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Old 01-28-2008, 10:58 PM   #11
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The tank is only about a month old with around 20 lbs of live rock. 4" live sand bed. and 2 damsels that i would like to switch off for a clown or goby
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:14 PM   #12
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You would be wise to get rid of both damsels as they will make it hard to add any fish in the future as they are territorial .. The crabs will eat what ever is left over fromt he fish feedings , anything more you are risking adding addtional NitrAtes , phosphates which in turn can cause algea blooms , that are difficult to get ahold on once they get a foothold
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i dont know of anywhere i could take the damsels, but i dont know if i should just pop them off. i put in a small 1/4 by 1/2 piece of dry seaweed, i hope that wasn't too much.
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You may be able to return them to the pet store ....as for the seaweed you really dont have any grazers that will utlize it ... Try flake or pelleted food
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how do i know if the fish are being underfed?
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:23 PM   #16
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Just watch their belly area as it will look sunken in . If you feed a few pellets every other day you would not likely under feed , the crabs will forage from the scraps . I feed my guys twice a week the rest they forage for and have stayed plump and happy .For the crabs I toss in a few on the oposite side of the tank for them to sink. I have found that they seem to be just as active as they were when fed 2 x a day however most feed every other day and there guys are happy and healthy....most have had thier fish long term ....
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right now i feed them frozen brine shrimp and they devour it extremely fast (15 seconds) they always appear to want more....should i feed them enough so it takes them about a minute to get it cleaned up?
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Fish are adept beggers . They will always beg. Ours will zoom to the top even if they were just fed.
Also try either a pellet, flake or mysis food as brine is nutritionally deficent ...
Rule of thumb is never feed more than they can eat in 2 minutes , I like feeding a small pinch , wait and feed a small pinch so it ends up being 3 or4 small pinches , takes all of 5 minutes to feed and its funny to watch too ..
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lol sounds like a good idea, what pellets do you think would be the best for small damsels? ive been checking out some sites and found what appear to be good products...
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I use 2 diffrent ones bioblend marine food small pellets omega one marine pellets they really like the marineland bioblend foods (purple cap ) Not sure if they still make it tho I have not needed to buy it in 3 years LOL with the varitiy that we feed and as little as we feed
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