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Old 12/20/2007, 09:10 AM   #76
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Updates! Traded my condy for an RBTA among a few other additions.

So thrilled that my watchman goby has taken up residence in the tiny cave I carefully exposed on the right:




This is the RBTA on day 3:



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Old 12/20/2007, 12:52 PM   #77
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wow. that last pic looks amazing. love the scaping. good choice of fish. seems to be doing really well.

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Old 12/22/2007, 05:32 PM   #78
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Snapping some pics with my new Rebel XT:







I'll eventually get the hang of this thing!


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Old 12/22/2007, 08:38 PM   #79
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Aren't you afraid of the RBTA sooner or later eating your fish, other than the clowns? Nice RBTA

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Old 12/23/2007, 01:48 AM   #80
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Aren't you afraid of the RBTA sooner or later eating your fish, other than the clowns? Nice RBTA

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Not at all. They did a good job of avoiding the Condylactis, I think they do the same with the RBTA. The condylactis was actually much more "sticky" in comparison to the RBTA, I almost have to shove a silverside into a couple of its tentacles before it gets a firm grip. If someone ever gets stung, they'll probably be out of there before they're in the RBTA's vice grip.


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Old 12/23/2007, 02:06 AM   #81
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Spartan... great pics and very nice looking tank. Ive been doing my research and following your timeline gave me a smile of the future success of purchasing a nano reef tank.


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Old 12/23/2007, 10:42 AM   #82
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are your clowns showing any intrest in the RBTA yet?


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Old 12/24/2007, 12:53 AM   #83
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are your clowns showing any intrest in the RBTA yet?
Not that I've seen, no. Crossing my fingers!

One might have been rubbing up against it as I've noticed it had a darker pigment on its bottom, almost black:





and here's a picture my dad got of the elusive blue damsel:



The above three pictures were all taken by my father with his Rebel XT.


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Old 12/24/2007, 09:08 AM   #84
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Very crisp pictures!

I'm in love with those zoa's. (and everything else in your tank)

I'm a zoa collector though.


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Old 12/31/2007, 07:17 PM   #85
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Very crisp pictures!

I'm in love with those zoa's. (and everything else in your tank)

I'm a zoa collector though.
Then I got more pictures for you!










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Old 11/30/2009, 11:08 AM   #86
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So over the past two years, I've boomeranged back home from college and found my family's taken decent care of the tank. STopped by every few weekends to perform maintenance; no way in hell my parents would do the water changes. Tank crashed in April, which was just in time for my return.

Since my last post, the RBTAs have split, split, and split again, running around and stinging or eating anything that wasn't a clownfish. Pretty much turned into a RBTA species tank at this point. Look at the OP then look at the below images to see the survivors. YWG, firefish, and Dwarf Angel either starved or were eaten, can't really tell being absent for so long. A fourth RBTA sat right on top of my hammer coral, killing it incredibly fast.

Decided I'd like to bring a jawfish or tailspot blenny into the mix at some point, but 2 of these RBTAs have got to go. Definitely can't do LPS with this many RBTAs around. Anyhow, here are pictures of my recovering but still somewhat bleached RBTAs.





Same center RBTA from about 1-2 months ago:



Fourth RBTA roamed so much, I had to save it from the overflow one night:




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Old 11/30/2009, 11:20 AM   #87
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Are the BTAs bleached out or is that the flash from your camera? They look really pale. That could be a concern for the long term health of the nems. The multiple splits could be from bleaching stress or bad water stress. You may want to make sure that's all under control before adding new fish.


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Old 11/30/2009, 11:53 AM   #88
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Are the BTAs bleached out or is that the flash from your camera? They look really pale. That could be a concern for the long term health of the nems. The multiple splits could be from bleaching stress or bad water stress. You may want to make sure that's all under control before adding new fish.
Definitely bleached, as stated when I came home around April-May I found the tank had crashed. One good thing about having a bunch of mini-brittle stars is, presumably, they eat up tons of detritus. However, one thing goes wrong and it's just a cascading effect of death as they instantly foul the water.

Turns out in midst of summer, the chiller which sounded and looked like it was working... wasn't. My parents nor I never thought to look at the temperatures, but when I came home I noticed it was just about 90F! For the next few weeks, as I awaited repairs on the chiller, I had a fan blowing over the water and was doing WC every few days trying to stabilize the tank. RBTAs didn't start inflating again until I got the chiller repaired and hooked up again.

What you see in the first two pictures are bleached but browning RBTAs. The third is the same center RBTA that was badly bleached, but taken around July.



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