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scubaprashant
07/14/2013, 07:46 AM
I've read about acclimating Mono Argentus & Mono Sebae to full on marine conditions (1.023 SG +). Just wanted to know if anyone on here has done this and if anyone had any tips or insights.

I've read that the Sebaes can be a bit aggressive to each other, but the Argentus are much better in schools.

scubaprashant
07/15/2013, 09:43 PM
no one?

Dexters Reef
07/15/2013, 10:58 PM
I've had a full on marine acclimated one for a few years now, model citizen. Here's a video of my sps reef with him in it

I hear that they all can get aggressive towards each other if you have multiples so I just keep one.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21702438#post21702438

reefer91
07/15/2013, 11:07 PM
One of my friends has always kept them in groups in bigger tanks. Possibly it was due to size, Dexter?

Dexters Reef
07/15/2013, 11:28 PM
Very possible. However, I have not experimented. I have a 75, which is already on the small side for one. I saw another similar size mono in the store, wanted to get it, but thanks to google and my cell phone, I was able to get in enough research to pass on it.

Went home and read many fw and brackish forums, and further learned about their potential aggressiveness in groups.

For a small school I believe 125+ gallon tanks were being suggested at the time. Not sure on scuba's tank size so I'm not sure how to advise them, but I can say in my experience, one in a 75g tank could do quite well. He even made it through hurricane sandy with 6 days of no power, and 62 degree water by the end of it.

reefer91
07/16/2013, 12:51 AM
Very possible. However, I have not experimented. I have a 75, which is already on the small side for one. I saw another similar size mono in the store, wanted to get it, but thanks to google and my cell phone, I was able to get in enough research to pass on it.

Went home and read many fw and brackish forums, and further learned about their potential aggressiveness in groups.

For a small school I believe 125+ gallon tanks were being suggested at the time. Not sure on scuba's tank size so I'm not sure how to advise them, but I can say in my experience, one in a 75g tank could do quite well. He even made it through hurricane sandy with 6 days of no power, and 62 degree water by the end of it.
Good incites. Brackish fish likely just have that knack for survival in varied conditions.

scubaprashant
07/22/2013, 03:06 PM
Thanks for the info. I started my acclimation process on Saturday and have been drip acclimating them with water from my 180G display tank over the last few days. I plan on completing the transition by the end of the week. So far they are doing GREAT and all 3 are eating like pigs!

BTW, I'm doing the Mono Argentus, not the Sebaes which are the ones reported to be aggressive towards each other. I haven't read anything about the Argentus being aggressive. I'll have to do some more digging!

scubaprashant
07/23/2013, 05:22 PM
Day 4 and SG is up to 1.020. The Monos are still eating like pigs and have colored up very nicely since day 1. I think tomorrow shall be the big day!

IdahoCindy
07/23/2013, 06:34 PM
Love our Mono. He has been through so much and pulled through. Rocks fell on him causing a bad eye infection and skin abrasion. The eye was so bad I poked a needle in it a few times, releasing pus each time. He survived my "doctoring" with seemingly good vision and small "poke" scars. He was all healed up and back in the DT when his tail started rotting off and was nearly gone and his skin all sloughing off from an infection of his skin. We tried to catch him to put him out of his misery but didn't try too hard because we didn't want to knock over corals in the process. AMAZINGLY this fish is alive and well. Maybe he's not the most colorful fish in the tank but he sure adds flash and has a great personality. We have always considered him to be the "greeter" of the tank when we add a fish. If I had it to do all over, I wouldn't buy this type of fish but now that we have him, we LOVE him like an OLD DOG.

scubaprashant
07/24/2013, 05:12 PM
Day 5 and SG matches my display of 1.024 so I went ahead and floated them for a little while and introduced them into the tank. My Foxface was NOT happy at first and was chasing the school of Monos around, but what I found to be cool was that 3 or 4 of my reef chromis teamed up with the 3 Mono Argentus and Orange Spot Rabbit Fish and formed a "super-school"! Since the morning, the Foxface (biggest fish in the tank mind you) has calmed down immensely and is coexisting near the school of fish. Also, everyone is eating great still, so I am feeling confident that I did something right in the process :)

I highly recommend the process to anyone with patience and a setup for the conversion process. They are so active in the aquarium and cost me a whopping $27 for 3 of them at a LFS. They make my 180G tank look very active, so I'm a happy camper all around.

Also, note that this was all done by setting a drip line from my display tank regulated by a cheap gang valve into a big Brute trash can that I use for water changes. To keep things moving, I simply installed my Maxijet 600 in powerhead function with the airline tube connected so that the water in the trash can would be highly oxygenated (I read online that Monos like heavily aerated water). Since on a daily basis, I was taking out about 3-4 gallons of water, no other filtration was necessary.

The End!

kyocera
02/09/2014, 08:49 AM
Any updates on the monos? Did they survive? Are the in a reef tank or fish only tank?