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  1. 60g Clownfish Harem

    I got out of the hobby a couple of months ago since I had no one to look after my tank while I was away for 2 1/2 weeks getting married and my honeymoon. I didn't think I'd be returning so quickly but I absolutely missed it. My last tank was my first tank and I learned a tremendous amount. I'm going to take what I learned and apply it to this tank. Build Start Date: 11-6-2016 Potential Goal: I'm back and forth but chances are I will be doing a clownfish harem with quite a bit of BTA's. With the goal of stocking it with higher end BTA's (Colorado Sunburst, Inferno, Lemon drops, etc.). I'll be using the same concept as Melev's 60G cube tank. I will *not* have as many clowns in my cube as he does as I think that will be way too many. Instead I'm leaning between 7 or 9 clowns (Snowflakes). I'll also have a few less BTA's as well. Current Equipment: 60G Cube (24x24x24) with custom overflow Custom Stand Custom Sump (Created by 302 Aquatics) Custom Algae Scrubber (Created by 302 Aquatics) Titanium Heater (Attached to a controller) DJ Switches Reef Octopus 152S Radion XR15W G4 Pro Jebao PP4 & PP8 BRS Reactor Wanted Equipment: 1x Radion XR15W Pro G4 Retired Equipment: No-Name LED Lightning Bubble Magus Curve 5 Skimmer Some additional equipment I need. A powerhead which I'm not entirely sure what direction I want to go. I might go full Ecotech and get a G4 XR30W Pro along with an MP40. Or I was thinking of going slightly cheap and doing the AI Hydra 26HD with 2 Jebao PP8's. The cost difference is pretty substantial (1150 vs 470). I need to do additional research since it want to make sure the spread will be enough for the nems. These are some shots after it got dropped off. I'll be doing some elbow grease to clean it up and setting up the scrubber that was never set up.
  2. 60g Clownfish Harem

    They're a combination of locally and from a seller out in California that I deal with. Locally I've picked up the widow, sherman and rainbows. Everything else has come from him. Looking to hopefully add a few more high end anemones to the mix but I'm waiting to see if any show up at RAP NYC.
  3. 60g Clownfish Harem

    Thanks! I'm trying to get some videos together of them. Hopefully he'll get a chance to see them!
  4. 60g Clownfish Harem

    Update: Something went nuts and my giant RBTA ended up melting. So I've lost 1 BTA. I've gained a couple more though. Picked up a Sherman. I also got my last painting in. I'm in the process of cleaning up my sump area. Too many wires and its a small area so there really isn't an easy way to hide everything. I'm adding my new return pump this weekend and instead of having various pumps feeding my scrubber and reactor I'm just going to have the return pump do it. That'll clean things up substantially. Bubbletip Anemone Count Update: 1x Ice Tip 1x CSB 1x Flametip 1x Purple Passion 1x Green Passion 1x Sherman 3x Black Widow 4x Rainbow (Various types) Clownfish are doing great. Not very much aggression. They go at each other every like typical clownfish behavior but so far so good. They eat like savages. I'm currently doing 2 feedings a day. With 3 feedings on the weekends since I'm usually able to. And now some pictures. 2nd picture is just to show the artwork it's actually an order picture since I've removed the anemone rocks. 1st picture was taken yesterday since I was excited to get all clownfish in 1 shot.
  5. My 22-gallon AIO reef rock wall tank

    Now that's a beautiful tank!
  6. One unhappy anemone

    Just following up to see how the little guy is doing.
  7. Clown hangs by amemone but won't go in.

    The theory behind this is the clowns in your tank feel threatened and in the wild when they feel threatened they typically run and hide in the anemone.
  8. Clown hangs by amemone but won't go in.

    It's pretty much hit or miss. I've had previous clowns not go near any of my BTA's. The previous clowns I had after a couple of days went in. And most recently when I put in my clowns for my harem they immediately went into my BTA's. The minute I put them in they immediately swam into them. Like others have said patience is key. It might take a liking to it and it might not.
  9. I didn't see a thread up yet for BTA appreciation. Here are my 2 BTA's. A rainbow tip and a black widow (picture doesn't do it justice).
  10. Bubble Tip Appreciation and Information

    Definitely never a bad thing. Good luck with the new clowns! I hope they take to your anemone quickly.
  11. Bubble Tip Appreciation and Information

