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cocoa_pleco
10-05-2007, 03:02 AM
well, heres a little update, its literally about 5% complete to me. so far the stock is-

30lbs LR, a arrow crab, coral banded shrimp, tank raised clown, clown goby, neon green brain coral, huge orange zoa patch, tiny zoa patch

equipment- 2 40W daylight bulbs, 1 40W true blue actinic bulb, 24W VHO TIII fluorescent, fluval 205 canister, aquatech HOB, 2 aquagardens powerheads

future added stock- 1 yellow tang, 1 coral beauty angel, 30 more corals, some turbo snails and hermits

future equipment- 400W metal halide (coming sat.), skimmer


the way im scaping this tank is unusual, but will look good. the right side will have a tall LR stack, and the left kinda bare (as shown). the left side will have low light corals (zoas etc), and the right side high light corals.

Rue
10-05-2007, 03:44 AM
It's rollin' right along! :4:

cocoa_pleco
10-05-2007, 04:14 AM
and that it is! i want about 20-30lbs more LR so i can get it stacked to the height of the powerheads, then add more corals

zackish
10-05-2007, 04:51 AM
Lucky you...I love brains.
Hows that banded shrimp working out for you? I heard they like to pick at corals sometimes which is why I kind of re-thought my decision about getting one.

cocoa_pleco
10-05-2007, 04:54 AM
from what ive been told and seen theyre reef safe. my LFS has a 300g with 3000W of MH lights, which is their coral tank with some fish. they have about 100 corals, a damsel, yellow tang, turbo snails, hermits, etc. and about 5 coral banded shrimp, they never touch anything. from what ive seen in the LFS's 300g and my 55g coral banded shrimp like to stay close to one spot, not travelers.

zackish
10-05-2007, 05:17 AM
Ya I heard they like to hide a lot...upside down especially.

cocoa_pleco
10-05-2007, 01:47 PM
lol, yep, mine sits upside down under LR, but comes out occasionally right side up

2manyfish
10-05-2007, 07:05 PM
The banded coral shrimp I had never bothered anything but you will want to target feed it a couple times a week. Small pieces of raw shrimp, fish, clams or mussels, mysis shrimp, etc. should do well...

zackish
10-05-2007, 09:02 PM
I was also just reading the shrimp like to prey on snails and stuff......anyone have any experience with this?
And how big do the banded shrimp get...would one be suitable for a 10 gallon?

cocoa_pleco
10-05-2007, 09:43 PM
I was also just reading the shrimp like to prey on snails and stuff......anyone have any experience with this?
And how big do the banded shrimp get...would one be suitable for a 10 gallon?


im pretty sure theyre okay in a 10g. they just have huge feeler things.

2manyfish, would he accept frozen krill? i still have some left from when i had the condy

cocoa_pleco
10-06-2007, 12:01 AM
lol, the arrow crab did this AGAIN. in the 10g he would always crawl ontop of the powerhead, then after he was done doing whatever he wants up there he tries to get down but gets sucked in and needs help.

i placed the powerheads up high in the 55g so he wouldnt be able to do that, and the only way would be to crawl up about 1' of glass. hes been struggling to crawl up the glass all today, and never made it, only with all but one claw on the ground. i look now, and i find this. im so sick of it im not helping him. he can figure it out for himself

cocoa_pleco
10-06-2007, 02:29 AM
just got back from the reef store, and he got down. now hes climbing the filter intake. how he got down from the powerhead i'll never know

squirt_12
10-06-2007, 02:33 AM
you have a daredevil on your hands...lol....well the tank is lookin' really nice....your clown looks so small in there...how much bigger will s/he get???

cocoa_pleco
10-06-2007, 02:43 AM
in the pic he looks small, hes about 2.5", if hes a male hes fullgrown, female a tad larger

squirt_12
10-06-2007, 02:48 AM
holly.... they are small...i always thought that they grew big for some reason like at least 6"...lol i guess not....i can't wait to see what the tank is going to look like when it is finished..
I am so excited. lol.

cocoa_pleco
10-06-2007, 05:15 PM
i figured out how the arrow crab does it, hes pretty smart. he leaps off of the LR, and when he gets into the powerhead current he pumps his legs, and slowly swims up ontop of it

gm72
10-06-2007, 05:25 PM
That would make a very cool video!

spudbuds
10-06-2007, 05:27 PM
That's one clever crab you got there cocoa! :sbiggrin:

cocoa_pleco
10-06-2007, 05:31 PM
lol, hes still up there. hes the expert powerhead inspector


