Onward and Upward ... the 65 gallon that's too big.

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I think a Roaps butterfly or an Atlantic Longnose would be great for your system. Roaps as in Tinker’s, Mitratus, Declivis, Burgess etc. Atlantic Longnose is Prognathodes Aculeatus.
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Another butterfly and two signal gobies and then I am done with that tank.

I don't worry too much about size for the tank. I watch to make sure the fish can hide and they feel safe and I ensure that I don't push the tank's ability to provide gas exchange.

These two butterflys are hilariously fun to watch they are definitely the odd couple. It will be interesting when I add the other butterfly. They dynamics will surely change.
 

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And the issue that causes me the most grief, indoor air quality. I am tired of having to open my windows every day to get good gas exchange. Now I need to put up with a few more days until my plants get going and then I can open the windows once a week or so, instead of once a day.

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I have these and if I’m not mistaken they’re from Madagascar. I think it’s a Majestic palm.
 
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Mine still growing and doing pretty good.
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Nice, definitely can get the light that they need here. The ones next to my window did really well. Seems to be a very high light plant.

I swear when I finally get back into another house I am going to either put a sky light in or design it from the beginning that way. I really like to have plants inside but just like we are talking about in the other thread they seem to reach and it makes them look IMO ugly.
 

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It is through the collectors. I actually think that they are past the U.S. territorial waters when they collect. Either way the rock in the pictures is from Florida. I think the salesman said that they collect at 30-40 feet, so my cheesy light is going to work just fine.


The really kewl part about this rock is that was collected the day it shipped. I have dealt with a lot of live rock in my time and hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell) was always a part of it, but since this was collected and shipped the same day there was no die off that I could see.


Yup in my first tank in 1996 had a mantis shrimp in it that took me some time to get out. He was small, but I knew he was a pest. It only took me a few days to get him and then I killed him. If I get any from this rock I will probably save them and see if anyone would like a new pet. They are incredibly intelligent and their colors are beautiful. I am not hearing any clicking so far tonight so probably no adults. That doesn't preclude eggs so I will be on the look out for those.

So far the pests have been pretty minimal some calurepa taxinoma and about 5 majanos. Removed the calurepa and have killed four majanos. The fifth one I just found wil get him tomorrow.
Mantis can be a pain. did ya know they can see into the IR spectrum?
 
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