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  1. Clownfish fighting tail fin damage

    After 3 days in jail, I released the She the night before last. I was working from home yesterday and figured I could intervene if I needed to separate them again. So far there has been no significant chasing or aggression. And there has been a lot more twitching response from the He. Keeping an eye on them but keeping my fingers crossed as well... Will post updates as this plays out.
  2. Clownfish fighting tail fin damage

    My LFS sucks a bag of aragonite. They won't take anything back unless you 'donate' it to them.
  3. Clownfish fighting tail fin damage

    They were both doing some twitching, so I really thought the bonding/pairing was going normally. They had been together for a month pretty peacefully and frolicking about prior to the aggression escalating. Then this damage happened over the course of 2 days. There was presumably some lip locking. I didn't see it first hand, but the small male has some damage around the mouth. It's mainly the lower jaw where you can see a bit of bruising and maybe a little skin missing. I'm not sure what the lip locking indicates, though. The size difference is pretty significant when you see them next to each other. I never saw the small one trying to be dominant.
  4. Clownfish fighting tail fin damage

    So I know this has come up countless times in the past, but I'm trying to get a little more of a gameplan... The She (about 1.5-1.75" Phantom ocellaris currently in breeder box jail): The He (about 1"-1.125" Snowflake ocellaris currently free in tank): So I am trying to get an idea of the following: Does the Phantom (bigger and apparently more aggressive) belong in jail? Or should I put the smaller injured Snowflake into isolation? How long do people recommend to keep them separated? So far it's the second day of separation. Is it better to separate for a long period and reintroduce, or do it multiple times for shorter jail time? How long do tail fins take to heal up? I imagine it would not be worth waiting that long to reintroduce the Phantom.
  5. Free: green paly frags

    You might have better luck unloading them in the freebie thread of manhattanreefs.com (if you haven't already). Good Luck (sorry, CM )
  6. Share your before & after coral growth

    It's a Catalaphyllia Jardinei, a.k.a. Elegance Coral or Wonder Coral. I believe this one is from Australia since its skeleton had been sawn when I bought it. You can see its growth in my FTS's. I think it was around the beginning of November that it was re-homed and has been expanding nicely with the extra space.
  7. Coral related PhD

    If you're in Carolina, have you looked at Duke's Earth & Ocean Sciences division? They have a Marine Biology Laboratory and would probably be very well aligned with your interests.
  8. Share your before & after coral growth

    I'll do another to represent on the LPS side. July 2015: Feb 2018: It had to be moved to a bigger tank a few months ago because it outgrew its original home.
  9. I would consider the things that you can't readily test with a kit: Are you feeding heavily relative to the water volume? Are the nutrient export methods seemingly effective to maintain balance? (Socks / Skimmers / Chaeto / Carbon / bacteria) Are any things happening that you wish to improve? (Frequent glass cleaning required / nuisance algae / browning corals) Does anything seem to be unhealthy? (Animals are lethargic or lose appetite / corals lack polyp extension / slow coral growth or receding tissue / noticeable detritus buildup) Is there anything that would introduce pollutants that could build up over time? (Fumes or dust will find their way into the water) If all those seem in balance, then by all means try bi-weekly for a couple months to see if in helps or hurts or seems the same? Keep an eye on your tank and it will tell you what to do. (Note: IMO a younger tank benefits more from frequent water changes to get through various maturation stages that affect the majority of tanks. A mature tank has more biological ability to keep things stable and can go longer between water changes if the key parameters are maintained. Biweekly works well for me now; it didn't when I tried it in the tank's first year.)
  10. Is this aiptasia?

    The tips of the tentacles look a little too bulbous for aiptasia, which usually has pointy tentacles from what I've seen. They look more like corynactis tentacles to me, but I'm no expert on either. Also, you might get better results posting this in the Identification Forum.
  11. Euphyllia coral coloration

    Stronger lighting will make the coral produce more pigment, but give it time to acclimate. It will also expel some of the extra zooxanthellae that make it look browner.
  12. How do I catch Craig?

    Have you tried feeding him some algae wafers? It's a good supplement if the tank doesn't have enough algae and might keep him from getting too hungry.
  13. A pair of Randalli Shrimp?

    I believe they will increase the size of their tunnels to accommodate a goby roommate. I had a Randall shrimp who lived alone for a year and then added a Randall goby. Within a half hour, the shrimp was frantically rearranging his burrows to make room for his new friend. They have been living together ever since.
  14. 3 Foot Long Nano - Nanobox Lids

    V2.0 has been going for a while and is presumably stabilized. At this point, how do you like the nanobox on that tank? Looks like a lot of light spillage (not surprisingly) but the coral colors looked pretty rich. Now that you've been running under them for long enough that the corals have fully acclimated, let's have an update on the colors/growth/health/etc.