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  1. big dave

    Hey Ren!

    I was looking at your pics of your tank and saw your "mystery" hitchiker. I have a possible answer. First, two questions: Do you have any seacucumbers in your tank and, does it look like a clear fish or something else? I may have the answer if it looks like a fish! BTW, sweet tank!
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    Whoo Hooo!!!!! its complete!

    Well, after a year in the making, my reef is done yay! I'm going to list my equipment and ask for coral suggestions. Here goes: EQUIPMENT 29 gallon tank w/ 20 gallon refugium total water volume about 40 gallons with displacement of LR/LS etc. Rio 1100 return pump from refugium via spraybar...
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    An Odd Assortment

    Hello everyone, I was recently over at my neighbor's house who has a 125 FO tank. I was really suprised at the combination of fish he had in it and how they reacted to each other. He has: 1 yellow tang 7 in. 2 female orange tail damsels 2 in. 1 Blackcap Basslet 4 in. 1 Goldstripe Maroon Clown 6...
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    Poll: Most Interesting Hitchhikers

    Hey guys this is kinda a just-for-fun poll. What is the neatest hitch hiker you have gotten on LR/LS? Mine in order would go: Cerith Snails (they bred i now have about 5 that made it to maturity from 2) Peacock Mantis Shrimp (this was quickly killed while curing my Aquacultured rock but...
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    SPS lighting

    Hey guys! Just a quick ?. My 29 gallon has 2x75 watt VHO bulbs on it. Is this sufficient for SPS corals(acroporas etc...) At my LFS we have a 27 gallon tank wiht 2x55 watt PCs and SPS do fine in it. I belive VHOs aren't as intense as PCs so would this be enought lighting? Would adding a single...
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    Hey guys, this is my first new topic in a while so here goes. My question is about the care of these guys. I do not own one and was wondering what their care would be. I have seen places online that say they don't ship well and aren't that hardy. A guy I work with says if you do get them...
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    What is the Scientific name of the "lollypop" tang?

    What is it? I have heard this term used on this BB and I am sure its just a common name for some tang. What are other common names for it?? I'm not interested in buyin one just interested in what it is.
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    Horse conch and Murex snails

    Hi. Recently, on a trip to Florida purchased 12 lbs. aquacultured LR. The growth is wonderful and includes:red fire, orange, green, and blue sponges, tunicates, oysters, barnacles, feather dusters, rock anemones(not aiptasia!) and many other things. Also, there was an assortment of critters on...
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    Garden Eels

    Hi. I have been trying to research these guys for a while and can't seem to find any infomation other than they need a really deep sand bed. How big do they get? I want to set up a reef flats biotope which would include 3 of them and several kinds of macro algae. If this isn't possible, I want...
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    Whats the deal wit hQueen Triggers?

    Guys, really, why do a lot of you really like these fish??? Theyre aggressive beyond belief, not really that pretty, and way overpriced. Geez, I catch these things durin the summer and EAT THEM!!!! I live in NJ!!!! Who wants one? come the summer, I'll send you a "quality show-sized" queen for...
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    New Critters

    Hey guys! I took a trip today down to a real nice LFS in my area. Its a drive but always worth it. I got a tank-raised percula clown, a carribean feather duster, a sally-lightfoot crab, and a shaving-brush algae. My questions are: opinion on lightfoot crabs. I have heard they sometimes try...
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    Ignored Species

    Hey guys! I was thinking recently of the many great aquarium species that really seem to be ignored. Specifically, some aquarium worthy carribean species in particular seem to be ignored. I will list a few and would appreciate any additions. This list is compiled from reading posts and the...
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    New Refugium Ideas

    Hey guys let me begin with the current tank stats and go from there. 29 gallon reef 2x75 watt VHO cpr bak-pak skimmer w/ media removed and 200 watt heater in media area 70-80 lbs LR 40 lbs LS Yellow-Tail Damsel-1" PJ Cardinal-1.5" 2 turbo snails very few corals only star polyps, zoanthids, and...
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    Fish That Should Be Left In The Ocean

    Just a personal list of fish that shouldnt be kept in captivity: Bicolor Angel Regal Angel Vlaminghi Tang<-gets way too big Most sharks Most rays Sweetlips Atlantic Green Moray Eels Wild-Caught Seahorses and Pipefish Ribbon Eels Naussau Groupers The Following Butterflys: Phillipene Gold stripe...
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    Dragonette Blenny???????

    Hello everyone just a quick question and possible help in my search for information. I work at an LFS and recently my manager who orders SW fish and me were goin thru the price lists and saw a newcomer... an Dragonette Blenny. Doing the usual"hey! sounds cool lets order one!" When it came in it...
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    Hard Tube Worms

    Does anyone else have hard tube worms growing on their glass? I used to scrape algae on all the sides of my tank but I let the back go for 2 weeks and these guys just appeared! I also noticed a few on my LR. I hope these guys get big like the ones I see in my lfs! Theyre so cool I love my...
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    Black Coral?????

    I saw this for sale online today and it looked pretty cool. Is it easy to keep??? what are its lighting and current requirements??
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    Are Goatfish reef safe?

    Are they and how big do they get? I heard thyre great detrious eaters.