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SomethingIsFishy
08-15-2014, 07:33 PM
It officially starts today... I have placed an order for 2 koralia powerheads. Using my 20 long tank. Starting out fowlr, eventually gonna go reef.

Progress will be slow for a while, can't afford to buy everything all at once...

I may regret this but I'm gonna keep track of costs...
Tank=$17 used
Silicone=$10
Powerheads=$45
Heater=$30
Total so far=$102

Slaphppy7
08-15-2014, 07:46 PM
Congrats on the new build!

SomethingIsFishy
08-15-2014, 07:55 PM
Here's a shot of the tank I will be using:

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I think I already know the answer to this question, but I'm gonna ask anyway: I have a bunch of african cichlid substrate... that won't work in a marine tank will it?

aquariumlover10
08-15-2014, 08:04 PM
Not sure about sub but order LR from this site http://www.tbsaltwater.com/thepackage/package_chart.html
Above is of "the package" which comes with everyhing you need for livestock exept fish,
Read this for the info about the LR
http://www.tbsaltwater.com/liverock/index.html
The lr is aquacultured in the gulf of mexico, near tamps bay
Here's testimonials
http://www.tbsaltwater.com/testimonials/index.html

afro123
08-15-2014, 08:14 PM
Cool a marine tank :)

aquariumlover10
08-16-2014, 09:54 PM
Any updates? where are you getting LR?

sheamurai
08-16-2014, 10:35 PM
no, I wouldn't put used cichlid substrate in my salty tank - aside from other issues, its likely holding on to all kinds of nitrates which would be a real pain for a salt tank.

Cliff
08-16-2014, 10:47 PM
no, I wouldn't put used cichlid substrate in my salty tank - aside from other issues, its likely holding on to all kinds of nitrates which would be a real pain for a salt tank.

+1 one to that

You can also have other trace elements leach out of the substrate which can lead to a bunch of little problems down the road

SomethingIsFishy
08-17-2014, 03:01 AM
I had a gut feeling the substrate wouldn't work. Now I also have practical reasons to back it up. Thanks guys!!

Not sure on the source for LR... gotta get more supplies first before I'm ready for it anyway...

SomethingIsFishy
08-18-2014, 01:43 AM
Powerheads should be here Friday...

I would like this to eventually be a "zoa garden", and would appreciate tips from experienced salties on planning the tank accordingly... Thanks!!

SomethingIsFishy
08-21-2014, 07:49 PM
Amazon says my powerheads have been delivered...

showmebutterfly
08-22-2014, 06:55 PM
I am excited about this build and look forward to watching it progress. I will be getting a 20L sometime before Christmas and was planning on going FW with it, but I sure am tempted to try SW. Your build may just be what I need to push me that direction. So don't mess it up. lol j/k

SomethingIsFishy
08-23-2014, 02:05 AM
I will certainly try not to mess up... Stay tuned for updates...

SomethingIsFishy
08-24-2014, 01:43 AM
Picked up 2 10lb bags of aragonite for $9.50 each today. I think 1 bag will be enough, that gives me roughly 3/4" sand depth.

Total spent so far= $111.50

SomethingIsFishy
08-24-2014, 01:44 AM
...double post... oops

showmebutterfly
08-24-2014, 03:22 AM
Congrats on the substrate. thumbs2: I always felt more like I was on my way to actually getting setup once the substrate had been purchased.

SomethingIsFishy
08-24-2014, 07:43 PM
Yeah... one step closer... :18:

SomethingIsFishy
08-24-2014, 08:28 PM
So after finding a larger tank by our dumpsters to house my tree frog, I now have the 29 gallon tank that the frog was in empty and available. At this point I suppose it would be easy to swap the 29 for the 20. Which tank would you use? Would two koralia 240's be enough for zoas in the 29? Would the extra 6" in height, 9 gallons, really make that much difference?

Your thoughts? Thanks!

Cliff
08-24-2014, 09:03 PM
Yes, that almost a 30% increase. That will make a big enough difference to be worth the effort, assuming the 29 gallon tank the frog was in was designed to be a aquarium and not a terrarium.

SomethingIsFishy
08-24-2014, 09:18 PM
Yes it's an aquarium. Will the 2 koralia 240"s be enough flow? I am considering adding an AC HOB filter as well...

