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  1. Thank you! I’m hoping to get another one eventually. For now I’m focusing on stabilizing the tank. Dang! I am sorry to hear that. I suppose if they want to jump, they’re going to jump. They are such a fun goby to have and perfect for small tanks. Gobies in general are one of my favorites. I have a YCG in my nano and he is the life of the party in that tank.
  2. As if things couldn’t get worse, my hi-fin banded goby committed tank escape suicide last night. I love this hobby and the challenge of small tanks but man this is one rough start to my pico.
  3. Not sure. Could have been too much too fast. Granted it was just coral and some snails and a crab but it’s a 4g tank. One of the snails died as well and I didn’t see him so it’s possible that kick started the spike. The first time I fed the tank my baster spilled more than I wanted it to into the tank, which could have also started the spike. Fortunately everything is under control now and everyone that survived is once again happy and healthy.
  4. Update: I ended up losing a second RFA but ammonia is finally down and the remaining one is looking much happier. I dosed with prime to neutralize what was present (It was at 2.0ppm....YIKES) and performed a 45% water change, which brought it down to .50ppm. I've monitored pH levels the last 24 hours because I know with larger water changes they tend to swing and am now doing a second water change to bring the ammonia down further. Through it all everyone is looking much happier now and I'm bummed I lost 2 RFA but I love this hobby, even in the not so great times.
  5. Well all, I experienced an ammonia spike and ended up losing the RFA. My other 2 are acting up as well but since I figured out the problem, I'm hoping I can save them both.
  6. Yes! So sorry. I meant .5ppm on the phosphates. From everything I've read, open/gapping mouths appear to be a bad sign with anemones. I'll just keep monitoring him. He's settled and suctioned up on that rock now, just closes up a lot and has that gaping mouth. Thanks for adding another set of eyes. I was unaware that they like to be moody.
  7. Hey all, I obtained a 4 gallon Waterbox in the beginning of December and instantly knew I wanted a rock flower anemone garden. It's been a dream of mine to own the little suckers and this tank seemed perfect for it. I already run a Fluval 13.5 Evo that's over 2 years old now and used LR and sand from it to seed this new pico. After a month I added a small zoanthid colony that has done very well and is starting to grow new polpys. 4 days ago I drove an hour to pick up a porcelain crab, some nassarius snails, and a few rock flowers. I was aiming to start with 2 but the guy from the place I got everything from gave me an extra one for free, which was awesome. I then ended up with an injured high-fin banded goby who is doing amazing and loves having the tank to himself. Everyone seems to be acclimating really well except for my one rock flower anemone. I've done a lot of research on these guys but it's still a little hard to tell when they're about to bite the dust. Water parameters are as follows: Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: <10ppm Phosphates: <5ppm pH: 8.0 Temp: 80F Salinity: 1.025 I've done weekly water changes. I've also attached a picture to show the downhill progression of this rock flower. He started in one place and last night moved to another place and looked much better but now looks bad again. (Picture is left to right) Should I 'pull the plug' on this guy before he nukes my tank? Thanks in advance!
  8. I was not expecting so much feedback! Thank you everyone. After reading everything, I think I will replace most of the sand, with the exception of a cup full to seed the new stand. I am moving into my new home 2 days before the wedding so I think I will buy 2 more 5 gallon buckets and bring RO/DI water when I move everything else in. This way I will have plenty of water waiting at the apartment that can be kept at the proper temperature and everything. Thanks again for the advice. I greatly appreciate all of it.
