Greetings from the Lizid

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  1. Lizid

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    Hi there guys, I don't know if I have done this yet...

    But hi everyone in MASA I am new to marine so new in fact I don't have even have a tank lol, but I have setup my dads tank here's the latest pic...

    My name is Grant (Lizid) hi Slagter and others from TASA. My dad is also a member here named Mark Harris... He will read a lot and I will post mostly for him lol.

    So here's the latest tank pic taken this morning!

    [​IMG]

    I know we are slightly over stocked, so here's the stock list...

    1 yellow tang
    1 regal tang
    1 mandarin goby
    1 sand shifting goby
    2 stripped cardinal
    2 clowns
    2 yellow seahorses
    1 pipe fish
    1 fish not sure of the type (half purple and half yellow)
    1 sea hare
    3 turbo snails
    7 or so hermits
    2 anenomie crabs, came as hitchhikers
    1 red starfish
    3 other smaller starfish also came as hitchhikers

    As for the corals I will have get back to you later on this as I am not to clued up on corals yet...

    The tank is a red sea max 250...
     
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  3. gMAN

    gMAN with the plan

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    dude, you have seahorses?!? awesome! how long has the tank been running and how long have you guys had the ponies in there?
    oh and welcome to masa and happy new year!
     
  4. Lizid

    Lizid Thread Starter

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    gMan thanks, the tanks been running for 4 months or so... The ponies have only been in the tank for a week or two, we lost one of the first ones thy went in but the first one is doing well and the second new one is do fine now as well they are very cool but we might be moving them to a new smaller tank that has not go so much flow as they struggle in the heavy flow...
     
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    Welcome. Nice tank. How are the heating issues with the Max 250?
     
  6. gMAN

    gMAN with the plan

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    how bout a picture or 2 of them?
     
  7. Lizid

    Lizid Thread Starter

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    gMan I will look to see if I got a picture,

    I was just reminded we also have
    2 cleaner wrasses and
    3 other fish (kinda blue greenish have now idea what they are)
    2 fire shrimps
    2 cleaner shrimps

    Sorry now close ups on the ponies,
     
  8. crispin

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    hey lizid and welcome to masa:)
    great to see your tank although to be honest that list of live stock in a tank that small and that younge is most likley to lead to trouble down the line. I dont want to be negative but im afraid its the truth. Theres a huge amount to learn with marines to keep them succesfully over a long period of time so please take some time and read the various forums on here, especially about starting a tank and about what fish can live with whom and which need what space tank to live in. Granted the figures you read on the net are estimates to tank vollumes and sizes and dependant on many factors (asumeing you have a system mature enough to handle them) but remeber that its been years of collevctive knowledge from people much more experienced than me that have come up with them. :)

    i would seriouly suggest that the sea horses and pipe fish be removed from that tank as they are totally unsuited to the environment they are housed in.
     
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    Welcome Lizid, that's a great looking tank, looks like you've got a nice selection of corals there. Those RSM tanks are pretty neat.

    Now all we have to do is convince you to sell all your FW fish and buy your own marine tank. :D
     
  10. Slagter

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    Hey dude! Welcome to the salty side!!

    I'd listen to the Crispy one... His advice is sound. Nice tank though!
     
  11. Lizid

    Lizid Thread Starter

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    Ok the following words are all to blame on Slagter and Crispy...

    I spoke to the old man we are going to get a nano tank for the sea ponies and pipe fish if we can catch it...

    I am also going to convert my 2ft tank to a marine tank and use my 1,5ft for the sump but this is going to take time and patience as my money situation is tight as we have just bought a new house...

    Damn the both of you lol (",)
     
  12. crispin

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    thats great to hear lizid, its a step in the right direction :)

    please plan a pony set up carefully, the conditions, maturity of the biological filtration and the feeding requirements are all for advanced marine animals. perhaps you can start a thread under Specialist Anemone advice - Marine Aquariums of South Africa and although i know seahorses are not nennies, brenda who runs that section of our forum is very knowledgeable about sea horses and i am sure she can help you lots:)
     
  13. crispin

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    lizid one other thing while i have a look at your tank, please take into account that the territory and swimming requirements of tangs means that both the yellow tang and the regal tang you have should not be in a tank that small:(
    and the mandarin while a truley beautiful fish needs a very strong population of pods to be able to feed on, and that generally only happens when tanks are left a while for the pod poppulation to really establish itself. try read up on the requirements of these three will ya:)
     
  14. Lizid

    Lizid Thread Starter

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    Crispy thank for the advice like I said I had very little control over the stocking of the tank...

    But I can tell you that the plans are to get a bigger tank at some point. We do know that there is a red sea max 500 coming out this year some time, or there is an 800L that we have been speaking about, so I don't think the 250 is the end of this.

    I think there should be space for these fish if we do this?

    Being my an my dads first marine tank I think we have learned a lot at this point and we are going to keep learning.

    What's your thought on converting my 2ft tank as a starting point, and is the 1,5ft enough of a sump for a tank that size?
     
  15. Lizid

    Lizid Thread Starter

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    While I am at it I have a coral question?

    This coral shrunk after the last water change but unfortunately it did not return here's the shrunk version, and ideas?

    [​IMG]
     
  16. crispin

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    personally i love big tanks, they allow you to keep the fish you like (such as tangs and triggers) in an environment they can thrive in and the aditional water vollume promotes stability, although the running expense can increase with larger tanks....but go with the 800l if ya can :)

    im not trying to bring you down i promise you, im just pointing you in the correct direction (as i see it:)) so that you can learn about marines:) I am sure your dad will be able to help you alot as well and its brilliant to that you are on forums like this so u can learn.....its how i did it :)
     
  17. crispin

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    im afraid its more bad news with these sort of corals I'm afraid. they are known as alviopora and goniopora (google em for the difs:)) and often they fade without us ebing able to do anything about it. many think (myself included) that we shouldnt have these in tanks at all as the sustainable long term prognosis of these in captivity is just too poor, they best left in the ocean.

    with marine keeping one has to research all the time and realy plan a tank carefully, from its equipment to its inhabitants and which you can keep with which and why. But thats half the fun of it anyway:) Try never do impulse buying. that feeling of 'oooh thats pretty lets get it' i realy battled with this in the beginning and now ive learnt tom plot and plan all the time and know exactly what each thing needs for the best chance of survival....its a tough road believe me, but worth it in the end :)
     
  18. crispin

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    just adding an id above
     
  19. Lizid

    Lizid Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the Id but I don't think another 2 fish in my tanks going to be a good idea!

    LoL

    Crispy I know that this is a long journey and I hear you about the larger tanks but the money is not an option at this point maybe later!

    This tanks been a very expensive learning curve...lol
     
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    Welcome :D
     
  21. Slagter

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    Definitely a Gonipora... I have one in my tank as well. It's been really healthy for the last 6 months or so that I've had it, but I run a nutrient rich system... Well, not that nutrient rich, but not good for SPS corals. The Gonipora is a coral which you physically have to feed...

    They are supposed to look something like this:
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    Stunning coral, if a little tedious to look after. But I'm feeding a sun Coral every couple of days as well, so not too bad maintenance wise...
     
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