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    Aiptasia

    I'd have to disagree. I feed my mandarin frozen every 3 days. Turn off the filters and let her gorge. It's a 20 gallon, and she's been doing great for the past year. There's a weird mystique surrounding mandarins in the aquarium community and people really put them on a pedestal. Maybe I just have an easy-going, hardy mandarin, but it's been a nice and easy experience for me so far. To answer OP's question, I had good luck with peppermint shrimp. Aiptasia totally wiped out. Unfortunately the peppermint shrimp didn't eat other foods and passed soon after. Good luck
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    Chalk Bass, what have people experienced

    My chalk bass was voracious! I had a really hard time keeping the tank mates well fed, as the chalk bass would gobble everything up. I got one because of all the glowing reviews online, but I was glad to move on once it passed. Just my 2 cents. Have a clowfish now that loves food, but much smaller mouth and not as agile a swimmer. Like above poster said, chalk bass are a small grouper, and they definitely act like it.
  3. I'd skip Chemi-pure for now, and just go with filter floss and chaeto. As for rock rubble, I dont think a handful of rubble will contribute much. I've been running this exact setup for about 2-3 months, and it's been a very successful experiment. Same lights and aquaclear model, but no modifications to filter. I run the lights 24 hours which has the chaeto growing wild. I cut the chaeto block in half every 2 or 3 weeks. That said, I think 10-12 hour schedule is perfect, as the chaeto against the light yellows. My refugium grows all kinds of funky algae, and I've let it go. Just change the filter floss every time I cut the chaeto. Green hair algae has disappeared from my tank and water quality has been great. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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    New fuge light setup - biocube29

    I bought the same ACKE lights after looking at this thread, and I've been really pleased. It's very bright. I bought it for my Aquaclear 70 HOB chaeto chamber and it's been growing like wild. I've been cutting the cheato in half every 2 weeks. Hope this helps
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    20 high or 20 Long

    Depends. A good light will cover a 20H better than a 20L. You might need two smaller ones for a 20L, which is often more expensive. That said, I vote for the 20 long.
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    Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

    I can never tell if my cleaner shrimp wants to clean his neighbors or eat them. I've seen him do both, that sneaky little scrimp
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    Natural Filtration

    My tank is run the same way, all natural, and it's been a great experience. I love the simplicity. I run an aquaclear HOB refugium with chaeto.
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    Disappearing sand

    Thumb over the hose, return the rest of the sand after washing as Clown79 said.
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    Radion Xr-15 users what are your settings?

    What height from the water? 22% can be very different from various heights. I have XR30 on my 20gal, running at 35% for 8 hours on the deep reef natural setting. It's about 1.5 feet from the surface. Going from 30-35% really shortened the necks of my zoas. Hope it helps
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    Never Leaving Home Again??? - Mandarin Injured

    That's a bummer it's amazing what happens when we leave our tanks unattended for a short time. Mine always goes haywire when i leave for the weekend. Hope for a quick recovery!
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    FLARGUE REEF

    Jasmine the Green Spotted Mandarin. I've had great success with this fish so far. She's been with me for 6 months now. She lives off Nutramar Ova prawn roe, fed every 2/3 days.
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    FLARGUE REEF

    You did a good job of capturing the aura of the tailspot blenny with that choice! Cedric the tailspot blenny approves.
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    FLARGUE REEF

    Brittle star attempting a daring escape from the chaeto chamber. Chaeto has been growing out of control with the 24 hour photoperiod. I cut the clump in half and a week later, it's already doubled in size. The king of detritus - the fighting conch is my favorite part of the cleanup crew. He will bury himself in the sand and disappear for a few days when the workload is low. Cleaner shrimp is always a fun inhabitant to have around. Free manicures!
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    FLARGUE REEF

    Thanks for the kind words everyone! The tank is really hitting its stride now. My main struggle is to balance feeding the corals vs feeding the algae! I resisted getting a clownfish for so long, but I'm so happy I did. They're so personable and entertaining. Mine will nibble on my fingers and follow me around the tank.
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    FLARGUE REEF

    Got some cool shots of my clownfish fanning out his cave!
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