Hey! I saw your post about the water, and was wondering if you have any more details? How long it takes to affect the fish, what symptoms, etc. We moved away from the DC area around a month ago, but my fish were acting weird a couple weeks or so ago. It’s a salt tank with rodi water, but the symptoms were mild so I think it may be the same thing? Thanks for the heads up!
Symptoms me and others encountered:
-hovering at surface and gasping for breath
-sudden buoyency issues
-Laying on the tank bottom
-Swimming bursts of panic, like they got spooked
-Jumping out of tank
Hey guys heads up if you live in the DC metropolitan area, DO NOT DO A WATER CHANGE!
There is something in the tap water that is wiping entire tanks. It started Tuesday with me, and several people I know in my area have been affected as well. Water changes have wiped their stock and there has been no water chemistry change.
If you must change a tank, use bottled water only. Wait until word from the WSSC that the water is safe.
Greetings! I have kept tanks (mostly freshwater set-ups) in the past for 11 years, but due to college and such I have not been in the hobby for some time. I'm still doing research, but once I get back into the hobby, what would you recommend for a good set-up to get back into the swing of things? And, after that, and with more research (some of which I am doing now), what would be a good saltwarter FO system to start with?
As for a fish only salt tank: I don’t know what kind of space or size preference you have, but I think a 20-30 gallon all-in-one tank (biocubes are p nice) would be good! If you have sand and live rock you could get a goby or a goby/shrimp pair, which are a personal fav. A clown pair could be housed with them. You could also look at small damsels, but they are aggressive and would limit what other fish you could keep. And mollies! Many people aren’t aware that they can live in full salt, but they’re peaceful and great for taking care of green hair algae!
I got my saltwater tank today! It’s a 24g fluval and it came with three fish. I’ll be adding way more live rock and coral but I’m taking my time. This is my first new friend, 5 Second Kill aka Killian named by my wonderful roommate @iamthehumanpikachu-mikachu. Also I need suggestions on cool reef safe fish and corals that a beginner could handle.
What are your other fish. And cool beginner fish consist of most gobies and blennies. They do well in smaller tanks. There’s others like cardinals too
For corals I recommend starting with soft corals and leather corals. Zoanthids(does contain a strong toxin so be careful when handling/fragging. Never boil a rock with them), toadstool corals, ricordea mushrooms,discosoma mushrooms, Xenia and anthelia (should be kept isolated or it *can* spread to plague status(technically any coral could do that but theyre the worst), green star polyps and clove polyps(same warning as Xenia)
That’s a beautiful clown! 😮
Some specific fish I’d recommend are diamond gobies (will sand sift and can move stuff around and make water cloudy) and green/blue chromis!!
And I strongly second mushroom corals. There are so many different kinds and they’re super hardy. Personally I’d stay away from Xenia and Green Star Polyps – they grow like absolute weeds and are a huge pain to keep trimmed back. They choked out everything in one of our tanks and killed it. Green or yellow button polyps are good starters! I don’t have experience with Kenya tree but from what I know it’s easy to keep – similar to Xenia but not near as much of a pain.
water spigot in my bed’s headboard so I can drink copious amounts of water at 3am without having to get up
water bottles have limited water capacity and thus run out of water. I want to suck down three gallons of water in five uninterrupted seconds, you ninny, you absolute baboon, I’m calling your mother
I lift this up at 3:17am, and in the darkness I can’t find the hole, the weight of sloshing water overcomes my weak early morning muscles, and I spill water all over my bed. Now I’m awake and wet and angry. And my mouth is still dry. Nice try but you’re a simpleton!
Traumatized by his past underwater adventures and absent the protective presences of his father and Dori, an adult Nemo hesitates to exit the safety of his home, instead spending the remainder of his life in frightened seclusion.
Less than 10 centimeters long, the few dozen species of snapping shrimp may not look like formidable foes. But their lightning-fast claws close so quickly that they make sounds louder than a gunshot, and create shock waves in the water that stun fish, worms, and other prey. But the evolutionary steps from simple pinching to ultrafast snapping were a mystery to scientists. Now, a team of biologists has closely examined the claw anatomies of 114 species of shrimp, including about a dozen known snapping species. As they report in Current Biology, they found two new types of claw joints heretofore unknown to science. The first was a simple slip joint—common in many pocket knives—in which a tiny ridge helps keep the claw open until enough pressure snaps it closed. This allows the claw to close a bit faster than usual. The second was an even further modified version called a cocking slip joint, where the ridge fully cocks the claw open. That allows snapping shrimp to build up incredible tension in the claw’s muscles before a secondary muscle movement releases it, slamming it shut at ultrafast speeds and generating a shock wave.
Check out this cool video! My shrimp, Mario, is a pistol shrimp.