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Old 09-27-2008, 02:31 PM   #1
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Talking new stuff...

I went to the lfs today to talk about bringing in our two damsels who have got to go...he said "great, and oh, by the way, I have some corals you were interested in..."
He had a torch, a hammer, and two tiny pulsing xenias! Since we come in regularly he worked a deal; so now I am drip-acclimating my three corals, and bagging the damsels to go back!
The torch (green and yellow) is about 4"x3", and the hammer (blue and green) is 6"x3", and they are both about 4"tall when expanded. The xenia are tiny, about 1" long each, and lavendar. I will post pictures after they get settled in, and re-expand!
I read on a couple of sites that clowfish will occasionally host with hammers...has anyone else heard of this, or even had luck with it?
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I read on a couple of sites that clowfish will occasionally host with hammers...has anyone else heard of this, or even had luck with it?
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guess so ; ) thanks melosu58!
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No problem. Clowns will host several different corals. I have a maroon that host a bubble coral.

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Old 09-30-2008, 09:33 AM   #5
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Good news and bad...My male clown has started nudging the hammer...he looks so happy when he's doing it--that's the good news....

Bad is that the xenia bit the dust...I had them on the bottom of the tank saturday and sunday, and when I noticed them starting to recede, I moved them to the middle, thinking they weren't getting enough light...and they just, melted away. I dont' know how else to describe it...their stumps are still there--can they grow back, or are they done for?
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Hopefully you'll be able to post some pictures soon. Just one little tid of info on that torch.....they can really stretch out so make sure you give it enough room so it doesn't bother any neighboring corals.

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i work 2nd shift tomorrow, so I'll be able to post some pics then...in the meantime, there are about 5 inches between the torch and the hammer...I am wondering if that is what happened to the xenia, since it was almost right next to the torch...

Hammer and Torch colors are quite a bit...ummm...shall we say "casual"? compared to what they were in the lfs since they went from MHs to PCs, but otherwise, I think they look healthy! Again, I'll post pics tomorrow so you guys can give me you opinions.

Oh, and does anyone have any advice to trapping a speedy damsel in a small tank w/o tearing it down? I can't catch the d@mn thing, and it's driving me mad!! I get the net in there, and he just disappears into the rock work-even if I leave it in there for awhile. I tried for 45 mins saturday, before finally giving up...maybe I'll make my hubby give it a try.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:39 AM   #8
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Smile pics and a question

Here are the pics...I took them right after lights went on, so the hammer is still a little retracted.
Is it normal for the branching torch to have a couple heads at a time get bloated and "freeze up"? After a few minutes they relax and wave around like the others. They all do it at some point throughout the day.

The bluefin damsel is the one I am trying to catch and remove. He has gotten too large for the tank, and has started picking on the male clown, who seems to be trying to host the hammer. I am not so much worried about the yellowtail damsel, he's tiny and timid.

There is one pic titled peekaboo, where one clown is obvious, the bluefin is peeking out the top left corner, the yellowtail is peeking out the middle, and the diamondback goby is looking straight at you dead center. I thought it was neat.
Anyway, any suggestions/comments for remodeling or staying as-is, along with other coral suggestions are greatly appreciated! Ooh, and comments on how the corals are doing since I can only compare them to what they looked like under those metal halides at the store, and pics online. Thanks!
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I really do think that the torch was the demise of the xenia. They do have some pretty nasty sweepers. JMO

And BTW great looking pics of your tank.
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Thanks for the article melosu! I can't wait to get that devil out of the tank! I think I may go ahead and get the little guy out while I'm at it, since eventually he'll need to go for size/aggression anyway. That would leave me with the diamond back, and two oscellaris. I would like something that's herbivorous, but everything my lfs has that's nano sized, is carnivorous. Any ideas, or should I stick with the three, and just fill in with corals?
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