187 Gallon Again
I wanted to thank eveyone (especially Pasfur) for helping with my saltwater 187 gallon. I wanted to let everyone know that everything's going well. I never took any of the fish out, they all recovered very well. No signs of Ich between the sterilization and garlic supplement. I also should add that I now have a quarantine tank for new fish. Two fish were added to the display from the quarantine 2 days ago. So far both look great. No compatibility porblems or signs of disease. The tank now has:
1 Seagrass Filefish (Acreichthys tomentosus)-He loves to nip at snails as well as swimming in all the Caulerpa
1 Diamond Sleeper Goby (Valenciennea puellaris)-She set up a burrow in the front of the tank
1 Heniochus (Heniochus acuminatus)-Likes to bite me when I clean the tank
1 Pearlscale Butterfly (Chaetodon xanthurus)-very friendly and finger feeds
1 Mandarinfish (Pterosynchiropus splendidus)-He stays very fat because my parents are buying a bottle of copepods a week and adding them to the refugium
1 P.J. Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera)-always front and center
1 Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto)-Smallest fish, but has the most spunk. Very entertaining to watch.
2 Percula Clownfish (Amphiprion percula)-Cleaning a spot to lay eggs inside a barnacle.
1 Bicolor Angelfish (Centropyge bicolor)-Eats all the grape caulerpa I put in the tank
26 Astraea Snails (Astraea tectum)-Mow down all hair algae
23 Nerite Snails (Nerita sp.) Somewhat useless, get nipped at by the butterflies and filefish, always on their backs.
1 Turbo Snail (Turbus sp.) Amazing cleaner, cleans more by himself then 5 Astraeas.
1 Nassarius Snail (Nassarius sp.)-Seems to like Nerite Snails...
1 Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)-Loves riding on the pearlscale butterfly all around the tank.
Glad to hear its going well. I'm jealous that you have a BiColor Angel doing so well!!!!
Another question. My mandarin seems to be getting thinner. I have 180-200 lbs. of rock along with my refugium. I hav been adding a bottle of tigger-pods every saturday, but he keeps getting thinner. How can I keep him fat? Within 2 weeks of purchase he ate all of the millions of tiny tubeworms in the tank and I haven't seen a single bristleworm since I added him. I really don't want him to starve. Do you think he has intestinal parasites, like what is common with leopard and belted wrasses?
How long was the tank set up and established before you added the mandarin? One bottle of those tigger pods is, mass wise, probably what a mandarin eats in a normal morning. If you didnt wait 6 months or so for a pod population to get established in the main tank he is probably SOL. The seagrass file is also direct competition for pods as it is a hunter as well and will clear the primary pod breeding areas(macro). There probably arent very many pods of a decent size(pencil lead size or more).
I added all the live rock about 2 years before adding either. I got him to eat some live brine shrimp today (he only eats them when they hit the bottom, so thankfully I have a target feeder). I also bought some arcti-pods. By the way, do you think it is a good idea to set up a new smaller tank (i.e. 10 gallons) with a sponge filter, some live rock rubble, some live sand, Caulerpa, 3 bottles of phytoplankton, and 3 bottles of tigger-pods. I would put a gro-light on it for freshwater plants and fill it with water from the main aquarium. When I needed pods I could take the target-feeder and transfer some to the main tank. When I look closely at the big tank I can see little copepods moving around the rocks and sand, as well as the Caulerpa, by the way, so I know there's a lot of them in there. If I take a rock out and put it in freshwater, it swarms with little pods.
Another side note. I found out that all the chromis and other small fish that were going missing in my tank before were largely because of a crab I found hidden in the rocks about 3 weeks ago. He was about an inch across, with white and black stripes. I killed him as soon as I saw him. I did not buy him, so he must of came in on the live rock and I never noticed him.
Do you have a refugium? That is the answer to your pod question.
The fuge will help tremendously. This is probably why you are having such a good pod population.
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