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  1. Capt_Rick_Dixie

    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    If the lobster of yours has a history of taking fish I definitely wouldn't trust him around a frogfish. They're surprisingly delicate and don't handle getting picked on too well. But hey, it's your tank and you know it better than I do. It may work out great! If you give it a go keep us posted 🙂
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    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    As long as the lobster isn't the length of the frogfish or smaller it shouldn't be a big deal. They do hunt crustaceans in the wild so It may definitely be interested in a lobster roll. I would worry more about the lobster trying to make a snack of the froggie though at the size it would need to be to not get eaten. I'd say give it a shot but watch things very closely and if you notice any interest in the other aside from a simple pass-by separate them.
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    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    Since the discovery of the dead fish 100% of water has been changed. Still thinking it may not be a bad idea to do another huge change in a day or two. Thoughts on that? I've been dosing liberally with Prime and Stability. I replaced my Chemipure and Purigen in the filter as well. I've never actually heard of nopox until now. Interesting.
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    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    Way ahead of ya!
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    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    Yesterday I went to check on the tank after work and things seemed...fine. Not great, but fine. My acro 1" ORA Frogskin completely bleached which was honestly expected. As I was looking I noticed a small, off-white, angular piece of material gently rolling across the sand bed. I knew immediately that it was fish flesh. One night after I fed the frogfish a silverside he must have regurgitated it. It then had blown under the rock work to decay. When I did my big water change/sand siphoning it must have set that ammonia fish-bomb off. Went and removed the rock and found a nice little fish skull. I vacuumed all the sand out from the area, did another 75% water change, and moved the rock a bit to provide better flow and visibility underneath. Things should be smooth sailing for a while know.. hopefully. I use Red Sea Coral Pro. My first thought was that maybe there were some issues with the salt but it wasn't a new batch or anything. I had been using it for weeks.
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    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    Honestly I've been trying to figure that out. The only thing I could think of is that when I my water change and glass scraping that maybe there was some frogfish poop tucked under a rock somewhere that got kicked up. His poops were about an inch or more long. I remove them as soon as I see them but maybe I missed one. Either that Orrrrrrr I neglected to empty a bit of water from my water change container the last I used it and there was bacteria already growing within the tiny amount of stagnant water in the very bottom of it. Then when I mixed the water in that container I ended up just adding that bacteria straight into the tank. I'm usually very thorough but quite honestly that's the only thing that would make sense to me. I was trying to figure it out with a few friends over some beers the other night and that was about all we could come up with.
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    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    Things were going fantastically until I had a freak bacteria bloom after what seemed like a pretty routine water change. Woke up to a dead damsel, performed another fairly futile water change and throw on my small UV sterilizer. Came home from work to an even cloudier tank, some slightly annoyed corals, an acro with some bleached tips, and unfortunately a dead frogfish. Interestingly enough all of my inverts are totally fine... Letting my sterilizer do its thing and letting the bloom run its course. Bleaching on the acro has stopped and my other corals are fine. Not at their best but not in too much distress. Polyps are still extended and whatnot. Once things eventually run its course and clear up I'll bring in a small Wartskin. Until I'm confident that the bloom is gone and everything is stable once again it'll remain fishless unfortunately. Oh well. I suppose this tank had been running far to smoothly anyway. Something always has to go wrong 😉
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    Black Friday Sales... What did you all get?

    I ended up snagging an ultra yellow hammer colony, a palm sized red monti cap, and a green tipped purple birdsnest colony for a steal. Grabbed an XP Aqua Duetta ATO and a coralview camera lens as well. Stoked on it all!
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    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    Oh I'm well aware haha. The issue is just finding one.
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    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    Picked up a few new pieces with some of the sales going on this weekend. One ultra yellow hammer from Best Fish in Milwaukee and a green tip purple birdsnest, and a solid orange Monti cap from Big Kahuna Tropical Fish out of Madison, WI. I really need to get a lens filter to do these pieces justice. That new hammer is highlighter yellow! With the exception of a few small things here and there it's time to keep my hands out and let things grow. Thinking about trading the Frogfish in for a smaller one as he's starting to get pretty big for the system (~4.5") FTS is right after cleaning/placement/water change so everything isn't as happy as it usually is.
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    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    Thank you! I love Frogfish. This little tank makes me want to set up an IM 25 Lagoon full of different Frogfish. Who knows, maybe someday.. I plan on picking up a few more corals with the Black Friday sales and whatnot. I'll make sure I keep this updated!
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    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    I think I'll give that a shot. I do love the look of them when you've got a nice colony pulsing around. Plus with all the LPS I'll end up with in the tank the last thing I'll need is something else sucking up all the Calcium lol.
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    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    I thought that username looked familiar! I see we've both found our way here as well haha. Thanks for the praise! Can't wait for things to grow in. Thinking I'm gonna grab another hammer or two for that euphyllia garden. Not really sure what I'm going to do on top of that tall rock. Any suggestions? Maybe birdsnest or xenia?
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    5gal Frogfish Pico (Pic Heavy)

    I've picked up a few new corals and moved a few things around since I posted in here last! The frogfish is doing great. He's started eating frozen shrimp and silversides so I don't have to worry about him getting impaled by damsels. He's starting to go from the rust color to a black to blend in with the lava rock. My LFS was selling Euphyllia for $10 a head and Duncans for $8 a head. I couldn't resist. I grabbed a nice green tip hammer (that's currently very mad at me because I dropped him on the carpet when clipping him off the frag plug), a couple Duncan heads, and a smaller unnamed Acan. The Duncan and Acan are settling in very well, the hammer is getting there. Also took the Zoas off the plug and glued them onto a piece of rock. I hate the look of frag plugs in a display. I ended up adding a gravity fed hamster bottle ATO that I've managed to keep from being an eye sore. It'll work for now. Anyway, here are some pics! I don't have a lens clip yet so I guess we'll just have to deal with the blues.
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    Reef Art?

    You should dig around at some thrift or antique stores! I ran across this little wood painting that I tossed about my 5 gallon and it looks real nice, plus it's kind of fun to go out and stumble across something awesome. I'm sure you could find plenty of kick ass stuff somewhere. Or check out etsy!
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