Cliff
08-24-2014, 11:11 PM
If the only flow you have in the tank is two koralia nanos, then I would say that is not enough flow for a 20 or 29 gallon tank. I would suggest adding a third powerhead for flow. Perhaps another koralia nano, or a tunze 6015.

I don't like using HOBs for flow as they only move water in a down-ward circular motion which is not the best in a marine aquarium.

SomethingIsFishy
08-25-2014, 01:41 AM
Well, a third powerhead certainly won't break the bank... might go for the 425 nano.

SomethingIsFishy
08-26-2014, 01:28 AM
Not so sure if I trust the 29. It made some strange noises as I was cleaning it. Almost a creaking type noise. I'm currently leak testing it on my patio, but I'm not sure I can live with the fear of a seam letting go... :14:

showmebutterfly
08-26-2014, 01:35 AM
Hopefully it will pass the leak test. Good luck!

SomethingIsFishy
08-30-2014, 02:21 AM
4 days and still holding water... thumbs2:

I have decided to go for the 29 for sure. If I decide that I can't trust this particular tank I will hit up Petco's next $1/gal sale...

aquariumlover10
08-30-2014, 02:26 AM
Yea, hopefully you can get cheap stuff so more $$$$$ for fishies, where do you want to get lr from?

Cliff
08-30-2014, 12:22 PM
You could aways replace the outer layer of silicone if you are worried about the tank. I recently started replacing the silicon on used tanks that I buy so I don't have to worry.

SomethingIsFishy
08-31-2014, 01:23 AM
Picked up 11.75 pounds of base rock today!

Updated total cost: $160.96

SomethingIsFishy
08-31-2014, 02:15 AM
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Current FTS. I think I will keep the "two islands" scape idea...

aquariumlover10
08-31-2014, 02:19 AM
Man you all make me envyous, j can't wait till I move and can get a sw, but its going to be so long :14::cry:

showmebutterfly
09-01-2014, 02:50 AM
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Current FTS. I think I will keep the "two islands" scape idea...

Those are nice looking rocks. You have good taste. :thumbupright:

SomethingIsFishy
09-01-2014, 11:06 PM
Thanks! I like them too! Lots of holes and crevices...

SomethingIsFishy
09-04-2014, 07:13 PM
What are your thoughts on IO Reef salt? Seems to be the best price around... Have seen Kent also but it's a little pricier...

AABatteries
09-04-2014, 09:41 PM
Reef Crystals are pretty good. I'd stay away from just their regular salt mix, though.

sheamurai
09-04-2014, 10:47 PM
I used IO Reef Crystals...no issues...some have said that it doesn't mix consistently, but I never had a problem getting the mix where I wanted it.

SomethingIsFishy
09-09-2014, 05:46 PM
Starting to think about stocking options. Here are a few examples of fish that I (or my wife) likes. Neon dotty back, Clown, Watchman goby, Banggai cardinal, Lawnmower blenny, Hawk fish. I obviously don't want all of these, I'm thinking maybe two or three fish... Your thoughts?

aquariumlover10
09-09-2014, 06:15 PM
Dottyback,clown,hawkfish, can't be in there, they get too big or are too active, the lawnmower blenny will need a lot of algae so not the best option, watchman gokbyneed a deep sand bed, the bangais get tok big too.
there a sticky in the nano secion of fish for nano tank, look at stuff for the 10g and tell ua what you like an d I will say how many of each or whatever, that you can had.

showmebutterfly
09-09-2014, 08:23 PM
Starting to think about stocking options. Here are a few examples of fish that I (or my wife) likes. Neon dotty back, Clown, Watchman goby, Banggai cardinal, Lawnmower blenny, Hawk fish. I obviously don't want all of these, I'm thinking maybe two or three fish... Your thoughts?

I'm going to be setting up a 29g too and was advised that most would be too big for my tank or need more swimming room. Options are some gobies, cardinals or clowns. Cliff made a sticky about what can be stocked in nano tanks. +1 to aq10's suggestion to check that out.
I think it's funny that we both started out planning 20 long sw tanks and will be ending up with 29g instead. You're way further along in the process so I'll be following your lead! thumbs2:

SomethingIsFishy
09-12-2014, 02:28 AM
Found the sticky on nano-fish. Thanks! Good to know the clown fish will fit... That's the one my wife wants, (and I like clowns too).

