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  1. Katie993

    Fish ID please

    He really darkened up and showed his colors when I moved him onto black substrate. They do look very similar
  2. Katie993

    Fish ID please

    Got a better pic of the sculpin that really shows his green eyes! He’s so cool but definitely not a super active fish lol they are getting sand soon because I’m not sure how well he’ll do on gravel long term since he is a bottom dweller.
  3. Katie993

    Plant ID

    I find it kind of weird that they’re coming in from the opposite side that the bush is planted on but I guess it could’ve grown in whatever way it could get through. There is also a massive slab of solid sandstone (started out being a storm shelter but it turned into a pond when they hit rock)...
  4. Katie993

    Plant ID

    Once the sun comes up, I’ll go out and grab some. It does seem to start on one of the rocks but I do fill the pond above it. It’s been in the high 80s here so it evaporates down pretty fast. I think it’s pretty cool looking, almost like a type of seaweed. Well when I pulled it out of the water...
  5. Katie993

    Plant ID

    Can someone tell me what this is? It grows in my small pond. I don’t think it was actually planted there but this pond has been running for about 15 years and through multiple owners. My goldies in the pond love it and I was thinking about quarantining some for my tanks. It comes back every year...
  6. Katie993

    Fish ID please

    It does. It’s definitely not a high light tank but probably medium ish. Its such a short tank though (15” tall). I’ll dim it down and see if it makes a difference for him.
  7. Katie993

    Fish ID please

    Something like that. It’s about 2 1/2-3 right now and hasn’t grown since I’ve had it. I do have another question though now that I’m thinking about it. I have a fairly intense light on their tank. There are hides but I’m still working on the scape. I noticed the other day that the sculpin has an...
  8. Katie993

    Fish ID please

    I still have these guys minus one sculpin. Their filter quit and I lost one. They have a brand new oversized filter and I have them in a very large 25 gallon square tank with a huge footprint. No aggression between the sculpin and the darter at all. They are eating frozen food reliably everyday...
  9. Katie993

    First saltwater tank-please help

    Thank you! I’m going to have to look up a video of that! I don’t think I saw that lawnmower blenny do either of those things. He was just picking at the live rock but now I’m kinda interested lol
  10. Katie993

    First saltwater tank-please help

    I figured they would probably get too big. I just liked it’s behavior so I’m hoping the tail spot will act similar. I’m thinking a clown, 2 cleaner shrimp, a citron goby, and a tail spot blenny, possibly the pink streak wrasse but I’ll probably wait awhile to add it just to give the tank some...
  11. Katie993

    First saltwater tank-please help

    Thanks so much!
  12. Katie993

    First saltwater tank-please help

    That’s sounds perfect. Would we count the cleaner shrimp in that also or are they like freshwater shrimp and have a very light bioload? I have seen people use the Viparspectre but didn’t get to ask many questions. I would be okay with a pink striped wrasse instead of a possum wrasse. And yeah...
  13. Katie993

    First saltwater tank-please help

    We probably won’t go with a star then lol Could I put more fish in the tank? I really have no idea how saltwater stocking works and what’s considered overstocked. We just saw a fire fish goby at the store today and really like them but a blenny could be interesting as well. They had a lawnmower...
  14. Katie993

    First saltwater tank-please help

    I did find a very detailed post about using Bauer as a dip and how to do it. I was thinking maybe just one clown because I’ve read that they can get quite aggressive during mating. I also do like the citron goby that was suggested, and a couple skunk cleaner shrimp. I was considering maybe a...
  15. Katie993

    First saltwater tank-please help

    Well it sounds like I might as well go with live rock then! I do have hardish water. It runs about 360 tds. Ph is a 7.2 out of the tap but runs about 8-8.1 in my freshwater tanks and there’s nothing in them to raise the ph so I’m assuming there’s some kind of buffer added by the treatment...
  16. Katie993

    First saltwater tank-please help

    I have heard good things about both the Red Sea and salifert. I’ve honestly never heard of Hanna checkers. Just checking to make sure I’m understanding this right. So I wouldn’t necessarily need a sump or a canister. Just the live rock in the tank, a powerhead, and maybe a small HOB? Or do you...
  17. Katie993

    First saltwater tank-please help

    I haven’t bought test kits yet but I definitely will be before getting too far into setup. I was thinking a canister filter maybe. I do like to overfilter my tanks a bit so it’ll probably be a decent size canister. I don’t really have a spot for a sump as this tank is on the top of a double...
  18. Katie993

    First saltwater tank-please help

    Ooo that’s a tough decision. The PAR38s are cheap but the aquaknights would probably have a sleeker look. With that kind of coverage, what types of corals could I keep? It seemed like he might’ve been going to college and selling off his stuff. I’m not sure if I’m going to use the skimmer yet...
  19. Katie993

    First saltwater tank-please help

    Awesome! I was thinking I may have to get two lights for it since the tank is so deep. I was going to use it for a freshwater dwarf rainbow setup but I think it’ll look much better as salt. I couldn’t believe it! I also bought a hang on back reef octopus skimmer from the guy for $20. Don’t even...
  20. Katie993

    First saltwater tank-please help

    I actually just upgraded my pea puffers to a 20 long yesterday so I have an extra 10 gallon that I can use for QT. The citron gobies are adorable! Do they need deep substrate like the watchmen gobies? It is definitely an odd size tank. I bought it used and paid $30 for it. Come to find out, it’s...
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