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Spardas
01-19-2016, 05:07 AM
I guess it's time I started doing a journal after all these years of being on the forum so I'll do it on the newest one.

This one is in the bedroom.

Started it on 1/9/2016.

Innovative Marine 30 Long tank with the main fish being wartskin anglers. Dither fishes are probably damsels/chromis as food for them occasionally to keep them in the hunt. Other than that, other inhabitants are corals/anemones/hermits/snails.

On 1/9/2016, the tank came to being.

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Spardas
01-19-2016, 05:09 AM
Added the Angler and extra hermits/snails on Tuesday. Zoas were added on Thursday.

Water is still kinda bubbly/cloudy, did a 50% water change.

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Spardas
01-19-2016, 05:12 AM
Nassarius Snail and Damsel checking him out.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8RlpqlmVIM

Spardas
01-19-2016, 05:12 AM
Wartskin lighting strike.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRF9jEFZM5k

Slaphppy7
01-19-2016, 02:18 PM
Those vids were cool!....nice SW setup, looks much bigger than 30G

AmazonJoe
01-19-2016, 02:21 PM
Super clean setup. looks so natural thought I was watching a Nat Geo documentary or something lol

Boundava
01-19-2016, 04:42 PM
I agree, looks much bigger than a 30 and so vivid. What did the angle eat? The video was so neat!

Spardas
01-19-2016, 07:17 PM
Thanks, everyone. I should narrate in the background to make it a documentary, lol. Here, you see the wartskin angler in its natural habitat, waiting for its next victim.....

Yeah, it does appear to be bigger than it actually is. Low iron glass, 8 mm thick, and no braces, it's a nice tank. The angler ate a ghost shrimp.

Spardas
01-19-2016, 07:30 PM
Petsolutions order came in. They did a good job as well. I was please.

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Spardas
01-19-2016, 07:32 PM
After acclimating and releasing into the tank.

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What are you looking at?

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Slaphppy7
01-19-2016, 07:43 PM
Whoa, pretty cool looking...so you have to keep live foods on hand at all times?

RiversGirl
01-19-2016, 07:59 PM
Wartskin lighting strike.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRF9jEFZM5k

THAT was so cool to see!!

RiversGirl
01-19-2016, 08:03 PM
After acclimating and releasing into the tank.

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And... this. Wow. What a face!


What are you looking at?

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*whispers* not you, Mr. fishy... not you.
Good grief, this is in your bedroom..? How do you sleep at night?

Kiddin' (mostly) but this is a very unique looking critter.

Spardas
01-19-2016, 08:30 PM
Whoa, pretty cool looking...so you have to keep live foods on hand at all times?

Not all the time. I'm going to wean them onto silversides but it's also good to give them some live food from time to time as it's their natural ability to lure and strike.

Spardas
01-19-2016, 08:32 PM
And... this. Wow. What a face!



*whispers* not you, Mr. fishy... not you.
Good grief, this is in your bedroom..? How do you sleep at night?

Kiddin' (mostly) but this is a very unique looking critter.

Haha, I find them strangely attractive. My other half would beg to differ. She calls them "the ugly fish"...

Slaphppy7
01-19-2016, 08:41 PM
Which kind is he?...species?

Spardas
01-19-2016, 08:46 PM
Wartskin Angler - Antennarius maculatus

One of the smaller Anglers out there. Not the most exciting because it can stay in one spot for a long period of time but when it strikes, it makes up for it. The speed is about 1/100th of a second.

One of my favorite type of fish out there.

Slaphppy7
01-19-2016, 09:04 PM
"Warty Frogfish"....that'd be a cool name for a rock band

Dang, they're not cheap, either!

Spardas
01-19-2016, 10:12 PM
Slap, you starting the band? AC's Warty Frogfish!

This guy was missing an arm when I purchased him; he grew it back after molting.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocir_skg9qY

Slaphppy7
01-19-2016, 10:27 PM
LOL, no AC band with me in it, that's for sure...

Gorgeous shrimp!....how big is he?