SomethingIsFishy
09-16-2014, 01:19 AM
How about a clown or two and a goby/ pistol shrimp pair? I know the shrimp likes a deep sand bed... Can I go deep enough without running into anaerobic problems?

AABatteries
09-23-2014, 11:44 PM
I wouldn't hesitate to go with a pair of ocellaris or percula clowns, and a goby and pistol shrimp pair. As long as your sand bed is at least an inch and a half deep, maybe even just an inch, your shrimp will dig a hole.

SomethingIsFishy
09-24-2014, 06:03 PM
Cool! Thanks! Will have to research goby and shrimp feeding and care...

SomethingIsFishy
10-05-2014, 06:10 PM
Update... It's wet. Figured I could start some cycling action... Got some live rock from a nice little saltwater shop I discovered a few weeks ago...

sheamurai
10-05-2014, 06:30 PM
Some people in salt believe deep sand beds (4inches +) are beneficial to the tank rather than a risk. You might want to read up on DSBs in reefs.

I had a goby shrimp pair - if you get this, be prepared to have your tank aquascaped - the shrimp is an earth mover, and will shovel and shift sand around all day long. I would check the tank and have to puff the dust and sand off my corals regularly.
They are fascinating to watch, but if you like your tank neat and things to stay where you put them, this type of shrimp is not a good choice.

SomethingIsFishy
10-05-2014, 08:23 PM
Thanks for the tips!! Pretty sure I don't want a dsb... Might have to rethink the earthmover... I have plenty of time to decide on fish...

Cliff
10-05-2014, 09:04 PM
Have you considered a "bare bottom" set-up. By that I mean no substrate at all. This is becoming more and more popular as it really helps to reduce nutrient levels when done correctly. Once the tank matures and the bottom pain is covered in coraline, it really dose look very nice.

Just another option to consider

SomethingIsFishy
10-08-2014, 12:10 AM
If the only flow you have in the tank is two koralia nanos, then I would say that is not enough flow for a 20 or 29 gallon tank. I would suggest adding a third powerhead for flow. Perhaps another koralia nano, or a tunze 6015.

I don't like using HOBs for flow as they only move water in a down-ward circular motion which is not the best in a marine aquarium.

Picked up a third nano today... Got the 425. Any tips on placement for the two 240's and the 425?

Cliff
10-08-2014, 12:11 AM
Picked up a third nano today... Got the 425. Any tips on placement for the two 240's and the 425?

That all depends on how the tank is set-up, and the placement of everything in it. Can you post a resent pic ?

SomethingIsFishy
10-08-2014, 12:32 AM
37082 rock placement may change... I might want more height...

aquariumlover10
10-08-2014, 04:30 PM
Looks great :) I love the different colored rocks :)

Cliff
10-08-2014, 05:33 PM
37082 rock placement may change... I might want more height...

You would want lots of flow around the rocks. Try placing the korillia powerheads on the sides of the tank about 1/4 of the way from the front pain of glass. have them point directly at each other. Have them pointing down at a very slight angle (about 5 to 10 degrees). Place your tunze powehead on the left hand side pain of glass about 1/4 to the back of the tank. Have it pointing down towards the back right hand corner of the tank (about a 45 degree angle).

Give that a try and see how you like the flow. Adjust from there

SomethingIsFishy
10-08-2014, 06:19 PM
Thanks! That gives me a good starting point!

So fun to have life in the tank! The live rock came with feather dusters, tiny brittlestars and a small purple snail. At least, that's what I've seen so far...
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SomethingIsFishy
10-08-2014, 06:27 PM
No idea why the pic went sideways...

SomethingIsFishy
10-19-2014, 06:33 PM
Picked up another chunk of rock:
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SomethingIsFishy
10-24-2014, 03:10 AM
Better light, more rock...
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kevinknight91
10-24-2014, 04:10 AM
I couldn't tell it was sideways. 0 gravity.
Oh and i love that you are keeping track of costs it helps to to know about what my future dream tank will cost :)

SomethingIsFishy
10-24-2014, 11:38 AM
That's right, I was keeping track of costs... Just did some quick math, I'm around $450. Eeeeek!

