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Old 04-26-2005, 10:50 PM   #1
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New Fish in QT

I just got my new fish in from LA. To say that they are GORGEOUS is almost an understatement! OMG! I got 4 Lyretail Anthias (M/3F) and an exquisite wrasse. They are all in my 30g QT with 10g overflow/sump. Picture on LA's site just don't do them justice.

They get along wonderfully. The wrasse acts just like one of the gang. They are already eating mysis and cyclopeze. When I put the food into the tank they went NUTS! They became extremely active and swam every inch of the tank eating the cyclopeze (Liquid Life) and chasing the frozen mysis like crazy. So far so good.

I don't think I took a single good picture but if I can find one that's half way decent I'll post it up! They're beautiful! I'm so psyched.
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Old 04-26-2005, 11:23 PM   #3
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They are gorgeous Phyllis. Congrats on your new additions.
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Old 04-27-2005, 11:33 AM   #4
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Thanks. I was really worried about whether or not they'd eat (and even bought some live white shrimp when I bought them, JIC) but they're doing just fine. They ate well again this morning. The LiquidLife in the water just makes them go crazy.

What is the particle size of frozen cyclopeze? The only cyclopeze I have is either flake or the Liquid Life. Since they like the cyclopeze so much I was thinking about getting a block of that as well. I'll probably try some Formula 1 or Prime Reef tonight and see if I have any takers. *crosses fingers* I hope to have them on my main reef foods by the time they join the main.
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Gorgeous fish. Congrats on the new friends. Seething with Jealousy on the anthais. Are they hard to keep? Any special requirements??? Cause I love the color of them.
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The primary challenge, from what I've read, is that they are hard to get to eating prepared foods. I've heard lots of people have great success feeding cyclopeze. And so far mine have been eating just fine. They also like to eat 2-3 times a day, so if that doesn't fit your lifestyle they're not a good fit. Some of the really pretty ones come from deeper waters and therefore keep their color best under moderate to low lighting. When I was considering the Anthias Steve-S gave me a good link to which species were best suited for captivity.

They do best in harem's. One male (more than one will fight to the death, from what I've read but I saw 2M & 3F in a LFS tank. Not sure what's up there) and a few to lots of females. My plan was to get 1M, 3 Lyretail F and one Bimaculatus F but the bi was backordered and now they're not on the offering list at LA so I'm guesssing it won't be happening.
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Old 04-27-2005, 12:24 PM   #7
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Wow u keep that tank clean...
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That's just my QT setup. That's not their "home". My main has sand and rock and coral abounding! This is actually QT2. There wasn't going to be enough room in my 15g QT for the Harem and Steve-S recommended that I keep my PT at running levels for a week before moving him to my main so I ended up needing my QT longer for that fish than I was planning. So I'm using a 30g I acquired to house the Anthias during their QT period.
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BTW what is the point of a QT?
To make sure there arent any diseases or anything right?

But wont it already be in the water when yo ustick them in there anyway? You cant get it out can you?
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They're in QT so that they can be watched carefully. They're being watched for eating and waste removal patterns, health, behavior, etc. Should a disease present itself while they're in my QT tank I am able to treat just these fish rather than all of the fish in my main (once a fish in your main has ich it is there until you treat the tank and all of the fish). Once the new fish are treated (like my Purple Tang) then they are able to be moved into the main without passing on some horrible disease or parasite to the rest of my tank. Should one not be eating it will be easier to spot in QT than in my main. If one of them is weak from travel/transit/stress they have time to get stronger before being added to my main where things are pretty fast paced. Getting a fish out of my main would be some pretty tricky business and I'd rather not have to if it is preventable. When I took the fish from their bags and put it into my QT I didn't take any of their water. I netted the fish from their acclimation buckets and plunked them into my main. I'll do the same when I move them from QT into my main after doing tons of water changes over the next 4w.

QT is a good practice if you don't want to lose precious livestock. I have too much invested in my main to add anything to it that I haven't properly QT'd.
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