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  1. bumping for someone that was looking for this thread.
  2. I get my foods, rots and phyto all from the same place. Reed Mariculture. You can pick up a breeder pack of the TDO Chroma boost will give you a good variety of food sizes to try out. Remember that even the smallest size is still kind of large to start with which is why I grind it up even finer before I feed. And seriously... pull your personal contact info down - you can PM it to me if you want - but you can reach me here or on FB - PM me and I'll send you a link to the page. If you leave your stuff here you'll have guys like StevieT calling you at all hours of the night.... khakis... and no one wants that.
  3. I'll be honest... I've never hatched shrimp in my life. Except sea monkeys when I was a kid if that counts. I start feeding dry foods right around day two or three. I feed extremely fine (crushed by mortar and pestle) high quality grow out feed. Typically the first few times I add the food in a well-lit spot in the flow of the air bubbles to give it movement in the tank. After a couple of days I can see the fry hitting the powdered food and I'm off to the races. I still feed rots through meta but start relying more and more on the dry feed earlier on. I am just very careful at the start since I know most of the food I add to the tank will be getting vacuumed up later on. I will also tell you that 90% of my problems went away when I fed the bejesus out of my broodstock. The better you feed them, the better the nests, the stronger the hatch and the easier your fry are to raise. And yes you can definitely cross clown species it's been done and documented pretty well. Percula / occy hybrids such as percularis are pretty well known. There are other variants of Maroons and other clowns as well. Most of the time the trick is trying to pair some of those variants or species. Maroons can be very difficult to pair and half the time the end result isn't really desired. I would say that you'll often find that breeding more desirable clowns from the start will make your life a lot easier.
  4. Wow... ok... you are getting your clowns through the most difficult part which is to Meta. Beyond meta it's a matter of consistent feeding and water quality. I heard of one guy who didn't have a light over his grow out tanks for a while and had major losses because the fry didn't see the food. The only other thing I can think of is your feeding transitions. Are you overlapping your feeds as your progressing your clowns to the next stage?
  5. My experience with nems is that they need great lighting and water quality but above all they need stability. We all know that's more challenging in a small tank. I think that as long as you can keep your parameters stable which will keep the nem happy and prevent it from walking into power heads... you'll do OK. You just need to be very aware and hopefully skilled at maintaining a small tank. Good Luck.
  6. Any updates? I'd love to hear about your progress!
  7. WoW - great question - to be honest I wouldn't change much if anything at all. The process still works as I've outlined it. I played with feeding schedules and things of that nature but as for raising fry it's all the same. I would focus more energy on my mating pairs and their diet because the better fed and healthier they are - the better your eggs and survival rates will be.
  8. I would consider picking up another small tank for you next hatch as I fear the flow in the nano might be too much. I'd also be concerned about them getting through to the rear chambers. Worst case you could run the nano cube with a hob on the side and a small koralia or whatever for some flow until they get bigger.
  9. Yeah... it's all burned into their DNA... what's worse is raising Maroons - they have huge clutches and they fight like there is no tomorrow.
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  11. I wouldn't attempt to put the next batch in with the first hatch at this point. You will want to start them out in their own tank with current or fresh water conditions.
  12. It seems like you are taking a different road to the same place. In the end, a tanks ability to sustain a bio-load is contingent on the beneficial bacteria it builds and it's ability to correct itself. It sounds like you have a pretty good grasp on what's going on with the tank. I didn't realize or read how heavy the debris and die off actually was. It sounds like you are doing the best thing you can possibly do and that is being patient while giving it some time to see what it does. Best case - your cycle is done and in a week or so you can start adding to your tank. Worst case you see a spike and you let nature take it's course. Either way, you are well on your way. Good Luck!
  13. In an effort to better understand what's going on with your tank I went back and looked at your other posts to see if I could offer any advise. So in short... no - your tank hasn't cycled. You haven't left it alone long enough to build the beneficial bacteria it needs to sustain life. If you take an established tank - rinse off the live rock and replace all the water it will cycle again. If you move an established tank - use the same rocks and transfer them back into the same water chances are you may see a mini cycle from any die off due to exposure to air. By removing and cleaning the rock you more then likely set your tank back by killing the good bacteria on your live rock. I've never used any kind of wonder cure or potions to cycle my tanks. I do it the old fashion way. Add rock, water, flow and heat then let it do it's thing. Around week 3 I might start testing and let it run it's course naturally. Once the cycle is complete I do a 50% water change (max) then start a weekly regiment of maintenance and water changes. Keep in mind that in reality the cycle NEVER stops. Every time you add something to your tank you need to allow it time to adjust and to handle the load you are subjecting it to. I would recommend that you leave the tank alone for a while and allow it stabilize. Let it stabilize on it's own and then do a water change before adding live stock. Good Luck
  14. Doesn't sound like you let it cycle to me.