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The purple firefish is really pretty -- but why not go all the way and get a Helfrichi? ;-)

 

I would have gone for the purple, but the first few fish in a new tank are always a bit of a crapshoot; cheaper is better, until things get stabilized.

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"ANDY! Your fish jumped out of the tank!"

 

-- Andy's wife Zina, moments before she rescues said fish and plops it back in the tank.

 

 

Damned Firefish. Suicidal, every last one of them. Guess I better put a cover on the tank. 

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they also call them Rainsfordi Gobies.. they had some at World of Wet pets right now I believe.. or petco even had one when I went last.. maybe a $20-30 fish at some places

 

I liked mine a lot.. Ocean in a Box has a really awesome Flaming Prawn goby in for $150.. Timmylucas has a great video of it

 

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I got mine at Cuttle Fish & Coral, for $22. I'm a bit worried about it though, I'm not sure it is eating.

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Nice video! I had a Yasha hashi goby in quarantine that I thought died but was just super shy and his for 2 weeks in the sand. Love the belfry hi firefish! I almost lost line several times. I had a cover but dang thing was so small went right through it!

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Looks like the Brown Phase is starting. Perfectly normal, but still kind'a gross :-/

 

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RIP Firefish.

 

It was eating great, looked fine last night. Today, dead on the bottom. Sigh.

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I let things settle in for a couple extra weeks. The tank is much happier now, home to two Yellow Clown Gobies, a Blood Shrimp, and an Antenna Goby -- who is new and hiding, so not in the video.

 

 

I ordered my lighting at OiaB today, a Kessil A160 Tuna Blue which should be here on Thursday. Then, CORAL!

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Blood Shrimp are jerks. It left its molt out where I could see it... so when I turned on the lights I'd think it bought the farm over night. Jerk.

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This a great thread.

 

Thanks! I think build threads are half the fun of starting a new tank.

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My Blood Shrimp is a jerk too. He lives in the back of the tank, and sticks a part of himself out every few weeks. Haven't seen the whole shrimp in 6 months easy.

 

Hope you like the Kessil

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Really, wow -- my Blood Shrimp is the most active member of the tank, and I'm glad. The thing I like the least about the nano is that it's hard to find pelagic fish that won't outgrow it in a hot minute... most nano-friendly fish are benthic, and as a result a bit boring so there's very little activity overall. The busy invert helps keeps the tank interesting.

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Well I have a 65g acrylic in my garage, drilled for a closed loop, with a stand if you decide the nano is to small. . . 

 

My shrimp just hides all the time. I think the melansrus wrasse might be the issue, but not gonna pull the wrasse to find out.

 

I can't help ya on pelagic nano fish, I don't know of any either. :(

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Well I have a 65g acrylic in my garage, drilled for a closed loop, with a stand if you decide the nano is to small. . . 

 

 

Don't tempt me. Please. Ever. Pretty please.

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Ok, I think I've got an acceptable rig for the Kessil. Here's what I did:

 

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I took a 4' length of square aluminum tubing, and drilled a hole at one end. In the hole went a 12" length of threaded rod held in place with a locking nut on the "outside" edge, some washers then a normal nut on the inside. On the other end of the threaded rod is another locking nut, and a couple of normal ones.

 

On the workbench, you can see a 90-degree bent strip of aluminum -- that's my first, failed idea. It was too bouncy, thus the square tubing which is MUCH more rigid.

 

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The other end got a series of mounting holes 2" apart that I used when I bolted the rack to the Ikea stand the aquarium is on. By drilling more than just two holes, I gave myself a bit of latitude for vertical positioning. Then, a couple of holes in the back of the stand and put in 3" bolts to hold it all together.

 

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And that's the finished product. The Kessil is held in place with an eye-bolt. Not bad. If I decide to stay with it, I'll take it down and hit it with a couple of coats of black Krylon.

 

I'm not loving the eye-bolt part though. Since the bracket is off center on the top of the Kessil, it lets the Kessil hang slightly tilted. I also worry about it "hopping" off if bumped, or we get a quake (which happens!) I'll probably replace it with a loop of picture-hanging braided wire that I can wrap around once and secure with the nuts.

 

Still, not bad for about twenty bucks in parts and half an hour in the garage.

 

 

 

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That's pretty sweet man. Nice work. I think some paint will help the cord blend in too.

 

Did I mention I have a ton of extra liverock in the garage too, enough to fill a 65g for sure. Been chillin in there for 7 months. ;) the tank does have some scratches, and needs a new bulkhead... (Making it easier to resist)

 

 

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LOL, thanks for not tempting me  :nono:

 

Seriously though, I'll never own another acrylic tank. They scratch way too easily for a klutz like me.

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