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Old 02-15-2012, 01:32 PM   #241
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It's hard to say with no signs on the body. You got those at animal jungle right? I hope it wasnt from the long short tanks by the wall. Those are usually infested with something.
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I'm no expert but I've heard chromis are mean little buggers and it's possible the two suspect ones are stressed/injured from the happy go lucky one thumping them.
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:24 PM   #243
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Agreed, mine were happy (four of them) until one got injured. Then the started systematically taking each other out until I had one left!

I took him back to LFS.
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It's hard to say with no signs on the body. You got those at animal jungle right? I hope it wasnt from the long short tanks by the wall. Those are usually infested with something.
Unfortunately yes, they were from one of the back displays and all seemed active when we got them. I have heard different stories from different people about most of the LFS here and to me, it seems hit or miss... luck of the draw. However, noted now due to personal experience

As for the chromis and being aggressive, I'm so confused. Research online says peaceful and schooling. The LFS backed this up as well. This was the reason I didn't get the 3 stripe or domino damsels, as I had read and was told they were more aggressive. It's really is confusing to hear that honestly. Oh well.
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Yea it is hit or miss around here I agree with that . I tend to keep mental notes on the tanks that seem to have many issues. Hope it works out for you though.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:10 PM   #246
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Just a quick Friday update. I picked up a diamond watchman today at Fish Safari. I'm hoping he helps stir things up. He's super small at about 2". I'm still not ready for the mandarin but the tank is almost there. A few more weeks.

I broke out the sw test today as well. My phosphates are pretty high... somewhere around .5-.25. I want to attribute this to the fact I didn't have RO water the first month but who knows. I'm not over feeding that's for sure.

I'm doing another good water change this weekend and the skimmer seems to be doing it's thing. Hopefully I will have enough cash next month for a new skimmer. We'll see.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:18 PM   #247
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Adjusting right now... like I said, real small

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He will definitely sift sand, but typically they eat the critters that live in an established sand bed (1+) years old...

You could try feeding pellet food so that it sinks tithe bed for him.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:31 PM   #249
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my Phos was around there too for a while after switching to RODI. it's going to take more than 5x 10% changes to get down to unreadable levels if you're at 0.25 & even more for 0.5
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Nothing to big to note atm. The goby is doing awesome. The sandbed is amazingly clean looking right now. I fed them some shrimp this morning and the goby ate some. He's also eaten a few flakes that made their way down this weekend. He doesn't seem to be picky which is good. He's made a nice home over on the right of the tank.

I rigged up the ATO float to some eggcrate. I'm just wedging this into the return chamber and it should work well. I also bought another Brute 20g at HD and I'm buying a 3/4" uniseal this week so I can retire the 29g RODI tank and have a bigger drain for mixing.

I am considering placing both the 20g on the shelf and plumbing them together with a ball valve and/or check valve in-between. That would allow for 40g of RODI and in the 2nd I can have a heater and powerhead dedicated for SW mix. I can cut off the connecting ball valve when it's time to mix, add salt and cut the power on. Later I can just drain the new water into the sump return chamber and water changes would be easy as pie. Sounds good in theory anyway, we'll see.
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