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Thx. I really appreciate your answer. Would you suggest that, since it is better for the goby/shrimp pair to be put in first, add the pvc cave after them and only when I get the Jawfish? I really don’t want the big cave to go towards the shrimp and the goby, (sorry little guys). Will the fact that each of the 3 caves will be fairly distanced? The Jawfish cave I’m planning would be over 3’ away from the Yashas, and the Yashas would be about 20” from the shrimp/goby, and the Jawfish over 2’ away from the goby/shrimp. The angelfish I have is a mix between a Phantom and a Black Velvet. He’s about 5” rn. I’m just skeptical since he really likes to eat shrimp. Angels quite commonly eat shrimp and other crustaceans, at least the ones I have seen and know of. I’ve seen in person a pistol shrimp injuring a small fish, and worry the shrimp might shock the angel and start poking at him. As for the temp I have researched and been told different Jawfish like differing temps. The two option I’m looking at are Yellow head and Blue Dot. Yellow-head likes warmer waters and Blue Dots like cooler waters. My tank paramaters ie temperature is suited for Sps and is at 78 rn. In warmer months the temp may go up a degree and in colder months go down a degree, but nothing drastic. Would you think this is too warm for Blue Dots? Some people say definitely too warm while others say their Blue Dots’ like the warmer water. Will the fact that the Jawfish’s burrow will be deep in the sand (about 6”) lower the temp a little more to the fish’s liking?
So for pipes I put a bunch of pipes in for my snake eels but added a couple 6” engineer gobies first because they were supposed to be shy. Now one of them is refusing to leave the 6’ pipe for my snake eel and now the snake is in a 2.5’ pipe it doesn’t quite fit in so I’d suggest adding the pipe later with the jaw. To bury it I’d remove or move the sand then put in the pipe and replace the sand. Burying it is very difficult otherwise. Or since your adding a few burrowing fish you may want to try a finer sand. Though I assume an sps tank has too high flow? Just thought I’d mention because I switched to Fiji pink for my snake eels and they are much happier than with special grade as burrowers.
My pistol goby pair hide in the back of the tank and I hardly ever see them so they feel harmless to me but idk.
I’ve wanted a blue dot for a while and my research suggested they are low to mid 70s fish and that higher than that will reduce their lifespan significantly. I know the blue dot is spectacular but 78 may be a bit too high for that species maybe?
I don’t know though not an expert obviously.