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Old 04-27-2015, 01:42 AM   #31
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:19 PM   #32
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Thanks to all of you for your guidance. Our tank has a few new residents now.

We have a pair of clown fish (true percula) and an orange spotted goby, as well as 10 bumble bee snails. My daughter was thrilled to find another Asterina star this morning (again with 3 legs, but definitely not the same one as the first discovery).

I am hoping to get a royal gramma this evening to add to the "family".

A couple of questions - 1) I was told that a cardinal fish might also be a good addition, yea or nay? And 2) I was offered a small Kenya tree for the tank - is this something I should consider or avoid?

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Old 04-30-2015, 08:16 PM   #33
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Take the Kenya if you can (and it is free or cheap).
They are really simple and fun to start with.
I would do only 1 cardinal if you wanted as they be mean to each other(like fresh water angels).
Glad to hear you and daughter are enjoying(most important part,along with responsibility).
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:38 PM   #34
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I did take the Kenya (at my favourite price - free) and have added 3 peppermint shrimp. I saw a little bristle worm today - hopefully it doesn't cause too much fuss.

I went by one of the LFSs today, and their display tanks are FULL of aiptasia. I just about choked.

So - I know where I am NOT getting stock...

One question (yes, another one )... I know about aiptasia and mojano anemones, but a friend told me that another one to worry about is Tulip anemones. Is this something I really need to learn to identify as well, or are they less common/less invasive?

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Tulips are majano from my understanding.
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:06 PM   #36
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See, that is what is confusing me, Hank - I have probably read as many articles that say they are as troublesome as majano as that say they are not (as long as you are not working hard with corals).

Agh... Opinions. The internet is so full of them masquerading as fact.

Well, I hope I don't have to deal with any parasitic anemones any more - then it is all academic.
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I wouldn't worry about it. And if you like something from the LFS that has covered tanks in aiptasia...if it isn't overwhelmed you can easily manage that stuff.
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Ok, perhaps I am misreading you, but are you saying that these anemones aren't the massive issue that some make them out to be? Perhaps I don't need to flip out after all?

Because I am so new to marine aquaculture, I am just so afraid to do it "wrong" and ruin everything.

Right now, literally within hours of introducing the peppermint shrimp, one has disappeared. However, I see an empty carapace - what is the chance it molted after being introduced and is in hiding while its new carapace hardens?

Ahh - I am too emotionally invested in this!
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Stressed out and caused to molt. Not uncommon. Hiding until it isn't fish food.

As for glass anemones, they are what you make them. They are easily managed with aiptasia-x, for example. I've had several pop up in my tank and I managed them and have no issues. I'm not saying get a piece of live rock from their tanks covered in them, I'm saying you can get a healthy fish from them if you know what to look for and even coral if you have the means to manage a pest if it shows up.
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