Compass
10-24-2014, 11:44 AM
It's looking good! This hobby adds up doesn't it? hahaha

SomethingIsFishy
10-24-2014, 09:15 PM
Yup... $altwater...

SomethingIsFishy
01-29-2015, 01:44 PM
Man I need to update this thread!! Tank is going strong with a bunch of soft corals and a pair of clowns! Will post pics on my lunch break...

SomethingIsFishy
01-29-2015, 06:45 PM
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsb8a98ead.jpg (http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/pattonjd29/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsb8a98ead.jpg.html)

Current FTS...

SomethingIsFishy
01-29-2015, 06:48 PM
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps7c00af3e.jpg (http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/pattonjd29/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps7c00af3e.jpg.html)

Female clown...

SomethingIsFishy
03-08-2015, 03:31 AM
Tank is doing great! Clowns are happy and healthy!! I am, however, starting to run out of room for coral... Thinking about a 40 breeder upgrade...

SomethingIsFishy
03-21-2015, 05:07 PM
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/image_zpswf69iapw.jpg

Here's a recent fts...

Slaphppy7
03-21-2015, 05:24 PM
Very nice, great job!

SomethingIsFishy
03-21-2015, 06:02 PM
Thanks! It's been a fun journey so far, and has become my favorite tank...

SomethingIsFishy
03-24-2015, 02:45 AM
http://youtu.be/09zR4aCq5sk

Quick video...

SomethingIsFishy
03-26-2015, 07:18 PM
DISASTER!!!!! Came home to an empty tank!!!! Was able to save the clowns and hopefully most of the coral, the lfs is holding them for me until I can figure out what I'm gonna do... Not sure yet exactly what happened, too tired to investigate why all the water left the tank... We just delivered our son 7 weeks early on Tuesday evening and now this... I am spent...

Slaphppy7
03-26-2015, 07:20 PM
Gadzooks, disaster indeed...sorry to hear this, but congrats on the baby boy!

showmebutterfly
03-26-2015, 08:43 PM
Congrats on the birth of your son! Sorry to hear about the tank's water loss. I'm glad you were able to save the fish and corals and that your LFS is able to keep them for you. You'd said that you were thinking about a 40 breeder upgrade - sounds like the tank agreed and gave you a sign. Although it didn't have to be so dramatic about it!

SomethingIsFishy
03-26-2015, 09:56 PM
We will have to see what happens... Gotta get the carpet cleaned (maybe replaced???) and go from there... Don't want any health problems with our son due to mold from the moisture. He comes first. After that I will think about priorities and where the fish fit in the big picture. I have a feeling I may end up with one tank in our bedroom and nothing else for a while...

SomethingIsFishy
03-30-2015, 12:38 AM
Ended up buying a 40 breeder... Carpet is getting cleaned tomorrow...

Cliff
03-30-2015, 01:22 AM
A 40 breeder is a nice size for a marine aquarium

showmebutterfly
03-30-2015, 01:51 AM
Congrats on the new tank. Good luck with the carpet and flooring. Hopefully there will not be any lingering effects from the water leak.

SomethingIsFishy
03-30-2015, 01:58 AM
I was kinda bummed about the whole thing... But I'm starting to get excited about setting up the 40...

SomethingIsFishy
04-05-2015, 12:19 AM
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpstseafail.jpg

Some progress...

showmebutterfly
04-05-2015, 01:45 AM
Hooray! I like the simple design of your stand. Did you use all 2x4's?

SomethingIsFishy
04-05-2015, 03:13 AM
Yes, it's all 2x4's. It's not done yet though. It will have a little more bracing added before the tank is filled, and I will probably "skin" it with 1/4" plywood...

SomethingIsFishy
04-05-2015, 08:03 PM
Thought you might like a pic of my son...

http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpstoj8ex54.jpg

showmebutterfly
04-05-2015, 10:37 PM
Your son is adorable! I hope all is well with him and your family. You had mentioned he arrived earlier than expected. He looks perfect. :)

SomethingIsFishy
04-06-2015, 12:41 AM
All is well! He was born 7 weeks early but is showing great progress!!!

Added the bracing to the stand, just have to paint it... Then I can add water and get this tank running...

SomethingIsFishy
04-06-2015, 01:21 AM
I might end up making this stand look like an old wooden shipping crate... Stay tuned for updates...

