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I bought a midnight clown and decided to move the clowns a bit to create some more interesting pairings. This may end up being disastrous.

These two paired up well right away because there was a meaningful difference in size.
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These two on the other hand have being duking it out all morning. I see some further moves in my future.
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I made an impulse buy. I've been watching a new hobbyist/business in my area and saw that he had posted an achilles tang for a killer price $160. I verified that it was eating well and pulled the trigger.

Here's a shot of his amazing setup:

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And his spiny lobster:

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I decided to use this as inspiration for several fish swaps and a major assault on my vermetid snail challenge. The latter have started bothering most of my SPS.

Here are some shots of the various rocks during the attack:


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And a shot of the fallen soldiers:
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I think I counted a total of 100 tunes along the way. At some point I gave up counting.
 
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I returned the squabbling clowns and made yet another impulse buy. Impulse may be overstating it. I've been admiring this pair for a couple weeks and decided that the squabbling was a sign.

Here's the new pair settling into their new home. Ignore the bubble algae in the background.
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I originally tried to move the purple tang to my other tank at home. The red stripe angel and tang didn't bond well. While the standard deviation tank is 80 gallons, the cube shape isn't ideal for tangs.

I successfully capture both and added to my main display. I can't tell if the scratches are from the various fights or brushing against the rocks as I attempted to capture them.

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The purple tang has been a bit challenging to photograph.

And the decoy tang was helpful for 30 seconds.
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Part of the inspiration for this tank was to add a couple mangroves. I've always loved the idea, but struggled with how to mount them in a standard 24" deep tank.

This location probably won't work long term as it will cause too much shadowing, but in the interim it looks pretty cool.

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