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Finland
03/31/2016, 07:19 PM
After a bit of a delay due to lousy weather in Tampa, I received part 2 of a 200 gallon package for my 280 gal tank . I am really glad I made the decision to go with TBS. Besides the listed critters with part 2, Richard sent some great freebies. I received 4 flower anemones, a couple decorator crabs, couple gorgonians, some tree sponges, and some zoas. This rock is loaded with life, mostly good, but a few bad critters, but those can be removed with a little work. There are countless porcelain crabs, copepods, a few gorilla crabs, red mithrax crabs, feather dusters, 2 hitchhiker starfish(beside the 4 I received w/ package), mini brittles, and a mantis. Mantis has already been moved to a different tank. I absolutely love the porcelain crabs with their waving nets. Due to a leaking holding tank for my corals and fish, I was forced to put them into the display only 2 days after part 2 went into the tank. I would have preferred waiting at least a week or two, but unfortunately, I had no choice. So far, all livestock is doing great. Great polyp extension on the corals and fish seem happy as can be. I have been testing for ammonia twice a day, and w/part 2 there is no ammonia. Part 1 had a little, but quickly dropped to zero.
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0065_zpsftcoj1d8.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0065_zpsftcoj1d8.jpg.html)
I am planning on doing a better job with landscaping, but will have to do til I get some time. :D
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0001_zpshoq9mo4u.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0001_zpshoq9mo4u.jpg.html)
One of the freebie anemones
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0007_zpsbfwgqjy1.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0007_zpsbfwgqjy1.jpg.html)
Sponge and gorgonian that keeps falling over, lol. great pe on gorg.
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0018_zpscoli9ayy.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0018_zpscoli9ayy.jpg.html)
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0022_zps2cd8f26w.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0022_zps2cd8f26w.jpg.html)
freeby zoas
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0008_zpsq7vskwt4.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0008_zpsq7vskwt4.jpg.html)
brittle starfish sticking his leg out of rock.
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0011_zpswvhrzwa1.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0011_zpswvhrzwa1.jpg.html)
And this bad boy, already in his own tank

Finland
03/31/2016, 07:32 PM
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/fts_zpscemryrdr.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/fts_zpscemryrdr.jpg.html)

One more of the other side of the peninsula

nathan1986
04/02/2016, 06:10 PM
I have his rock in 2 of my tanks. Definitely amazing rock. Your tank looks nice, im sure youll work on arranging the rocks to your liking over the next few weeks. I know im always moving mine around lol

Finland
04/06/2016, 08:18 PM
Haha, after a week and a half, I just discovered this hitchhiker!.Tiger goby. It's just a little over an inch long and is definitely a quick little bugger.
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0039_zpsnzl1dlr1.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0039_zpsnzl1dlr1.jpg.html)

liverock
04/07/2016, 07:22 AM
LOL

You know you have real live rock when 380 pounds teaming with life, is shipped to you underwater.....you have no die off.....or ammonia....and your tank is happy from day one and you get a fish hitchhiker......good job!

You won't find live rock anywhere else in the world like this!:bounce3:

Richard TBS
www.tbsaltwater.com

nawilson89
04/07/2016, 10:02 AM
Haha, after a week and a half, I just discovered this hitchhiker!.Tiger goby. It's just a little over an inch long and is definitely a quick little bugger.
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0039_zpsnzl1dlr1.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0039_zpsnzl1dlr1.jpg.html)

Congrats on that little guy. I have 4 of them in a 20g that I've pretty much dedicated to them.

liverock
04/07/2016, 11:11 AM
Congrats on that little guy. I have 4 of them in a 20g that I've pretty much dedicated to them.

They are a very cool fish....live a very long time...and accept any foods.....and cute little buggers...:lolspin:

mokeyz
04/07/2016, 03:16 PM
Haha, after a week and a half, I just discovered this hitchhiker!.Tiger goby. It's just a little over an inch long and is definitely a quick little bugger.
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0039_zpsnzl1dlr1.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0039_zpsnzl1dlr1.jpg.html)

Wow! I'm jealous! Congrats.

Finland
04/08/2016, 05:41 PM
found another tiger goby in my sump. This morning I also discovered this--
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/kjnno_zps8i4mf3kp.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/kjnno_zps8i4mf3kp.jpg.html)
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/uuu_zpsh785dz9r.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/uuu_zpsh785dz9r.jpg.html)
Can I get an ID? Is it one of those fish that live inside a cucumber? It is about 2 1/2 inches long. really cool looking.

Finland
04/08/2016, 05:53 PM
Yep, just googled it. It appears to be a pearl fish. Lives inside a cucumber's butt during the daytime. :lolspin:

liverock
04/08/2016, 05:59 PM
Yep, just googled it. It appears to be a pearl fish. Lives inside a cucumber's butt during the daytime. :lolspin:

You got it...pretty rare guy...real rare..I had the BBC after me for a long time to get one for them to film..sent them many cukes...across the pond.........no pearl fish....so you are special! ...you just never know what is hiding...up there.....