Spardas
01-19-2016, 10:59 PM
If you count his whiskers, probably 10 inches. He's about 3.5 - 4 inches by himself.

RiversGirl
01-20-2016, 12:12 AM
If you count his whiskers, probably 10 inches. He's about 3.5 - 4 inches by himself.

That is some shrimp!

Spardas
01-20-2016, 05:36 AM
Some shrimp but wouldn't make a very good cocktail party, lol.

New guy hyper active and swimming. On a side note, they lack swim bladder so they suck in water and propel themselves; hence the gulping action observed in the video.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkigIoM2jhY

Spardas
01-20-2016, 08:46 PM
Mr. Red is awesome and quite active compared to the yellow one! It's out of stock now in Petsolutions, I wanted another one... I will definitely order from them again.

Slaphppy7
01-20-2016, 08:48 PM
Cool...how big are they?....how many can you safely keep in a 30G?

Silbar
01-20-2016, 09:40 PM
Those are the most incredible and fascinating fish! I could watch them all day!!

Spardas
01-20-2016, 10:06 PM
They're about 3-4 inches. Just two is enough considering the bioload they will produce. Stocking wise, I'm done. Maybe throw in a few more corals down the road and watch them grow out. Other than that, the damsels will remain as food for them, that is when they can catch it. I'm also trying to wean them to frozen now.

They do like to stay on the right side of the tank where the encrusted rock is more. Probably due to the strategic ambush spots they can hide in.

Slaphppy7
01-20-2016, 10:08 PM
They look so much bigger in the pics and vids

Spardas
01-20-2016, 10:22 PM
The yellow is probably closer to 3.5/3.75 and the red is probably 4.25 ish. Plus they're fatter once fed. Total gluttons, I can't feed them too much or they'll kill themselves with food.

Spardas
01-21-2016, 08:22 PM
Had a brief power outage, my alarm went off on the phone. Generator kicked in. All was good...electric company called and gave a notice after 30 minutes to say things were fixed...

Scary thought if power was out in the cold frigid winter....

AmazonJoe
01-21-2016, 08:26 PM
Damn...good thing for back up plans...thats a problem I'm not familiar with. It was 38degrees for like a hour now its 70 again lol

BluewaterBoof
01-21-2016, 09:32 PM
Wow, Spardas! What an awesome tank and amazing animals! Super cool!

Spardas
01-21-2016, 09:46 PM
Yep, always need to plan ahead. Backup Generator, water resevoir, ability to control temperature etc from afar and monitor parameters. Can't be too cautious.

Thanks, Boof. I'm waiting for a saltwater tank from you!

BluewaterBoof
01-21-2016, 11:48 PM
Haha, I'm all tapped out right now. Maybe when we move in the next couple of years I'll tear down my two 10s and replace them with a small salty :) I love freshwater, but the beauty of reef tanks is stunning.

Spardas
01-23-2016, 04:47 AM
Vacuum on!

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Laura_in_FL
01-23-2016, 02:14 PM
I just had a chance to go back through your thread and watch your videos.

The anglers are so cool. They're just fascinating to watch.

Congratulations on your tank set-up. You've done a great job.

Spardas
01-23-2016, 09:38 PM
Thank you, they are entertaining in their own ways!

Spardas
01-24-2016, 05:02 AM
Good news, got the yellow angler to go frozen. Tricked him by simulating a swimming fish. Soaked the silverside with selcon and garlic xtreme then moved it back and forth with a feeder stick. Took it about 2 minutes before it gulped it down but it's a step in the right direction. Will attempt other frozen food, need a variety in there to keep it in tip top shape.

Red guy is still not going for frozen. Oh well, still need to give him live gutted food until he can be weaned.

Spardas
01-24-2016, 05:19 AM
Mr. Yellow eating silverside. Note the head sticking out of the mouth.

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MCHRKiller
01-24-2016, 03:25 PM
Your tank looks fabulous and I must say the dwarf anglers are actually quite attractive; much better looking IMO than many of their larger cousins.

Slaphppy7
01-24-2016, 03:54 PM
Mr. Yellow eating silverside. Note the head sticking out of the mouth.

