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  1. mndfreeze

    The cutest, sassiest little stand off

    I have the same animals. A YWG (also a fairly mean bastid lol), a tiger pistol and a pom pom crab. The Goby and pistol I see non stop. They have literally taken over the entire bottom of my 24G aquapod tank. My pom pom crab though only hides in the back area. I have to actively LOOK for him. I do have a small possum wrasse and 2 porcelain anemone crabs also, one large and one baby, so I'm sure that has something to do with it.
  2. mndfreeze

    I.D please

    The lasers work quite well. Look up videos on melves reef on youtube. He showcases a few over the years and can help direct you on what to buy. I plan on buying one myself if my aiptasia problm ever gets out of hand, but currently I only have 2 and am just waiting for some aiptasia X to arrive.. Not sure how well it will work on OTHER stuff besides aiptasia though. I imagine for thinner, simplier organisms it will work. Like hydroids for example or soft bodied critters.
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    Surface Jelly?

    I think at this point you might be better off taking the few living things out of the tank, storing them in a heated bucket of clean saltwater, then draining and completely cleaning the tank and starting over. You can take your bucket of clean water, throw your heater in it, sit the light on top (adjust accordingly for heat hazards of course) and toss a pump/powerhead in there for circulation. The other option would be to take your coral and remaining livestock to a sitter tank who is stable and has a large water volume and can babysit your stuff for you, perhaps even an LFS? Some of ours are cool if you get to know em. Third option is trying to find a company who can actually test what that shit is. Maybe a local university. This route of course can either be easy and free, or really expensive lol. I agree with others it might be bacteria related, but what kind, or if its just the cast off, or what, I have no effin idea. SOMETHING is definitely going on.
  4. mndfreeze

    Can't decide on a cleam up crew

    A lot of stuff you are talking about is not a part of the clean up crew. Fire shrimp are ornamental, as are pom pom crabs. They might eat left overs but are not effective enough to be considered CUC. CUC is your basic snails and hermits, cucumbers and in very specific cases some starfish (bad for nanos, and even most large tanks) I always try to have as biodiverse of a tank as possible. You need to start slow and not go overboard buying too many snails and hermits at once or they will starve as your tank goes through its post cycle uglies of algae and cyano blooms. The more different species of snails and hermits you have, the more variation of food sources they prefer and the more things get eaten. Some snails prefer certain types of algae more than others for example. Some might eat cyano, but not PREFER it, meaning it gets avoided unless there isn't much else. I personally LOVE trochus snails. They get big enough to have an impact on algae, can flip themselves back over, have cool looking tentacles that stick out of their sides, and breed well in tanks. I also have 3 species of cerith in my tank. I have the florida ceriths (long grey shells) that are large. They LOVE the sand bed, dig into it, eat gunk out of it, etc. They do go on the glass and rocks but not as much as the sand. I have the mexican stocky ceriths, the blackish colored ones. They LOVE the glass and rocks and almost never go into the sand. I have dwarf ceriths. They never go into the sand really but are tiny and get into nooks and crannies the others do not. I have a few nassarius snails. They are good to have. They not only stir the top layer of your sand a little when they bury, and are cool to watch burst out for food, but they eat meaty stuff. So when you feed your fish they will help eat whats left over that algae eating snails will not. If one was to die in your sand bed, the OTHERs would eat it. It's also a great indicator when something died. I have a few tiny common marginella snails. These are more ornamental and there are a lot of bad species, so I wouldn't get these until you know exactly which you are buying and what they eat. I have a few stomatella. My absolute FAVORITE snail. They look more like a slug with their tiny half shells, but they are super durable, breed REALLY well in tanks and get into tiny itty bitty nooks and crannies others do not and cannot get to. The downside is no one actually sells these guys. You'll need to get them as hitchikers or from local reefers. Beyond that, you want to seed your tank with other beneficial detrivores like copepods, amphipods, bristleworms, micro brittle stars, etc. You can buy some of this stuff from ispf, but it is expensive, or meet up with some local reefers and have them give you a few. Most people will look at you crazy if you ask for bristleworms, but they are the earthworms of the reef. They are excellent detrivores and vital to reef health.
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    Calling all sea cucumber owners

    Like Ray said you can move em. I've picked em up with my hands before, you just have to be careful on that species, especially since its small. Cucs are actually pretty sturdy in general but you don't want to stress it out since its a poison risk.
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    White worm on my dwarf cerith snail?

