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Barby Girl
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PostPosted: 2006.08.16(Wed)17:45    Post subject: I got a fish Reply with quote

I added my first fish today. It might sound a little hasty, but my water parameters have been testing perfect since before I added in my snails and my snails are doing great. I decided since it will take awhile for my supplier to get my clowns I would start with something hardy and easy to keep, so I got a blue damsel. I realize they can be aggressive, so I checked about the store's (the place I buy my FW fish) trade in policy before purchase and they said they take "orphan" fish but wouldn't give me any money because damsels are cheap and common, which is no big deal because she was only a couple bucks, I just wanted to make sure she'd have a home if she's "mean." I really wanted to get something in there before getting the fish I really want just in case I'm going to have any newbie disasters, I'd have something hardy with a chance to survive. My tank is cycled mostly due to my awesome LR, so I'm not using her for that, I'm just using her as an expirience builder who will hopefully have an awesome disposition. If she is non-aggressive to the ocellaris clowns I will re-work my stocking plan to keep her. I think I should be OK because there is lots of swimming room all around and through my LR and lots of places for her to claim a territory if she wants one. Right now she's swimming around having a grand old time. I will get a picture of her tomorrow and share Smile
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PostPosted: 2006.08.16(Wed)18:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

A wise move, and although they are "cheap," you cannot beat the color, durability and activity of the Blue Damsel. A group of them can be a problem but single specimens are an excellent first fish... enjoy.
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PostPosted: 2006.08.16(Wed)19:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Smile

I do not know the quarentine policies of this particular store so I don't plan on buying my other SW fish there (the supplier I will be using told me they quarentine all fish for one month after they start eating a variety of food and I saw the facility each fish has it's own seperate tank with seperate equipment which is why it will take so long to get my clowns, they order fish in small quantities based on their customer's demands, it's a home based business so quality is very important to them) but I felt safe buying a hardy damsel there especially as she was going in an otherwise fishless tank. I must be doing something right, at the store they were a light sky blue and after a few hours in my tank she's electric blue with perfect coloration. I'm so pleased, she's swimming her little heart out showing off at the front of the tank Smile
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PostPosted: 2006.08.16(Wed)19:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue Devil damsels ROCK!

One of my favorite salt water fish.

There small size keeps there territory rather small. Plus clowns are jsut as aggressive so no worry's they will hold there own. Nobody should get bullied.
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PostPosted: 2006.08.17(Thu)0:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on the first fish! I saw one of those guys at my local LFS and they sure are attractive fish. Hopefully, yours will do well and won't give you any grief down the road.
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PostPosted: 2006.08.17(Thu)13:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys,
I named her last night, Krzyzewski (cha-CHEV-ski) after the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils (one of the top rated college basketball teams in the US) Very Happy Since she's a girl (according to what I read online about sexing them) I couldn't just name her Duke.
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