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Old 12-07-2011, 09:31 PM   #1
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More fish, and why petco makes me go "huh?"

OK, so...72 gallon tank, 2 firefish and a sleeper goby. Everyone is happy, healthy, doing good things and living fishily, just as they should be. Haven't added fish in about 2 weeks, and all the levels are good, yadda yadda yadda.

So, I stopped by petco today to pick up some food for my son's rabbit, and happened to have a conversation with the new manager - they had some new, unusual (for petco) salt water stuff in the back and I was curious about the change (a haitian anemone and some clarkii clowns, both unusual for that location). Didn't have any interest in the livestock per se, but chatted with the guy who is a self proclaimed saltwater reef enthusiast.

So we get to talking about my tank, whats in there, whats not in there, what I want to add and so forth. And the conversation, at some point, goes like this:
Me: I have 2 firefish and am thinking about a royal gramma
Him: Don't do that, they're super aggressive and will go after the firefish
Me: Really? I picked gramma over dottyback because I was under the impression they were peaceful
Him: No way man, grammas are at least as aggressive as dottybacks
Me: Well...ok...anyway I'm waiting on adding more fish until I get the hang of feeding my open brain
Him: Why would you feed an open brain? You dont need to do that

Now I always tend to prefer experience over a website with a paragraph from someone I have no knowledge of...however this guy's advice appears to go against everything I've read, seen etc. Reefkeepers had a huge thread about open brains and how they'll LIVe without being fed, but to thrive need regular (2x a week at least) feedings - especially the red, deeper water ones (like the one I have...liveaquaria confirms). Liveaquaria also reports that the royal gramma is a peaceful fish except against its own kind.

So my question is this....is petco man full of doodoo? Is he trying to turn his store's reputation around with bad advice, or am I reading too much online?

What do y'all think about a royal gramma with a couple of firefish?
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He's dumb and needs to be told that lol
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:48 PM   #3
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He's dumb and needs to be told that lol
That's kinda what I came away thinking as well. It's weird I mean...he wasn't pushing me to buy anything there (though I did end up buying some frozen mysis for the coral he told me I shouldn't need to feed)...the whole conversation was just so ODD!

I mean, look, everyone is an expert, we all know that...and there's lots of different theories about the right way to go about all of this...but it's rare that someone almost seems to be intentionally telling you the opposite of conventional wisdom.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:57 PM   #4
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Grammas can be aggressive. As can dottybacks. I had to return a dottyback that kept going after my sixline. Every fish is different though.
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That's kinda what I came away thinking as well. It's weird I mean...he wasn't pushing me to buy anything there (though I did end up buying some frozen mysis for the coral he told me I shouldn't need to feed)...the whole conversation was just so ODD!

I mean, look, everyone is an expert, we all know that...and there's lots of different theories about the right way to go about all of this...but it's rare that someone almost seems to be intentionally telling you the opposite of conventional wisdom.
One time when I was getting some food for my geckos I saw a maroon, clarkii, and Occelaris clown in the same tank. I tried to tell the fish guy that they would probably fight before anyone bought them, but he said "since they're clownfish, they won't fight." He also tried to argue with "Nemo and Marlin didn't fight in Finding Nemo, did they?"
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I talked to the saltwater "expert" yesterday and I was buying mg. He said what's that for? So they seem to have enough knowledge to get hired and that it.
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I agree. I was talking to someone at petsmart once and they didnt know what an arowana was............... lol.
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One time when I was getting some food for my geckos I saw a maroon, clarkii, and Occelaris clown in the same tank. I tried to tell the fish guy that they would probably fight before anyone bought them, but he said "since they're clownfish, they won't fight." He also tried to argue with "Nemo and Marlin didn't fight in Finding Nemo, did they?"
Ha WOW. Disney movie reference, that's what I want to hear lol. Well educated argument he's got going there haha.
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HAHAHA I hope you countered with the fact that there were also vegetarian sharks...not that I've watched the movie or anything....
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HAHAHA I hope you countered with the fact that there were also vegetarian sharks...not that I've watched the movie or anything....
Fish are friends, not food.
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