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Old 03-30-2008, 07:38 PM   #11
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The rock is secure against the back glass. I don't want any fish camping out behind the rock out of sight all the time

My goal is to have an anemon with two clowns, one orange, one black....I don't know the names...and a mandarin like this: http://www.underwater-recovery.net/i...darin-Fish.jpg

I haven't really thought of anything else. Of course a cleanup crew, a scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp, some hermits and snails.

oh, and got the water to about 1.024.

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Old 03-30-2008, 08:45 PM   #12
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thanks That's the kind of info I was looking for.

It's completely full, but it's got about 21gal in it.
I'm going to guess you have more than 21 gallons by the looks of it... doesn't seem like you have 1/3 the tank volume taken up by rocks and sand. But if you do have less than 30 gallons, then that number I gave you will give you saltier (higher SG) water than I mentioned. But overshooting is easier to correct anyway... just siphon off and add RO/DI water!

{Edit: Just read your last post. Glad to hear you got the SG up to where you needed it, so just ignore my just typed rambling! But looking at your stock list, I'd really do some research on that Mandarin. They need a big tank to keep them supplied with their preferred food, and from what I've read most of them die a slow death from starvation in our tanks. One of those fish that is probably better left in the ocean. Also research anemones and clowns... don't think two different clown species will host the same anemone. I think they'll probably fight each other in a 30g tank. You'd probably be better off with a mated pair (not just two, but a pair that have previously "lived together") and an appropriate anemone. Clowns don't need an anemone to survive in captivity, but it is a neat thing to watch.}

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Old 03-31-2008, 09:16 AM   #13
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yeah I read about the mandarin some more, and I think we'll skip him.

There's an algea eater type fish at the LFS that is just a blast to watch. Not too colorful but a voracious algea eater. Pretty neat. I'll be there today to ask 'em about it. *edit* did some more research, looks like I'm talking about a blenny.

the clowns we'd like to get all live in the same tank at the LFS, if they do end up fighting I think we'd take one back and replace it. As for what else, I just don't know.....gonna research that more

the clowns I'm thinking of are the ocillaris (sp?)
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If it's a sailfin blenny it will starve when the algae is gone. They need a lot of it and Nori alone won't do it. You should also skip the anemone. They need a much larger tank with a lot more light and even then usually die within a year. Clownfish do not require an anemone.
(Amphiprion ocellaris) or false Percula clownfish is the fish from Finding Nemo.

The cleaner shrimp is one the coolest critters in a tank. It will crawl around your hand and arm when workingn in the tank looking for tidbits.
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Everything looked pretty decent on the water test according to the LFS, but just to be safe, I picked up a green chromis to start.

I'm getting a decent nitrate tester today to keep an eye on that, the ammonia levels were good as were the nitrites.

I'll be piecing together a refugium in the next couple of weeks too.

We drip acclimated the Chromis last night, and put him in the tank. He instantly went and hid.

This morning he'd moved to another spot but was working his way out more and more, so by the time I get home today I think he'll be better acclimated and hanging out.

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