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There's a mouth here somewhere?.....:14:

Spardas
01-24-2016, 04:15 PM
You can't find the silverside head? Lol

Slaphppy7
01-24-2016, 04:19 PM
Still looking....

Silbar
01-24-2016, 04:44 PM
Mr. Yellow is the most amazing creature! I love the coloring (purple is my favorite color) and bumps on him!

Spardas
01-24-2016, 05:12 PM
Thank you!

Slap, you still don't see it?

Slaphppy7
01-24-2016, 05:14 PM
Is it on the right?...sort of looks like an eyeball?

Spardas
01-24-2016, 05:39 PM
Yes! Now can you spot where Mr. Yellow's eyes are?

Slaphppy7
01-24-2016, 05:48 PM
To the left of the eyeball?

Spardas
01-24-2016, 06:08 PM
Yes! Slightly upper left.

Slaphppy7
01-24-2016, 06:20 PM
See, I'm learning, lol

Spardas
01-25-2016, 05:02 AM
Yep, prepping you for your next tank, which will be saltwater...

Slaphppy7
01-25-2016, 02:44 PM
I'm afraid I'm not worthy.

Spardas
01-25-2016, 10:40 PM
If Sir YapsALot isn't worthy, then who is? Come on, man. Time to start planning for tank #4, lol.

Slaphppy7
01-25-2016, 10:47 PM
You mean tank #5, I think!

Spardas
01-25-2016, 11:09 PM
Oh right, I forgot about the 5 gallon tank, lol. You only have 3 journal?

Slaphppy7
01-26-2016, 12:16 AM
Well, the 10G journal covers my beginnings as a newbster, and the redo of the 10G into Mrs. Slap's betta tank today, which is actually a different thread

I guess I could link it in my sig, too...if I knew how.....:14:

And yes, I'm a mod...just not a very tech-savvy one, lol

Spardas
01-26-2016, 03:58 AM
The house aftermath this morning after the first big snow storm of the year. Too bad it didn't look like this during the X'mas week. But then again, I was on vacation for 2 weeks and wasn't even home, lol.

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Spardas
01-26-2016, 04:45 AM
Still trying to get Mr. Red to eat frozen but for now, I can't let him starve.

His meal today is a molly that's been acclimated to salt water condition. I do hope he will start taking on frozen food soon but the molly should last him a couple of days.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWQwRzKPmns

Spardas
01-26-2016, 04:47 AM
Mr. Yellow luring his next meal.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7FHTh8lgWI

Spardas
01-26-2016, 04:47 AM
Then taking a stroll back to his favorite corner.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luSFMjQl6CY

Spardas
01-26-2016, 05:04 AM
Green Goniopora and tentacle anemone swaying in the current.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAk4dAXfyxs

Spardas
01-27-2016, 09:50 PM
Good news, Mr. Red is taking frozen food now! Took some wiggling, enticing, pushing the dead frozen silverside in the current to make it look like it's swimming, etc to get him to eat it. Good 5 minutes playing around with a dead fish.....

Slaphppy7
01-27-2016, 11:07 PM
How the heck did I miss these vids earlier?...because I keep forgetting to subscribe

That's fixed now.

Those were awesome, that molly virtually disappears from sight...and the "stroll home" music was perfect, haven't laughed that hard in quite a while...

Spardas
01-28-2016, 12:39 AM
Not sure if you noticed on the post #59, in the video, there was a black tube sticking out. That is a snail that digs in the sand and come out when it "smells" food.

Slaphppy7
01-28-2016, 01:23 AM
I'll go back and look, that's for sure

Spardas
01-28-2016, 07:23 PM
https://youtu.be/a9TUTpmITso

Dropped a piece of shrimp in and the snails come out from the sand. The shrimp got in on the action as well.

I call the snails the zombie snails.

Slaphppy7
01-28-2016, 07:31 PM
That's too cool....

