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  1. Waikiki Aq. has done it, in enormous flow through tanks. It's virtually impossible for hobbyists to do it.
  2. Just a comment: Mandarins are NOT caught with cyanide. I know lots of people say this with other fish, and it's untrue, but mandarins don't need to be poisoned to be caught. They are actually caught by putting a needle through their dorsal fin. Not sure of the exact reason for this, but it's how they do it. If you have the opportunity to look at a tank of newly imported mandarins, they will all have holes on their dorsal fin.
  3. Doh! I'm an idiot... Here's the link about sea apples: http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/mar...2003/invert.htm It's a very interesting read, and it surprised me how many myths about them are not true.
  4. I think before you decide to add one or not you should read this article: http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/dec...ec2002/Fish.htm
  5. brahm, For what it's worth, the gut content of wild colonies of Goniopora is mainly composed of about 50% phytoplankton (DTs phyto would be the best substitute) and about 50% zooplankton (mainly things like invert larvae and eggs, and others....golden pearls may satisfy this part of their diet, I'm really not sure) Even after substituting this diet, many people have failed to keep this coral for very long. One of the popular theories right now is that some trace element depletion is causing their demise; a sure way to counter this is to keep up your natural sea water changes religiously. Good luck with the coral, and your tank. Hope this helps, Matt.
  6. Hmmm, before this thread goes even further off topic, I'd like to suggest a good read concerning Goniopora to the original poster: http://www.reefs.org/library/article/r_toonen20.html Strange, I always thought these boards existed to share information to further knowledge among other reefkeepers, not to release hostilities from behind a computer screen.
  7. Sounds like Nemateleotris helfrichii, helfrich's firefish. They have a yellow face and a pinkish body. Considering they go for 100-250 retail, 29 would be a very, very low price. The reason they are so pricey is their natural depth range. They are much jumpier than the standard firefishes as well.
  8. Even though they're the smallest, perculas will grow to about 2-3" in length. I think just one would be pushing it, let alone two. Stick with the firefish pair. BTW, there is no known way to sex them. Best bet is to pick a pair that seem to get along at the LFS.
  9. I've seen pics of a very small type of cardinal that schools. Sorry I can't remember the species.
  10. There is a lot more info here http://reefs.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=26657 , if you're interested. You have to be logged in to view pics. The yasha was from www.liveaquaria.com for about $50. www.themarinecenter.com can get them as well, for a similar price. $200 is WAY too much. I've had the corals/clams under these lights for around 4-5 months. The clams have all added shell, and the corals have all grown, especially the monti. A maxima clam that is 1-2" across doesn't have nearly the same light requirements as a larger clam. This is why my maximas are growing under a 65W PC. Keep in mind they are only about 6" from the bulb, and the largest one is only about 1" away from the bulb.
  11. The max size of a Pseudochromis springerii is 1.6" according to ORA, and according to Scott W. Michaels 500 fish book. P. aldabraensis, fridmani, and all the others are a bit larger at full size.
  12. Oops, the above is my yasha goby. Here is the whole tank.
  13. Hi All, Here's my tank. 6 gallon eclipse, 65W LOA PC bulb, and a 13W actinic. There are some Acros, Monti, Poci, an open brain, some maximas and a squamosa clam. Hope you like!
  14. The energy derived from photsynthesis for a tridacnid clam is inversely proportional to its size, so you can probably get away with a small (1-2"), low light (squamosa, derasa) clam. When they're small, they derive most of their energy from phytoplankton. I use DTs.