Steveanem's 5ft Aquarium Upgrade

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Didn't know they perched, that's something to look out for!
The thing that really draws me in with the anthias is the way the dominant one changes, it's something I enjoy watching.
I should really sort this out!!

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I love anthias.  Can't wait to get some in my tank
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Unfortunately I lost one of the Anthias today. She was looking a little worse for wear and I noticed one of her fins was wasting away as well as having a patch of white on her head. She wasn't even bothering with feeding. Anyway she didn't make it through the night. I could kick myself for not noticing earlier.  :huh:

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Have checked all parameters and all seems fine. All stock including RBTA seem happy and healthy. 

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Reply #34

Sorry to hear that.  Sometimes these things slip by without us noticing.  We've all been there  :embarrassed:

Just keep an eye for any of the others picking something up.
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Reply #35

It's not uncommon for the weakest of a school of schooling fish to go, so I wouldn't beat yourself up over it, although it's less common with bigger schooling fish like Anthias.

Do you think it was the weakest? Or some sort of ailment? If it was the weakest, at least you don't have to worry about the rest catching what it had...

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Bad times, how many are left now?
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Reply #37

Thanks guys. I'm not sure Mike as I seem to recall the yellow tang having a pop at it quite frequently but it looked a bit like marine velvet so am keeping my fingers crossed that it was just the victim of bullying rather than that!     :huh:

I only ever had 5 I'm down to 4 now.

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Hmm. Even if it was velvet, as you know, fish are most susceptible to disease when stressed. So if it was being bullied, then it could be the reason it became vulnerable. So as long as the other fish remain happy and healthy they shouldn't get it.
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Hmm. Even if it was velvet, as you know, fish are most susceptible to disease when stressed. So if it was being bullied, then it could be the reason it became vulnerable. So as long as the other fish remain happy and healthy they shouldn't get it.


Everything crossed....they all seem ok so far

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Four is probably a nice balance to be fair, could just be a natural balance.
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Reply #41

On a different subject...
Do I need to replace my substrate?
I got this as a live coral gravel can't remember which one but it is starting to appear "mucky"
I don't tend to disturb/stir it. Should I?


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Reply #42

I'd just get something like a orange spotted goby to turn the substrate over, that'll keep it clean, although they're not without their own issues, such as piling substrate up in places, burrowing, and initially, kicking up a sandstorm when sifting.

Definitely don't replace it, it'll be a nice healthy sand bed by now.

A Sand Sifting Starfish will keep the lower layers cleaner too, but they won't keep the surface clean like a goby will.
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Thanks Mike. I had considered the Sand Sifting Starfish but I was put off after reading that they strip the sand bed of all the tiny creatures that are good to have in there. Have I misinterpreted something in that respect?
Would I be able to have another goby in there with my Randall's goby and firefish?

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They're good to have, but there's no harm in having something prey on them. The small microfauna that'll live in there is good for keeping it free from uneaten food, etc, but the starfish will do that job too. One small SSSF wouldn't completely wipe out the microfauna, as they breed too fast, and run away from being eaten too! SSSF will eat the dead ones though. I could still see copepods buzzing around and amphipods scurrying around a year into having the SSSF.

I'd think they'd be ok, my massive orange spotted goby just minds his own business, but i haven't had those other fish in with it, although they're all supposed to be peaceful. The other goby might be cheesed off but it'll hardly be carnage...

EDIT: Live Aquaria says this about your Randall's goby, "It is not aggressive towards other shrimp gobies and may even share a burrow with another species."

A sifting goby will really get to work on the sand bed, though, they don't mess about... It'll look like a building site in there until it's built all it's burrows.
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