I saw the snail antennae in the other vid too, pretty neat!....like a periscope

Boundava
01-28-2016, 08:08 PM
I agree-very neat. I know a lot of SW tanks have hitchhikers and other unwanted inhabitants...have you had any?

Spardas
01-28-2016, 08:50 PM
Over the years, I think a few HH but nothing unwanted.

I switched to saltwater because of the vibrant striking colors; the vast amount of corals, inverts, and fishes; and the fact that almost everything in the tank has personality (even the corals!). Some corals are aggressive and release stingers to kill other corals. Every single marine fish has some sort of personality and it's so interesting to observe the interaction between them, the corals, and inverts.

Boundava
01-28-2016, 08:58 PM
That is neat. Good to know you haven't had anything worse. Heard of tanks with foot long worms devouring fish at night and being impossible to remove short of tearing the whole tank up.

Spardas
01-28-2016, 09:53 PM
We need more folks on this forum to take a dive into the world of saltwater!

Boundava, your future 40B goldfish tank should be a saltwater tank!

Spardas
02-01-2016, 04:36 AM
Update. Sorry, tank is a little dirty. I haven't been doing much.

Moved some corals around and put in some new ones.

The anglers are awesome and eating well. The 3 damsels in the tank are still eluding the anglers at every turn. Possibly due to all the hiding places within the rocks and corals.

Updated tank pictures.

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Spardas
02-01-2016, 04:37 AM
Live Food waiting to be gutted for the Anglers!

Saltwater Shrimps.

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Boundava
02-01-2016, 01:25 PM
Looks great and jealous you have some fresh food, do you grow them yourself?. Was at the store this weekend and picked up some super small meal worms to try for my bettas...surprise at how well live food went over.

Spardas
02-01-2016, 05:39 PM
Yep, the shrimps easily breed in my sumps. I also have minnows breeding in there as a source of food for the larger fishes. It makes it easier for me when I have to wean finicky eaters. Just take a net and go fishing. I think I overdid it this time, probably over 100 shrimps in there and some minnows, lol.

BluewaterBoof
02-04-2016, 10:14 PM
Man, that's a beautiful tank, Spartacus. I keep forgetting that your journals are in a different section, so I miss all these awesome vids/updates. I noticed you now have links in your dig, so I'll be hopping over more often.

I really like how you shape the substrate. I tried that with one of my tanks, but it levels itself out over time. Since it's a DSB, I'm afraid to mess with it now that the tank is established.

Corals look beautiful. Even to my colorblind eyes the whole tank is rich with color. Simply beautiful.

You mentioned in a previous post that some corals put out stingers to keep other corals at bay. Is there a risk of being stung, yourself, when you move them around?

Spardas
02-04-2016, 10:48 PM
Thanks, man. The sand is always moving up and down. The snails and damsels in this tank constantly reshape the surface. It makes it interesting.

The corals don't sting me. Plus for the most part, I try not to touch the fleshy part and only move them at the harder base.

Spardas
02-04-2016, 11:49 PM
To buy or not to buy? That is the question.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/diversden/ItemDisplay.cfm?c=2733+3&ddid=296178

Laura_in_FL
02-05-2016, 12:15 AM
Ooh, very cool. But ouch, that's quite a chunk of change for one fish.

Slaphppy7
02-05-2016, 12:39 AM
To buy or not to buy? That is the question.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/diversden/ItemDisplay.cfm?c=2733+3&ddid=296178

It's a cool looking coral, that's for sure, but the price tag seems a little steep

Spardas
02-05-2016, 01:07 AM
Lol!!!! That's a fish, not a coral, Slap.

Slaphppy7
02-05-2016, 01:28 AM
Ahhh, I see

Wait, no I don't.

Boundava
02-05-2016, 01:57 AM
Matt :lol:

Absolutely gorgeous fish-but I don't like the "peaceful", "Reef Compatible: With Caution", and "carnivore" combination....then the whole venomous thing. I expect the $$$ its a SW fish. If you think it will work with the other fish it would be a gorgeous addition-there really isn't too much of a description on its behavior, slow moving or does it decimate the tank while you sleep?

