So, after two days of water tests and getting cycled results, introduceing my three hermits who did fine over those two days (But then decided to eat theirselves as they molted. My luck. I have one left.) I went to get my fishes.
As far as SW
fish go, here i have a mixed bag as far as i have been able to tell. I have petco, whom while a good store, are infamous for the dead fish tank. Also, petco has only eight or so small SW
tanks, and being a big chain, those tanks are typically filled with the big sellers (clowns, yellow tangs, etc.)
Other then petco, there's one store that seems to get more exotic shipments of fish in if you hit it just right, and they have over whats just half of a warehouse-ish sized wall of SW
Tanks. Only issue with them is thier is no gurantee on the LFS
. As well, if happen to show up between a lul on shipments your out of luck. Third, there is a small store in a shopping center which has a small SW
section that is larger then petcos and more varied, and may rival the aforemetioned store, but seems to be a bit pricy. I've only been there once before my tank cycled, so now that i am a bit more knowledge on SW
i may vist once again.
Anyhow, i decided to go with the second store. Gurantee or not, i have plants and FW
fish from there still kicking it. (They do offer a FW
gurantee.) and the staff can be knowledgeable. However, i showed up on a bad day and while there was a sale going on, and while there were problary 45-50 different fish if not more to choose from, a lot of the popular nano and otherwise varities were already gone.
So, i ended up with two of the four striped humbugs (damsels.) I've already gotten some reaction to the size of these guys in a nano, but they only get to 3". (Of course, nature is always willing to make expections.) The three striped seem to get to 4 and a half, and have a larger body size.
As an attempt to get thier agression down and keep them more tolerant to future and current tankmates (which currently are a few dusters, hermit, and some snails.) i got a pair. It's quite fun to watch them zipping in and out of the coral.
However, i have bine shrimp to feed them, and am planning on supplmenting that diet with bloodworms. Bad idea? Better food in anyone's experince? Also, how long might be a good time to let them settle before adding any other mobile livestock?