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Hodgey1978 Hodgey1978
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  • Posted on: 16/8/2009 17:41
Re: Reef safe fish #1
the kole tang is a really nice fish - had kind of worked on the basis that another tang was not a great idea because they would be aggressive to each other though?

Also, do you know if I buy another clown to go with the one I have got have you any idea what the best way to go about this is?

Anyone got any other suggestions? I really dont know what to get.

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Hodgey1978 Hodgey1978
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  • Posted on: 15/8/2009 16:44
Reef safe fish #2
I currently have a 500 ltr tank with:

- 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?

Any help appreciated.


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  • Posted on: 1/8/2009 8:24
Re: Flatworms #3
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!



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  • Posted on: 19/7/2009 17:53
Re: Flatworms #4
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.


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  • Posted on: 13/7/2009 20:03
Re: Flatworms #5
Thanks that is interesting.

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.


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  • Posted on: 13/7/2009 17:48
Flatworms #6
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.

Thanks in advance for any help


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  • Posted on: 19/4/2009 17:28
Re: Short cut to cycle tank? #7
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.


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  • Posted on: 4/4/2009 16:44
Re: Short cut to cycle tank? #8
Yes I take your point.

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!


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  • Posted on: 4/4/2009 16:12
Re: Short cut to cycle tank? #9
I figured just the one tang for mine as I have no plans for anything bigger than I have just got. I think two would be pushing it or do you think it would be OK? Say one yellow and one regal?


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  • Posted on: 4/4/2009 15:33
Re: Short cut to cycle tank? #10
I am very lucky as I live only 2.1 miles per my sat nav from the place I got the rock so the move time was v-short.

As you have a similar sized tank (reef?)and thinking ahead three of four months I would be interested to hear how many fish you have in it and what sort? I am thinking about:

- a couple of clowns
- a fire fish
- one tang - probably yellow
- a sand sift goby

..plenty of time to think about it



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