Spardas
02-05-2016, 04:39 AM
They're the holy grail of scorpion fish. They're peaceful but like the anglers that I'm keeping now, they're ambush predators. They mimic their surroundings to ambush on their prey. The venom isn't something I'm concerned. This is one of the fishes that I've never owned before. We will see. Who knows, maybe it will be sold by tomorrow. It's on the diver dens section so it's usually sold quickly.

Boundava
02-05-2016, 01:30 PM
It is a stunning fish...and its still there this morning.

oooo and look what else they have (gorgeous)!

http://www.liveaquaria.com/DiversDen/ItemDisplay.cfm?c=2733+4&ddid=296146

Silbar
02-05-2016, 01:55 PM
Yes, let's help Spardas spend his moneythumbs2:

Spardas
02-05-2016, 09:56 PM
I couldn't resist, I went and bought it...

It'll be here Tuesday, yay!

As for the mantis shrimp, you mean this little guy? Already have one, lol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiN0k9eeFus

Slaphppy7
02-05-2016, 10:08 PM
Whoa!...he made a mess

Laura_in_FL
02-05-2016, 10:17 PM
Congratulations on the scorpionfish purchase. We'll be waiting with bated breath for pictures and/or video next week. thumbs2:

Spardas
02-05-2016, 10:30 PM
Whoa!...he made a mess

Lol, probably wanted to shoo me away. Damn paparazzi, always watching me, shoo, eat sand. Leave me in peace.

BluewaterBoof
02-05-2016, 11:14 PM
Man that scorpion fish looks COOL. Congrats on the purchase! It's a shame that freshwater doesn't have animals that look that crazy.

Our PMs did plant some seeds. I don't really have the room right now, but when the betta kicks the bucket I'm probably going to replace his tank with a salty. When that day comes I'm gonna be drilling your head for all your SW experience haha

When does Scorpie arrive? Monday shipment for Tuesday arrival? Or did you opt for Saturday shipping?

EDIT: pah...I need to go back and read closer haha I see you already answered my question.

BluewaterBoof
02-05-2016, 11:17 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiN0k9eeFus


Whoa!...he made a mess

That was impressive. Now your comment the other day about the animals rearranging your substrate makes a lot more sense haha Do you get a lot of sand in your filters from that kind of behavior?

SueD
02-05-2016, 11:22 PM
I couldn't resist, I went and bought it...

It'll be here Tuesday, yay!



That's why it's always good to leave a little room in your tank and not overstock too much. Never know what you might come across. Good luck with this guy. I understand the attraction to oddballs, but sometimes they verge on creepy/scarey.

Spardas
02-05-2016, 11:33 PM
Man that scorpion fish looks COOL. Congrats on the purchase! It's a shame that freshwater doesn't have animals that look that crazy.

Our PMs did plant some seeds. I don't really have the room right now, but when the betta kicks the bucket I'm probably going to replace his tank with a salty. When that day comes I'm gonna be drilling your head for all your SW experience haha


Looking forward to it. I've been wanting a rhino scorp for a long time but never pulled the trigger since I always seem to miss it or it's the color I don't like. So, I had to pull the trigger with this one.


That was impressive. Now your comment the other day about the animals rearranging your substrate makes a lot more sense haha Do you get a lot of sand in your filters from that kind of behavior?

Not really, the sand doesn't get high enough to go into the intakes.


That's why it's always good to leave a little room in your tank and not overstock too much. Never know what you might come across. Good luck with this guy. I understand the attraction to oddballs, but sometimes they verge on creepy/scarey.

Definitely! For marine tanks, it's always to understock. Less is more.

BluewaterBoof
02-06-2016, 12:03 AM
Would you say each animal has its own quirky personality? With the exception of my betta and pearl, all of my fish are schoolers. There's not really a sense of individuality among my tanks. I'm always pleasantly surprised when I watch vids like yours because you definitely get that feeling that the animals are individuals with their own personality.

Spardas
02-06-2016, 02:03 AM
I think they all have varying degrees of individuality. I don't really have schooling fishes. My fishes usually go about doing their own thing except for food time. Then everyone will put on their game face and attack.

