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Feather Star.... saw in one of my local stores, and was mesmerized. Researched feeding requirements and success, along with consulting with store owner and said no leave it. But, if I had a bit more confidence? They are gorgeous creatures....
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Feather Star.... saw in one of my local stores, and was mesmerized. Researched feeding requirements and success, along with consulting with store owner and said no leave it. But, if I had a bit more confidence? They are gorgeous creatures....
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They are really mesmerizing, definitely have to do some research. Thanks!
 

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About the same stuff as if money was an option.

A lot of the really expensive fish are that way because they're not hardy. A lot are that way because they're endangered. And a lot are that way because they're hard to collect and collecting causes habitat damage.

And a lot of them aren't that attractive. I'd rather watch a Powder Blue tang or a hepatus swim around than a gem tang. They're better looking.
 

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Personally I'd skip the eels. I've had eels before, specifically a pair of golden dwarf moray eels, they were great but after awhile I couldn't keep any smaller fish with them. Blue Spot Jagdish, gobies, etc.

On the fish side you can't beat a pair of candy basslets. You'll pay a premium but they are rock solid and drop dead gorgeous. I've had a pair in the past and I'm definitely adding a pair to my current tank. The avid reefer will be jealous and your novice friends will be like what the crap.

I'd also offer a pair of borbonius anthias but if you want a small shoalnof other anthias I'd skip them.

Also something cool to do with a smaller and even larger tank is a group of barnacle blennies. They are a lot of fun to watch.

Good luck.

P.S. If your wife wants an anemone for the clowns I would get one but get a nice one; they are spending but gorgeous.

Skip the feather start they are impossible to keep long term.
 

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Personally I'd skip the eels. I've had eels before, specifically a pair of golden dwarf moray eels, they were great but after awhile I couldn't keep any smaller fish with them. Blue Spot Jagdish, gobies, etc.

On the fish side you can't beat a pair of candy basslets. You'll pay a premium but they are rock solid and drop dead gorgeous. I've had a pair in the past and I'm definitely adding a pair to my current tank. The avid reefer will be jealous and your novice friends will be like what the crap.

I'd also offer a pair of borbonius anthias but if you want a small shoalnof other anthias I'd skip them.

Also something cool to do with a smaller and even larger tank is a group of barnacle blennies. They are a lot of fun to watch.

Good luck.

P.S. If your wife wants an anemone for the clowns I would get one but get a nice one; they are spending but gorgeous.

Skip the feather start they are impossible to keep long term.
Is that a pink bubble tip in the background?the candy basslets are a definite for me, do you suggest a single or pair?
 
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Personally I'd skip the eels. I've had eels before, specifically a pair of golden dwarf moray eels, they were great but after awhile I couldn't keep any smaller fish with them. Blue Spot Jagdish, gobies, etc.

On the fish side you can't beat a pair of candy basslets. You'll pay a premium but they are rock solid and drop dead gorgeous. I've had a pair in the past and I'm definitely adding a pair to my current tank. The avid reefer will be jealous and your novice friends will be like what the crap.

I'd also offer a pair of borbonius anthias but if you want a small shoalnof other anthias I'd skip them.

Also something cool to do with a smaller and even larger tank is a group of barnacle blennies. They are a lot of fun to watch.

Good luck.

P.S. If your wife wants an anemone for the clowns I would get one but get a nice one; they are spending but gorgeous.

Skip the feather start they are impossible to keep long term.
And with the candy basslet, I've been worried about temperature, my tank is 77, I know they're a Deepwater fish that cooler temperatures, is this an issue?
 
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And with the candy basslet, I've been worried about temperature, my tank is 77, I know they're a Deepwater fish that cooler temperatures, is this an issue?
I actually run my tank between 78 and 79 and had no problem whatsoever.

I think a natural collected pair is definitely cool but it's more costly. It was neat to see them interact.

Yes just a plain on rainbow bubble tip with green star polyps.
 

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I actually run my tank between 78 and 79 and had no problem whatsoever.

I think a natural collected pair is definitely cool but it's more costly. It was neat to see them interact.

Yes just a plain on rainbow bubble tip with green star polyps.
Gorgeous fish, my wife got to pick the clowns so now she said she gets to pick their home. Shes had her eye on a bubble identical to that, at our lfs. Looks good
 

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Gorgeous fish, my wife got to pick the clowns so now she said she gets to pick their home. Shes had her eye on a bubble identical to that, at our lfs. Looks good
This might be a better picture of it. Its just a common bubble tip. I've attached a picture of my colorado sun burst too. I can't take pictures worth a crap in my new tank. But the picture doesn't do it justice. They are insane.
 

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This might be a better picture of it. Its just a common bubble tip. I've attached a picture of my colorado sun burst too. I can't take pictures worth a crap in my new tank. But the picture doesn't do it justice. They are insane.
I may have to get her the bubble, yours looks good.
 

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I don’t think money really matters as far as looks go. I know automation and all the cool stuff can add up pretty quick but I’ve seen just some softy tanks that are absolutely beautiful with cheaper corals and equipment.
 
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I don’t think money really matters as far as looks go. I know automation and all the cool stuff can add up pretty quick but I’ve seen just some softy tanks that are absolutely beautiful with cheaper corals and equipment.
Yeah I didn't word that correctly. I should have said unique or not seen in every tank. I don't care if it cost $1 as long as it's unique.
 

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Difficulty in husbandry dictates price usually. Uncommon fishes and corals fall into this category a lot of times. Fish and corals that are common are that way due to ease of care needed. I just go with what looks good to me and is within my limited skill set.
I gotta disagree here, at least as far as corals are concerned. Nice looking Acanthophyllia can fetch over $1500 and they're not particularly difficult. Bounce mushrooms are easy to take care of (and frag/replicate!), yet think of the prices they go for. On the other end of the spectrum, frags of comon acros are only $10-$25, and LiveAquaria has a Dendronephthya for $38. It's all just supply and demand.
 
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