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  1. Reefaddiction

    Looking for black apex display

    Lol not the response I was expecting. Aside from my damaged apex display I’m well thank you!
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    Looking for black apex display

    Hey NR family, I’ll keep it short. New kitten chewed through the cord of my apex display and I was unable to fix it. Looking for a replacement at a decent price. I’d really like to get the older black model with the blue led display. If you have one lying around or that you no longer use please PM or post here. I’d really like to replace it for my tank.
  3. Did you already sell just the display unit?
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    Apex Display

    Still for sale?
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    Advice on stocking 29g Biocube please!

    I think it would be ok, they may quarrel a little at first as they explore there new domain. As long as you have a good amount of rock work and areas they can claim as their territory, I think it wouldn’t be an issue.
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    Advice on stocking 29g Biocube please!

    Avoid the emerald, they are more of a headache in the long run. I wouldn’t add it unless you have a wicked bubble algae problem. Clown gobies are cool little fish, some say they will pick at sps polyps but mine doesn’t at all and I have quite a few Sps/acros.
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    In-tank pod condo?

    Haha I’m sure we could all sit down and share some great patient stories! I agree, I’d like to see how these captive bred and tank raised mandarins fair, and what their eating behaviors will be like. I do share the same thought that in smaller tanks we have closer observation, have a greater chance of getting them on prepared foods, and definitely sets up an environment that’s lets aggressive and daunting depending on how you stock your tank. I personally think tank mates plays a huge role in the success for these fish. Like tamberav said, the right environment is key. The most aggressive thing I have in my tank is a starry blenny, who is equivalent to an energetic child running around and annoying the hell out of you, but harmless and fun to watch lol. I swear if he shits sand all over my rocks and corals again.... sushi time!
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    In-tank pod condo?

    I mean let’s be Honest... in most cases, this hobby dooms nearly all livestock to a shorter lifespan, as Tamberav said... accidents with dosing, rocks falling, equipment failing etc... If mandarins have failed to thrive in 100g+ systems with an abundance of live rock and likely copepods.... there’s more to it than just a good pod population. I don’t think I have found the “right way” or the “best way” to care for a mandarin, but what I am doing in my opinion is working well. Sure, time will tell. But I tell you this, I love that fish, and watch and evaluate him everyday to ensure he is thriving. If there ever came a time he was not, or was getting too skinny, I’d give him up to someone with the right environment without hesitation to ensure he lives and thrives. Haha I’m not offended. I’m a physician at a very busy hospital with a diverse patient population... if this offended me, then the crap I deal with on a daily basis would have driven me to madness years ago. I appreciate it though. There was no intention of misleading. I absolute love the mandarin... it’s the reason I got into this hobby. It is sad to see so many die because they are not in the right environment... but I honestly feel we are still learning what that is. I may only have a 14g cube, but I ensure you that my mandarin is doing great and I do truly feel it is possible to keep them in small tanks. I think this is more of the exception than the rule so I certainly don’t go around advocating for people to just put them in nanos, but it can be done. There is certainly a reason the level of care for these fish is often labeled “difficult” or “expert” and do feel people should take extreme caution before buying these fish. To be honest, most of these fish look absolutely horrible at the LFS even before being bought. Well this was all good conversation I feel. As I said, I’m always glad to give people my experiences and share how I have been successful thus far with my mandarin, pod population, training to take prepared foods, flow requirement, tank mates etc that I have used in my own tank! Y’all can write me anytime!
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    In-tank pod condo?

    I’m gonna keep this kosher. Most sources say the average lifespan for a manadarin in captivity is between 2-4 years... I’d say I’m well on my way to that mark. My fish is well taken care of and his weight is not a concern, although I’ll admit I haven’t weighed him lately... There are many opinions in this hobby about livestock and how we care for our animals, I feel what works in your situation may not always work for others, and vice versa in your own tank. I use this forum to help others and offer my own personal experience. I don’t lie or exaggerate my success or failures. You’re only mislead in this hobby if you don’t do your research before starting a tank and before putting anything into that tank, regardless of what others have told you... period. So, if anyone has any questions, concerns, or just wants to talk about reefing and what my experiences have been please feel free to PM me anytime.
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    In-tank pod condo?

    You are certainly entitled to your own opinion. Not sure in what sense you find my post misleading. By no means am I promoting or encouraging people to go out and put mandarins in nano tanks. People will do this regardless of what I or others say. I simply wanted to share my story with those who are considering buying a mandarin. It is possible to keep them in nano tanks but it requires a significant amount of time and attention and it is a very difficult thing to do. I’m not encouraging it but wanting people to be aware of what it entails. 1.5 years for a mandarin in a nano means that what I am doing is working. There is definitely a difference in a mandarin just eating pods and one that predominantly eats prepared foods with pods as supplement. I use a small tuft of chaeto behind my rockwork as a pod condo to help with this. If you read my prior posts I have always warned people to do extensive research before putting anything in their tanks, especially mandarins in nanos. The point of my post is that yes it can be done if your fish is taking prepared foods and if you can keep up a decent pod population in your tank.
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    In-tank pod condo?

    I disagree, respectively of course. I’ve had my mandarin for 1.5 years now in a 14g biocube and he is extremely healthy. He was wild caught and I had to train and work with him to eat frozen and pellets but I did it. He eats whole mysis shrimp, pellets, roe, cyclopods etc. I feed once a day in the evening for all fish, and this has been working just fine. Yes he still picks at pods on the rocks during the day, but his nutritional requirements are definitely being sustained/satisfied with my current feeding routine. Not sure you can compare a mandarin needing to eat tiny pods all day to one eating 2-3 decent pieces of mysis and pellets.... Regardless I do agree that research should be done on all potential livestock before making a purchase. And close monitoring of livestock should be continued until you know they are thriving. It would be a shame if this fish was removed from the trade, as this single fish has probably inspired many people to get into this wonderful hobby. With that being said, we as the hobbyists should take responsibility as above and make sure we provide the best environment for our animals, with a back up plan in place in case it doesn’t work out.
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    Hunger strike help!

    Selcon is great stuff... I started using it while training my mandarin to eat frozen and pellets. I let my food mixture soak in it for about 10-15 minutes before feeding it to the tank. It’s great for pellets and dry foods because it soaks up the selcon but you can also soak frozen in it with a bit of tank water!
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    Hunger strike help!

    I feed my tank Hakari mysis and Hakari cyclopods... I shave part of the mysis frozen block so that the pieces are very small and soak the foods in a little bit of selcon. I used to soak in a little of garlic guard as well but stopped after all inhabitants were eating frozen. I have a green clown goby with the war paint face, he seems to love this. I also turn off all flow in my tank because I have a mandarin, but the clown goby almost seems to prefer to chase food down.
  14. Go with a kessil... you get what you pay for. It’s a little more pricey yes, but the shimmer is amazing and the aesthetics of the tank with this light is just beautiful.
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    I’m looking for advice

    If it’s an aiptasia, could be but hard to tell from the picture, just hit it with some aiptasia away or aiptasia x. They make specific products to kill these pest anemones, that are safe for the rest of your tank inhabitants.
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