Some damsels are busy going back and forth, establishing territory, using their tail to slap at things they don't like or just make a mess out of the sandbed. Angels go about picking at their live rock, then run back to hide at their favorite spot, peaking outside, then going back in then out. Butterfly fishes swim gracefully and occasionally pick on things. Tangs will just keep on swimming. Dori has her favorite hiding spot that she would lodge herself in at night. Every fish is doing something unique, so it's fun to just sit in front of the tank and observe how they interact with each other and the environment within the tank.

Spardas
02-06-2016, 02:59 AM
3 damsels still roaming the tank. I don't think the anglers will be able to catch them. Corals are much more colorful in real life compared to recording.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkOEhP36NUQ

Laura_in_FL
02-06-2016, 03:05 AM
Does your camera have an "underwater" setting? Mine does, and it filters out a lot of the extra blues so that the colors in the picture/video look a lot closer to the colors you perceive with your eyes.

Spardas
02-06-2016, 11:28 AM
Honestly, I haven't spent much time with my phones, have 5 of them. Not including the blackberry.

Not much of a camera person, as I don't really like taking pictures. So I don't really look into all the settings much, lol. Either way, I still think seeing it in person beats a picture in terms of color and experience.

Just like when I went scuba diving, a totally different experience from seeing photos.

Spardas
02-09-2016, 01:34 AM
My fish shipped. 38.8 lbs. Yikes, about 5 gallons of water for this guy alone.

Spardas
02-09-2016, 05:08 PM
It's here!

They put venomous labels on the side. A whole lot of water for one 5 inches fish.

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Spardas
02-09-2016, 05:11 PM
Say hi.

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Slaphppy7
02-09-2016, 05:11 PM
Cool, I bet you're excited....this is that pink hunk of coral, right?

Spardas
02-09-2016, 05:15 PM
Totally, it moves and has venom and eats other fishes, lol.

Slaphppy7
02-09-2016, 05:25 PM
Where's his little fishing pole thingy?

Spardas
02-09-2016, 05:32 PM
Where's his little fishing pole thingy?

That only apply to angler fishes. This is a rhinopias scorpionfish, no luring pole here.

Slaphppy7
02-09-2016, 05:38 PM
Ahh, gotcha....that is one wild looking fish...how long did you acclimate him/her?

Laura_in_FL
02-09-2016, 05:57 PM
Congratulations - that is an awesome fish. thumbs2:

Spardas
02-09-2016, 06:02 PM
Not too long, 30 minutes. I tested their water vs mine and it was pretty much on par so I just had to match the temperature.

RiversGirl
02-09-2016, 06:25 PM
Say hi.

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Totally, it moves and has venom and eats other fishes, lol.

eeeks. I think I'm a little bit afraid of it. Particularly the view of it in that last picture.

Hollywood could write up a whole character, based on that!

AmazonJoe
02-09-2016, 07:00 PM
mmmm how did you handle it?

very impressive looking addition to your tank. not sure I envy those damsels in there at the moment lol

Spardas
02-09-2016, 07:11 PM
No nets, just a large fish container, drained all water out, and flopped it in the tank.

AmazonJoe
02-09-2016, 07:25 PM
Nice, looks like it is enjoying the layout nicely. Is it wild caught or CB?

Spardas
02-09-2016, 08:15 PM
Mr. Weedy is wild caught. He's eyeing the damsel fishes like no tomorrow.

Silbar
02-09-2016, 08:19 PM
OMG!! You got it!!! It's a truly awesome fish....that comes at a truly awesome price tag!!

Boundava
02-09-2016, 09:50 PM
Cool, I bet you're excited....this is that pink hunk of coral, right?

OMG congrats-what a gorgeous fish, and I am sorry he seems like he is very hungry for your stock. Maybe the trip has left him ravenous and after a good meal he will leave them be.

Slaphppy7
02-09-2016, 10:30 PM
I think the damsels are SUPPOSED to be his meal...no?

