It takes years of experience and a well established tank that has been set up and running with excellent water quality for 7-8 months before adding a starfish. They require high quality water, good flow and plenty of lr
and diatoms to eat depending on the type.
A mandarin goby will need small live food like copods that are in the sandbed to survive or they will starve.
A word about LFS
employee's, some of them are like used car salesmen. Other's are happy to give lousy advice that they firmly believe. It is amazing to overhear what advice some "clerks" will give to someone asking about a species that is best kept by an expert.
It is a shame but I think that with high mortality rates the LFS
clerks see, kind of makes them numb to the fact that with their bad advice or letting someone less knowledgeable take home a fish that should have been left in the wild in the first place. It's money.......remeber sw
fish have no guarantee like fw
fish have for the first couple of days at most LFS
. Thanks for letting me get on the soap box.
50 gallon saltwater fish only...1 mated pair yellowtail damsels, neon dottyback, tomato clown, huma trigger, lemonpeel angel, 12 stripe wrase, bi-color blenny, dozen or so hermit crabs-scarlet and mexican, cerith snails, turbo snails, orange linkia starfish, 50 plus pounds of purple-pink coraline encrusted rock and a few mushrooms.
Redsea prism protein skimmer, 404 Fluval, UGF
with two 201 powerheads.
7 gallon tank with 6 pounds of live rock and countless brittlestars, 5 hermit crabs, snails and 1 False Percula Clown fish and Camel Back Dancing shrimp