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    How long can gobies go without eating?

    How big is he? If he's a tiny fella, he might still be buried in your sandbed. But anything larger than 2" and I'd say he's probably toast.
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    How long can gobies go without eating?

    They can bury themselves under the sand for a short while, especially if they feel threatened. I didn't see my Hi-Fin for nearly 4 weeks and purchased a Randall's to pair up with my candycane pistol. Then my Hi-Fin popped up out of nowhere, and both my gobies were paired to one pistol for a while. When my tank cracked and I was trying to get everyone out, I found my Hi-Fin well-hidden and buried under my sandbed. Because he's so tiny, it was almost impossible to find him. I only caught him because I actively dipped my hand into the sand and ran my fingers through it. He bolted out of the sandbed then. So if you have a Hi-Fin/Yasha, they might be hiding in the sandbed. Don't worry too much...yet. Tiny gobies can be very cryptic for the first few weeks. If you don't see the goby for more than a month, only then consider it a loss.
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    Snow's Bedroom Nano - Saron Shrimp

    A little interesting fact about Saron shrimps - they change colors at night like a chameleon. Mine turned bright green one night: And then he was dark red the next night! In the mornings, he reassumes his usual mottled brown/white coloration. A very interesting shrimp. I've owned Sarons before, and they've never touched any of my corals so far. As long as they're well-fed, they're decent citizens in a reef tank. Very interesting shrimp. Mine is a male and unlike the Sarons I've owned before, he's not very cryptic. I think in the absence of bold fish, most of my inverts tend to linger *out in the display more often. Also, I've re-added my dartfish to the display. Very brief QT but he's happier when I put him back, and for a slender fish, he eats a lot and loves diced raw shrimp. Still no plans on adding a new fish. But honestly, if I come across another small tilefish, I'll probably take it, QT it first, then release it into the display. I originally wanted to get a pair of Percs or Occys for this tank (in the far future), but that might stress out my dartfish and clowns have a very heavy bioload. So I'm looking into possibly stocking the tank with more passive nano-sized fish like YCG, TSB, GBG, neon goby etc. around 3 months from now. Can a zebra dartfish survive on its own in a tank long-term, or must I pair it up again? Several sources have quoted that these fish need to be in pairs or trios to thrive. Not sure how true that is though.
  4. Tuxedo and pincushion urchins seem to be reef-safe. I have both - they don't touch my corals.
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    Snow's Bedroom Nano - Saron Shrimp

    I have no idea, which worries me. It doesn't look like a parasite and I'm googling all the resources online and there's nothing like it. 😞
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    Snow's Bedroom Nano - Saron Shrimp

    I really loved him. In the short time I had him, he brought so much life to my tank. So much personality in one fish - more than I expected.
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    Clepto pom pom crab tried to steal my coral

    They've been known to steal coral polyps as their *pom poms, but this is the first time I'm hearing of one actively going after a piece of SPS. They're usually quite docile.
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    Snow's Bedroom Nano - Saron Shrimp

    Just wanted to update and say I lost my tilefish during QT treatment with methylene blue. He was too far gone when I put him in isolation. The sore was really bad (I checked his body) and I could actually see the raw flesh and tiny purple vessels underneath. The *fungus I saw was actually layers of skin being sloughed off. I checked my dartfish and his *fungus has mysteriously vanished. I think that was dirt attached to his slime coat under the eye, but I'm unsure. Either way, I gave my dartfish a methylene dip and there's no change in behavior - he's still normal and actively feeding. I'm still not sure what just happened - are there flesh-eating organisms in SW? Never encountered it, and if yes, I need to keep doing WCs in my display to hopefully kill whatever that's swimming around in it. No new fish to be added anytime soon - might add corals down the road, but I need to find a way to fix this first - fast.
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    Snow's Bedroom Nano - Saron Shrimp

