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Old 03-23-2010, 06:51 AM   #71
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I agree with Mitchell0605. Do your research on the coral first. I made some newbie mistakes with some of the corals that I bought and wish I didn't purchase them now. The clicking could be your clown fish. I've read that clown fish snap their jaws and make this sound. Do you have the Koralias on timers or are they on at all time? I've read they can make clicking sounds if put on a wave controller.
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:54 PM   #72
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I agree with Mitchell0605. Do your research on the coral first. I made some newbie mistakes with some of the corals that I bought and wish I didn't purchase them now. The clicking could be your clown fish. I've read that clown fish snap their jaws and make this sound. Do you have the Koralias on timers or are they on at all time? I've read they can make clicking sounds if put on a wave controller.
Koreilas are on full time.

We saw the mantis, so I am sure I have one. I still haven't heard any clicking.
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You probably haven't heard any clicking because he hasn't found a rock that he wants to burrow into yet. The only time you hear the clicking is when he is digging in to something.. Pistol Shrimps are the shrimps that can make the clicking noise regardless of what they aim their claw at, not Mantis'
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:00 PM   #74
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Also Mantis' can click in rapid succession (click,click,click) whereas Pistol Shrimp can only click once. That's another way to tell them apart.
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I would also hold off on fish and stuff until you get the mantis shrimp as he might find some fish/inverts/corals tasty.
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Mantis shrimp use that claw to kill prey, not to burrow into rock. It is possibly the fastest motion of any animal and takes a truly high speed camera to capture it so we can witness it,
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Although if the sucker gets you the pain comes pretty fast too.
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Old 04-02-2010, 11:25 PM   #78
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I have this same tank and want to tell you its an awesome tank and very nice to show. I had the spray problem on the return as well. I used a small piece of filter between the wall and return line which doesn't break the siphon. It was a huge distraction and messy until I got something small enough to fit in there.

Your tank looks great and good luck!
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I have this same tank and want to tell you its an awesome tank and very nice to show. I had the spray problem on the return as well. I used a small piece of filter between the wall and return line which doesn't break the siphon. It was a huge distraction and messy until I got something small enough to fit in there.

Your tank looks great and good luck!
Thanks paul.

Well, your post reminded me that I haven't updated for awhile. So here goes.

We have started to aquire corals. We picked up some GSP and a leather coral on our first trip. They opened up with in about 1 hour of putting them in the tank. We have had them for about a week now, and they are almost constantly open and look great.






On the second trip, we got two ricordias, one with large "bumps" and somewhat pale blue in color, and the other orange with a green mouth.





We also got a toadstool



Coraline is coming in nicely and really developing even on rocks that were dead.

Diatoms are finally starting to fade. They were driving me crazy. I am about to test the water as I haven't done that in a while. I am happy to say that I was able to change out 10% of the water last weekend, in about an hour and a half, not including water RO time.

Here are a few overall tank shots.






Thanks for looking!
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very beautiful. +1, i just picked up a brain today myself. I cant wait to get a toad leather next
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