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Old Today, 12:11 AM   #2876
Michael Hoaster
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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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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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