    I managed to isolate both fish. Since they were still *asleep and the lights were dim, it was easier to nab them out of the display. The dartfish was taking refuge in a hole/arch in my 3rd LR piece, so all I had to do was tilt the LR and he came sliding right out. The tilefish was caught by hand - he actually put up a fight. I don't have Furan 2 or Kanaplex, but I have Methylene Blue and Maracyn-2. Maracyn is quite strong so I will only use it once I do a short course with the Methylene Blue. I also have concentrated Magnesium Sulphate salt for salt baths. Not sure how well it will work with SW fish though. Here's my tilefish - that patch of red is now a huge square right in the middle of his body: The small spot of *fungus on my dartfish appears to have vanished overnight. But I'm still QTing him and treating him at a go. Hopefully they'll both be alright - especially my tilefish. I love his personality and he was such a wonderful addition to the tank.
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    Snow's Bedroom Nano - Saron Shrimp

    Sorry, it was around 5am+ when I made that last post. Anyone knows how to catch a fast-moving dartfish without uprooting my whole scape?
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    Snow's Bedroom Nano - Saron Shrimp

    I think I misjudged this. I think it wasn't just a scrape but the beginning of a nasty fungal/bacterial infection. My dartfish just developed a similar-looking sore on his head, just above one eye. I'll try to pull both fish out of the display and treat them in isolation. Doesn't seem there is much that I can do. (And this is why I really should have QTed all of them when I brought them back home).
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    Snow's Bedroom Nano - Saron Shrimp

    Thanks Christy. I don't have experience in treating fish wounds either. I have some meds on hand, but I don't know if they'll help. I'm trying my best not to pull him from my display and stress him out further.
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    Snow's Bedroom Nano - Saron Shrimp

    My Tilefish's scrape has gotten worse. I can see a huge patch of mottled flesh underneath, and there was a small pool of blood just below his stomach. He's still eating and swimming, just not with as much gusto as before. He's mostly hovering at one spot, and his breathing is a bit labored. Should I pull him out of my display somehow? What do I treat him with? I haven't had a fish injure itself this badly before. Here's several pics of the wound: As you can see, the affected area is swollen, distorted and reddish-white. His coloration has become paler - which is quite wrong (tilefish are very vivid in color). I'm going to do my best to save him somehow. Still debating QTing him because a lot of sources online quote that this species doesn't do well under meds/QT. I was lucky enough as it is to get a fish that was eating from the store, and one that was small in size. I'm tempted to contact my LFS for guidance, but they're closed for several days due to Hari Raya. Even though I do have the personal contact of my manager/friend, I'm don't want to disturb him during his religious festival. Anyone in here ever dealt with something like this?
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    Snow's Bedroom Nano - Saron Shrimp

    Me too. I just checked on him. Still chillin' underneath the skimmer. Will he recover without meds though? I read that tilefish are quite susceptible to meds - they tend to die during QT rather than recover. That's why I haven't pulled him out of my display yet - so worried over losing him. Right now I'm just trying to keep everyone as well-fed as possible without overfeeding and bumping up the nitrates too much. My salinity is a bit low (1.023) in this tank, so I'll need to increase it over the next few days to 1.025.
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    Snow's Bedroom Nano - Saron Shrimp

    1. Well, I was wrong (again). The hermits did end up eating the snail after all, and blue legs now has a pretty new shell. 2. I think the trauma of seeing his buddy being devoured was too much, so my second Nass snail actually climbed into my fuge box and is happily taking refuge on one of the rocks. Aiyiyi. 3. Also, I *think I might have lost a dartfish. The reason I'm unsure is because I haven't seen it for over 24 hours and there's no body any where within the tank or outside of it. I do have a very efficient CUC, but it's a bit baffling because I saw the fish early last morning when the lights was still out, and when I checked back on the tank an hour later, it had vanished. The other dartfish is still in the tank, however, and feeding/swimming actively. Dartfish aside, my tilefish developed a small scrape on one side of his body. My guess is he tried weaving between the rock arches/holes again and accidently scraped himself while swimming. The area is red and sore (can't be seen in pic) and I'm a bit worried because he's been quite subdued ever since the injury. He's still eating like normal though, but now prefers hanging out in the space under my skimmer. Sometimes, I feel it's so difficult to keep fish happy and healthy. I aim for long-term results, but that isn't always possible. Just hoping my tilefish would make a full recovery though. I know how fast things can spiral downhill in marine tanks, fish-wise.
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