- 1 regal tank, a perc clown, a fire fish, a sand sifting goby, two shrimps, about 8 soft corals and a few crabs. I also have about 80kgs of live rock.
Does anyone know of a site that has a list of all the fish that would be suitable for this set up? I keep on thinking about various fish but then I bottle it because I have doubts about their suitability.
Any thoughts on a spotted boxfish? Could I get another tang in or is this a bad idea?
Good news flat worm fans I have discovered what looks like at least a temporary solution. He is called a Blue Velvet Slug. I went into my local fish shop asking about the 6line wrasse but the guy pointed these things out so I bought one immediately. He is quite pretty actually too - the best looking slug I have ever seen in fact.
There are snags:
- they eat the worms to near extinction but when they finish eating them they die due to starvation. (I am not currently worried about this at the moment due to the sheer scale of my flatworm problem) - they are supposedly difficult to keep (mine has been in over a week and seems fine) - they are sensitive to nitrate etc (Not a problem in my tank at the mo)
For all this I am willing to take the risks and my little chap is currently happily slithering over my rocks chomping the flatworms - brilliant!
Great you will have to let me know how you go on. I am tempted to go out and buy one myself but I currently have a goby in my Q'tne tank who needs to stay there for a couple of weeks before i transfer him to my main tank.
BTW my tank is also 100 gals but I guess I have lots of rock in it. I have not been especially efficient I suppose and only live rock is in the tank nothing else such as egg crate or whatever. My water quality is fantastic though so it cant be doing any harm.
I would be grateful for updates on your war against the flatworms.
I am in two minds about the mandarin - they are really interesting fish and my now 85kgs of live rock is literally crawling with suitable food. The flip side is though I would hate for one to starve to death in my tank. Has anyone successfully kept one for a decent length of time or for that matter the wrasse?
Although I said in my previous post increased flow has had limited success, the flatworms do not like it. I keep on aiming my powerheads at rock covered in the flatworms and they clear/blow off it within 20 mins. The problem is they just seem to regroup somewhere else hours later where the flow is less. I am hoping I am doing some damage to their numbers by doing this though.
I have an outbreak of red/brown flatworms which while not really threatening the corals is concerning and I want to get it under control. For varous reasons I am not keen on freshwater bathing, sucking them out etc and what I really want is a predator.
The options seem to be either a mandarin fish or a six line wrass. Has anyone any experience of introducing these fish to clear up flatworms?
Alternatively, has anyone got any top tips to clear them up? I have tried increased flow with little success.
There is really no need to take your ball home. I do need advice and there is an awful lot of advice around because one of the things that makes this hobby so interesting is that everyone has a different opinion.
I have read lots of your posts on this forum and you clearly make a big contribution and help lots of people out. I also understand that you clearly have the welfare of the livestock in your mind much of the time and I fully agree with your sentiments. I have just spent ?2.5k on my set up to get the best gear and biggest tank I could afford and also lots of time researching for the very reason that if I am to be selfish enough to have an ornamental reef tank, funding the industry of plucking creatures out of the sea in the process, I want to do it to the very best level that I can. I would not knowingly make my first step one which I thought significantly put at risk the lives of my first corals and clean up crew in my new tank.
For this reason, I am grateful for your opinions as I am sure lots of people are but please try and tone it down a little - people need help through shared experiences and discussion. There is no need to wade in all guns blazing!
For the record my corals and CUC are doing well and my water quality is good. I am doing everything I can to try and keep it that way but taking nothing for granted.
Have you ever added LR to an established tank? My other fish only has never really seemed to need any refresh but really I could do with another 20-30 kgs in my new big one. I think I will try and get some more from my current fantastic source before it runs out!