Salty Pickle
04/08/2016, 06:04 PM
Yep, just googled it. It appears to be a pearl fish. Lives inside a cucumber's butt during the daytime. :lolspin:

Thats a "crappy" way to live.

liverock
04/09/2016, 11:29 AM
Thats a "crappy" way to live.

"but" I bet he loves his condo LOL.....

Finland
04/09/2016, 03:45 PM
I have really been watching the cucumbers w/ camera in hand. I want to get a video of this! Will post if I do.

adamwheel
04/11/2016, 08:49 PM
Very cool. Congrats. Your tank will mature so quickly with this stuff. Coralline has taken over my 10 month old system.

Neilmu
04/12/2016, 01:33 PM
After a bit of a delay due to lousy weather in Tampa, I received part 2 of a 200 gallon package for my 280 gal tank . I am really glad I made the decision to go with TBS. Besides the listed critters with part 2, Richard sent some great freebies. I received 4 flower anemones, a couple decorator crabs, couple gorgonians, some tree sponges, and some zoas. This rock is loaded with life, mostly good, but a few bad critters, but those can be removed with a little work. There are countless porcelain crabs, copepods, a few gorilla crabs, red mithrax crabs, feather dusters, 2 hitchhiker starfish(beside the 4 I received w/ package), mini brittles, and a mantis. Mantis has already been moved to a different tank. I absolutely love the porcelain crabs with their waving nets. Due to a leaking holding tank for my corals and fish, I was forced to put them into the display only 2 days after part 2 went into the tank. I would have preferred waiting at least a week or two, but unfortunately, I had no choice. So far, all livestock is doing great. Great polyp extension on the corals and fish seem happy as can be. I have been testing for ammonia twice a day, and w/part 2 there is no ammonia. Part 1 had a little, but quickly dropped to zero.
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0065_zpsftcoj1d8.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0065_zpsftcoj1d8.jpg.html)
I am planning on doing a better job with landscaping, but will have to do til I get some time. :D
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0001_zpshoq9mo4u.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0001_zpshoq9mo4u.jpg.html)
One of the freebie anemones
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0007_zpsbfwgqjy1.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0007_zpsbfwgqjy1.jpg.html)
Sponge and gorgonian that keeps falling over, lol. great pe on gorg.
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0018_zpscoli9ayy.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0018_zpscoli9ayy.jpg.html)
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0022_zps2cd8f26w.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0022_zps2cd8f26w.jpg.html)
freeby zoas
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0008_zpsq7vskwt4.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0008_zpsq7vskwt4.jpg.html)
brittle starfish sticking his leg out of rock.
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/DSC_0011_zpswvhrzwa1.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/DSC_0011_zpswvhrzwa1.jpg.html)
And this bad boy, already in his own tank


3 mantis came along with my TPS rock. I've been keeping them happy with raw shrimp and a couple of gorilla crabs I nabbed. Not sure I want to keep them in the tank. Getting mixed reviews. How did you get yours out of the tank and how long did it take?

Finland
04/12/2016, 08:36 PM
Mine came w/ part 1. Really glad he didn't come w/ part 2, twice the rock. First I tried a trap with raw shrimp, but the mantis just laughed at me. ThenI started pulling rock one at a time until I got the right one and put the whole rock in a separate tank. I was pretty lucky as it was the 3rd rock I pulled! There were several porcelain crabs on the rock that got transferred. Unfortunately, they became lunch for the mantis. I have been tossing whelks from the display to feed him. He really seems to like them by all of the broken snail shells scattered in the tank he is in. I also feed him krill and an occasion gorilla crab that I find. I would try to get them out or eventually you will lose a good chunk of your good snails and crabs. They are cool critters! Mine molted yesterday and what a drastic color change. Was a very dark brown w/ dark emerald green underside. Now it is a solid bright green. I may have a very small mantis in the display yet. I saw something about 3/4 inch long that moved like the big mantis, but scooted into the rocks before a positive I.D. Only saw it once though. Not finding any broken snail shells or crab parts, so who knows. Good luck

duberz
04/14/2016, 08:08 AM
I really want to use this rock but I'm so scared of getting mantis shrimp. I had one before that made my life a living hell.

Finland
04/14/2016, 04:02 PM
Well, in my opinion, it is worth the risk. I have had various reef tanks for 20 years, and this is the nicest rock I have had. So much life.

Finland
05/02/2016, 09:18 PM
Hi Richard or anyone else, can I get an ID on this snail. I just discovered it today. Cool looking snail, about 3/4 inch long. Good or bad?
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/snail_zpsm4ihpdsf.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/snail_zpsm4ihpdsf.jpg.html)

liverock
05/03/2016, 07:43 AM
He is a snail eater..sump time!