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  1. That's a flamboyant cuttle. Possible endangered, as toxic as the blue ring; but not sure how it administers the poisons; through bite, secretion or by eating it. Not a good choice for starters.
  2. Lifespan for cuttlefish is typically one year or less. The whole point of keeping cuttlefish is to continuously maintain their life cycle. Towards the end, if you happen to have males and females, they will breed without further notice. This is difficult part where the babies need lots of mysis, copepods, up until at least the 3 month mark when they can be introduced to the adult set up. Anecdotally, it is important to feed them quite frequently, twice a day or something. This keeps them from aggression. Forget about small tanks though; not happening with heavy waste creatures like these. Also, ghost shrimp can be used for a start, but they must be converted to saltwater. Don't feed fish, DK if they've been treated with copper. Can be converted to frozen with a little effort. Anyone seen cuttlefish recently?
  3. Being quite unstable, ozone is toxic at low concentrations. Did read that once you are able to smell ozone, it is about to reach dangerous levels.
  4. Do a sand bed that is deep for the jawfish. Timid creatures, bad idea for the set up.
  5. Not a bad thing. All have short lifespans period.
  6. No....Both species are clearly predatory for a reason, as are their defensive mechanisms. Cephalopods, keep alone. Tank will likely be too small for many octopus species. Very hard to identify.
  7. Hey, on a side note. I'd like to know if you have any concrete information regarding their captive lifespans. It seems like that don't make it past 1-2 years. How long have yours lasted? Thanks!
  8. Do not overfeed frogfish.... Despite their crazy exploits eating fish larger than them in the wild. More often that not in captivity, overfed frogfish suffer from gas issues that kill them. Additionally, damselfish that have been treated with copper will likely harm the frogfish. Feed once or twice a week, and that should be sufficient. For additional references, google the "frogfish files". Here's a caresheet from Anthony Calfo.
  9. Vaseline is unlikely to work I believe. You can line the tank with turf.
  10. Some notes. RODI, most importantly remove copper from the water. A variety of foods. There are no cephalopods that will live beyond two years that are readily available in captivity. Sure, there's octopus bimaculatus which you can have for 2 years when kept at 6 degree celsius, or the giant octopus which lives for 4-8 at the same temperatures. Do not buy mimic's or blue rings. Six month life span, unknown toxicity for the former, and a lack of human friendly interaction in both species.
  11. Has anyone had success with frogfish for more than 3 years? How was it achieved? Been reading a rather long thread about frogfish. No one seems to have success with specimens beyond 2 years. http://archive.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=266993
  12. I've never read, or at least, don't see often cases where multiple angels can survive together. But if you do, that's great and certainly don't have to be sorry about it. What I don't believe in at all however, is putting a 40cm fish in a tank just twice its size eventually speaking.
  13. Bump. Looking for one in usable condition for less than $40.
  14. Planktons learn when they do their research. I think in general, one tank, one angel.
  15. No, the angels will eventually come to the point of killing each other until a dominant one or dominant intraspecies pair is established. Until you have.. one tank for each of the different species you have now, you should not be getting another angel. Until you get a larger tank for that matter, any angel that you have even now will not thrive long term.
  16. Listen Listen Listen. You are in control of the lives of many fishes from the ocean that did not choose to be placed in your tank. It is only imperative that you provide them with the appropriate amount of care. That tank is not even sufficient for one full grown clown! Let alone several clowns and damsels. What did you think they were doing in the ocean? Sitting around on a piece of rock? Get a sense of what you are dealing with. When you start a marine tank, what do you try to achieve? You are replicating similar conditions that the fish are exposed to in the wild. A quick lesson on chemistry. Your fish need the right levels of salt, the right pH level, and the right temperatures, and quality of the seawater. By putting so many fish in such a small tank, you're constraining them to live into something like their own toilet bowl. Analogy. When you put a lot of sugar into the water, the water has a lot of sugar. When the water evaporates, you now have a the same amount of sugar in a smaller amount of water. Effectively, you now have a lot of sugar, and too little water. Same goes for salt. When the water evaporates, and do know that the salt doesn't, there is now less water for the same amount of salt. So, top it off with water without salt! Distilled, RO DI, do your research on it! Obviously, you have not done research. Your fish are dying from their own waste. Do you see the bubbles at the top of your tank, that's an overload of nitrogenous wastes my friend. And most of all...Check your pH. I suggest. Get a bigger tank. Stop getting more fish.
  17. I didn't read the whole thread, so pardon me if I do make any mistakes... This is a beautiful tank, especially for a nano, but I feel it is overstocked and the selection of fishes may not be suitable. I am somewhat certain that a 20 gallon tank is expected to only hold up to 3-4 fishes, plus some invertebrates. Am I right about this? Nudibranches, or what you call, slugs, should not be purchased. As high specialised feeders, they do not feed well, and end up dying eventually. This presents some measure of threat to their wild populations. Seahorses will have some difficulty having access to sufficient pods and food. They have a short digestive tract and need constant feeding. Have you been able to supply them with an ample diet? The yellow and hippo tang will split the tank open as they grow older. This is bad idea unless you have a larger tank to support it. However, if this tank does work more or less well, I am keen to make one on the same basis. It is a truly attractive proposition.
  18. No one has a 2.5 ft tank to sell in the east side?
  19. Majestic angel won't fit in a short while. You can't keep a 30cm fish in a tank just thrice of its size. If memory serves, keeping multiple angels together is very difficult, and certainly not meant for amateurs. My view is that you need to do more research.
  20. Hello, looking for a clean 30 gallon rectangular tank that's in good condition for an affordable price. Also equivalent to 70x40x40 cm, in dimensions. Thanks!
  21. Don't use these live rock for anything with invertebrates in the future. Copper bonds to the live rock, and this combination can poison copper sensitive fellas.
  22. I read that it tends to get destructive with its stubby pencils, anchor your live rock.
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