I almost crapped myself. i saw a coral banded shell and i thought CRAP, SOMEONE ATE HIM! considering right now theres only a clownfish, clown goby, and the arrow crab, and a yellow tang coming this afternoon it seemed odd.

the stupid shrimp just molted, lol. hes fine

squirt_12
10-06-2007, 05:42 PM
cool cool...well once your tang gets settled in you will have to def. post some pics.

gm72
10-06-2007, 05:44 PM
Yellow Tangs are cool fish. One of those fish that a lot of people keep leads, I think, for some to just discount them. Kind of like a classic rock song (I'm thinking Stairway to Heaven) that gets overplayed. Yeah, but it gets overplayed because it is so GOOD!

cocoa_pleco
10-06-2007, 05:51 PM
yep, and they are only imported, since theyre hard to breed in captivity. i think mine will be from the Hawaiian islands since thats where most are imported from

squirt_12
10-06-2007, 05:53 PM
yep, and they are only imported, since theyre hard to breed in captivity. i think mine will be from the Hawaiian islands since thats where most are imported from
wow...that snice....how come they are so hard to breed in captivitty???

cocoa_pleco
10-06-2007, 07:00 PM
they just dont like to breed in home tanks, its odd. the size and conditions deter them

gm72
10-06-2007, 07:03 PM
Knowing you,cocoa, you might be able to breed them!

squirt_12
10-06-2007, 07:37 PM
well by what you said then if you had a big enough tank it sounds like you would beable to breed them in a big tank. lol. :confused: maybe not:confused:

gm72
10-06-2007, 07:41 PM
Cocoa however, can breed fish that should not at all be breeding typically in the home aquarium. He has a great story about rainbow sharks. Cocoa, what ever happened with that, anyway?

squirt_12
10-06-2007, 07:42 PM
Cocoa however, can breed fish that should not at all be breeding typically in the home aquarium. He has a great story about rainbow sharks. Cocoa, what ever happened with that, anyway?
well i wish that i could just throw a fish in my tnak and it will breed and the fry will survive...that would be awesome...lol.

cocoa_pleco
10-06-2007, 10:12 PM
a few rainbows survived, and the rest got eaten. i didnt really want fry

i got the tang! my luck is still strong. they were 48$ at aquagiant, and the guy showed me a special tank in the back with healthy fullgrown ones, and today only yellow tangs were 20% off so he was 40$.

spudbuds
10-06-2007, 11:39 PM
Congrats on the tang! Sounds like you got a pretty good deal. Post pics when you can.

- Bill

tropfish
10-07-2007, 12:44 AM
what is with you and luck these days! geez, i said it once ill say it again spread it around, im looking for a 55g btw haha.

Congrats on the good deal, i trust that we will get a pic of the beautiful fishie up right? lol

cocoa_pleco
10-07-2007, 03:03 AM
i'll get pics tomorrow, hes a bit shy now. hes not hiding but hes skittish.

when new tangs get stressed they turn brown, and this guy stayed yellow the whole time so hes gonna be fine

Dave66
10-07-2007, 04:01 AM
they just dont like to breed in home tanks, its odd. the size and conditions deter them

Incorrect, CP. Tangs in groups do breed in large tanks. The larvae have a protracted development, and need a different food at each stage. Be years before anyone produces captive-raised tangs.

Dave

cocoa_pleco
10-07-2007, 04:13 AM
Incorrect, CP. Tangs in groups do breed in large tanks. The larvae have a protracted development, and need a different food at each stage. Be years before anyone produces captive-raised tangs.

Dave

ahh, thanks for clearing that up. the store told me wrong then

cocoa_pleco
10-07-2007, 05:01 AM
he really took the move well. he has showed no dull color from stress, no clamped fins, and is nibbling on algae allover

cocoa_pleco
10-07-2007, 05:52 AM
heres some bad pics, hes pretty fast

and today, the arrow crab decided that the filter intake was more suitable for climbing, not the powerhead

EDIT- and the white blotches on him are just lighting effects from the camera angle, hes a healthy dark yellow allover

squirt_12
10-07-2007, 03:00 PM
Very nic epictures...i really like the yellow tang....good luck with him/her. :thumb:

tropfish
10-07-2007, 03:59 PM
VERY pretty! what a beautiful fish!

cocoa_pleco
10-07-2007, 05:39 PM
lol, i wish he would do something. hes still sitting in the left side of the tank following the glass, and hasnt ever been to the right side