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Old 08-19-2003, 11:14 AM   #1
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feather duster question

Was at the LFS today getting a blenny and saw a few beautiful Feather dusters. I'm thinking of adding one to my tank, but don't know much about them.

I have 2 false percs, 2 peppermint shrimp, a skunk cleaner shrimp, a firefish, the new blenny (doing great) and a handful of snails.

My Qs: Will all these guys get along with a feather duster?

Where do you place a FD (ie on my LR, on the substrate?)

Do they need any special care, lighting etc, besides supplemental food.
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Hey Clownfish,

I'm no expert on the matter but I have read that feather dusters will do best on a sandy bottom where they can bury some of their tube. They also require a good amount of food in the tank (plankton etc..) but are easily kept if fed well. HTH!!

I'm sure others will give you more accurate feedback from personal experience.
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Old 08-19-2003, 03:34 PM   #3
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I have been close myself to buy a feather duster, just havent yet. From what I know c-bass is pretty on about feeding. They can live in low light with low water flow and are not very difficult to keep and maintain. Thats just what ive heard from my LFS who all know a great deal about this stuff. HTH! If anyone has heard or experienced anything different than what I have said please correct me.
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A feather duster is a worm, it is not photosynthetic, so it has no light requirements what-so-ever. If likes decent flow (to bring it food) and is not tolerant of poor water conditions. Target feeding is a must, for longevity.
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what do you target feed it with??b
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Old 08-19-2003, 06:14 PM   #6
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I use flake food in a cup of tank water and a turkey baster...Just put a small amount in the cup and add a bit of tank water, stir it up and disolve the food, and suck it up and squirt it on them with the turkey baster... Mine love it..
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Thats a great idea timbo.Im going to try that one tonight with mine.Thanks
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Old 08-20-2003, 03:28 PM   #8
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Great feeding advice, but will they get along (ie survive) with shrimp and blennies? Most worried about the shrimp...
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Bump -- Anyone have info on compatiability with shrimp, etc??
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Old 08-22-2003, 11:54 AM   #10
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Peppermmints have been known to pick at zoanthuds and dusters on occassion. It is not a certainty and usually quite rare. I am sure if they get a regular amount of food when the fish are fed, they will not be a concern. There will be no problem with the fish listed above.

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