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Enthrol

I really like the scape! Looks natural and not so much like a display. Not that I don't like a bombastic display though lol.

 

Sorry about your fish man. Hoping for the best.

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Pjanssen

Scape looks great, it always does. Sorry about the chalk bass, any news on her?

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Sharbuckle

The scape and gorgonians look fantastic. So sorry to hear about your chalk bass 😞 I’ve always wanted one. 

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billygoat

Thanks to all of you for your kind words! The 'scape has been a struggle, but I'm really grateful for all your support. Makes me feel a lot better about it. 😂

 

The chalk bass remains alive this morning, though she doesn't look much better than before. I'll keep an eye on her throughout the day and see if I can get some food into her. More updates to come.

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debbeach13

Fina and fingers crossed she eats and makes it.

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melson

Sorry to hear about the chalk bass! I'm hoping it pulls through! That sounds very strange what you're experiencing with it!

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billygoat

Thanks again for your kind words everyone. Sadly the chalk bass did not make it. Last night my neighborhood lost power randomly for about 5 hours, which normally would be fine except that it happened at the coldest time of evening - from midnight to 5 AM. I have a battery backup that kept my MP10 running during the outage, but with the heater offline my tank's temperature dropped to around 70 degrees. The stress from this temp swing proved to be too much for the little bass. It's rather vexing since I still don't have a clear idea of what caused her to decline so rapidly, but there's not much to be done about it I guess. I'll just take it in stride and move on.

 

Thankfully nothing else in the tank sustained any damage as a result of last night's low temperatures. The jawfish is a bit agitated (he's digging in a new spot yet again 🙄), but all of my invertebrates look fine.

 

All in all, I shouldn't complain. Gorgs are growing, Rics are glowing, and everything is business as usual on the reef today. It's always sad to lose a fish, but I'm grateful that everything else is doing so well. I hope all of you are hanging in there too. 🤞

 

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Amphrites

Darn, sorry to hear about the basslet, honestly I can't get a feel for how they actually do in captivity. Very few people purchase them and I've not been able to find any in-tank shots of the animals at maturity, though that doesn't mean too much with how awful google is these days. Some whom I reached out-to seem to feel they do fairly-well in captivity however, so I frankly haven't a clue =(

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melson
On 3/28/2020 at 4:38 PM, Amphrites said:

Darn, sorry to hear about the basslet, honestly I can't get a feel for how they actually do in captivity. Very few people purchase them and I've not been able to find any in-tank shots of the animals at maturity, though that doesn't mean too much with how awful google is these days. Some whom I reached out-to seem to feel they do fairly-well in captivity however, so I frankly haven't a clue =(

I've had mine for going on two years now. He's an absolute monster of a fish when it comes to feeding time and he is not aggressive at all! Feel free to check out my tank if you haven't for pictures!

 

@billygoat, don't mean to hijack your thread, sorry to hear about your experience with one but I'd say try again with one! They are pretty resilient. Tank looks excellent otherwise!

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Gakarl100

how you like that mp10?  Trying to decide on a powerhead for my tank, like the nero 5 and the mp 10.  Was just worried the lowest setting on both would be too much for the tank but I see yours is running fine.  Did it help with the sand algae?

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billygoat
On 3/28/2020 at 1:38 PM, Amphrites said:

Darn, sorry to hear about the basslet, honestly I can't get a feel for how they actually do in captivity. Very few people purchase them and I've not been able to find any in-tank shots of the animals at maturity, though that doesn't mean too much with how awful google is these days. Some whom I reached out-to seem to feel they do fairly-well in captivity however, so I frankly haven't a clue =(

I don't have a lot of hard data about the chalk bass since I am still quite unsure as to what exactly caused it to decline so quickly, but I can tell you a few observations that I've made about them in my own tank and also at work. First is that they seem to do better with more space. They like to move around and explore, and I think my tank may simply have been too small/cramped for mine, which caused it some environmental stress. They also like to have ledges and caves to hide in, which again I don't have many of. And I have a feeling that they do better in groups. I think @seabass has been successfully keeping a trio of chalk bass in one his tanks for quite some time. And @melson of course has had one for several years (thanks for your kind words by the way, melson! 🙏)

 

I may end up trying again with the chalk bass, but based on my experiences with this last one I think it might be best to wait until I have a bigger tank. No idea when that will happen, but probably some day!

