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Old 04-05-2005, 11:52 PM   #1
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hawaiian feather duster

i just go one and it seems to be doing okay. do they like direct flow? it looks like its happy, but its "feathers" are not splayed out as i usually see them, they are blowing around in the direct flow. is this ok?

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Old 04-06-2005, 12:23 AM   #2
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I have several FD,and mine are all in moderate to low flow. Their feathers remain open most of the times. The fact that your "feathers" are not splayed out is an indication that its not happy in direct flow as you may think.
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Old 04-06-2005, 12:50 AM   #3
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thanks. shhould i bury in the sand or place in rockwork???
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Old 04-06-2005, 05:48 AM   #4
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if you want it on the rock make sure you have it on the rock you want cuz you may not be able to move it once it attaches itself to it. i have one that is fine in the substrate but once i get a good piece of rock to put him on he will be on that.
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:46 AM   #5
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if you want it on the rock make sure you have it on the rock you want cuz you may not be able to move it once it attaches
Ain't that the truth. I wanted to move mine a bit after moving a few rocks around, but he's stuck on to a rock now and he's ot moving.

BTW, I had two, the one in the strong current died. Coincidence, perhaps, but its replacement will go in a lower-current area, just in case.
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Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 04-07-2005, 11:04 PM   #6
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i moved mine to "mushie grove" a couple nights ago and it seems MUCH happier! thanks so much for the input!!!
do blue-legged hermits mess with these worms? it looks like my hermits mess with everything somewhat, but can they harm it?

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Old 04-07-2005, 11:13 PM   #7
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Not sure about blue legs, but I'm now convinced that peppermint shrimp are no friends of dusters and vitrually anything new in a tank that is stressed.

Mine are banished to the fuge, that is, as soon as i can catch the second one.
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Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 04-08-2005, 02:20 AM   #8
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yes peppermints caused major problems in my tank too. they ate ALL my ricordia! yuma AND florida :'( plus they harassed my serpent star too!
those peppermints are bad news for a reef IMO.
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Get a Coral Banded shrimp. It will eat the peppermint if you can't catch it.
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And THEN what will the CBS eat?
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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