term and this not working, but I have had experience with this exact combo of fish about 12 years ago in a 55 gal. aquarium. They were living and thriving for over 5 years together. I finally had to break the aquarium down and sell the fish to a local FS because I was temporarily moving into a small apartment and could not take the tank. So I have had experience with this combo before. Perhaps it was an exception that they all thrived, but I was willing to try it again. Although I am fairly new to this Forum and my latest tank set up is only a few months old, I have had extensive experience in this hobby. My fish are well cared for, fed properly, and water changes performed every week. I follow ALL the rules of the hobby to the letter. I believe in providing the best care for animals that I chose to purchase, by sparing no expense. Since I believe that this Forum is a way that we can all learn from one another by sharing knowledge and experiences, I chose to share my experience with this Fish combo. Perhaps some of the "myths" of this hobby can be dispelled by people "pushing the envelope" a little. My intentions are not to put my animals in danger in any way. I monitor them constantly and have noticed NO aggression from any of them so far. Thank you for the responce and I look forward to a continued dialogue on this subject.