AmazonJoe
02-09-2016, 11:06 PM
That's a great sign that he is already looking for his next meal !

Spardas
02-09-2016, 11:07 PM
Yes, that was the original intention when I put those 3 damsels in there. They were to be prey for the anglers/predators of the tank.

Boundava
02-09-2016, 11:24 PM
Oh...well its good he has a healthy appetite. thumbs2:

Slaphppy7
02-10-2016, 12:53 AM
Update?

Did the coral eat a fish or what?

:14::14:

Spardas
02-10-2016, 01:10 AM
Nope, the damsels proved to be elusive for the coral fish for now, lol. It was like watching a game of hide and seek. The big green goniopora to the far right was where the action was. The damsel swam in circle around it and Mr. Weedy Coral was just strolling around and around with the damsels. It was pretty funny.

Although, Mr. Yellow belly is full from one of the damsel fish. So I'm down to 2 in the tank. It seems he was able to catch it, but I didn't witness it.

AmazonJoe
02-10-2016, 02:05 AM
I'm sure if you blink you'll miss it!

iReef
02-10-2016, 05:34 AM
the only way that damsel is getting picked off is if it's sleeping or decides to rest next to it. It could happen in ten minutes. Ten minutes ago. Ten months. 10 years (love the reef's lifespan)

BluewaterBoof
02-10-2016, 07:12 PM
Say hi.

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What a fantastic unique and beautiful creature. Congratulations!!!

Spardas
02-10-2016, 09:28 PM
Thanks, Boof, it'll be the first time I'm keeping this type of fish. Should be interesting.

Boundava
02-10-2016, 09:48 PM
Glad you are sharing with us, it is definitely interesting!

Spardas
02-11-2016, 03:50 AM
Update!

Mr. Weedy Coral couldn't catch the damsels but he sure can eat those shrimps. Gulped down like 8 of them. Off course, the anglers had their share of action as well. They weren't going to be beaten...

Spardas
02-17-2016, 08:10 PM
Didn't have my camera handy but for a brief few seconds, Mr. Coral was on top of Mr. Yellow, and Mr. Yellow on top of Mr. Red. It was funny to see.

Boundava
02-17-2016, 08:31 PM
That's too funny, there is hardly ever a camera around when you need one!

Spardas
02-17-2016, 08:48 PM
Yep, it was a tower of fish, Mr. Yellow had one of his "hands" on the face of Mr. Red and I don't think Mr. Red appreciated that.

Boundava
02-17-2016, 09:49 PM
lol, not so touchy-feel-ly.

BluewaterBoof
03-11-2016, 02:40 PM
Any updates on this tank, or have you been focusing on just the new freshwater ones lately?

Spardas
03-11-2016, 10:52 PM
Yeah, not much going on here. Everyone is happy, nothing new. Just a TON of pods everywhere. If I had seahorses or mandarins, they would love this tank. Corals are slowly expanding to other pieces of rock that doesn't have any stakeholders yet. I can see tiny feather dusters starting to sprinkle over the sand. I did spot a huge bristle worm when I turned on the lights, but it quickly retreated back to the cave. It was instantaneous. I barely got a glimpse.

But yes, the freshwater tanks and other things are at the forefront for now.

BluewaterBoof
03-11-2016, 11:22 PM
Whoa! Aren't bristle worms considered bad? Like "kill your fish in the middle of the night" bad?

Spardas
03-11-2016, 11:46 PM
Not all kinds are bad, the term bristleworms refer to an entire class. I'm sure what I saw was not the dreaded kind.

BluewaterBoof
03-12-2016, 12:10 AM
Ah, gotcha. Cool to hear about all that new growth popping up everywhere!

Spardas
03-12-2016, 01:22 AM
Waiting for you to make a saltwater tank as well! Lol.

Silbar
07-18-2016, 12:39 PM
I was reviewing this thread and I have to comment on all of your beautiful coral! I am considering doing a 30 gallon reef tank next year so I have been paying attention to everyone's corals and yours are fantastic.
Somehow I missed the picture of your house in the snow. Which house is this? It is beautiful.