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Old 11/21/2017, 12:11 AM   #2876
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Thank you sam.basye! It's getting there. The sail fins are ok. A little subdued for my taste, but, like you said it's fun to hunt for them. Once you find them, you can watch their social behavior, which is pretty amusing.

I agree, a big show fish would be nice. One fish that becomes more possible, the more bad luck I have with sponges, is the Rocky Beauty. It's a gorgeous fish. Another possibility is a small school of small, captive reared Look Downs. Getting them in this small size is very interesting! I've got a few more small fish to add first, before any big guys, but it's good to discuss it!

Right now the only seagrass I have growing is the shoal grass. I don't know its light requirements, as my research was centered on the manatee grass. Since they grow in shallow water I figure they'll take as much light as I can give them in my 30 inch high tank. For me, that's a 400 watt metal halide, 5200k light. This new bulb is brighter than its predecessor. I had wanted to add more light, but not more heat. I've had to make adjustments, but I think it will work well. With the recent growth spurt, I'm thinking the light helps. My best guess at a short answer is very bright.


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Old 11/21/2017, 12:13 AM   #2877
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Thank you sam.basye! It's getting there. The sail fins are ok. A little subdued for my taste, but, like you said it's fun to hunt for them. Once you find them, you can watch their social behavior, which is pretty amusing.

I agree, a big show fish would be nice. One fish that becomes more possible, the more bad luck I have with sponges, is the Rocky Beauty. It's a gorgeous fish. Another possibility is a small school of small, captive reared Look Downs. Getting them in this small size is very interesting! I've got a few more small fish to add first, before any big guys, but it's good to discuss it!

Right now the only seagrass I have growing is the shoal grass. I don't know its light requirements, as my research was centered on the manatee grass. Since they grow in shallow water I figure they'll take as much light as I can give them in my 30 inch high tank. For me, that's a 400 watt metal halide, 5200k light. This new bulb is brighter than its predecessor. I had wanted to add more light, but not more heat. I've had to make adjustments, but I think it will work well. With the recent growth spurt, I'm thinking the light helps. My best guess at a short answer is very bright.


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Old 11/21/2017, 07:58 AM   #2878
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I love the pic updates, and of course, I'm blenny biased. But, they're all cool. Any plans to grow the gramma harem any time soon?


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Old 11/21/2017, 08:49 AM   #2879
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Love the blennies! I have to get some for my tank. It's just so fun to see them pop out of the different nooks and crannies. :0)

Great pictures!


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Old 11/21/2017, 09:03 AM   #2880
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Thanks Chasmodes! I renewed my effort to get pics of blennies. I got a few decent ones. I do plan to 'rebuild' the harem soon. I may get a few more small fish in before them. I'm still cycling my QT. It has passed through a diatom phase and is entering a cyano phase next. It shouldn't be much longer, since I seeded it with substrate from the display.


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Old 11/21/2017, 09:07 AM   #2881
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Thanks McPuff! I could see some blennies in your tank. They are amazingly tough. And bold! I remember one facing down a look down that got too close.


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Old 11/21/2017, 11:19 PM   #2882
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Another sea hare hunt today. And there are still more. They really got out of hand all of a sudden! It's too bad. A few would have been fine, but hundreds, not fine.

The mysis I added are down to just a few remaining. I'm holding out hope they'll have babies and bounce back to a sustainable population. We'll see.

As I searched the tank looking for mysis, I noticed that pretty much every square centimeter of my substrate is moving! Now THAT'S live sand! And it is diverse, with multiple worm and pod species, serpent stars, snails and a cucumber. Establishing this guild of the ecosystem is essential to its stability. Understanding how it all works together naturally is awe inspiring. And it's less work for me…


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Old 11/22/2017, 06:45 AM   #2883
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Do any fish eat sea hares?

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As I searched the tank looking for mysis, I noticed that pretty much every square centimeter of my substrate is moving! Now THAT'S live sand! And it is diverse, with multiple worm and pod species, serpent stars, snails and a cucumber. Establishing this guild of the ecosystem is essential to its stability. Understanding how it all works together naturally is awe inspiring. And it's less work for me…
Fantastic! That would be my goal. And a side benefit is that it makes the tank that much more interesting with more to watch.


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Old Yesterday, 03:09 PM   #2884
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Any good sources of info about making a biotope tank?


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Old Yesterday, 11:51 PM   #2885
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Any good sources of info about making a biotope tank?
John Tullock’s book, “The Natural Reef Aquarium” is all about biotypes and pivotal species.


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Old Yesterday, 11:57 PM   #2886
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