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  1. I love my Hi Fin Red Banded Goby pair and candy cane pistol shrimp. The shrimp is always playing bulldozer and the gobies are full of personality. I've never had any issue with the pistol bothering any other tank inhabitants. I've also in the past had a citron goby. Very similar in body shape to a clown with some awesome lemon-orange and blue coloration. I also really enjoy my ORA neon blue goby, but be advised they fit through most overflows and seem to enjoy the water slide ride and private apartment (sump) at the bottom. I've had to set up a separate tank for this one which doubles as my QT tank. Here's a couple pictures: Hi Fin Red Banded gobies with candy cane pistol shrimp. Blue Neon Goby with my tail spot blenny. I've since removed most of the algae you see... 🙂
  2. Hard to believe it's been over a year now since I first added saltwater to this tank! It's sure come a long way and had incredible coral growth! My custom stand is holding up well. It was definitely a good idea to use epoxy to finish the solid maple top. Around the new year I got a bonded pair of High-Fin Red Banded Gobies, some replacement snails for the ones eaten by the hermit crabs, and three new frags! They are out of QT now. The far right frag on the rack is Strawberry Shortcake, the other two were just pretty 🙂 They should color up again once they settle into their new home. Also, my candy cane pistol shrimp loves having new friends. He had dug a new burrow entrance within an hour of the introduction of the gobies. Before that, I wasn't entirely sure that he was still in the tank, but assumed that was the clicking sounds I had been hearing. The other two inhabitants are doing well. The blenny has made the monti caps his throne and the murderous clown continues to live the single life after killing off its friend a couple months ago. I also love the way things glow at night. I wish I could get a good picture of them, but I have a number of ball anemones that came on the LR when I bought it (they are actually more closely related to mushroom corals). They are mostly clear when seen during the day, but they have these awesome green and opalescent tentacle colors at night under the moon lights. I've also found that I have a growing limpet population and a small army of baby trochus snails. There is always something new and exciting to find in the tank; this is probably my favorite part of the hobby 🙂 It will be fun to see what this looks like in another year 🙂
  3. I've found my montiporas will start to fade and even totally bleach if my nitrates go too low. It's always my red cap that goes first, but the other sps corals I have will slowly fade out too if nothing is done to make nitrates available again. My cheato fuge is the sink that continues to run them low; I've been dosing small amounts of nitrates via my ATO to keep it available in the system. I use the Red Sea test to monitor my nitrate dosing and keep that in check.
  4. Thanks for all the help y'all! Sucks to lose a fish, but helps to have others to talk it through with. I put the body in fresh water and nothing came off, even after about 10 minutes. All the places that look different than healthy fish could very easily be bite marks/injuries. Nothing resembling velvet or flukes at all. Meanwhile, my murder suspect who's still swimming happily in the tank is acting like she'd like a treat for her actions.
  5. Thanks. I've been luck enough to never have flukes, brooklynella or velvet in my tanks before. Are those the flukes in the picture you shared @Humblefish? Unfortunately, it seems he's passed. No response to stimulus and no gill movement either. Is it really possible for brooklynella or velvet to go from no symptoms to dead fish in under two hours? What would I check for on the other one? I would suppose that the blenny is at risk with these diseases too? I also would find it most interesting to get a disease in the tank when nothing new has been added for 3 months. Does that happen often?
