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Old 07-06-2015, 01:36 PM   #11
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I am sure this may change but I am thinking about what shrimp I want to include in my tank so wouldn't mind some insight because I've come across mix results on various forums when researching. I'm wanting to add a Randall pistol shrimp as I understand they are the least aggressive, a skunk cleaner shrimp and 1/2 peppermint shrimp. And wondering is that pushing it. Again read different results so wouldn't mind someone experienced here chiming in.


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If you get a goby it will make connection with the pistol shrimp and guard him. Very interesting to watch. Only thing is you might not see him. Same with the peppermint. Mine hid for 2 weeks before coming out and all I have is a clown.

Skunk cleaners are great though!


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Old 07-06-2015, 10:06 PM   #12
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First day of build up is done and so far so good. Nephew was a sponge and explained the cycle process to his parents as soon as he got home. It was great knowing everything I taught him was soaking in. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-09-2015, 06:42 PM   #13
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Water is cleared up and the cycle has begun. Added one piece of live rock for the kick start. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-10-2015, 11:57 AM   #14
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Looking great! Awesome that your nephew is getting the hang of things!
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Greatest part he is a sponge. His mother asks so now we can put a Nemo and Dory in their. Her son goes no we can't. Only a clown fish no tang because it will be squished and we have to wait for the cycle to complete to ensure the water is good for the fish. Now that right their is how you bring a kid into the hobby.


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Old 07-16-2015, 09:32 AM   #16
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sorry it took so long to reply, I missed the thread being alive after I posted. I had 2 peppermints, they ate all my aptasia when I first set up my tank. I currently have a coral banded shrinp in there, it's well behaved and very cool looking, but there do try to catch fish when they get big, or so I've heard.

I had a pistol in there at one time, saw it for 2 weeks, heard it for another, then nothing in a year. I thinkit's a crap shoot if they build a burrow where they are visable.

Now that my 29g is empty, I'm going to kill the hair algae that has seriously taken over the tank, looks like a forest nymph's bed, soft fluffy and green. Once that is gone, I's love to make it a showcase for a nice mantis, but the girlfriend wants seahorses, so...

I like the look of blood shrimp/fire shrimp, but have never owned one. Harlequins are also very cool, but they are not a beginner critter, as they ONLY eat star fish feet (and some urchin's feet).
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Old 07-18-2015, 08:46 PM   #17
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Well the lessons continue as I teach my nephew how to complete the water test. He was pretty excited to learn something new. Very great bonding experience. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-22-2015, 10:39 PM   #18
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Another week of the cycle and we finally got some nitrites and trates showing up. We also picked out another piece of live rock at the local pet store but got something on it I hope someone can help me identify. It's a bright flower looking thing. Click image for larger version

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Looks like a nice looking mini maxi anemone.
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:35 PM   #20
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Great to see diatoms in the tank. If I've read right that means I am getting close to the end. Click image for larger version

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