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billygoat
17 hours ago, Gakarl100 said:

how you like that mp10?  Trying to decide on a powerhead for my tank, like the nero 5 and the mp 10.  Was just worried the lowest setting on both would be too much for the tank but I see yours is running fine.  Did it help with the sand algae?

The MP10 has been a good choice for me so far. The low settings are actually quite weak; I think the absolute lowest moves water at 125 gph or so, which is lower than most other powerheads on the market. The real reason I decided to get the MP10 over a Nero, Aqamai, or Maxspect pump is that the MP10 has a quality battery backup that's made by the manufacturer. I'm not sure how much money you're willing to sink into your tank, but the battery backup saved my livestock from several 12+ hour power outages last summer, so I'd say that it's been worth it.

 

I didn't get my MP10 until after my initial cyanobacteria bloom was already under control, so I can't speak from experience about its effect on controlling sandbed algae. I'd imagine it's pretty effective though, as long as it is positioned properly.

 

That's another thing to consider - the MP10 cannot be angled, since it's just stuck to the glass. This can make positioning it a bit tricky in a small tank like the C-Vue 18. I think the Nero is the same way though.

 

Hope this helps!

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Amphrites
10 minutes ago, billygoat said:

I don't have a lot of hard data about the chalk bass since I am still quite unsure as to what exactly caused it to decline so quickly, but I can tell you a few observations that I've made about them in my own tank and also at work. First is that they seem to do better with more space. They like to move around and explore, and I think my tank may simply have been too small/cramped for mine, which caused it some environmental stress. They also like to have ledges and caves to hide in, which again I don't have many of. And I have a feeling that they do better in groups. I think @seabass has been successfully keeping a trio of chalk bass in one his tanks for quite some time. And @melson of course has had one for several years (thanks for your kind words by the way, melson! 🙏)

 

I may end up trying again with the chalk bass, but based on my experiences with this last one I think it might be best to wait until I have a bigger tank. No idea when that will happen, but probably some day!

I wasn't aware of seabass' trio, I'll have to check that out, and I've been following Melson's thread since I stumbled into it a few months back I think lol.

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Tired

I used to have a chalk bass in a 29 biocube. It definitely moved around a decent bit. I don't know that I'd put one in a tank that size again, just in case it needs more space, but mine didn't show any stress signs that I noticed. Greedy thing, big mouth. 

 

I don't see any reason they wouldn't do well in aquariums. They're fairly small (unless I'm misinformed that max size is 3-4"), they seem pretty enthusiastic about eating frozen and can be trained onto other foods, and they don't seem especially panicky. I don't see many for sale, though- do people just not like them much? I think they're handsome fish.

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billygoat
4 hours ago, Tired said:

I don't see many for sale, though- do people just not like them much? I think they're handsome fish.

I think they're just not collected very often. Atlantic fish in general seem harder to come by, and if you find them for sale at all it'll usually be one of just a handful of species (e.g. royal gramma, yellowheaded jawfish, neon goby, etc.). It's a shame because chalk bass are indeed very beautiful animals.

 

I've got a few more pictures for you folks here today:

1.) Lurch. Lurch is a hermit crab. He goes where he pleases. 'Nuff said.

2.) Yellow sea whip gorgonian (Pterogorgia citrina). Unlike all of my other gorgonians, this one has lovely cream-colored polyps. It's very attractive.

3.) Hitchhiker zoanthids. These guys started out as a single polyp that rode in on the bottom of one of my Ricordea. That first lonesome polyp was so smashed and mistreated that I wasn't even sure what it was. Fast forward to about a year later, and I've got ten large, green-centered Caribbean zoanthids. A few days ago I fragged a gorgonian that was shading these guys, and they've been loving life ever since.

4.) Hidden cup coral (Phyllangia americana). This lovely coral also started off as a brutalized hitchhiker with four bedraggled heads. Now it has more than 30. Pretty crazy!

 

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That's all for now! Thanks as always for reading. 🙂

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seabass
10 hours ago, billygoat said:

First is that they seem to do better with more space. They like to move around and explore

They can sure move when they want to, fast fishes.  Mine have been in a 40B.  A word of caution, they do occasionally jump; I highly recommend some sort of top with them.  In the last 15 months, I've lost two of the three to jumping (one just this last week). :sad:

 

10 hours ago, billygoat said:

I have a feeling that they do better in groups.

If introducing a small group, I think they should be introduced at the same time.  When younger, they showed no signs of aggression toward each other.  However, as they got older, I noticed that one became a bit more territorial towards the other two.

 

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