Cliff
04-06-2015, 01:30 AM
Congrats on both the new addition to the family and the tank up-grade

If you wish to change the title of this thread to reflect the new tank size, just PM me the new title and I will up-date that for you

SomethingIsFishy
04-06-2015, 02:08 AM
Thanks Cliff!!

SomethingIsFishy
04-07-2015, 01:51 AM
So... With the extra room, would I be able to add another fish or two? If so, what options do I have? Current planned stocking is the Occellaris pair that is currently at the lfs...

SomethingIsFishy
04-11-2015, 05:07 PM
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps4sgiguky.jpg

Light brackets done!

showmebutterfly
04-11-2015, 06:11 PM
It looks like you have new backing on the tank or painted it - I love the blue! And you've added extra bracing to the stand along with the light brackets. It's looking good.
Have you decided what you might like to add to the tank besides the clownfish? I would think with the extra tank volume you'd have more options. I'm new enough to the hobby to not have much of an idea of what those options might be, unfortunately.

SomethingIsFishy
04-11-2015, 06:42 PM
Thinking maybe Banggai Cardinal or fire fish, not sure though. Have heard mixed reviews on clowns tolerating other fish...

showmebutterfly
04-11-2015, 06:48 PM
Oh. I had not read that about clowns. Maybe if you add whatever other fish you want to put in first, before adding your clowns back in, it might help with that. I was wondering if a 40 breeder would be big enough for you to have a dwarf angel and if one would get along with the clowns. Those flame angels are so bright and eye catching. But then again, many of the SW fish are! lol

SomethingIsFishy
04-12-2015, 11:46 AM
I do like the dwarf Angels, but I don't think a 40 breeder is big enough for one, and they have been known to nip at corals...

Cliff
04-12-2015, 01:15 PM
If you stick to the smaller clown fish, like Ocellaris, you won't really have to worry about any aggression in a properly stocked tank. You have to keep in mind there are many different types of clown fish, some of them are large and aggressive (like the maron clownfish for example) making them a bad fit for a peaceful community set-up

Flameback dwarf angelfish (centropyge acanthops) would be your best bet, however, a 40 gallon breeder would be pushing it for tank size. They are the least likely to nip at corals out of any of the dwarf angels

SomethingIsFishy
04-12-2015, 07:48 PM
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps6ficecvk.jpg

Getting closer...

SomethingIsFishy
04-12-2015, 07:51 PM
Thanks Cliff! I don't want to "push the envelope" with this tank, so I will stay away from Angels. What are your thoughts on a Banggai Cardinal or a fire fish or both?

showmebutterfly
04-14-2015, 10:46 PM
I know that a 40 breeder is bigger than a nano tank, but Cliff made a great sticky for the nano reef section with stocking suggestions. Some of the ones listed for a 30 gallon (36" long) tank might be of interest to you. I know the 40B is deeper/wider than a 30g, but might give you some ideas or help answer your questions...

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=118816

SomethingIsFishy
04-15-2015, 01:49 AM
Cool, thanks. I think I had already came across that thread a while ago, but forgot about it...

Looks like the clowns, a fire fish, and a Banggai would fit, but will they happily co-exist in the tank?

SomethingIsFishy
04-16-2015, 12:34 AM
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps4cmpfjqb.jpg

Picked up my rock from the lfs...

Cliff
04-16-2015, 12:39 AM
Looks like the clowns, a fire fish, and a Banggai would fit, but will they happily co-exist in the tank?

That should work.

Did you add more dry rock ?

SomethingIsFishy
04-16-2015, 12:52 AM
No... The lfs was holding my live rock along with my fish... They basically "re-cured" it for me... I am going to add more rock since I have a bigger tank though...

Cliff
04-16-2015, 01:00 AM
Ah, OK

That is great that you have a LFS that is willing to help you like this

SomethingIsFishy
04-16-2015, 01:06 AM
Yeah, they really are great! They have been a tank maintainance company for a while and just recently opened up the lfs...

SomethingIsFishy
04-18-2015, 03:37 AM
So far I have spotted a sexy shrimp, and a tiny hermit crab, and two of my rock flower anemonies are starting to emerge from the live rock...

showmebutterfly
04-18-2015, 08:55 PM
It's so neat that you're starting to see some life in your tank!

