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They are in my office tank. I won't see them again until Monday. They should be fine. My tank is on full auto. They never deflated since I got them on Tuesday so I don't anticipate any problem.
Now that I think about this, I will go in to check on them later tonight. There is a hurricane going on here in Corpus so I want to make sure when everything is over, the tank did not have any electrical problem.
 

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Pictures of my Meleagris Leopard. Changes over the last 20 months or so. Got her at about 1.5 inch in 12/2018. Now at about 3.5 inches and is in the process of fully change sex.

12/7/2019 Earliest picture I have of her.
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6/16/2019
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10/22/2019
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4/5/2020 The larger one.
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7/9/2020
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7/11/2020
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7/18/2020
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7/25/2020
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Wow! They are gorgeous fish for sure
 
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My Gigas picture above does not really do it justice. Color off and taken the picture with the cell phone really give it a peculiar, odd picture because of the wide angel look. Fish picture or coral with short dept of field, cell phone picture is OK but picture of the Gigas with the cell phone magnified the part of the clam close to the camera. I took out my SLR and long focal length camera so I can have a better picture of this magnificent animal.
7/12/2019
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7/25/2020
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Maxima 7/25/2020
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@OrionN Tank is awesome. I am also in Corpus Christi and in the process of upgrading from a 75 Gallon tank to a 200 gallon. Can you provide more info about the sand you used out of the gulf? Do you go out about waist deep and just scoop some into a bucket? Did you treat for anything or were you concerned about any negative parasites making it into your tank? I am thinking about doing half ocean sand and half live sand from the store? Or all oceana sand, but I was unsure of any concern with pollutants or such. Thank you in advance.
 
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I wait for low tide and then go out to the edge of the water around 1 foot deep and get the sand there. Remove all the larger animals like clams and ghost shrimps since these will not live in your tank long term.
Put enough water in the bucket to cover the sand. Put the sand in your tank quickly so the animal won’t died due to hypoxemia. I would make sure you don’t keep the sand in the bucket longer than 1 hr.
There is always a minor risk of putting in parasitic organism into the tank. I never worry about parasites in my tank. I don't QT my fish for disease. I do isolate my fish when new to get them use to eating the food that I feed them but don't treat with anything unless I have the diagnosis. Most will recover without treatment.
Pollution is not a problem. Wild life are thriving in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a large food source for many people. The best of restaurants get sea food from the Gulf of Mexico and the Texas coast.
If you are really concern, wait until you don't have rain for a long time then obtain the sand so you won't have recent run off from land.
 
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I wait for low tide and then go out to the edge of the water around 1 foot deep and get the sand there. Remove all the larger animals like clams and ghost shrimps since these will not live in your tank long term.
Put enough water in the bucket to cover the sand. Put the sand in your tank quickly so the animal won’t died due to hypoxemia. I would make sure you don’t keep the sand in the bucket longer than 1 hr.
There is always a minor risk of putting in parasitic organism into the tank. I never worry about parasites in my tank. I don't QT my fish for disease. I do isolate my fish when new to get them use to eating the food that I feed them but don't treat with anything unless I have the diagnosis. Most will recover without treatment.
Pollution is not a problem. Wild life are thriving in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a large food source for many people. The best of restaurants get sea food from the Gulf of Mexico and the Texas coast.
If you are really concern, wait until you don't have rain for a long time then obtain the sand so you won't have recent run off from land.
Awesome. will do. Thank you so much for the advise.
 
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I recently got three Carpet anemones from Galactic Coral in Houston. Two Green Gigatnea (2 weeks ago) and one Purple Haddoni yesterday. I seen Galactic Coral for the first time yesterday and cannot believe that there are soo many healthy hard to keep anemones there. Must be 20 carpets 10 Haddoni and 10 Gigantea. A few really nice BTA and a Magnifica. All healthy as far as I can see.
Very reasonably priced, and they shipped. I got my first two anemones from GC shipped overnight.
Enough with nice words for GC. They really have healthy Corals and Fishes. I saw several nice wrasses, and a group of 3 or 4 Blue star Leopards that seem to be very active and healthy.
Here are my anemones, the day after I got them into my tank.
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Green Gigantea, smaller 3 inches or so


Green Gigantea Larger 4-5 inches
 
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My new clams, only the three Crocea. The maxima I have had for over 1 year. I need a few days then get better picture. I am slowly start to re-collect clams. The Crocea are the nicest ones I have seen for a long time.
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I am very happy with my clams. The standard egg-crate, three squares equal to 2 inches. However, the Crocea and Maxima is a little larger than seen here due to the egg-crate is close to the camera.
The container for the Gigas is 7.5 inches long dimension.
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What's your maintenance routine like? Just curious. :)
I really don't do much. I got a huge number of fish. Automatic feeder. I added Nori in AM on clips, and frozen food, usually Mysis and flakes mixed togeter.
When I am home I added frozen oyster or large clam on the 1/2 shell.
I have Kalk and Ca reactors. Check level about 1 a month, just Ca Alkalinity and Salinity.
I have to follow salinity because I run a wet skim-mate skimmer and add Salt water as I see the water level lower manually. I have an automated pump that feed fresh water to the tank at a constant rate via Kalk reactor for elaborated water. I don't do water change any more because I do the wet skim-mate as water change, about 4 gal a day, 2 in AM and 2 in PM. As the water lower the skimmer stop produce wet skim-mate so additional water not needed.
Essentially, any water I added will result in wet skim-mate and I do it twice a day. I hook up the skimmer drain to the sink drain so I don't have to empty the skimmer cup.
 
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