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Old 06-23-2013, 07:50 PM   #111
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Filefish can nip at corals, but otherwise are fine to have. I have one in my system. It's a model citizen and eats mostly algae.
Got a bit of algae so thats good. Is a bit of algae ok in your tank or is it a sign?
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:45 AM   #112
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Algae means nutrients as that's what it feeds off, not a bad thing in small quantities but as it starts to appear may be worth water change
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:51 AM   #113
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Algae means nutrients as that's what it feeds off, not a bad thing in small quantities but as it starts to appear may be worth water change
Does anyone know what this is? A hitchhiker i guess. Looks like some sort of Star fish thingy.
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File fish very shy but active if i hide. Hasnt eaten yet. I am using this food below. Was told he had been eating it. Only put a few in but no go yet.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:19 AM   #115
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I would try something a bit meatier like mysis shrimp?
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:05 AM   #116
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I would try something a bit meatier like mysis shrimp?
Do you know what this is?
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:27 AM   #117
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Looks like a bristle star, harmless but I have heard of tanks that are overrun by them and others who grow quite big and can eat fish. That small is a helpful little filter feeder...
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None of the ones you will get on live rock will grow any larger than you see there, and they are good scavengers. the ones that eat fish are the ones you see at the LFS for sale. The large green ones.

As for the food, you should have made them feed it in front of you before buying it. They do tend to tell stories here and there. That said, go to the LFS and pick up some live black worms or blood worms if he's not eating. Mine ate only those for a couple weeks, but never went to flake. I've had him a year and he still turns his nose up to flake and pellets. I feed him frozen chopped fish and shrimp mostly, along with nori on a clip of course.
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None of the ones you will get on live rock will grow any larger than you see there, and they are good scavengers. the ones that eat fish are the ones you see at the LFS for sale. The large green ones.

As for the food, you should have made them feed it in front of you before buying it. They do tend to tell stories here and there. That said, go to the LFS and pick up some live black worms or blood worms if he's not eating. Mine ate only those for a couple weeks, but never went to flake. I've had him a year and he still turns his nose up to flake and pellets. I feed him frozen chopped fish and shrimp mostly, along with nori on a clip of course.
Do you need a chiller for a reef only or do some fish need a chiller ?
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You want consistent water temps. If you can keep you tank about the same temp all year long, I think chillers are not necessary. If you are like me and live in the desert where its gonna be 120 this weekend, a chiller is better than running the AC all day.

Very few fish need water lower than 78 degrees. There are some cold water fish though (Catalina gobies come to mind) and they likely would need a chiller.
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