Cliff
04-19-2015, 01:14 AM
Rock (flower) anemones are not the best looking anemones, but they are pretty neat for sure. I really did enjoy the ones I had.

SomethingIsFishy
04-19-2015, 02:12 AM
I really liked them, they had nice color. They don't look very nice right now, I hope they can recover... At least they are still alive!

SomethingIsFishy
04-19-2015, 02:16 AM
Found a pic of them before the tank dumped...

http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/image_zps76sbopaw.jpg

Cliff
04-19-2015, 02:46 AM
Great looking anemones

SomethingIsFishy
04-19-2015, 05:39 PM
Yeah they were cool. I think they got bleached in the lfs tank and retreated into the rock. They don't look very good now, but they're slowly coming out more...

SomethingIsFishy
04-19-2015, 05:45 PM
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpszsf5r64p.jpg

Here's the best shot I could get of them now... :(

showmebutterfly
04-19-2015, 07:32 PM
I hope they continue to improve for you!

SomethingIsFishy
04-19-2015, 07:35 PM
Thanks! I'm going to try to feed them tonight...

Cliff
04-20-2015, 12:38 AM
I've seen worse looking anemones come back and look as they did

Just keep a close eye on your water parameters and they should recover fine

SomethingIsFishy
04-20-2015, 02:12 AM
Thanks!! It's encouraging to hear that!

SomethingIsFishy
04-21-2015, 02:28 AM
Both nems took a mysis shrimp last night...

I think my tiny hermit has switched shells, a larger shell disappeared last night, and the one he was wearing is sitting right where the "missing" shell was... :)

showmebutterfly
04-21-2015, 02:42 AM
That's great that you were able to get them to take some food and that your hermit is growing. Any timeline for when you might be able to add your clowns back to the tank?

SomethingIsFishy
04-23-2015, 02:25 AM
I might add the other fish first before re-introducing the clowns, maybe another week or two to make sure the cycle is stable...

SomethingIsFishy
04-25-2015, 01:44 AM
Stand door done:

http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsbzspqyac.jpg

SomethingIsFishy
04-25-2015, 03:06 PM
I've seen worse looking anemones come back and look as they did

Just keep a close eye on your water parameters and they should recover fine

Starting to see some faint colors returning to the nems!!

showmebutterfly
04-25-2015, 04:25 PM
I like how the door turned out and happy to hear that the nems have color returning! How's that sweet baby doing?

SomethingIsFishy
04-25-2015, 05:29 PM
He's doing great! Headed in to see him now, will post a pic..,

SomethingIsFishy
04-25-2015, 07:08 PM
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpshdnbmsns.jpg

Here's a pic from the other day. He was 3 pounds 12 ounces when born, and is up to 5 pounds 4 ounces as of yesterday...

showmebutterfly
04-25-2015, 08:39 PM
What a sweetie! I'm glad to hear that he's gaining weight. It sounds like he's thriving. I just love that fuzzy hair he's got. :)

SomethingIsFishy
04-29-2015, 12:10 AM
So I am planning on adding a fire fish, then a banggai Cardinal, then reintroducing the clowns to avoid territorial issues. Does that order of adding fish sound good? Least aggressive to most aggressive, right?

showmebutterfly
04-29-2015, 06:12 PM
From what I've read, that sounds right.

Do you have a good lid for the tank? I think I read that the fire fish are jumpers...

SomethingIsFishy
05-16-2015, 11:32 PM
I ended up not being able to find the fire fish or Cardinal locally and wanted some finny action so I just reintroduced the clowns. I am ok with just the clowns for now... Might try a cardinal at some point, but I'm not sure how the clowns will react, might try a separated "breeder net" style setup to introduce the new fish to observe the clowns reaction...

Our son is home and is doing great!!! So happy!!!

cm12setx
05-16-2015, 11:38 PM
That's great to have your son home. Hope all goes well for him. A belated congratulations on the birth.

SomethingIsFishy
05-16-2015, 11:42 PM
Thanks! So far so good... Especially considering his early arrival...

showmebutterfly
05-17-2015, 12:21 AM
Congrats on getting your clowns back home and your son being home too. I didn't realize that he wasn't at home before. I guess I should have realized that he had to stay in the hospital for a bit with him being early. So good news all around!

showmebutterfly
06-10-2015, 07:00 PM
Hey there. I was thinking about you last night and hoping that you and your family and tank are all doing well. I'm pretty sure that sweet baby boy is keeping you busy, but I just wanted to touch base and let you know that you and your updates are missed here. :ssmile:

SomethingIsFishy
07-18-2015, 03:47 AM
Thanks! Our son is up to 9-1/2 pounds and just got a great report from the doctor! He is starting to smile and interact more with us!

