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Old 01-29-2013, 10:24 PM   #11
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I will be picking up a octopus xp3000 when I pick up my porcupine. Luckily a friend of mine is selling it to me and paying him a little at a time.
Thats a nice way to get a skimmer, by payments

I'm not familiar with that one, assuming in-sump since there isn't many HOB and I pretty familiar with what they offer as HOBs, but I'm sure its not cheap.

I really am happy with my Octopus so far and will probably stick with them when it ever comes time to get another.
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It's the "super reef octopus xp3000" in sump. He used it for a few months on his 220g reef tank, and then he decided he was going to take his hobby to the next level and he actually opened a dang aquarium store. Lol.. He's actually got some nice corals and livestock.

But back to the subject. Setting up a sump is easy peasy. Basically just a Rubbermaid container with live rock and a pump. Or you can find them on Craigslist fairly cheap.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:45 PM   #13
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It's the "super reef octopus xp3000" in sump. He used it for a few months on his 220g reef tank, and then he decided he was going to take his hobby to the next level and he actually opened a dang aquarium store. Lol.. He's actually got some nice corals and livestock.

But back to the subject. Setting up a sump is easy peasy. Basically just a Rubbermaid container with live rock and a pump. Or you can find them on Craigslist fairly cheap.
Well it sounds like you got yourself a pretty good deal, finding one barely used and from a friend at that.

Thats certainly taking it to the next level, huh? Sounds like it'll be a good place for you to shop, if its close to you.

I'm sure I've got it in my head that a sump is harder than it really is. Just working with plumbing, with all that water , scares me. Plus, my tank couldn't be drilled and it seems like that would make it simpler. I think I'll leave this tank sumpless, especially since it isn't too large of a tank. I also hope to be moving sometime kinda soon (looking into getting my own house) and the less to move the better. I think once I get settled in in my own place I'll look into getting a larger tank, preferably already setup for a sump.

For now I'll remain sumpless and see what my stocking options are as is.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:53 PM   #14
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I have a sharpnose puffer in a 55g with 2 x b/w perc clowns, a scooter blenny, a gold stripe cardinal and a purple firefish. I consider my tank fully stocked so would say you have room for maybe one or 2 small fish after the puffer. The fire fish was a great addition to add some colour to the tank.
I have watched the puffer chance personality in the time I've had him, nearly a year now. I can say he leaves most of my corals alone, particularly the softies but has been seen picking at zoas and star polyps. I wouldn't trust him with inverts tho, again he leaves my snails alone but if he finds a hitchhiker crab (of which I have many) I have seen him smash them to pieces!
Great fish, definitely my favourite
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:11 PM   #15
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I have a sharpnose puffer in a 55g with 2 x b/w perc clowns, a scooter blenny, a gold stripe cardinal and a purple firefish. I consider my tank fully stocked so would say you have room for maybe one or 2 small fish after the puffer. The fire fish was a great addition to add some colour to the tank.
I have watched the puffer chance personality in the time I've had him, nearly a year now. I can say he leaves most of my corals alone, particularly the softies but has been seen picking at zoas and star polyps. I wouldn't trust him with inverts tho, again he leaves my snails alone but if he finds a hitchhiker crab (of which I have many) I have seen him smash them to pieces!
Great fish, definitely my favourite
He's lovely!

I can't wait to get my puffer

Thanks for sharing your experience, very much appreciated. Its seems its either a hit or miss when it comes to the puffers and coral. Hoping mine decides to leave them be, if not I'll just move them out.

I haven't actually seen any hitchhikers, well except some macroalgae, but nothing like crabs. I do have some hermit crabs so those and the snails I know may become a meal. Not worried about it though.

The firefish are nice, I was looking at some at my LFS just this last week. If I had another I do like gobies and the royal gramma. I'm still not sure how my blenny would react to the goby so I may be safer with a royal gramma or simliar.

If you don't mind me asking, what equipment do you run and do you have a sump?

Also, was your puffer your last addition or did you add some of the other fish after him?

I had thought it might be best to have the puffer last as it will be the most aggressive of my stock really.
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I really like gobys too, but when I asked my LFS if they would get along with my scooter they said maybe, they might also fight to the death! I didn't want to risk it, love my scooter.
I only use live rock as my filtration, I have a lot of it and it was all live when purchased. 2 x power heads and a decent skimmer. 10g PWC every week and my tank is stable...
I actually got the puffer first, with the two clowns. He was tiny! And very friendly, then after about six months he started the nipping at things, then the hiding whenever I walk into the room. Now he is back to eating from my hand but he does still flash at himself in the reflection...
Go the firefish, purple ones are a bit bigger and definitely more beautiful.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:07 PM   #17
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I really like gobys too, but when I asked my LFS if they would get along with my scooter they said maybe, they might also fight to the death! I didn't want to risk it, love my scooter.
I only use live rock as my filtration, I have a lot of it and it was all live when purchased. 2 x power heads and a decent skimmer. 10g PWC every week and my tank is stable...
I actually got the puffer first, with the two clowns. He was tiny! And very friendly, then after about six months he started the nipping at things, then the hiding whenever I walk into the room. Now he is back to eating from my hand but he does still flash at himself in the reflection...
Go the firefish, purple ones are a bit bigger and definitely more beautiful.
Yeah, I know I'd be taking a chance to add a goby as they are similar in body shape and thats whats leads to problems with blennys/gobys.

I'd say the goby wouldn't make it if my blenny decided to harass him. My blenny is good sized, at least 4 inches, and the goby would be much smaller. I love my starry blenny though and wouldn't want to cause him any issues.

Sounds like our setups are similar. I rely on live rock (soon to be 85lbs), the octopus skimmer, and powerheads as far as filtration goes. Similar water change schedule as well.

I bet he was cute so tiny! I was just trying to do what I could in terms of minimizing the chance of any aggression, more so territorial I suppose. Though it'd be different when the puffer is young/tiny, which he would be, rather than older/larger and already established when trying to add a tankmate. The firefish are pretty, especially with the purple (that was what interested me in the royal gramma). I'll have to read up more on them. Do you have a lid? I would worry about firefish trying to jump since a lid is suggested.

If you don't mind another question, what is your feeding schedule like? What does the puffers diet consist of?
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I feed every other day, a mixture of flakes, mysis, lobster eggs you name it - he eats ANTYTHING and poops ALOT!
He has never shown aggression to other fish, ever. But all my fish stick to themselves, they have their own little place in the tank and everyone seems to play by the rules.
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I feed every other day, a mixture of flakes, mysis, lobster eggs you name it - he eats ANTYTHING and poops ALOT!
He has never shown aggression to other fish, ever. But all my fish stick to themselves, they have their own little place in the tank and everyone seems to play by the rules.
I knew puffers have a large bioload!

I feed every 2-3 days so our schedules there are similar as well. I'm just not feeding as many yet.

My clowns stick to one place during the day, most of the time, and have a corner they sleep in every night. Wrasse swims all over all day and then sleep in the sand at night. Blenny doesn't stay put really but stays close the rock work for the post part, picking and perching. I don't feel that any of the other fish will be in the puffers way exactly. I'd expect him and the wrasse to be the two that really swim everywhere but the wrasse is already almost 4 inches I'd say so I'm sure he could hold his own.

Thanks so much for sharing your experience! It makes me feel much better, especially since our setups are so similar.
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