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  1. vlangel

    Dawn's shrimp chalet & 5.5 AIO !

    ANNOUNCEMENT: I think I am going to shut down the shrimp chalet pico and move everything into my 10 gallon QT. I have never wanted to have tanks all over the house and somehow that is what has happened. Pros: It gets me down to just 2 tanks again and they are both in the same place (so not out of sight out of mind). I can enjoy the creatures & continued coral growth on the rockwork from the pico but have a tank large enough to serve as a QT for new fish going into the seahorse tank. QT is a must with seahorses. Cons: It will mean bigger or more WCs but with a HOB pump maybe a 50% WC every 2 weeks will still be enough. I can use the seahorse tank as a water source to go in the QT to better acclimate fish to eventually going into the seahorse garden. Also it can not serve as a HT but I prefer to use a 5 gallon salt bucket and open airline tube to treat the seahorses anyway.
  2. vlangel

    Dawn's shrimp chalet & 5.5 AIO !

    They are absolutely adorable but they dart out of the barnacle like lightening to snatch food and disappear again in an instant. I might be able to video the tank at feeding time and capture a glimpse of them that way. I do not see how I could ever get a still shot of them though.
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    Dawn's shrimp chalet & 5.5 AIO !

    When I did a WCs yesterday the maxi jet 606 began making an awful noise. I took it apart and rinsed the impellor but to no avail. So I had to put the rio 200 back in...wow do I miss the flow of the maxi jet! I bought barnacle blennies for the seahorse tank but they are so little that I am afraid Eve, my big seahorse will eat them. So I have decided to put them in this tank. I have reinstalled the whisper pump and open airline tube through the coco worm tube since the flow is so diminished with the rio to make sure the blennies have enough surface agitation. Also the barnacle skeleton they are enjoying in the QT is much too big for this little pico so I epoxied 2 empty turbo snail shells and a small conch to half of a clam shell to make a blenny house for them. I hope they use it 😉. I am planning to move them this morning.
  4. vlangel

    Dawn's multi-level seahorse garden.

    No amazingly he did not have any marks on him after being man-handled, (or should I say blenny-handled 😂). He was a bit gun shy about coming out in the open for a day or two however. He is fine now.
  5. vlangel

    Dawn's multi-level seahorse garden.

    There are the 2 pajama cardinals so maybe that will offset the 'Highlander' mindset, I hope. I have had a pair of bangaiis before and they did not kill each other off.
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    Dawn's multi-level seahorse garden.

    The beautiful klausewitz blenny I bought at the lfs was not playing well with the other blennies. I caught it with its jaws around the neck of the linear blenny and was shaking it, like dogs do when they catch groundhogs! It was also harassing the striped blennies so I put it in a baby fish keeper net for time out. Today I went back to the lfs to see if I could trade it for a fish worth less. To their credit they gave me a refund minus a 20% handling fee which pleased me. I came home with 2 bangaii cardinalfish instead. That means when the fish in the QT are ready to move into the seahorse garden, it will have 3 seahorses, 2 pajama cardinals, 2 bangaii cardinals, 2 striped blennies, 2 barnacle blennies and 1 linear blenny. The barnacle blennies are pretty little (guppy size) and I don't trust Eve not to eat them so I am thinking of moving them into the shrimp chalet first, until they grow some more. Even so the seahorse garden should be a lot more active and busy!
  7. vlangel

    Dawn's multi-level seahorse garden.

    Thank you Muffin for the kind words. The seahorses really like the gorgs
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    Dawn's multi-level seahorse garden.

    Yes addicted to saltwater fish! I like coral and macro algae but fish and inverts have always been my weakness. When I was keeping the seahorses in a species only tank that kept me reined in. Now that I decided to branch out and chance keeping gentle fish with the seahorses: pandora's box has been opened, LOL!
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    Dawn's multi-level seahorse garden.

    O dear, I am out of control. I went to my lfs to buy frozen mysis and discovered that they had redone the saltwater section. The tanks and fish looked great with a nice selection of captive bred. Well......I came home with 3 more blennies. 2 yellow head striped blennies and a blenny similar to the linear. He and the linear are scuffling a bit but more bluff than actual fight. Hopefully in the much bigger seahorse DT they will feel less territorial. The 2 yellowhead striped blennies will look nice in the water column. I am liking how well the 3 new fish today are settling in.
  10. vlangel

    Are we over complicating tanks?

    I suppose there is something to feeling peer pressure but mostly I think its in our own minds. I remember when I first joined forums (and I came late to the party because I am a bit older and not computer savvy) and I was very intimidated to post anything. I knew my methods were old school and I imagined them to be percieved as outdated. In reality however, folks were nice to me and it did not seem to matter that my first tank on here had T5s, rio powerheads, a HOB overflow , was skimmerless and I used tap water. In fact some folks were genuinely surprised and complimentary that I ran a tank so simply. If there is peer pressure and shunning, I have not experienced it.
  11. vlangel

    Dawn's multi-level seahorse garden.

    Its not really that fancy. Its a standard 10 gallon with a HOB pump. I keep it running with rock all the time so its cycled and the cheap led light is enough to almost grow macro algae. I have barnacles actually but they are not a great addition to a seahorse tank because they can easily trap frozen mysis in them and create an area for dangerous bacteria to flourish. The barnacle blennies are like lightening streaks when they are feeding. They dart out so fast and then back in their hidey holes. I am wondering how I will ever move them to the seahorse DT?
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    Dawn's multi-level seahorse garden.

    This is a terrible pic of the Linear Blenny because the glass on the 10 gallon QT is so dirty, but at least you can see it. The Barnacle Blennies are much more shy and are going to be quite difficult to photogragh.
  13. vlangel

    Dawn's multi-level seahorse garden.

    14 hours ago, @teenyreef said: How exciting about the blennies! I can't wait for pictures 🙂 By the way, is this tank even real? Everything looks so beautiful and perfect! I am super excited about the blennies too. Sadly the Black Sailfin died over night. It never looked lively and when I released it into the QT it cowered in an indentation of the rock and never moved from that spot. This having been my 1st online fish shipment ever, I never thought about taking a pic of the dead blenny before giving it a burial at sea. I wont expect a refund as a result of my blunder. LiveAquaria did a very good job of getting them to me quickly and they were packaged well. The remaining 3 blennies look good. Wow, I am honored that you think that about the Seahorse garden. It seems lack luster to me by comparison of other folks' tanks, like yours. It is lush with macro algaes and the coral that is in it is doing well. The sponges are doing ok but I am still in search of the magic that will make them really flourish.
  14. vlangel

    Dawn's shrimp chalet & 5.5 AIO !

    I am really liking it and my maintenance routine is exactly the same except that I do less frequent WCs. I do a 100% WC every 2 weeks. There is filter floss in the back chamber but its for pods to grow. I do not change it. The coral are really flourishing and I am loving how they are filling in.
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