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Jake42393

this wouldnt work with sand though would it?

only like crushed coral etc.?

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Matty1124

why wouldnt it work with sand? it only needs to be buried so it looks pleasing to you, doesnt matter whats covering it

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Jake42393

because sand is fine grain and will easily fall through the holes..

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Jake42393

or is there a way to prevent that?

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Bonsai

Thought I'd add photos of the DIY Jawfish house I built - I obviously used Stoney's plans :)

 

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Here are some photos of me introducing him to the tank, and making sure he tried out his new house before I let him run around the tank digging holes :) As you can see, I basically took a disposable plastic container and cut a hole in the top of it large enough for the Barnacle Shells to fit in. I put it in the tank so it floated at the top, and netted the jawfish and plopped him in. I then covered the hole, inverted the container, and placed it on top of the Barnacle home.

 

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I've had the Blue Spotted Jawfish for about a month now, and he loves his home. He hangs around in there 98% of the time.

 

He even has a few chunks of Live Rock Rubble that he uses as a "Door" at night. When the lights go out, he drags these rock pieces in front of the barnacle opening to close it up for the evening. So fun to watch!

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chanman

this is an awesome thread.

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Jake42393

how much do blue spotted jawfish cost at a LFS? average price?

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Marteen

You can drill holes in the side so fine grand sand won't fall through. The holes you drill should be pretty small otherwise your jawfish will be spitting and out all day.

 

I think average price for these guys is $140 or so. You can find them cheaper sometimes though.

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dtfleming

$109 at thatfishplace.com

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Bonsai

I was talking to my LFS about Blue Spotted Jawfish (BSJF) and learned some pretty interesting information. Apparently they are all live caught, and often times arrive at wholesalers and retailers with diseases and general health issues. My LFS said that when they received BSJF, they immediately quarantine them and treat them in copper water as well as with antibiotics. They don't want to see if the BSJF is showing signs of disease, they just assume the fish is ill and treat it accordingly.

 

Using the above practice, they've only lost one BSJF over their many years of business. I talked to a wholesaler in my town also about this, and he agreed, saying that his source cited a "high mortality rate" for BSJF.

 

So what's my point? My careful about where you get the fish from ... if you're going to drop $100 - $150 on a BSJF, make sure it has been quarantined and treated accordingly, and make sure it is healthy/eating when you purchase it.

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chanman

what happens when a snail or a crab goes inside? Will the jawfish attack it?

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eklikewhoa

Mine just push the snails out.

 

LFS by me sell the BlueSpot for $100...there's like 3 local to me right now that have been in stock for a few months now and healthy.

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Bonsai
what happens when a snail or a crab goes inside? Will the jawfish attack it?

 

My BSJF loves to pick on my Emerald Crab. The crab will walk along the front glass of the tank ... and when he gets to the middle of the tank, where the jawfish is, he knows to hurry up or he'll get nipped at.

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stoney waters
what happens when a snail or a crab goes inside? Will the jawfish attack it?

 

If anything fall inside the jawfish will immediately pick it up and eject it. Sometimes I will purposely drop a hermit inside because it is so damn funny to watch.

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chanman

what do you guys use to glue the shell down to the pipe?

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Bonsai
what do you guys use to glue the shell down to the pipe?

 

You can use any reef-safe epoxy putty. Aquamend is the brand I used.

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travisurfer

awesome stuff

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UncleLuke

I paid $18 for my pearly jawfish

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yellowslayer13

I am making on of these tomorrow for my new tank

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Kraylen

I made one of these but instead of a barnacle I used a pack of camel lights.

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stoney waters
I made one of these but instead of a barnacle I used a pack of camel lights.

 

Copycat...

 

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Kraylen

omg new avatar !!

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Marteen

I was just thinking what if you put a thin clear resin around the camel light box... then you could have it under water and have the jawfish inside without worrying about it corroding. hmmmm.. what if I made a tiny top hat made of acrylic.... oh the possibilities.

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Kraylen

I think you're just stupid.

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kat

what do you think the fish would do if it already has a burrow? I would like to make one of these and have it more front and center of the nano, because his burrow is on the far side...so you really don't see him even when he is peeking out. It is a pearly by the way.

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