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Old 01-14-2008, 10:17 AM   #11
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Old 01-14-2008, 02:07 PM   #12
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That`s up to you. This is a community that tells you their knowledge and experiences. You can either take it or leave it. That part does not bother me but when you insist we just tell you what you want to hear then I cant go along with that. I am able to post my references if you need me to. As far as the fish, people put fish in too small a tank and everything is just fine until all of a sudden fish and tank have all kind of problems. And as far as the coral I had a fish that took 4 yrs before he went coral nipping. He about killed my tank before I caught him. So you see I`m not just drawing some things up. I`ve had much experience with this.
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Thought I'd chime in, that is if you are still paying attention to this thread. If I have not misread, there were no dimmensions given as to the size of display this animal will be housed in nor future housing size? Depending on the depth, metal halides could be used, but taking care as to not overlight and cause radiation suntan. If you plan to house soft corals in this tank then metal halides are not needed and PC's or T5's can be used. Be aware that although this animal will not consume corals, it may trample over and around them causing tissue recession from non-expansion or possible damage. Majority of crustaceans and polychaetes will also be consumed with the possibility of slow moving fish. Actual display size may vary depending on specie, which I believe you also did not relay, but on average a 500g display would be adequate for long-term care/adulthood. Being that this animal has been kept for at least 1yr (juvenile) and is only about 6" might be a concern in comparison to averages.
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I`m still paying attention to this thread James and thanks for the info. I do have several references that say that this fish is not reef safe so I am curious about that. That is good info about the lighting.
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"Reef Safe" is a very broad term defining the health of invertebrates (some references include fish) within your aquarium, but considering that the majority of animals we keep do live off of the "reef" in one way or another, I question the terms viability. Epaulettes and other Elasmobranch spp. do not feed upon corals, but the possibility of physical damage and causing tissue recession remains. All other inhabitants are fair game and moreso in small confines.
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