  6. Thanks for the responses. That was the only thing I could come up with as well. Catching him was easy... I put him in a specimen box so he'd be isolated for a while. I was also then able to see what I'm assuming are injuries from the female. As for their size, my female is roughly double the size of my male. I got him in August from ORA after having had the female since February. They have been in the tank together since September (had him in QT for a couple weeks to make sure he wasn't sick, etc...) and I haven't seen anything more than some jockeying for food at feeding time before this. Looks like he might not make it, to be honest. He's just lying on his side in the specimen container, breathing pretty slowly now. You can see what looks like injuries on his head in the first picture. In the second one, that bit of discoloration you see on the pectoral fin is in the shape of a bit mark and the ends of the fin are quite frayed. I guess it is always a risk to keep two, even if they are of the right sizes, current genders, etc... At any rate, this went way to fast for it to have been some illness, right? And the tail fanning of the female seems a dead give away; red handed/finned, you might say. Head injuries Fin injuries
  7. So, less than two hours ago, I walked past my tank and everything and everyone was acting normal. An hour later (about 20 minutes ago), I come back past the tank and find my smaller of my two clownfish lying on the sand with the other one swimming above it and fanning it with its tail. Never seen that behavior before so thought, 'Hmm... new ritual for them.' However, then the smaller one starts swimming along the sand bed and kind of bumping into things and acting super weird. It finally found a spot next to the LR where the flow wasn't strong and has been sitting there ever since, breathing hard. Other fish are acting normal (other clown and a tail spot blenny). There doesn't seem to be any coloration issues on the afflicted clown, though he is a bit hard to see where he is located. Seems to be breathing pretty fast, but not that much faster than the other one which is acting more or less normal. Checked main water parameters (SG 1.025, dKh 7.6, pH 8.2, Ca 450, Mg 1240, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrates 0.75, temp 78.4F). Nothing has changed in my maintenance routine in a couple months. Nothing new has been added to the tank since September. A monthish ago I removed some frags and a Blue Neon Goby from this tank to my QT. Currently there is a bit of purple film algae growing in one part of the sand bed, but I've had that come and go now and then, usually after removing a large chunk of Cheato from the fuge, which was done not that long ago. Anyone have an idea on this one? Only think I can come up with was some aggression from the other clown. Thanks in advance!
  8. Also, if you plan to have larger amounts of macro algaes (e.g. cheato in a fuge), never underestimate how much alk they can consume! These plants have the ability to derive carbon from the carbonate hardness in the water column for photosynthesis.
  9. I'd say test your tap water and make an informed decision for yourself. I've tested mine at various seasons around there and I wouldn't drink it myself. 22dKh straight from the tap with 1-2 ppm copper depending on the season. Also, Nitrates ~10-15 depending on whether farmers are fertilizing or not at that time of year and always about 1-2 ppm ammonia. Plenty of other trace things too, but my tests aren't THAT good. And, according to our city water authority, this is supposedly 'safe' to drink... 😉 I think there might be a reason there is a high prevalence of kidney stones in our area... My RODI system wasn't too expensive from BRS and it came with the hookup and reservoir for adding the drinking water line to the kitchen sink. Wouldn't live here without RO even if I didn't have coral and fish.
  10. +1 to precipitation. That would be the most likely culprit.
  11. Sorry to hear about your clownfish. Do you have any other fish in the tank? My first clownfish I got on its own and it was the only fish in the tank for a while and was pretty shy then. I've found most fish are quite a bit more shy when they are the only one. In the wild, fish would look to the presence or absence of other fish to indicate safety; i.e. if a predator is about. I recently paired my first clown with a small ORA clown I ordered from LiveAquaria. Put them together first in the QT tank since that was new space for both of them, and then, once I was pretty sure they weren't going to kill each other, moved them back to the display. Most clowns should be willing to pair again; just make sure you don't put two females together; that won't end well... Females can't become male again. Lots of good information on this site and others on putting new clowns together.
  12. Beautiful tank! Looking forward to sing how the coral grow out.
  13. Have you tested your tap water? I know my tap water contains 10+ ppm nitrate, plus trace ammonia, phosphates, copper, dKh 22, etc... This is why I have an RODI unit... Not just for the fish and coral, but also to give me usable drinking water 🙂
  14. I probably wouldn't dip a rock since I'd be worried it'd uptake the chemicals in the dip and kill stuff in the tank later. I might make up some salt water and really swish it around in that to try and knock some loose (not sure that would really be that effective) and then just be liberal with the super glue around the infected area. If you've got a magnifying glass, make sure there aren't any adults around anywhere you haven't superglued. Honestly, I'd probably take the monti of the rock if that's an option (with a Dremel maybe?) so I could dip it. Just remember, they lay eggs near where they're eating so the young ones have food when they hatch. Can't remember the life cycle specifics, but if you haven't seen any in a month, you should be good; not that they can't live in their cysts for longer... hence the superglue. Just search montipora eating nudibranchs on this site and you'll find all kinds of good info I get the size constraints; I've got an 18 gal system, so a wrasse wasn't an option for me either. I started with a 4 gallon (it died in a move about a year and a half ago...) and that didn't really leave any space for much more than a yellow tail blue damsel either.