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  1. Kudos to John and all that organized the meeting!! Nicely done! To Scott- Great as always to see you and thank you so much for a great presentation! PS Stay away from the glue (whistle)
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    Baby Clowns

    Thought I'd share a picture Matt Wittenrich sent me of the babies from my breeding pair of clowns he has.
  3. Wanted to share some articles by Matt Wittenrich. He has come alone way with breeding Mandarins and getting them to eat prepared food. The article Miniature Mandarin Beer Mug Diner are babies from my male mandarin he has. Very proud http://microcosmaqx.typepad.com/matt_wittenrich/
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    Matt Wittenrich /Baby mandarins

    It is pretty neat. Matt has come a long way with tank raised Mandarins and very happy that he has been able to get them to eat prepared foods. It's huge for this hobby.
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    Baby Clowns

    Matt thinks it's a mix of A. Ocellaris and A. Percula that were highly breed at one point in Puerto Rico. As you can see on the adults only partial middle band. The babies are 5 months.
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    Baby Clowns

    Forgot to post a picture of the parents.
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    clownfish behavior

    Understand and thanks for the explanation.
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    clownfish behavior

    Dave I'm curious to your comment on spawning age? Ours spawned at that size 2-2 1/2 in, but not sure on age. Thanks Dave...I would love to. And yes we are trying to narrow down some dates for Matt's visit.
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    clownfish behavior

    How big are these clowns? Matt is an awesome guy and wrote a great book. Please feel free to PM me with questions. I talk to Matt often as he has our two clowns and our male Mandarin that he has had great success in spawning. Sorry off topic.
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    clownfish behavior

    The behavior your seeing is normal. It's the female showing who is boss and sounds like they may be getting ready to spawn. We had a matting pair (now Matt Wittenrich has them) and what you have described is what they would do a few days before spawning.
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    Treating Ich

    I have also treated Ich with using garlic. It's fast, safe and will help boost the the fishes immune system. For the tang the best way to get garlic into them is with Nori seaweed. Just place a few drops onto the seaweed let is soak in and then clip it to a veggie clip and place in tank. Also have you thought of adding a Cleaner shrimp to the tank? One thing to keep in mind with Ich it will reoccur if you have not found what caused it in the first place. So you should ask yourself a few questions... Temp stable? Water parameters in check? Feeding the right foods? Tangs need plenty of veggie matter and seaweed to stay healthy. Any aggression in the tank causing the fish stress? Purple tangs are notorious for getting Ick but with the proper diet he should do just fine. I have never QTed a fish with Ich or have ever recommended moving one that has already been placed in the main tank...the stress of the move only makes matters worse. I have always recommended treatment of garlic and treating the fish in the main tank.
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    LionFish Wound

    Shoot...just saw this post is a little old.
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    LionFish Wound

    Yes you can swab Iodine on the wound. Not sure how you will with a lionfish (scratch) Lockjaw with predator fish could be caused by freeze dried krill and it's also been linked to feeding freshwater fish. Puffer fish have been know to have the same issue. How's he doing?
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    RED BUGS????????WORMS?????

    They look like flatworms to me too. Harmless little buggers but boy can they take over a tank. 6 line wrasse do a great job in clearing them up. Not sure if that is an option for your tank.
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    Happy birthday Chief!!!!!!

    Sorry I'm late to the party!! Hope it was a fabulous B-day!!
  16. Tell Rylie I'll help her rescue the puffer It was fabulous to meet everyone the other night. Thanks so much for a fun night and making Rob and I feel welcomed.
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    Oh that's to bad I was hoping it would be when we were there. Next time MACNA was a good show and the highlight for me was Matt Wittenrich donated a few baby green mandarins to MOFIB that came from my male that we had given him. They are doing well and are eating prepared foods. Eric Borneman gave a very moving speech about the Wild Banggai Cardinalfish that Matt has posted about here http://microcosmaqx.typepad.com/matt_wittenrich/ Rob is also working with Eric on this to spread the word. Not sure if Rob posted about this but I'd like to take a moment and brag about him for a second...He was elected to the Board of Directors of MASNA for Webmaster that he is co-chairing. I'm very proud of him
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    Rob Allen's Wife

    Hi all! Rob has said some wonderful things about you all and we are looking forward to meeting everyone when we get out there. (cheer) A little about myself. Rob got me in the hobby and with him if you have not noticed he does nothing small or simple (whistle). So I had to learn fast just to keep up with him. Love the hobby and it is a learning experience everyday. One of the biggest things in the hobby for me is learning and how to deal with fish diseases SW & FW. I enjoy the research and teaching others. My other passion is learning as mush as I can about breeding SW fish. With the help from our friend Matthew L. Wittenrich who have a few of our fish and breeding them very successfully has taught me a lot. Looking forward to setting up our tank when we arrive as I miss having fish. Hope to meet you all soon and looking forward to getting involved in what looks like a wonderful club (dancing). Happy fish keeping! Carolyn
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    Rob Allen's Wife

    Thank you all so much for the welcome! John thank you for the link I will look into it. Hope our house sells soon so we can get out there
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    Mantis info

    They will eat anything meaty from shrimp, crab, fish, krill. Any of the meaty frozen foods will work. They need a cave and IMO are fascinating buggers.