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invertmaniac
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PostPosted: 2010.08.09(Mon)10:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt Petco would even want them back. They know NOTHING about care requirements for ANY of their fish. I taught a worker how to sex Platys! You're system is now going to have ich, so I suggest dosing ich meds big time and try to save them. That will probably do in the anemone, but they are pretty hard to keep anyways. Bad purchase overall, but you might as well try to make the best of it.

I'm not familiar with Hippo Tangs, but even if they are smaller than any "mainstream" Tang, they are still going to get too big for your 46? gallon bowfront. I mean, they could work in the tank, but it is going to severely limit the amount of large, free-swimming fish you could have.

Don't go shopping with your mom anymore.
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rales12
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PostPosted: 2010.08.09(Mon)11:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

invertmaniac wrote:
Don't go shopping with your mom anymore.


He's pretty young... I'm not sure how much of an option that is for him. Wink lol I would say -- don't let your mom make purchases without you giving her the go-ahead, and maybe explain to her exactly what these fish are going to go through as you use them to cycle your tank.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.09(Mon)18:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hippo tang is a synonym for regal tang, Paracanthus hepatus.

Not suitable for a small tank and only one per large tank. They are very prone to stress related diseases and I would never put one in a newly set up tank.
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invertmaniac
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PostPosted: 2010.08.10(Tue)0:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea I was just thinking that's what it was. Hepatus is what we call them... but just call it a dang Blue Tang and everyone will know what you mean Smile

But yea two Blues is gonna max out your swimming room. Maybe you could get away with some Clowns or Cardinals or a Dottyback, but otherwise it will be too cramped.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.12(Thu)7:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

all right thanks for all the replies. I brought the anemone to my lfs that I work at and they are gona keep it till I can house it. the 2 hippo tangs are in a bucket with copersafe for a while until the ick clears then they will be going to the lfs too.

tank update
now I have about 24 pounds of live rock
the spg is 1.023
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Mike612
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PostPosted: 2010.08.12(Thu)8:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job! I hope those Hippo Tangs recover.
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ak dylpickles
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PostPosted: 2010.08.12(Thu)9:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks mike! I might not even keep the anemone because I want the clowns I'm gona get to host it. oh and today I'm gona pick up some cromise to cycle the tank
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PostPosted: 2010.08.12(Thu)9:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a tip: Try and find a host for the clowns native to that area. A lot of the time they won't find a host simply because there isn't one native to its area (although it happens all the time its better that way...).

GREAT TANK!
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PostPosted: 2010.08.12(Thu)10:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks caton! I am going to get a smaller bta because I've seen a lot of regular clowns host them.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.12(Thu)10:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leave the chromis please. Cycle the tank without any live animals in there. Like I said, throw a shrimp prawn in there to cycle the tank. There's no point in having the cycle damage the chromis when you can do the cycle fishless. I can understand that you really want some fish in there already, but this hobby requires a lot of patience. Believe me, it'll be better in the long run.
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