14 gallon Biocube questions

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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby Sula on Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:18 pm

There are lots of cool crabs - I loved having an emerald crab in my nano, they are really fun to watch in a small tank. Plus they are pretty useful at helping to clean up algae, at least until they figure out that the fish food is tastier and easier to catch :lol:
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby Sula on Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:46 pm

Speaking of cool crabs......In all my re-arranging of my 40B I must have disturbed my Pom Pom crab from his usual hiding place.
Very exciting since I haven't seen him in months........
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(sorry for the Hijack)
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby NVCichlids on Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:04 pm

no problem, seeing that kick butt little crab is worth it lol
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby Sula on Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:22 pm

Yeah, he is really cool - just incredibly reclusive.
When I had an Emerald crab in a nano (first a 10g, then a 20 followed by a 29 :lol: )they were just a hoot to watch. One guy would actually hang on to the rock and swing his other claw out like a trapeze artist, trying to catch mysis shrimp out of the water column when I fed the fish :D
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby NVCichlids on Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:35 pm

well the whole cocktail shrimp has been gone a good 4-5 days now, still no spike, and the browness is going away. I added two fish as they are a fish I plan to keep throughout the life of my saltwater experience (only other fish i might add would be a goby sp on the bottom and my possum wrasse later this year.) Anyways, I got two firefish and some snails (2 margarita's, 2 nerites). So far so good.

Plus my mushroom has seems to be doing quite well. it looks like it has gained some size. Pictures to come later tonight after I recharge the batteries!
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby Sula on Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:50 pm

Monitor closely (which you are obviously already doing) and feed VERY sparingly, especially at first......
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby NVCichlids on Sun Jan 16, 2011 7:25 pm

I am.. I listen for the most part lol.. Parameters are still all the same as before.

ph: 8.4
ammo: 0
nitrate: 0
nitrite 0

Anywhos, here are the pictures from this evening.

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Mushroom
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pebble size nerite
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby Sula on Sun Jan 16, 2011 7:58 pm

Looks good!
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby NVCichlids on Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:22 pm

as long as everything stays good (levels) I plan to get some more corals next monday.

also, is it a bad idea to add any Feather Caulerpa? I love how it looks, but would be afraid of it taking over and causing issues with corals.
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby Sula on Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:06 pm

NVCichlids wrote: taking over and causing issues with corals.


this is exactly what it will do...
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby NVCichlids on Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:12 am

I think I might set up my 8 gallon finnex as a cooler/cold water nano and attempt some other marine plants with some catalina's. This wouldn't be til summer as I need to test the temp fluctuation on a non-heated tank before attempting this.
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby NVCichlids on Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:46 am

Would my tank be able to house a single Paracheilinus mccoskeri, and are they 100% reef safe? I have a friend who has a 2" male that he is looking to part with.


Oh, BTW, my firefish have a single burrow dug out under the live rock on the right side and they share the cave.. so neat seeing them cuddling in there LOL.
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby Sula on Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:14 pm

NVCichlids wrote:Would my tank be able to house a single Paracheilinus mccoskeri, and are they 100% reef safe? I have a friend who has a 2" male that he is looking to part with.



I would vote no for this, I think the wrasse would need a bigger tank. Plus if you are planning to add a pair of gobies down the road you are about maxing out the tank IMO, but as I've said before I am very conservative about fish load.

NVCichlids wrote:Oh, BTW, my firefish have a single burrow dug out under the live rock on the right side and they share the cave.. so neat seeing them cuddling in there LOL.


Very cool - I used to have a pair of scissortail gobies (also in the dartfish family) who did that, it was very fun to watch. :D
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby NVCichlids on Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:08 pm

did your scissortails ever breed? I only ask because mine are really becoming protect of that cave they have dug out and everytime I come near the tank now one darts in and stays in the other stays near the enterence. Wishful thinking I know, but behavior makes me wonder. THey use to just sit infront of the tank and stare at me as I stared at them.
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Re: 14 gallon Biocube questions

Postby Sula on Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:13 pm

I often suspected they had something they were protecting in that cave, but could never prove it.
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