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Old 04-18-2014, 07:57 PM   #1
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Decision on new Inhabitants

Hey all,

Now that I got my tank up and its first inhabitant's I am looking at my next purchases. Currently I have....
  • Firefish
  • 2 small Scarlet Legged Hermits
  • 1 Astrea Snail

So far I am looking at the following for next purchase..
  • Yellow Watchman Goby or another Fire Fish or Flame tail blennie
  • Sexy Shrimp x 3
  • Cleaner Shrimp
  • Emerald Crab
  • Dwarf Feather Duster

I am also wanting to get corals, either Soft Corals or LPS. I would like to be able to order the things in the list above and the corals at the same time for shipping purposes (hopefully will get free shipping lol).

So, as far as the second list, what are your opinions on these and what would be the best corals for me to get to start with AND is there anywhere you would recommend getting everything from that has good prices?

Everyone here has been awesome with the help and information I have gotten and I appreciate everything

Any suggestions on the above would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-19-2014, 03:17 PM   #2
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Hey all,



Now that I got my tank up and its first inhabitant's I am looking at my next purchases. Currently I have....


  • Firefish
  • 2 small Scarlet Legged Hermits
  • 1 Astrea Snail



So far I am looking at the following for next purchase..


  • Yellow Watchman Goby or another Fire Fish or Flame tail blennie
  • Sexy Shrimp x 3
  • Cleaner Shrimp
  • Emerald Crab
  • Dwarf Feather Duster



I am also wanting to get corals, either Soft Corals or LPS. I would like to be able to order the things in the list above and the corals at the same time for shipping purposes (hopefully will get free shipping lol).



So, as far as the second list, what are your opinions on these and what would be the best corals for me to get to start with AND is there anywhere you would recommend getting everything from that has good prices?



Everyone here has been awesome with the help and information I have gotten and I appreciate everything



Any suggestions on the above would be greatly appreciated.

Firstly, your firefish is pretty much maxing out the 10g for fish. Definitely none of the above fish, but maybe a clown goby could be fit in. Also, emerald crabs are definitely not reef safe, but everything else would be fine. I highly recommend sexy's, they're very fun to watch . Mine are constantly dancing around corals, and every so often will actually chase away my cleaner shrimp!

Could you please remind me what lights you have? That will affect your coral selection. Btw, just so you know most places require you to buy >$200 of livestock for free shipping (it can be pretty darn expensive to ship live saltwater animals .)

If you can find some gsp or zoas at your LFS those would be ideal first corals . They are very hardy and will thrive in pretty much any basic lighting setup.

Good luck!
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:50 PM   #3
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Hey dingus,

Ok, as far as lights go I have the marineland Reef ready lights comes with (18) 10,000K White & (3) 460 nm Blue 1W LEDs-totaling 1305 Lumens/120par. From my understanding these are good for soft corals and also some LPS.

The sexy shrimp is a BIG+, I love these little guys and can see them now in the tank, and the porcelain crab I love the way they "wave" when they are feeding so most definitely with him and the cleaner shrimp.

+1 on the shipping from online suppliers. I was looking at Vivid Aquariums since the quarantine their fish etc. when they receive them before they sell them. they have some thigns at good prices but you have to order 225.00 or more to get the free shipping....i don't want that much right now .

I know Zoa's and Mushrooms will be good to start but was wondering what others would be good?
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Good starter corals (and some of my favorites ) include green star polyps, mushrooms, zoas, kenya tree, toadstools, Anthelia, and ricordea (the last is technically a shroom, but they are in a class of their own lol.)
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Awesome, was actually looking at some ricordia last night, really liking the way they look. Anthelia I haven't seen yet, will check them out as well. Just found another LFS here where I work and supposedly they have a bigger selection of SW fish, corals and inverts. Gonna stop by after work and see what they have.
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Leave out the kenya tree coral. It's very invasive and for such a small tank it's going to give you regrets.
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Leave out the kenya tree coral. It's very invasive and for such a small tank it's going to give you regrets.

Interesting, thanks for pointing that out. Is it invasive in terms of the actual ocean environment or just in aquariums?

I have a Kenya tree in my 3g that has grown maybe half an inch in the last two months, which was unexpected to me as I was told they grow quite rapidly. Could it be a different sub species of Kenya tree? My plating monti is growing faster than this thing lol.
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Kenya trees will throw branches and make their way everywhere. It's as invasive as aptasia IME. They kill most anything they touch. They also grow in virtually any environment. I have one growing in my refugium right now under a curly-Q energy saver bulb, partially shadowed by algae. I have noticed that flow may have something to do with it. For instance, I had one growing a foot in front of, and below a power head. It grew until it hit the flow, and then lost branches regularly after that, as if it was using the flow to spread itself around. Once these branches hit a rock, they attach and then they are there for good. Even cutting them to the base isn't sufficient. You will have to poison the rest of the stump that remains.

Right now I am maintaining a tank in a fitness club that is overrun with them, and majano anemones. I have recently been injecting them with an alkalinity solution (baking soda and water). I'm hoping this will do the trick
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Kenya trees will throw branches and make their way everywhere. It's as invasive as aptasia IME. They kill most anything they touch. They also grow in virtually any environment. I have one growing in my refugium right now under a curly-Q energy saver bulb, partially shadowed by algae. I have noticed that flow may have something to do with it. For instance, I had one growing a foot in front of, and below a power head. It grew until it hit the flow, and then lost branches regularly after that, as if it was using the flow to spread itself around. Once these branches hit a rock, they attach and then they are there for good. Even cutting them to the base isn't sufficient. You will have to poison the rest of the stump that remains.

Right now I am maintaining a tank in a fitness club that is overrun with them, and majano anemones. I have recently been injecting them with an alkalinity solution (baking soda and water). I'm hoping this will do the trick

Wow! I had no idea they could be such an issue. Mine is in one of the lowest-flow sections of he tank, which from what you said could mean it isn't spreading as fast. Sounds like it might be a good idea to get it out of there, before it drops arms. Do specimens usually give any indication that they are about to drop arms?

And before I forget, do you know how Kenya trees war with other corals? Do they have nematocysts or toxins? Thanks!
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Leave out the kenya tree coral. It's very invasive and for such a small tank it's going to give you regrets.
I didn't know this! Looks like no Kenya then lol. I never knew that they could be that much of a problem.

I have heard of the majano, was watching a video where someone was injecting them with Kalkwasser and they basically just imploded from the inside to kill them.

Thanks for the heads up Mr. X
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