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Old 08-12-2015, 10:58 PM   #51
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Feather dusters in a mature system won't need fed at all. This is a good thing because liquid foods easily foul up the water column and is very easy to do even in larger systems.
As for non-photosynthetic anemone, one can feed them the same frozen foods that you would feed your fish. You can simply just feed it with your hand, tweezers, a turkey baster...whatever weapon of destruction you wish.
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Old 08-13-2015, 12:18 AM   #52
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Curley cue nems will kill anything they touch/catch so I'd be careful adding one of them to a tank like this. Most inverts aren't fast enough to avoid a Curley cue if they get to close, and it will eat whatever fish you add if it gets a chance. And considering they get up to about a foot in diameter with 5-6" tentacles, probably not the best option for a 10g


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Old 08-13-2015, 12:39 AM   #53
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Curley cue nems will kill anything they touch/catch so I'd be careful adding one of them to a tank like this. Most inverts aren't fast enough to avoid a Curley cue if they get to close, and it will eat whatever fish you add if it gets a chance. And considering they get up to about a foot in diameter with 5-6" tentacles, probably not the best option for a 10g


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Oh I didn't know the anemone would get that big. I guess I've decided on a FINAL final stock:

2 blue leg hermits
2 zebra hermits
1 scarlet hermit
1 astrea snail
1 nassarius snail
1 emerald crab
1 porcelain crab
1 peppermint shrimp
2 sexy shrimp
1 brittle star
1 blue tuxedo urchin
1 feather duster worm
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Oh I didn't know the anemone would get that big. I guess I've decided on a FINAL final stock:



2 blue leg hermits

2 zebra hermits

1 scarlet hermit

1 astrea snail

1 nassarius snail

1 emerald crab

1 porcelain crab

1 peppermint shrimp

2 sexy shrimp

1 brittle star

1 blue tuxedo urchin

1 feather duster worm

I swear I'm not trying to rain on your parade, but I'd strongly recommend skipping the star too. Another animal that will get a little to big for a 10. Also sexys do better in odd number groups, and IME they are bolder and out and about more in groups of 5 or more.


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Cool tank idea with just inverts.. mixing crabs and snails though just be prepared to replace a few snails here and there. As far as the brittle goes it would be fine in a 10g. Just might look odd when it extends its long arms here and there. I keep a big serpent and about 8" brittle in my 20L. They do a great job of grabbing any mysis that finds the sand bed as I tend to over feed for my mandarin.

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I swear I'm not trying to rain on your parade, but I'd strongly recommend skipping the star too. Another animal that will get a little to big for a 10. Also sexys do better in odd number groups, and IME they are bolder and out and about more in groups of 5 or more.


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I just REALLY want a star. It's one of the main reasons I want to do this tank.

Could I keep the sexy shrimp in a group of 3 and just build up the group slowly so I don't have to buy them all at once?
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A new option has opened up for me to convert my 20g freshwater to salt, so could I stock it with:

4 blue leg hermit crabs
4 scarlet reef hermit crabs
2 dwarf zebra hermit crabs
1 astrea snail
1 cerith snail
2 nassarius snails
1 emerald crab
1 porcelain crab
1 peppermint shrimp
1 camel shrimp
1 lettuce nudibranch
1 feather duster worm
1 brittle star
1 blue tuxedo urchin
1 blue damselfish
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Should be fine other than the nudi branch which will starve out eventually. Why not just make this a reef? The interesting inverts on your list mostly hide and some have symbiotic relationships with certain cnidarians. Plus corals are inverts


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It would just be best to get a RO/DI filter. I'm lucky enough to live somewhere where the tap water is extremely clean, I don't use RO/DI water at all. All my fish and corals are just fine

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Are you on a well or city water
Every city tap I've tested the chlorine content was intense , along with all the other chemicals they use to purify the water , I've tested like 4 or 5 taps around the metro area and I wouldn't give that water to my dog yet alone my fish , My well pumps out pure mountain spring water but I still filter it , it's not worth the risk to not filter , You also need to be careful with some of the minerals coming out of some of our mountain wells ,
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I'm on city water. I'd prefer to not do a reef due to the cost and care needed.
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