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About davelin315

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  1. I am moving to Germany and need to tear down my 120g tank and re-home all the livestock that include a Huma Huma Trigger and Niger Trigger that play very well together, a Sailfin Blennie and a Staghorn Yellow Damsel. Others claim to want the Flame Hawk but he might still be in the mix. I have at least 100lbs of 9 year old live rock and two of the pieces have actively growing shelf coral on them. If you can find a home I am happy to help transfer them. Pls let me know soonest because if you cant find a home for them I need to find a fish store (Centreville, Supreme Reef, Congressional, etc) who might take them. 


    we also have 2 hermit crabs in a nice 20g high set up with a stand.



  2. How old is the RO membrane? Could be compromised especially since that unit does not have a chloramine busting stage if you have chloramines in your water.
  3. It completely depends on the other fish. Anything aggressive is a no no (e.g. triggers, puffers, some tangs and damsels, etc) because they can nip at the ray’s fins and cause it to jump out. Really peaceful fish are fine, though. The flip side is that smaller fish could easily become dinner, especially fish like wrasses that sleep in the sand where it hunts. On the other hand, they are fine with many species of sharks such as cat sharks and bamboo sharks. If you go really big with a system you can put things like smooth hounds with them (at least that’s what I have been told, no experience there).
  4. Eventually you would want one that provides a big footprint, preferably rounded and around 6’ but this one is in a smaller tub right now. Gallons is misleading as footprint is by far more important a consideration than actual gallons of water. Eventually I will move it over to a Rubbermaid 300 gallon stock tank but it won’t be filled all the way up to the top.
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  6. You can buy them online or just ask your local store. Ziplocs are not very reliable and I find it very difficult to get air sealed into them but will do in a pinch. If you use them a neat trick is to rubber band the corners but if you get it filled with air you risk the bag tearing or the ziploc itself popping open.
  7. 1.005 is what I shoot for. It is in line with where they are found and allows for me to not kill them and the plants with evaporation.
  8. Regular Florida Fiddler Crabs. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  9. Here are a couple of videos, a couple where I set my cellphone down to watch them. https://photos.app.goo.gl/JR9tJBR6ydDjwnhR7 https://photos.app.goo.gl/2zcrtYzB1CZ9e3t87 https://photos.app.goo.gl/kBFjg7Qi5S8Nrsh9A Now I feed them pellets but will also treat them to live black worms and thawed PE mysis.
  10. Oh, one other thing, you don’t really need the mud if you get the right kind of mudskipper. Some species eat algae from the substrate but these rarely do well in captivity. The Indian and African Mudskippers are carnivores and are easy to feed and do not need mud, sand is fine or even just rock although having a beach to watch them interact on and eat on is fun.
  11. By the way, @GOSKN5 has one as well but I think he might have the larger more aggressive African Mudskippers (also a little more colorful and much larger).
  12. I have one but just use oolitic sand. I cut some live rock to form a barrier and left a thin layer of sand on the water side and piled it up on the other side. Although they say 80/20 or 70/30 land to water I am at about 50/50. I have one section a little higher than the rest and then have a few mangrove spikes shoved into the sand as well as some hornwort in the water (can live in brackish conditions). I have 4 Indian Mudskippers as well as 6-10 fiddler crabs and some ghost shrimp in there (the ghost shrimp were supposed to be “enrichment” food but they were not eaten and survived. I have a tiny heater for a betta bowl and a tiny powerhead to circulate the water a tiny bit. I also have a glass cover to promote humidity and it causes it to “rain” whenever the lid is opened. The mudskippers have a ton of personality and are lots of fun to watch. We haven’t done a lot of training with them but they will come up to eat out of our hands. Using a 20 long for them which is easily managed although it won’t last as the mangroves will soon outgrow this tank.
  13. I have been keeping sharks and rays on and off for the past 25 years but recently with my efforts with NoVAquarium I have focused on them as touch and program animals. Mostly I have been using the brown banded bamboo sharks for these programs given their easy husbandry and their easy going nature but came across a gem that I could not pass up recently. Figured I would show it off (along with my school of silver sailfin and lyretail mollies as feeders) a bit here. This Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray (Taeniura lymma) has perhaps a 6" disc and is eating mainly squid and ghost shrimp. I was super excited that it arrived in great condition and ate upon arrival (even ate a vitamin with the piece of shrimp) and has been doing well for the past week. Also have an angler fish that usually lives with @dbartco due to lack of space for it at my house but it came back for a visit so I took some video. https://photos.app.goo.gl/wFxHyM6vXzvt17mh8 Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  14. Glad you're back amongst friends here!
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