• For a Limited Time the R2R Partner Membership is NOW OPEN! Get some cool swag and chances to win part of over $20,000 in prizes! Click here for more details

Mixing bubble Tips?

Octane13

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 12, 2018
Messages
225
Reaction score
161
Does anyone have any insight or experience mixing bubble tips. Specifically I'm looking to add a Black widow(s) to existing rainbows. I have two different morphs currently (4 total) and I was wondering if its worth the risk. A while ago I had three different types (colors) without issue and when I added a black widow all but one died withing 2 weeks of the new addition. It may have been a fluke but seems coincidental that right after I added they all started dying.
 
Top Shelf Aquatics

footgal

2500 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Apr 4, 2020
Messages
3,035
Reaction score
4,828
Location
Houston
Hi! please dont. Ive tried mixing bubble tips and eventually they start dying/not looking great. short term is usually fine but after a few months they start getting territorial and releasing stinging cells. If you have clowns that switch between the nems often, it worsens the situation. I wouldn't do it
 

Cell

2500 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Apr 20, 2019
Messages
4,082
Reaction score
6,310
Most evidence or opinions you get on this is purely anecdotal. The most common thought is that CSB's dont do well with other bta's, but even that isnt proven fact. Widows aren't known to be a strain you must isolate for success. I have a couple strains of black widow in the same tank as some purple with green tip bta's that do just fine.
 
OP
Octane13

Octane13

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 12, 2018
Messages
225
Reaction score
161
Hi! please dont. Ive tried mixing bubble tips and eventually they start dying/not looking great. short term is usually fine but after a few months they start getting territorial and releasing stinging cells. If you have clowns that switch between the nems often, it worsens the situation. I wouldn't do it
My clowns will not go into the split of the original nem. The female actively swam in between the two until there was visible separation. And my experience was not good the first time. The two types I have now seem fine. All research leans torwards hit or miss
 
OP
Octane13

Octane13

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 12, 2018
Messages
225
Reaction score
161
Most evidence or opinions you get on this is purely anecdotal. The most common thought is that CSB's dont do well with other bta's, but even that isnt proven fact. Widows aren't known to be a strain you must isolate for success. I have a couple strains of black widow in the same tank as some purple with green tip bta's that do just fine.
I asked a local person who has Colorado's and he said ABSOLUTELY do not mix BW with his nems. but others are fine.
 

Cell

2500 Club Member
View Badges
Joined
Apr 20, 2019
Messages
4,082
Reaction score
6,310
The way you worded that it sounds like you can mix anything but bw's with their CSB. I think you or he meant dont mix anything with CSB, but bw's are fine to mix, which I would tend to agree with.
 

Pistol Peet

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Mar 7, 2020
Messages
481
Reaction score
429
Location
Jamestown ND
Does anyone have any insight or experience mixing bubble tips. Specifically I'm looking to add a Black widow(s) to existing rainbows. I have two different morphs currently (4 total) and I was wondering if its worth the risk. A while ago I had three different types (colors) without issue and when I added a black widow all but one died withing 2 weeks of the new addition. It may have been a fluke but seems coincidental that right after I added they all started dying.
I have mix different strains of bubble tips together in my tank it was 160 gallon tank though so I'm not sure if there is any proven facts that they are are not supposed to be together the best advice you could probably have is just to make sure that you have the real estate for them to Cowan habit without half to cross paths
 
OP
Octane13

Octane13

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 12, 2018
Messages
225
Reaction score
161
I have done some more research and it seems to be hit or miss but no one with Widows specifically. My current setup is about 135 gallons but wanted to add a cube for Nems as they are reproducing and moving . Don't have any recent pics yet but both chose the locations they are in (relatively close to each other). I have no problems moving these two together as they are basically touching now.

IMG_0366.jpg IMG_0403.jpg
 

Attachments

Best reef aquarium LED lighting

Have you ever used a spoon, hose and rubber band together to remove algae?

  • YES

    Votes: 11 4.4%
  • NO

    Votes: 125 50.2%
  • What the heck? (see the thread)

    Votes: 113 45.4%

Online statistics

Members online
2,274
Guests online
4,675
Total visitors
6,949
Your Reef
Top