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Old 08/18/2011, 06:05 PM   #26
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It sounds like you're talking in the 'past' tense...so I guess he's gone? At any rate I got a Royal Gramma over 7 seven years ago, kept him in a 5', 170g tank with about 12 other fish. After a few years, he lost his color and faded out (looked like yours)...when I upgraded to my 450g DT,last year, I moved him and added 2 more smaller grammas...within weeks his color was back...you can see him in the video (previously posted), he is paired with 1 of the new RGs now!
unfortunately he died at xmas, awesome with the pairing! i recently bought a "trio" but one killed off the other in 3rd week of QT so now looks like only have a pair which seem to be getting along so far, moving them to the DT next week.

on a side note these are not so cheap in aus, when i got my first one was $145, now they range from $75 - $100 so a lot of people opt for the cheaper $30 version and get a royal dottyback. WOuld be good to have a compariosn to these fish in a right up to make sure not confusing the terror of the RDB.


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Old 08/18/2011, 06:12 PM   #27
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Unfortunately, I've never been able to keep this "Hardy" species alive for longer than 5 weeks. In any of my tanks. All attempts to maintain them have failed. Miserabely. I'll no longer buy any (not least because now I have aan aggressive tank)because I still love them. The heartbreak & waste is just TOO much to bear.
Sadly so, such a beautiful little fish..

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Old 08/18/2011, 06:54 PM   #28
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on a side note these are not so cheap in aus, when i got my first one was $145, now they range from $75 - $100
I hear you...I can get grammas for about $10 here...BUT we pay 'dearly' for any Aussey fish/coral...I'll bet that you can get a Harlequin Tusk for less than $150!

Good luck with your new pair...mine are together 24/7!


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Old 08/18/2011, 07:28 PM   #29
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I hear you...I can get grammas for about $10 here...BUT we pay 'dearly' for any Aussey fish/coral...I'll bet that you can get a Harlequin Tusk for less than $150!

Good luck with your new pair...mine are together 24/7!
i think they are around the $100 mark, we do get cheaper acro tho.


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Old 08/18/2011, 07:36 PM   #30
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i think they are around the $100 mark, we do get cheaper acro tho.
WOW...I thought they would be a lot less there...maybe I shouldn't move!


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Old 08/18/2011, 10:43 PM   #31
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WOW...I thought they would be a lot less there...maybe I shouldn't move!
Sydney is soooo expensive, things which are manufactured in australia cost more here than they do in the USA


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Old 08/18/2011, 10:55 PM   #32
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Sydney is soooo expensive, things which are manufactured in australia cost more here than they do in the USA
Yeah, we no longer manufacture our own fish, here ... apparently, the Chinese can produce a Queen Angel for less than $1..just can't compete with that!



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Old 08/18/2011, 11:36 PM   #33
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Yeah, we no longer manufacture our own fish, here ... apparently, the Chinese can produce a Queen Angel for less than $1..just can't compete with that!



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Old 08/19/2011, 01:08 PM   #34
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I'm in love with this fish. Unfortunately, the one I got a few weeks ago got sucked up in my maxi-jet while in QT. I'm not sure if he died first or just got to close to the intake of the pump. My fault as I forgot to put the guard on the intake. Will surely be getting another one sometime soon.


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Old 08/19/2011, 03:39 PM   #35
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I just wanted to thank you guys for taking your time to write these! This is really a great writeup from one of the best e-zines out there. Great fish too!


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Old 08/19/2011, 11:40 PM   #36
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I know its not a royal gramma, but probably my favorite gramma has to be the blackcap basslet. It took me three tries to get one over here (in Seattle) alive. None of my LFS carried one. Once this guy got settled in my old FOWLR tank he was like a bandit in the night. Zinging in and out of the holes in the LR to snatch food from the water column. He was in there with some big boys (Purple Tang and a Blue Throat Trigger). When I decided to make a tank transition and moved out my tang, trigger and flame angel, this dude got a serious Boss complex. Started taking over the tank! Sadly he perished on Christmas day when I captured him and held him in a fish trap container in the DT. He was brutalizing a fathead anthias! He still is one of my top five fish, but other secretive fish, who hang in the LR he just did not tolerate.


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Old 09/15/2011, 06:26 AM   #37
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I have 6 juvi RGs in quarantine and going into my display this weekend. I ordered 5 but they sent me an extra (sealife inc . com).


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