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    hopefully not a regrettable purchase.

    I've tried on two separate occasions, primarily because I had aiptasia outbreaks. Regretfully neither fish made it. They're beautiful, but the success rate of keeping them is very, VERY small.
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    Please help!!!!! Blueberry gorgonian!!!!!

    Not trying to flame crister - but I'd say concern is appropriate when someone sees something labeled "expert only" and their question is "but is it REALLY expert only?" :)
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    Can't keep fish alive

    I feed twice daily - once with marine pellets, once with brine or mysis - making sure everyone gets something they like. As for acclimation - I float the bag for 15 minutes or so, then do a slow drip over the course of 40 minutes or so. I'm probably over cautious with it considering I buy my...
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    Can't keep fish alive

    Yea unfortunately the clown doesn't seem to be the culprit - couple of those disappeared before he was in there.
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    Whats wrong ?

    How is the mushroom doing? When you say "fine", what are the parameters? What kind of flow is pointing at it? Generally speaking with polyp type stuff they wont open if there's too much flow or if there's a fish messing with them - I had to move a few polythoas around a little bit until I...
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    Can't keep fish alive

    That was my initial thought as well...I just dont understand why stuff keeps vanishing! Very frustrating.
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    Please help!!!!! Blueberry gorgonian!!!!!

    Just read the description of the thing: "Indonesian blueberry sea fan. Gorgonia and Sea Fans are challenging animals to maintain in good health and should only be purchased by the expert marine aquarist. For optimum health they must be fed phytoplankton several times per day along with other...
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    Tips for feeding mandarin dragonet?

    Details if you please! I currently have a 10 gallon tank sitting in my garage gathering dust that I got as a freebie at a midnight firesale, and have been thinking about setting it up as a pod breeding tank - but had no clue where to start!
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    Clownfish not eating & other questions

    Clowns tend to be pretty voracious really - though I've never really tried them on flakes. Try calling the LFS, see what they were feeding them there: I had a clown that I raised from the time he was about the size you're talking about to full adulthood...and when he was little the only thing I...
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    Can't keep fish alive

    OK so here's the deal. In the last two months I've had the following fish in my tank: sleeper goby, 2 firefish, royal gramma, ocellaris clown The only one that is still present is the ocellaris clown. I've searched high and low, as much as I could without ripping the tank apart, and...
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    Easier corals to keep

    Zoanthids and palythoas are great for starters - they don't need any feeding apart from light, though my paly's get an occasional treat of mysis shrimp: seems to be making them grow a bit quicker. From what I understand, the same is true of zoanthids - I'm just not psychotic/determined enough...
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    HELP!!! i have a killer hawk!

    Ugh...not sure I'd say they get along with EVERYBODY.... "A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of hiding places is acceptable for this hardy and aggressive fish. It should not be kept with larger more aggressive hawkfish. Although it eats small fish and shrimp, with caution, it can make an...
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    What is growing in my GSP?

    Thoughts? Just noticed this thing growing in the middle of my GSP...
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    Clown hosting in open brain

    Well its looking like I may be removing the open brain today. After adding a few fish, and having them disappear with no sign, I started sitting up late with a flash light and last night hit pay dirt. My open brain has been eating...really, REALLY well. Might explain why the feeders were...
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    Clown hosting in open brain

    Yea I was sortof hoping the clown would get attached to my GSP...but nope, this open brain is where he wants to be!
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    Clown hosting in open brain

    Found it odd since the open brain doesn't look/feel anything like an anemone, but my ocellaris seems to have taken up residence on my open brain. Hangs around it, rubbin on it constantly... is that going to damage the brain long term? If so, would offering something else more appropriate...
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    Pleeeeease help... Sump question.

    Woah you change out your sock multiple times a WEEK?!?! [moderator edit] I rinse mine once a week, run it through the wash with bleach about once a month (then again with no bleach, obviosuly, to clear it off), and alternate socks monthly...
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    Fuge critters and the "turbine of death"

    So what all do they need? Just dump a sponge down there, or is there some other kind of requirement to it?
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    Fuge critters and the "turbine of death"

    Do pods and whatnot require lights etc? I'm considering setting up a little fuge area down in my sump...but this is the first time I've actively considered it :)
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    How to do a less irritating water change?

    I've never found water changes to be a pain, per se - just dont like irritating zoas, polys and whatnot, making them all suck in until its done because I'm disrupting things dumping water in. Pump idea is definitely gonna be worth a shot.
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    How to do a less irritating water change?

    I'm gonna give that a shot...seems like a much better way of doing it than when I've been doing :)
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    It begins - first coral is in

    Couple new additions on the fish front yesterday. Royal Gramma finally came in, had been in the shop for over a week, so I picked him up...and while there also snagged a tank-bred ocellaris. Tank looks much more active now since the goby I have is a big hider, and the firefish is fairly small...
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    maroon clown?

    As long as they're both relatively small, in tank that size you should be okay I'd think: plenty of space/rock for them each to carve out some space for themselves...
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    How to do a less irritating water change?

    I actually happen to have a spare powerhead - but it's designed for circulation so not sure how I could use that to pump water back up into the DT? That would definitely be an ideal way of doing it...all else aside, lifting a 5 gallon jug, while easy for someone as huge and well muscled as me...
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    maroon clown?

    How large is your tank?
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