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Kait’s 13.5g Kiddo Tank - New fish

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Just now, billygoat said:

Looks nice! That light has worked out pretty well for me so far, so I hope it ends up meeting your needs too. 😊 At 15w it's definitely not the strongest light on the block, but as long as you don't plan to grow anything too demanding I imagine it will be just fine.

 

Kessil logic makes it pretty easy to tune the color; you basically just find a setting that you like the look of and keep it in that neighborhood all the time. Any plans to pick up the Kessil Spectral Controller?

Yeah definitely not planning anything demanding. Just some softies and maybe a few LPS. If I ever really feel the need to jump into SPS I’ll add another a80, but for a tank that belongs to a 4 year old I’d rather stick to easier corals. 

 

Eventually I’m going to grab the controller, just spreading out purchases over a few months. Pretty sure my partner thinks I’m off my rocker, he still doesn’t understand why we’ve upgraded anything lol. 

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NaturallyKait

First FTS with the new light to cheer up what’s a dreary Monday here in Atlantic Canada. 

 

We had thunder showers last night and today is drizzly and chilly. We almost lost power overnight too which makes me glad I dropped into the LFS again yesterday afternoon to grab a battery powered bubbler. Didn’t end up needing it, but I was relieved we had it just in case. The power flickers were bad for a bit. 

 

Unfortunately the trip into the LFS ended up with a sad tiny reefer. I brought him into the store and lo and behold there was a pair of baby clownfish. Just like he’s been promised. They weren’t there the day before so I was caught off guard. They didn’t have a quarantine label on the tank like new livestock usually does so I was confused, and the employee said the owner picked them up for someone specifically while he was out of province and was just storing them there for them until they can pick them up. So not for sale. Try explaining that to a sad 4 year old though. He was heartbroken when we left without them 😢

 

That pretty much cements for me that when we’re out of province later this month I’m going to pop into the LFS in the city we’re visiting to try to snag him a pair there. He won’t be with us so he won’t get to pick them like we hoped but hopefully it makes up for how sad he was having to leave behind the pair here. I wish I had known they were there before bringing him in, I would have left him in the car with his dad to spare him the heartbreak. 

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Scotty Amen
On 7/13/2019 at 10:30 PM, NaturallyKait said:

they had a few pretty zoas. I’m pretty tempted now that the lighting is set up. 

Do it!

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Scotty Amen

Also, how's the evaporation been with the screen top?

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NaturallyKait
7 minutes ago, Scotty Amen said:

Do it!

I think I will, but I need to go back at a time when the owner is in. He’s almost always there, but the other employees are mostly freshwater keepers and don’t tend to know the coral prices. It just happens he was away for a bit this weekend so he wasn’t there like he usually is. 

5 minutes ago, Scotty Amen said:

Also, how's the evaporation been with the screen top?

Not bad honestly. I’m topping up twice a day (we don’t have an ATO yet) probably 120-180ml each time? Thankfully I’m home all day with the kids so I can keep an eye on it and top it up as needed. I think an ATO is one of our next purchases though. 

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NaturallyKait

Tonight, I have the happiest 4 year old in the world. 

 

Today while killing time on the way to an appointment for one of the tiny reefer’s little brothers I dropped into the LFS to ask about some coral prices. Lo and behold - clownfish. 

 

It was just these two, chilling in an acclimation box together. Our LFS used to be a second location for another store a few hours away, until the current owner bought it. These two have been at the other store for a while and no one was buying them, so the owner there sent them this way to see if they’d sell here. Bingo. They’re a little bigger than what I was planning to start with (about 1.25-1.5”, so still not big) but they’re already successfully paired up so that’s a plus. I asked the owner to save them for us so I could come back with the little guy after he got out of daycare. 

 

I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so happy, and I’m absolutely in love with the misbar :wub:

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Scotty Amen

They look great. Love the misbar too. Glad kiddo is happy. :) 

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NaturallyKait

Went to the LFS tonight again for more food. Promised my spouse I wouldn’t buy any more fish (we’re fully stocked, I wouldn’t want to add any more fish to this small of a tank), but I didn’t promise anything about inverts...

 

The owner didn’t believe me when I said I saw a crab scurry under a rock. He said they haven’t had any crabs aside from hermits in over a month, and yet here was this guy hiding waiting to come home with us. So clearly he had to.

 

He’s happy in his little cave for now, but I’ve seen him picking at the hair algae already. I put him right by a patch of it at the entrance of his cave so he’s at the all you can eat algae bar. 

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748S911
On 7/16/2019 at 8:47 PM, NaturallyKait said:

Tonight, I have the happiest 4 year old in the world. 

 

Today while killing time on the way to an appointment for one of the tiny reefer’s little brothers I dropped into the LFS to ask about some coral prices. Lo and behold - clownfish. 

 

It was just these two, chilling in an acclimation box together. Our LFS used to be a second location for another store a few hours away, until the current owner bought it. These two have been at the other store for a while and no one was buying them, so the owner there sent them this way to see if they’d sell here. Bingo. They’re a little bigger than what I was planning to start with (about 1.25-1.5”, so still not big) but they’re already successfully paired up so that’s a plus. I asked the owner to save them for us so I could come back with the little guy after he got out of daycare. 

 

I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so happy, and I’m absolutely in love with the misbar :wub:

Cutest clowns ever... what kind are they? I love the black edges on fins. 

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yoshii

Cute clowns! Glad the tiny reefer loves them! 🙂

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NaturallyKait
6 hours ago, 748S911 said:

Cutest clowns ever... what kind are they? I love the black edges on fins. 

They told me they’re just plain ocellaris, with one being a misbar of course. I don’t know if they’re ORA or what though. That would be my guess because the store he got them from usually gets ORA clowns, but they weren’t labelled at the LFS here. 

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They kinda look like fancy ones. I’m really liking the regular ocellaris.  I might get two orange and two black in other tank. 

 

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NaturallyKait
Just now, 748S911 said:

They kinda look like fancy ones. I’m really liking the regular ocellaris.  I might get two orange and two black in other tank. 

 

They may be. Either way they look close enough to Nemo to make the 4 year old happy. I even got away with a misbar and made @Tigahboy jealous 😂

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First time for everything, tonight I saw the first hitchhiker in our tank. No idea what he was, some kind of long skinny worm like thing? Not flat like a bristleworm, he was round and skinny. I just happened to notice it dart back into the rock out of the corner of my eye. Hopefully he’s a good guy. 

 

The puzzling part is I have no idea what he hitchhiked in on. We started with dry rock, and what was once life sand...10 years ago. It was long dead. No corals in the tank yet, just the fish, snails and crabs. I’m stumped 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Tigahboy
12 hours ago, NaturallyKait said:

They may be. Either way they look close enough to Nemo to make the 4 year old happy. I even got away with a misbar and made @Tigahboy jealous 😂

Hmm.  Yeah.  Still jealous.

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