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About olemanwinter

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    Sport Fishing,<br />Fish Keeping,<br />Seafood,<br /><br />Sometimes all on the same day.

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  1. Choosing a single fish

    Excluding bioload, I think six lines are frequently aggressive and small tanks make them more aggressive. In most cases they aren't going to be the "only fish" so their increased aggression can be a major issue. Very much like a small dwarf angel. I think you could definitely put a small cherub angel in a tank smaller than 30 gallons. Watching mine swim around I can say he would probably be fine and happy in 15-20 gallons. But he is already aggressive in my 33 gallon tank with tank mates. If I was still going to have other fish, I wouldn't want to crowd him any further. Hope that makes sense. FWIW, if I were selecting a "single fish" and I wanted color, personality, and lack of open swimming I would look at a Blenny.
  2. Yeah. I think 36" is too short. Especially if there isn't much depth. I feel like my tank is the absolute bare minimum for that fish, but he is doing fine. I selected this tank especially to try to squeeze in some fish that are commonly placed in 48" tanks and generally get listed as needing 40 or 50 gallons. There is no way I would try the larger fairy wrasse or butterfly in 36" unless I added another more depth and height.
  3. out of distilled water

    Tap water often has unacceptable amounts of METAL in the water that is actually dangerous for your reef inhabitants. But regular filtered water is not usually "unsafe" but may have more particulate matter than you would want in your tank. It's usually the fear of phosphates that keeps a reefer away from standard filtered water, trying to avoid algae, not a fear of metal and livestock death. I would do the following: Buy the filtered water now. Hold off on doing a water change, and save the filtered water for when you really can't go any longer without a water change. If you are anywhere near Hurricane Harvey you may soon be without the option of even the regular filtered water.
  4. Replacement for Red Sea Max discontinued AIO??

    Sadly, all those options are open top systems. I require something with a hood and light system built in. Just like the old Red Sea Max. Something like the BioCube or Cubey systems but bigger and nicer.
  5. Replacement for Red Sea Max discontinued AIO??

    I'll look into both those. Thanks. Looking for something in the 30 - 70 gal range probably.
  6. Does anyone know of any other FULLY CONTAINED all-in-one that would fill the shoes of the discontinued Red Sea Max? It needs to have a lid and look like a seamless unit. The goal is zero salt creep, minimum noise, and style.
  7. Clownfish in QT breathing rapidly - No other symptoms

    Adjust your powerhead to agitate the surface more. It can't hurt. Also, if there is nothing wrong with your water, and no visible external parasites......it may be internal parasites. Start him on prazipro if he's still eating and not getting better.
  8. I agree. I was surprised how little info was out there when I started researching. I found all the basic info, but usually you can find 100 threads with people giving their history and impressions from owning the fish. I found just a couple of little anecdotes. It was kind of expensive, about twice as much as a Yellow Longnose or Copperband Butterflyfish, so maybe that's why. Well worth the difference in cost so far, being relatively easy to feed, completely reef safe, and staying small.
  9. A little bit more about the Atlantic Longnose Butterflyfish. They stay small at only 4.5" total length and are recommended for a 50 gallon minimum tank size. Even though I have a smaller 33 gallon tank, I think I can get away with it because of the 48" footprint. So far he seems very much at home (several weeks in the display). He is listed as "reef safe with caution", but so far hasn't bothered any coral in the tank. He hunts constantly for critters to eat and eats frozen Reef Frenzy as well as some occasional flake. He clearly loves the frozen worms in the mix the most, so I think I'll start getting some live blackworms for him as well. He's very calm and not very skittish either. He's very curious by nature. It's fun to watch him swim at all kinds of weird angles and upside down trying to explore every single piece of rock. He gets picked on by the Cherub angel some, but I think it's pretty harmless. He's extremely fast so, if the angel starts to chase him he just zips across the tank in an instant and the angel is just sitting there looking dumb. Alternatively, sometimes the Butterfly will just "flex" his spines at the angel and he will immediately leave him alone. That's one reason I don't worry much about the chasing, because the Butteflyfish obviously has the ability to end the harassment any time he wants. Definitely one of the coolest fish I've ever had and my first Butterflyfish.
  10. This thread wasn't getting much attention, but I don't want to abandon it completely. My showpiece fish: Atlantic Longnose Butterflyfish.
  11. stevieT petco has all your monies.

    I lived in an extremely humid place, practically the tropics. Maybe that helped him survive.
  12. stevieT petco has all your monies.

    About 15 years ago I had a giant green frog as a pet once in a 55 gal homemade vivarium. He was huge. He would actually eat the baby dead mice you feed snakes, but I usually fed him crickets. He actually learned how to get out of his cage and would occasionally roam around my apartment and then go back into his cage. No lie. Frog was like a dog and pretty cool. Lost him in an extended power outage ice-storm when I was traveling. RIP. EDIT: Just did some research trying to remember the species: Whites Tree Frog.
  13. stevieT petco has all your monies.

    This seems like a weird way to start a thread about vivariums.
  14. Is this the spawn of Satan?

    How is this thread still going? LMAO