  9. Hey all! So I am getting married in less than 2 months and I am moving a state away, 230 miles (4 hour drive), from my current home. I have a Fluval 13.5 Evo with the following stock: 2 Ocellaris clownfish 2 blue legged hermits 1 scarlet legged hermit 3-4 assorted snailed (turbo, nassarius, etc) 1 pom pom crab 1 fighting conch hammer coral (on sand) duncan coral (on sand) pulsing xenia (on rockwork) I'm currently piecing together a 'game plan' for moving my tank and I am asking for advice and tips as to help the move to be as smooth as possible. This tank is my 'baby' and I recently lost a pearly jawfish (which I had only had for 2 weeks before losing it) and my female clown (which has since been replaced..sort of, you all know how clownfish work so my male will now become female....Squirt is now Squirtle) due to my tank being shut off for 27 hours. Long story short, my tank was plugged into an outlet powered by a wall switch that was turned off when a photographer came through to take pictures, as the house I currently live in was going on the market. I worked the whole day followed by spending the night away, returning the next morning to find my tank had been shut off and lost the 2 fish. Anyways, I was devastated and I would like to not go through something like that again so all advice is welcome. My current game plan is that I have 3 five gallon buckets and 1 three gallon bucket. My plan is to drain water from the tank into each bucket, leaving just enough water in the tank to cover the sand bed. One bucket would hold my clownfish, one bucket would hold my hammer and duncan corals in fish bags, all inverts directly into bucket (separated by fish breeder boxes), and the 3 live rock pieces I have that are covered with xenia. The 3 gallon bucket would be used to house all of my filter media and the remaining 5 gallon would be filled with fresh RO/DI water to use to add new water for when I arrive at the new location Finally, the tank would be covered with plastic wrap as to prevent the little bit of water from splashing out during transportation. This would allow for me to transport and reuse most of all of the current tank water to help with the tank cycle but also allow for me to have new water to add to it upon re-setup of the tank. As for water movement and heating, this is where I'm stuck. Will everyone be okay for the 4 hour drive without any kind of water movement? I know that with the car and time of year I can maintain a relatively steady temperature for the water but the aeration is my main concern. Thanks in advance!
  10. My pom pom crab and of my hermit crabs enjoy short adventures in the one burrow occasionally, thanks for the advice!
  11. I've had him for exactly 2 weeks today. I will create a burrow with a pvc pipe to give an extra place to hide. Thanks for the tip! Much appreciated
  12. Hey all, So I recently purchased a pearly/yellow headed jawfish. This is one of my dream fish so I had performed so much research on him before I got the little guy (or girl). I've had him for about a week now and I've noticed that he has been breathing heavily, mouth gaping, ever since I bought him and exhibited some random behavior that I didn't feel was normal. He spent the first 2 days in the tank digging holes in each corner and on the third day he finally built a burrow under one of the rocks. 2 days later he's back out in one of the corners of the tank and wouldn't move into his burrow, even when startled. I have been feeding him mysis shrimp which he has been readily accepting. Another thing I noticed is that when the lights were off in the tank he was not as skittish and would spend more time in his burrow. Tank parameters are: Ammonia 0ppm Nitrites 0ppm Nitrates <10ppm Phosphate <5 pH 8.00 Salinity 1.025 Current Temp (F) 79 Other fish: Ocellaris clownfish pair (90% sure they have no idea the jawfish exists as they haven't bothered him nor do they ever swim anywhere near his burrow) These parameters were taken right before I left for a few days but the behavior hasn't changed. No noticeable redness of gills, patches on body, dots, frayed fins, etc although I will keep an eye out for any changes. I feel as though he may just be stressed so what I'm really asking is for pointers or theories of potential issues/illness from those who have experience with this fish. I have attached a photo of the fish and I have a video segment of the breathing that I can attach if needed.
  13. The more I research, the more I'm leaning towards the prime. Thanks everyone for your input!
  14. Awesome! I have xenia that's literally covering all of my rock work so I'll have to remove most of it since there is no space for anything to go on it. Thanks again for the advice and tips!
  15. Thank you so much, Nick for your response. I forgot to mention in my original post that I'm thinking about selling the corals I have growing on my rock work so that I can buy a BTA. I've done tons of research on the anemone itself and its care and appears that the AI Prime would work well for it. I was wondering if you've ever owned one and if so, how that light system worked out for you?