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  1. to summarize: contentment is the highest wealth
  2. For sensitive inverts water quality is going to be your biggest concern. If you are new to the whole saltwater game, start simple and slowly. Do the cycle properly and slowly. Lots of info in the beginners section. Goby/Pistols are just an interesting commensurate pair; tons of info on google about it. However, my pair always hid, only coming out during feeding time.
  3. The biggest issue I see with your selection is the hardiness of the animals. All of those would be fine as clean up crews in a mature tank, but not so much in a new tank. - tuxedo urchin - needs lots of algae to thrive - coralline or other - chinton - needs low nitrate levels - low as in less than 5 - conches - there is a tongan fighting conch that will stay small, but again needs a lot of algae to thrive or it will starve - ringed cowrie - very cool guys, but again consume a lot of algae, plus mine only comes out at night so that defeats your initial design criteria My advice: keep it simple, your clients will probably glance at the tank and say "neat", and then focus on business.
  4. I would agree that is some form of decorator. Where did it hitchhike from? I have seen a crab just like this collected off the west coast of FL.
  5. I've had it up for about a month. Using phos ban and Pura pads cut to size for the top and bottom. Seems to have reduced a red slime issue I was having on the sand. Fits in chamber one of my ap12.
  6. This, john will have a much better idea on availability...
  7. There was a guy in one of my local forums that had what he was calling keyhole limpets but were also id-ed as shield limpets. Not sure if it the species you are looking for. I'll hit him up with a pm and see if he is interested in providing a couple for the research.
  8. no lie, it was gross due to lazyness
  9. I thought he meant that as well. Poor reading comprehension on my part. I have had one of those pink serpent stars for probably close to two years now in a 12GA AIO. It is a good scavenger, and has been a model citizen as far as I can tell. I will say that the two times I tried to introduce limpet snails into the tank, the serpent star pre-scavenged them. I don't buy those snails anymore.
  10. How long have you had it? It could have been molting and is still not ready to be "seen" in public. I have had my tiger pistol not show itself for a weeks after a molt. Clicking=live pistol shrimp. I doubt it is stuck and you'd probably do more harm than good trying to "rescue" it. Good luck!
  11. Moved my ringtop from the pico to the 12ga aquapod. He hung out in the back chambers for a couple of weeks then I couldn't find him anymore. Well I found him..... Inside my HOB skimmer. He must have gone in through the output tube and had worked his way all the way to the bubble chamber. He's now in the display area of the tank. I wonder how long he'll stay there.
  12. I assume reverse is what happened just this week in my pico, HH pistol is nowhere to be found . Emerald is the only thing in the tank that could have taken it down. Bummer, cause I liked that little dude. Came in on some zoas and was about 1/4" long. Last I saw it was about 2-1/2". Could have been a bad molt...