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Old 12/09/2006, 12:23 PM
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Hawaiian Biotope

Im looking to create an authentic hawaiian biotope in my 125 reef tank. I have already secured a hawaiian flame wrasse (female, though still very cool), and a bluethroat trigger. I will be keeping some lps and mostly sps illuminated by 3 250w hqi halides. I have completely redone my entire tank, and i am basically starting from scratch w/ 140lbs of live rock and 140lbs of arag alive indo pacific reef sand. Anyone have any other ideas/suggestions for livestock of any kind? thanks for the help.
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Old 12/11/2006, 05:37 PM
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yellow tangs are as hawaiian as it gets.
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Old 12/11/2006, 10:19 PM
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I actually have my heart set on a gold rim/achilles hybrid...rarely available, but i work at an aquarium store....dont make much money, but i do get first dibs on anything i see at the wholesaler! I was thinking about a Potter's angel, anyone have any success with these? I haven't attemted one yet, i've been told their difficult. anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 12/12/2006, 12:36 AM
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hope you like montiporas. no acros in HI
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Old 12/12/2006, 12:50 PM
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yellow tangs are as hawaiian as it gets.
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Old 12/12/2006, 12:51 PM
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hope you like montiporas. no acros in HI
I hope he likes no true HI endemic corals since their all off limits
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Old 12/12/2006, 12:51 PM
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FWIW, there is frags of the Hawaiian "rice" monti[pora running around. I have a few frags given to me via a public aquarium.
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Old 12/12/2006, 05:48 PM
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here ya go, try this..
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Old 12/12/2006, 05:55 PM
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To really look like a Hawaiian reef it would be mostly Porites lobata and Porites compressa, some Montipora capittata, maybe a Fungia and maybe a Pocillopora. There are certainly other corals there, but most aren't nearly as common as these.

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Old 12/12/2006, 05:59 PM
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Yeah there's lots of pocillopora catspaws there. Maybe a melatremis eel would be cool in there.
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Old 12/12/2006, 06:28 PM
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To really look like a Hawaiian reef it would be mostly Porites lobata and Porites compressa, some Montipora capittata, maybe a Fungia and maybe a Pocillopora. There are certainly other corals there, but most aren't nearly as common as these.

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M Capittata is the "rice" coral, right?
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Old 12/15/2006, 08:42 AM
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I am definately not trying to replicate the corals of hawaii, because the indigenous species are all off limits to collection. Livestock was my main focus...I want a Moorish Idol, but I really don't feel like killing two or three before i finally learn my lesson.
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Old 12/15/2006, 03:35 PM
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On the Moorish Idol: judging from the success rates I've seen among other hobbyists it is much more likely you would go through two or three dozen (or more, most likely) before you found one that would feed and survive.

Also, a Flame wrasse really would not be at home in the tank you're describing. These usually live mostly below 30 and 40 meters whereas the corals you want to keep and the lighting intensity are what you'd see above 20 m. The wrasse would probably adapt fine if given time, but a tank looking to replicate the habitat of this fish should be on the dimmer side of things.
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