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Old 11-22-2011, 01:45 PM   #31
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I'll have a better idea about temps shortly - I had a very wonky thermometer in there that was showing some pretty dramatic shifts. Got a new one last night and plopped it in and, stupid suction cup refusing to stick aside, it seems to be showing more consistency.
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:26 PM   #32
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For any that are curious, coral is wide open and looks great.

copper banded, o nthe other hand, is no more. Went back to the LFS - he'd had two of them and the other one died in the shop apparently, so I don't feel totally awful about it - however I will not be trying those **** fish again.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:39 AM   #33
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sorry about the butterfly....that really stinks....
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yeah, very few of them live in captivity. the odds are against you with most butterflies IMO.
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yeah, very few of them live in captivity. the odds are against you with most butterflies IMO.
Thats what my research has shown as well... Still sucks to lose a fish tjough.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:19 AM   #36
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Yea I know they dont tend to last long - which is why I wanted him for 2 weeks just to clean up the aiptasia...but evidently he wasn't eating the aiptasia or the frozen stuff I was offering him.

Beautiful fish but will definitely be steering clear from now on.

So the next question, what DO I add? My family, for whatever reason, is in love with tomato clowns: I'm more of a fan of ocellaris, but since its a tank for everyone I'd like to keep them happy. I don't know much about the tomatos, but liveaquaria sems to indicate that they really want an anemone and/or a coral they can bash about. I don't anticipate adding any anemones to this tank (I tried it once - little bastard wouldn't hold still and wound up in a powerhead. Remarkably I was able to get him out, but won't be trying that again) - and I'd really hate for him to beat up any corals that I may add in the future...

Any personal experience?

I also noticed that they're listed as pretty aggressive....but also as a good first fish? Seems odd to me as I've always been told to add the most aggressive LAST - do I have that wrong?

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Yeah tomatoes dont play nicely, i would wait a bit for them... You could show your fam some designer occelaris, such as black ice, or naked... Stock list is always hard
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Yeah tomatoes dont play nicely, i would wait a bit for them... You could show your fam some designer occelaris, such as black ice, or naked... Stock list is always hard
Yea that's what I'm trying. LFS had a (Still fairly aggressive) maroon/yellow clown that I was in love with - but they didn't like him.

Sadness

That having been said, any suggestion? Previous tank occupants were an ocellaris, hippo tang (a real small one), PJ cardinal, a couple blue chromis, at one point back a bit a small foxface.

Requirements from the family: pretty, nice color variety, and something different.

Knowing what I know now, I don't want the hippo since they get way large for my tank size...thinking about a dottyback or something similar since they get that beautiful purple color in there...but I'm definitely open to feedback/suggestions!
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I have a mystery wrasse & love it. Great temperament, personality & Colour.
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A lot of fairy wrasses are very cloful, reef safe and not much is said about them. Not all are, but fron reading it appears more then half.
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