    Honestly, you could have added a clown at any time. Whether it decides to go into or not is hit or miss. For example lately I've had one of my BTA's go for a walk around the tank to find a new spot. The clown that's in that specific nem followed it all the way to its final destination. Was pretty cool to see. The worst case scenario which happened to me as well is that the clowns stress out the BTA to the point where it splits but technically that's a pro since now you have 2.
  12. Bubble Tip Appreciation and Information

    I love it when they stay bubbly. Great looking specimen!
  13. Bubble Tip Appreciation and Information

    I know someone in that area that has some nice BTA's. Rare one's typically run 500+ each if you aren't already aware of that. Shoot me a PM if you're interested and I can set something up for you.
  14. One unhappy anemone

    If it's a normal mouth then I would say just keep an eye on it. Not much else you can do besides throw up a QT tank and add cipro to it.
  15. One unhappy anemone

    It hasn't puffed up at all? Is there a way for you to take a picture of its mouth? Has anything recently touched it?
  16. Al prime or ?

    It depends on what you're going to keep in that tank. I wouldn't do an AI prime as a solo light for that tank. I have a custom 60g rimless cube myself and I use a single XR15W Pro G4. The spread on it is absolutely amazing and so is the par. It's a bit higher than what you appear you want to spend but honestly a few extra bucks on what is probably one of your most important pieces of equipment is your best bet.
  17. One unhappy anemone

    He looks fine to me. Hard to tell in the pictures but the best way to know if he's going to melt if you see his mouth inside out and fully shrunken sorta like he's throwing up his guts. Sometimes they get temperamental and do funky things like look depressed sorta like the image. I wouldn't worry too much about it unless you see it acting how I described.
  18. One unhappy anemone

    Have any pics to share? Hard to really say without seeing a picture.
  19. 60g Clownfish Harem

    Quick update. 10 weeks after getting wet. I decided for this tank I'll do my best not to stress out and test like crazy but I decided to do a full test today. Not bad phosphates are a tiny bit higher than what I would like but that's ok. They'll slowly come down. My goal with this tank was to try to keep it simple. Ammonia/Nitrite = 0 Nitrate = 5 Alk = 8.5 Ph = 8.2 PO4 = .004 Livestock: 12 Bubbletip Anemones 1 Torch 17 Clownfish 1 Mystery Wrasse 2 Fighting Conchces 2 Turbo Snails 2 Mexican Turbo Snails 5 blue legged hermits
  20. Tips an advice for anemones.

    Thank you! I would raise the fixture up which essentially spreads out the light more and decreases the par throughout the tank.
  21. Tips an advice for anemones.

    You're welcome! Bubbletip Nems are my passion so any questions you have feel free to ask me and the community. If it was sold to you as a rose bubbletip then it is DEFINITELY bleached. I would find it hard to believe that it actually is a rose once it colors up due to the way the bleaching hit it. To give you some comparison this is my rose bubbletip. If he doesn't color up in a week or two I would consider decreasing the intensity of your lights and slowly increase them back. Hopefully you got a good deal on him though.
  22. Bubble Tip Appreciation and Information

    That moment you know you're addicted to buying BTA's when your vendor sends you this picture..
  23. Tips an advice for anemones.

    They are photosynthetic so technically you never have to feed them. Feeding has no relation to bubbles. There's no proven evidence that shows any relationship to anything when it comes to bubbles. Out of the 14 bubble tips I have in my tank 5 of them consistently have bubbles and the rest don't. Sometimes more end up with bubbles depending on their mood. Lighting and feeding is exactly the same. I don't spot feed them because my clowns bring them food and the few anemones that don't have food brought to them end up catching it as the food goes through the water column. With that being said if you feed them you'll certainly get better growth and coloration. I would spot feed it a couple of times a week with mysis. It does look a bit bleached to me though. I'm assuming its a green bta with pink tips. I wouldn't stress too much about it. If it gets lighter in the couple weeks then I would begin to worry about lighting. Looks happy at least! Congrats on the purchase. Sad to hear about the shrimp but I've never been a fan of peppermints so I'm a wee bit biased
  24. Tips an advice for anemones.

    If he's capable of keeping a shrimp in his tank I think he'll be fine keeping a BTA. Based off my personal experience I think it's a big myth regarding the tank needing to be at least 6 months old before adding a BTA. I waited 3 months on my last tank and 3 weeks in my current tank before adding one. I've yet to have a fatality. I think if you are taking good care of your tank generally you should be fine.
  25. Tips an advice for anemones.

    Good luck with it bud!