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5/8/06 11:21 PM
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lionsdengrappler
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I know the clown looks a little lonely, since the firefish disappeared. I'm thinking about picking up a manderain dragnet (sp?), one of my lfs has some that are taking frozen brine and myis shrimp, and he has them at about $21, so not a bad price.
5/8/06 11:23 PM
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he also has the little green clown goby with him, but he stays in the rocks.
5/9/06 10:02 AM
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I would think twice before getting a Mandarin. They need very large systems, no less than around 100lbs of live rock, as well as a refugium. The reason is because they only eat live foor (copopods...). The LR will spawn the pods, but more importantly, the refugium ensures that the population has a place to live and procreate without being fed on by predators. You should read this article before you buy one (sorry, I cant get the HTML editor to load for some reason): http://www.wetwebmedia.com/mandarins.htm Clowns are always cool in pairs!
5/9/06 6:11 PM
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I know about the need for copepods and amphipods, but these are taking the frozen brine and myis aswell. I have the 46 tore down, and I have about 55lbs of suger fine agronite and about 30lbs of base rock. I should be adding the water and the live rock in a week or so, I'm thinking about adding about 20 more pounds of base and 50lbs of live. my LFS guy has me set up for a nice T5 light set, so after I get the system going, cycled and stable, I can go for some nice sps, like acropora's, milli's and such.
5/11/06 11:57 AM
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Yeah, you will need to add that extra LR. From what I understand abut these fish, a refugium is essential, as it gives a place for the pod culture to propogate without being wiped out (as it would in the main tank). Also, getting these fish to take dead food is extremely rare. Good luck with it though. Get some pics up when youve got it going. Oh, and get a male if you have a choice. They have the large pointy dorsal fin - they look cooler than the females IMO.
5/18/06 10:30 PM
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I started on the "flow control" for the 46, working with pvc, it runs under the sand and has 2 towers with loc-line flare nozzles on all the exhausts, I also have a flow deflector on the way, not sure on where to set that yet, but it will fit any of the 4 exhausts. I will see about getting some pics up.
7/1/06 10:45 PM
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nice stuff guys
9/2/06 10:29 AM
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BigEyedFish
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Breezy, this is the camera.  Its an Olympus Camedia but its a few years old now so Im sure there are better ones out there.  It does take good pics though.

 

Other pics Ive posted on the OG in case youre bored...

http://www.mma.tv/TUF/index.cfm?ac=ListMessages&TID=832519&FID=2

http://www.mma.tv/TUF/index.cfm?ac=ListMessages&TID=856529&FID=2

9/3/06 10:01 AM
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Thanks for the compliments. Glad you liked the shots. In Europe I took about a thousand pics with about an hours worth of video. Id love to take more credit for the pics, but Ive never considered myself all that artistic or talented with a camera. Im afraid that the camera is just pretty good to me. From what Ive seen on this forum, the camera is pretty darn good to you too Breezy. Maybe the winter snow will provide for some good pond shots. Ill PP if there's anything worth staring at.
9/4/06 6:31 AM
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This is some of the coolest stuff ever. Are there any good forums for fish/aquariums? Its something i've always wanted to get into.
9/4/06 11:38 AM
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BigEyedFish
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The best resource for the hobby is here (even though it isnt a forum):

http://www.wetwebmedia.com/marine/index.htm

It has everything you need to know about set ups and livestock.   They are also very good at returning email inquiries.  Check out the FAQ pages in each category for good information.  If you get into it, just post here if you need a hand with anything.  Glad to help out. 

 

9/5/06 1:34 PM
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Very nice aquarium set up. I heard you can make your own seawater aquarium for a lot less. Have you heard this?
9/5/06 4:54 PM
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My tank is saltwater. Im not too sure what you mean by that, k...
9/5/06 10:12 PM
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I mean I heard you can actually make most of the aquarium yourself if you have some mechanic ability. You buy 4 thick pieces of glass, some Silicone sealant, you make a nice box and you buy stuff like PVC piping to make the filtration system. You still have to buy some aquarium specific stuff but from what I heard you end up paying $200 for a big tank.
9/5/06 10:12 PM
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I'm not much of a DIYer so I'd buy someone elses system.
9/6/06 9:40 AM
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Actually thats true. If you can get cheap glass or acrylic you can so that. I dont use filtration (the live rock acts like a filter) - you would just have to buy a protein skimmer.
9/13/06 10:05 PM
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mattkee, check out reefcentral.com and monsterfishkeepers.com, they both are great sites. BEF, I will get some new pics up soon, I have to show off the sps tank, and I got the little ocellaris a girlfriend.
11/2/06 3:43 PM
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when i buy a bigger house I might do a DIY with Starfire glass
4/13/07 9:09 PM
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BigEyedFish
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Collected some new fish over the last few months because I came across some rare ones that I hadnt ever seen in a store in my almost 7 years of doing this:

Blue Spot Puffer

Blue Spotted Puffer

Awesome Labouti Wrasse

Labouti Wrasse

Geometric Pgymy Hawkfish

Geometric Pygmy Hawkfish

Tiny Red Headed Goby

Red Headed Goby

Lawnmower Blenny (he cleans the tank so I dont have to)

Lawnmower Blenny

6 yr old True Percula Clownfish

True Percula Clownfish

Royal Gramma

Royal Gramma

4/13/07 9:11 PM
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clarkiis are cool
4/13/07 10:09 PM
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oh, all i saw was the last picture, and it looked like a clarkii
7/17/09 1:31 PM
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7/19/09 6:27 PM
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Truly awesome post dude!
7/19/09 6:28 PM
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Do you also scuba dive?
7/20/09 10:01 AM
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Nah, Ive snorkeled a few times, but I live in Canada, so scuba isnt a doable hobby unless I vacation alot for that purpose, which I dont. Id love to try it though.

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