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Paradise on the Prairie (lagoon 25)

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I have a Red Sea alk kit whose results seem questionable because the color transition is so gradual and indistinct. I got a Salifert to double check it (the Salifert color change is very distinct), and it turns out it was measuring about the same level, so it was basically accurate, just difficult to use. :mellow: 

 

That feeding station looks like it could simplify feeding frozen food.  I typically have to use a small cup and thaw the cube, then use a turkey baster to drop them in the tank in small increments. And of course a lot of it just disperses and the fish miss several pieces. 

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1 hour ago, J-Ranko said:

I have a Red Sea alk kit whose results seem questionable because the color transition is so gradual and indistinct. I got a Salifert to double check it (the Salifert color change is very distinct), and it turns out it was measuring about the same level, so it was basically accurate, just difficult to use. :mellow: 

 

That feeding station looks like it could simplify feeding frozen food.  I typically have to use a small cup and thaw the cube, then use a turkey baster to drop them in the tank in small increments. And of course a lot of it just disperses and the fish miss several pieces. 

 

I had the basic Red Sea kit that only measures to the nearest Dkh so it's kind of hard to see trends in alkalinity when dialing in dosing but it definitely did work. 

 

I ended up moving my birdsnest to the small rock feature on the right side of the tank right below the mp10 so it will definitely recieve plenty of flow. Hopefully it colors back up! 

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Unfortunately one of my filefish died last night. He wasn't swimming very good at all yesterday and was laying in the corner of the tank when I went bed last night. I'm not sure what happened, it almost looked like he was having seizures when he was swimming. I woke up this morning and it looked like the rock nem ended up eating him.  Too bad i really liked having the pair. The bigger one, I'm assuming the female is still doing well. 

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Sorry about your file fish :(

 

Really nice tank, though! 

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2 hours ago, kimberbee said:

Sorry about your file fish :(

 

Really nice tank, though! 

 

Thanks! 

 

I'm not sure what happened, its kind of frustrating to see a fish struggle and you can't do anything about it. 

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The file came back from the dead...kind of. I somehow missed him in the overflow. I took a Tupperware container and poked some holes in it and put him inside. His fins are nipped very bad and he can't swim well. He is still alive but I don't know what his odds are, probably not very good but in going to try my best to save him. 

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Here is a pic, he is still breathing and moves his eyes. He will swim if provoked but mainly just lays there. 

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Does it look like he might have any parasites? I hope he makes it.

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8 hours ago, J-Ranko said:

Does it look like he might have any parasites? I hope he makes it.

 

Not that I can tell. I think he has been having issues because his dorsal fin is damaged, watching a filefish swim it appears that the dorsal fin is how they keep their balance. He is still laying on the bottom of the container but he has shifted a few times. When he swims he swims in a vertical position and gets pushed around by the current. 

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Oh poor little guy I hope he makes it

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Other bad fish news. My wife woke up this morning and called me freaking out because there was a fish on the floor. Looks like my yw goby decided to go carpet surfing, he was the last one that I thought would do that as I have never seen him off the sandbed. 

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Sucks man, screens can be eye sores but after my first one did I had to add one

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Dude that sucks :( What a way to start the day. How's the filefish looking this morning? Do you think it was the one that got into the superglue?

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3 hours ago, Christopher Marks said:

Dude that sucks :( What a way to start the day. How's the filefish looking this morning? Do you think it was the one that got into the superglue?

 

I guess when stuff happens everything happens at once...hopefully not in threes!  I don't think the file has anything to do with the superglue, it has been a while and he was eating fine before this happened.  He is still alive, he looks around when I am looking at him but he is still on his side.  I have noticed the bigger one occasionally getting after him but I never thought too much about it because I didn't see that behavior all that often. 

4 hours ago, Shoob1e said:

Sucks man, screens can be eye sores but after my first one did I had to add one

 

I was really trying to avoid a screen but it might have to happen now...

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Well the filefish officially passed away yesterday. I ended up feeding his corpse to the rock nem who ate him in 15 seconds flat, I figured it was a much more proper burial instead of the toilet or trash can. So now I am down to three fish...

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:( Sorry. :(

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Unfortunately my feather duster wasn't happy with his placement for an unknown reason.  Below is a link to a video of the worm leaving his tube.  I was not able to wait around for him to completely vacate his tube and found him being eaten by one of my acan colonies.  I ripped him from the acans and then fed him to my RFA.  Poor guy he was one of my favorite things to watch in the tank. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qu5d4z_VaE

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