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Its2sunny 12-20-2011 02:33 PM


Originally Posted by TLTGF (Post 1701929)
This is now a 38g build :)

Yea it is! Humm... should i just get some Nassarius Snails?

carey 12-20-2011 03:21 PM

Thanks, I thought so. :-)

How about a yellow watchman or a shrimp goby? Plenty of room for them in 38g

Its2sunny 12-20-2011 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by carey (Post 1701994)
Thanks, I thought so. :-)

How about a yellow watchman or a shrimp goby? Plenty of room for them in 38g

The yellow goby looks cool, those spots are brilliant. cool, so I'm thinning once i have my cleaning crew in, ill add the goby. Do you reckon i could add the Goby and Pistol Shrimp together?

carey 12-20-2011 05:42 PM

Gobies can actually pair up with a pistol shrimp. :-) I'm not too sure about the yellow watchman, but shrimp gobies like the pink spotted are supposed to. I have a pink spotted and a pistol who pay no attention to each other though. LOL

mr_X 12-20-2011 05:48 PM

i don't think you can keep a mandarin alive in a 38 gallon tank, refugium or not.
they eat hundreds of pods a day. if you are stuck on them, you might try one that's been eating prepared foods, like the ORA mandarins. i heard many of them revert back to pods only though.

btw, you don't need any sand sifting fish. after the tank stabilizes, which may take a few months, the sand bed will stay white, providing you have enough flow in the tank and don't grossly overfeed.

Its2sunny 12-20-2011 05:57 PM

Cheers Carey... that helps a lot.

Mr_X... Well, i guess if a power head will do the trick i'm alright. I was just concerned that i might get some issues, as i have a deep sand bed. Aragonite below and fine live sand above.

I think i'll still go with the refugium and copepods. Just as a means of filtration. I'll wait to get the Mandarin, once i'm more familiar with the hobby, and upgrade to a bigger tank. I don't want to make any fish suffer unnecessarily, especially with tank size issues.

mr_X 12-20-2011 06:00 PM

a few burrowing snails like nassarius will do the job of keeping the top 1" aerated.and when i say few...3 is plenty. many more and you'll have to add food to the tank just for them.

Its2sunny 12-20-2011 06:07 PM

cheers for the advice. On another note, I've just had a tiny surprise in my tank. I just went to get some pizza out the oven, and noticed a moving shell. I thought it was just part of the rubble, that made up the ls. At closer inspection, i see it's a tiny blue hermit.

I can't believe i haven't seen this guy before. Well chuffed. And now worried as well. My tank is cycling, so will this little bugger be safe? Do i need to feed him?

mr_X 12-25-2011 11:28 AM

No need to feed him. He'll graze on the rock until you add fish and food. As far as the ammonia from the cycle is concerned, either way, you have to cycle this tank. You can either remove him or let him tough it out. There is a possibility the ammonia will be more than he can handle.

Its2sunny 01-09-2012 01:15 AM

Just a quick update. My water parameters are normal, and have been for a week straight. So i bought myself;

1x pseudochromie dottyback
2x clown fish
5x blue hermit
1x scarlet hermit
3x turbo snails
1x emerald crab
2x nassarius snails

All inverts and fish seem to be doing great, the dotty back likes to hide most of the time which is a bit annoying, however the clowns seem to be enjoying themselves, and exhibiting zero aggression towards each other which is a relief.

I think i will add a few more crabs and snails to the mix, and another fish for the moment. just can't decide what to get.

I'll post some photos as soon as i can.

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