    Yeah that flat shell spot is definitely "something". I have a weird oval shaped "growth" on one of my older ninja star snails that had been living a long life already in an LFS display tank. Doesn't look quite like that but I'm positive it's some sort of parasite. It seems a lot of the snail parasites don't do much to actually hurt or impede the snails in our systems. Obviously not all, but generally the stuff that would be a concern to a snail isn't a concern to every other life form in your tank except other snails possibly and a lot of them have life cycles that just can't be met in our tanks so they end up dying out. If that worm thing MOVES. Like, its a separate entity that comes off the snail or something, I would try to get it into a dish and get a proper up close picture. There are lots of flatworms out there that prey on snails and other small inverts, and those CAN breed in tanks (usually) and can pose a continued risk to other things like your CUC.
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    Nassarius Snail?

    My smaller nassarius snails love to come out then sit on the glass or rocks in the evening/morning. I assume they are eating itty bitty detrius that the big ones ignore.
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    Please Help ID

    Those definitely looks like colonial hydroids to me. I have some in my tank but they only grow in the dark, shaded areas of my tank out of the bright light, and something is eating mine because they were bad for a while and now almost gone. Colonial hydroids are really tiny individuals that look almost like super tiny dandelion puffballs, then huge groups of them together. My pom pom crab seems to always be around mine. It's possible he is feeding his nems with em or something, who knows. I can only speculate at this point. Be careful when using chemical agents with your more sensitive stuff like corals and inverts.
  9. My possum wrasse loves little bristleworms. I've actually had to meet up with other locals to ASK for bristles to seed the damn tank again, twice, because he ate all the ones when they were small. lol. Doesn't he know I'm just trying to give him a clean home!
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    Please tell me this is a baby snail

    its still a stomatella, and still amazesauce
  11. It can take days to weeks for pistols and gobies to a) become buddies and b) decide they are comfortable to come hang out. The pistol start building right away but is never really 'done' with the burrow, but they will digout a massive network under your rock. Once its big enough and stable enough they will start to get more and more comfortable and you will see them more. My Tiger and YWG hang out outside more than inside now. The tiger actively comes all the way out and digs around in the sand for food bits and worms n stuff. Goby follows along and nabs bits of treasure when he finds it. It took about 36 hours for them to pair up, then they spent another few days out of sight while the pistol dug out the beginning of their home. They also close up the burrow at night, usually.
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    Round One, FIGHT!

    I'm just starting my 24G aquapod, rocks semi glued together and corals are glued to rocks. I definitely placed a few a little too close and I imagine in 6 months or so I'm going to have a few battles to update for you all here. So far I have a bunch of acros, cyphestrea, a purple stylo, and a blue tort that are destined to all touch in some way, shape or form... I was smart and havent mounted my hydnophora yet because I was warned they packed a punch back when I first got it. I also have a gorgeous green and blue hammer that is still on the plug and not glued. It's going to get its own little corner. I have 2 chalices near the bottom and acans on the sand still. No idea how to place those yet in such a small tank. I really like the idea of having a tank fully grow in, but when your tank is tiny, your rocks are glued because of a pistol and goby, it definitely can lead to some issues later. lol
  13. mndfreeze

    Extra, small Tank, what would you do?

    As a mantis lover I definitely like the mantis tank idea, OR, instead of just a fuge. why not rig it in a way to make it a proper planted saltwater display? Then you get the bennies of a fuge and macros, AND show off how it looks. live plants dot com has tons of choices for cool macros too.
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    Surface Jelly?

    Keep us updated please. I'm super curious on this. This is definitely something I've never seen before and one of those things that if you find a solution might help the one person who has the issue pop up 5 years from now. lol.
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    Please tell me this is a baby snail

    stomatellas are by far my favorite snail. They breed well in tanks, are hardy, and get in all sorts of little nooks and crannies most normal snails can't. IMO they should be sold by every dang fish store ever, but no one ever does for some dumb reason.
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