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Old School Zoa/Paly Garden - Goby in QT 2019.05.16

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Ratvan

I know the feeling. My LFS keeps updating me with the new "bargain bucket" frags are £2.99 each or 2 for £5.00....

 

Anyways I joined another forum in an attempt to find some reefers near me. Just use these guys for frag swaps and maybe a 2nd hand set up if I find one at a good price. 

 

Advice however, not great. I was asking about my nudi issue. I hope they read 2.5 as 25 lol

 

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Tamberav

Adorable little goby 😍

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Ratvan

Good Morning all,

 

Another beautiful Monday. I have got into work and done my daily maintenance of the tank, count Shrimp, Count Crab (pick Crab out of HOB) pick up Frags, top off water. I decided that since I did not trust my timer to leave the lights off during the weekend. It seems that it was the correct choice as the Cyano Algae that I have been fighting lately has not appeared this morning (YAY)

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Sadly I am still dealing with the Nudi's at the moment, spotted this one this morning with lights on, Turkey Basted out the window. 

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Finally Benny is doing well in QT, still has some pods left from before the weekend but am going to see if i can pick up a pouch of something else to feed him at lunch. 

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Ratvan

Wow, Benny is a lot quicker than I thought. The way he hovers as well is beautiful

So I bought some BBS as the Mysis was out of stock and I wasn't sure about Bloodworms. I added a small pipette worth (5 or 6) and squirted them out next to him. 

He has been nomming down on these for the last few minutes, I want to try and get him onto flake or pellets at some point but no real idea how to go about it?

Simply a case of offering the pellets until he eats them?

Now looking at an under the desk fridge for Benny's food. 

Not allowed them in the Office Fridge as people are a little "funny2 when it comes to their lunches sitting next to Shrimp

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2 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

Wow, Benny is a lot quicker than I thought. The way he hovers as well is beautiful

So I bought some BBS as the Mysis was out of stock and I wasn't sure about Bloodworms. I added a small pipette worth (5 or 6) and squirted them out next to him. 

He has been nomming down on these for the last few minutes, I want to try and get him onto flake or pellets at some point but no real idea how to go about it?

Simply a case of offering the pellets until he eats them?

Now looking at an under the desk fridge for Benny's food. 

Not allowed them in the Office Fridge as people are a little "funny2 when it comes to their lunches sitting next to Shrimp

My family is the same way, they don’t totally agree with me putting my mysis in the freezer...😐

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Ratvan

Benny Spam, can't wait to add this guy to the main tank

 

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Amphrites

I've heard you can soak and or mix the pellets in with other frozen foods when you feed so the taste is similar and they are associated with them. There are also a few manufacturers who make exceedingly small pellet foods too lol.

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Ratvan
9 minutes ago, Amphrites said:

I've heard you can soak and or mix the pellets in with other frozen foods when you feed so the taste is similar and they are associated with them. There are also a few manufacturers who make exceedingly small pellet foods too lol.

Any recommended brands? 

I have the Hikari Crab Cuisine Pellets and would want something similar sized or smaller for pellets.

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Hi, I love your Zoas's. Where did you order from and How have you been finding your first tank? Thought I would stalk this thread since you've been trying to help.

Where did you order your Corals from? I've been going to the LFS near me and you look like you are in the same area? 

 

Have you checked out any of these places yet? I want to go and look

Paws for Thoughts - Leeds

Maidenhead Aquatics - Carr Gate

Marine World - Bradford

 

Hope you dont mind me asking? 

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@Punk_Rock_Blenny, firstly thank you. 

I have picked up my Zoas from two different places.

Mail Order Corals for the five main plugs seen here, the others i class as Sump/Hitchhiker Zoas. They were closed up in my LFS (Paws for Thought) going for very little £5.00 per rock (roughly fist sized) 

 

Paws for Thought are good, but they have a limited selection for Nano's that goes with both Fish and Corals. You might want to pre order your livestock as they seem to get limited deliveries and they sell out fairly fast. I use these as they're 5 minute walk from office. 

 

Carr Gate Garden Centre - In all honesty i am likely to either use this one or order online from now on. Unless i need to pick something up on my lunch. They had a much bigger selection of livestock and a really nice selection of Gobies and other Nano Fish. I didn't see any Corals while I was there, oh no I did but wasn't looking as i picked up Benny from there.

 

Marine World, I really want to visit. I keep saying to myself that i'll go this weekend but never do. Probably for the best as I dont get paid for another couple of weeks.

 

If you get to go to Marine World, let me know your thoughts and if it is worth a visit?

 

My First Tank? It is a lot more work than I expected it to be in all honesty. I thought it would be like my FW tanks and I could just look at it and change water once a month etc. It's really not, I have had to read so much for so many different reasons and issues. Thankfully i seem to have come out on top in the Cyano issue but still have problems with Hitch Hikers, especially the Zoa eating Nudi Branches, also possibly a Zoa Spider but I am not able to ID due to small size and me not being able to catch the bugger.  

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Amphrites

Wish I could remember all the brands lol, but I just can't seem to call any to mind except for TDO which they use for baby clowns, expensive and bulky on that front though, there was one brand which had tiny little foil packets and a blue label, but the names not coming to me. New Life spectrum makes .5 mm pellets, PE pellets were what I was thinking of originally they makes some that are .5 or below as well IIRC. Oiy, no sleep, no brain function in the morning I swear.

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Ratvan
17 hours ago, Amphrites said:

there was one brand which had tiny little foil packets and a blue label, but the names not coming to me. .

That sounds a lot like Hikari, I'm popping to my LFS at lunch to see if they have any in. I've used several of their other feeds previously. Currently Benny is picking stuff of the rocks and gets a pipette full of BBS twice a day, Not really sure what I am doing with feeding so have taken the little and often approach. 

 

It has now been 2 days since i saw Cyano in this tank 👍

.....and about 30 seconds before spotting another Nudi

 

 

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So tried to film my Duncan's feeding

 

 

 

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Few pictures of feeding and looking all pretty and plump

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And finally to finish off for today Benny, stuffing his fat little face

 

 

Obviously the more practise we both get, the better feeding time will be

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Omg, benny is so cute.

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