The tank is doing well... Got behind on water changes, so it got a little ugly, but I'm working on getting it cleaned up...

SomethingIsFishy
08-10-2015, 03:00 AM
Added a yellow watchman goby a few weeks ago, he's settled right in!

I have also started to have an aiptasia issue. :( any suggestions? I can remove one piece of rock, but it's covered in nice coralline. There is also one on another rock that is on the bottom of the scape... Peppermint shrimp? Aiptasia-x?

Cliff
08-11-2015, 03:21 AM
If it is just a few of them, you can kill them off one at time with aiptasia-X. Just get them one at a time the day before your weekly water change and make sure you are running carbon on your set-up

If it is a lot of them, remove the rock, and recure it in fresh water for a few weeks to kill off everything. After being back in the tank for about 4 week, recure the next rock. Your coraline will come back pretty quick

SomethingIsFishy
08-11-2015, 11:32 PM
Cool. Most of them are on one rock that is easily removable, and there is one other aiptasia that can be dealt with using aiptasia-x.

SomethingIsFishy
08-12-2015, 01:56 AM
Was able to remove both rocks that are affected. I will soak them for 2-3 weeks in fresh water (rodi), then add them back into the tank, first one rock, then the other 4 weeks later. Do I just let the second rock dry out while waiting to add it back to the tank?

I am also guessing it's not a good idea to rinse the rock in tap water? Ours is really hard and goes thru a softener..

SomethingIsFishy
08-12-2015, 02:18 AM
Oh, here's a pic of my goby...

http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsz9o0hqxd.jpg

Slaphppy7
08-12-2015, 12:46 PM
Nice pic!....male, female?....cool coloring and patterns

Cliff
08-12-2015, 01:43 PM
Was able to remove both rocks that are affected. I will soak them for 2-3 weeks in fresh water (rodi), then add them back into the tank, first one rock, then the other 4 weeks later. Do I just let the second rock dry out while waiting to add it back to the tank?

I am also guessing it's not a good idea to rinse the rock in tap water? Ours is really hard and goes thru a softener..

With smaller set-ups like yours, you typically want to recure one rock at a time so you will not effect your biological filteration in a noticable way. However, now that you have already taken both rocks out and put them in freshwater, continue soak them for 4 weeks. Check your parameters in the fresh water every few days and change all the water every time you detect any amount of ammonia and/or nitrates. After being back in your tank for around 4 weeks again, they should be well on their way to being fully seeded with new bacteria and you can move on to the next rock if there is a need

Boundava
08-12-2015, 01:49 PM
Nice pic!....male, female?....cool coloring and patterns

I agree, great pic, and I love gobies because their faces make them look like grumpy old men.

showmebutterfly
08-12-2015, 02:46 PM
I agree, great pic, and I love gobies because their faces make them look like grumpy old men.
I was just thinking the same thing about them looking like grumpy old men. Cute little grumpy old men. lol

Boundava
08-12-2015, 02:52 PM
Definitely cute grumpy old men without their dentures in, :hmm3grin2orange:

SomethingIsFishy
08-13-2015, 01:32 AM
With smaller set-ups like yours, you typically want to recure one rock at a time so you will not effect your biological filteration in a noticable way.

Oops... The two rocks weren't that big, and there's still a lot of rock in the tank... Hopefully I will be ok...

SomethingIsFishy
08-13-2015, 01:53 AM
Nice pic!....male, female?....cool coloring and patterns

I have no idea if it's a boy or girl. Doesn't matter to me, it's a cool fish. I will have to do some research on sexing yellow watchman gobies... just because I'm curious now...

SomethingIsFishy
08-13-2015, 02:35 AM
Apparently they are very difficult to sex. I'm gonna say it's male and name him "Max Goldman"...

SomethingIsFishy
08-15-2015, 10:28 PM
New screen top!

http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag125/pattonjd29/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsoq03y0ga.jpg