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  1. wow that painting looks amazing!
  2. Wow those BTAs are amazing, and definitely let us know if the breeder you got your clowns from makes a website because I know I would be interested in a nice pair if i decide to get clowns for my tank
  3. and just found another even smaller one too...
  4. So I just added an emerald crab today and while scanning the tank I spotted what looks to be a nudibranch on the glass. I was able to get pictures with both my phone and an actual camera so hopefully the quality is decent enough, you never realize how shaky you really are until you try to photograph something this small hmm well it's not letting me upload the camera pics because they are too large, any ideas?
  5. What kind of clowns do you have in there?
  6. Anyone have any experience with these? I'm pretty sure I have at least two of these as hitch hikers on my rock and want to know whether they're good inhabitants or if I should remove them immediately.
  7. @yungKitten I've been planning on starting one but haven't gotten around to it yet, I'll definitely try to start one this weekend if I remember
  8. Update: 99% sure the creator of the tunnels is a pistol shrimp, I was able to catch a glimpse of him by shining a flashlight into one of the tunnel entrances on the left side of the rock. Not sure what species it is however, I'm doubtful that it's one of the species that will pair with a shrimp goby however since I got the rock from Atlantic Reef Conservation which is based in Florida and from what I've read its mostly Pacific pistol species that pair with gobies, any confirmation on this would be great. An interesting thing I saw though is one if the brittle stars running away from the burrow and it seemed to be scared of either the shrimp or some other tentacle that looked like it belonged to another brittle star that seemed to follow it but I'm not sure as it was never fully exposed. Also about the anemone, after checking the hitchhiker area of ARC's website it appears the anemone may be a Bartholomea annulata or corkscrew anemone and I have also found another smaller one since, does anyone have experience with this kind of anemone?
  9. Now after looking back in the tank after typing all that the large "aiptasia" appears to have moved and I have no clue where it went. And the picture below is of the rock with the "burrows".
  10. I'm back with updates!!! So as the cycle continues I've found new life. First thing is a little crab that ended up being dead sadly but I'm still curious if you guys have any ideas as to what it was. Secondly I found a super small aiptasia in the sand bed and what appears to be a quite large on in the rock and it reacts when touched but I'm not sure since its tentacles appear to be frilly vs the more smooth ones that I've more commonly seen, I took a video of it. Finally, i also have a mystery inhabitant that I'm not sure even exists. Something appears to made made a burrow under one of my rocks, there appears to be multiple entrances and one has all the big pebbles neatly placed on one side. I'm guessing it's a pistol shrimp if there actually is something there since I found a dead one when I got my rock in. I have not heard any of the telltale snapping or popping but I also haven't really sat down and listened for it for a good amount of time. I was also thinking about maybe placing a shell or something in the entrance of the hole to see if the possible resident moves it. side note: for these pics I tried to use my nikon d3200 for better quality but it had issues focusing and the phone pictures came out way better imo.
  11. my tank is cycling rn and i turned the room lights on to check up on things and saw this little guy in the sand bed. The clear part from the body seems to be able to retract and it did so when exposed to light and when i took the flash photo, i assume its some kind of worm but i've never seen anything like it as i don't have enough experience in saltwater. the closest thing i've seen in my research is maybe a peanut worm. also sorry if the quality is poor i just whipped my phone out real quick.
  12. Just got my rock today, not super sure the difference between the premium and the not premium just by looking at it although one had quite a few sponges but i probably should've gone with all premium. Life wise one rock seemed to have quite a few bristle worms, found a half dead spaghetti worm, some brittle stars, some sort of snail and what appeared to be a dead pistol shrimp (not super sure as it was pretty disfigured). With 30 lbs I got 6 pieces of rock, 2 are quite big, 2 reasonably sized, 1 small, and 1 mediocre. Not super sure how I feel about the shapes but i haven't had a whole lot of time to try to mess with the scape.
  13. just ordered 20 lbs of normal and 10 premium for my 30 I'll be sure to post how it goes, hopefully not too many nasty hitchhikers
  14. Is there a huge difference between the premium and regular? I'm starting a tank up myself and was thinking about ordering from them.
  15. Thank you guys for all of this, I've ordered pretty much all of the equipment that I think I need except the for the powerheads and a good test kit (which I just might pick up at the lfs). I did take all of your advice and added a hob filter to the build, for the small extra cost I think it'll have a nice impact on water quality. I'll try to keep this updated as things develop and what not and maybe even start a tank thread when everything comes and i finally set the tank up, although that probably won't happen for a few weeks.