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well they seem much more settled in today, out and about and pecking the rocks. the venusta is out and about with them with no real signs of aggression so better than I hoped. now to make sure they are eating in the new tank.
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awesome! they must've both been really eager to get in the tank so they thought they'd try to jump in

glad the angel is leaving them alone, i would've thought he/she would give them a rude welcome
 
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awesome! they must've both been really eager to get in the tank so they thought they'd try to jump in

glad the angel is leaving them alone, i would've thought he/she would give them a rude welcome
That’s a good explanation. Lol

The venusta is a bit defensive of it’s cave but that’s not unexpected, I was a bit concerned because the previous burgess and male venusta went at it with each other when I added the two venusta. I suspect secondary infections from their combat led to their demise. Everyone is active and picking the rocks for snacks so I’m optimistic there won’t be a repeat of that.

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i did recently acquire a fish i think you'd appreciate..

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randalls assessor

i've only had him a few days so he still hangs near the filter where there isn't much light, but a really cool fish. not the prettiest fish out there, but he hangs out upside down most of the time, which is really cool.
 
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i did recently acquire a fish i think you'd appreciate..

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randalls assessor

i've only had him a few days so he still hangs near the filter where there isn't much light, but a really cool fish. not the prettiest fish out there, but he hangs out upside down most of the time, which is really cool.
Nice the assessors are neat fish, I always enjoy watching fish swim upside down. My angels and butterflies do it when they first come in but slowly do so less and less. I have always been curious about if a larger cave might spurr more of that sort of activity. A few local stores have had Macneill's but the randalls have a bit more interesting patterning, nice pickup.
 
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Butterfly fish seem to be settling in well. Hourly feedings are making everyone happy. Raw egg experiment continues, changed up the mixing procedure slightly and didn't use the congealed mass at the bottom for the second day, but skimmed off the top and mixed with the last food of the day. Still sends the skimmer nuts each time but that's not all that unexpected. it is introducing quite a bit of protein each time.
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Must be a butterfly thing to carpet surf before going in the tank. The aculeatus has some amazing and subtle orange colors, that I had not noticed before I got it, and don't totally show up in pictures. The rear rim of the dorsal and anal fin is an orange stripe, which is quite pretty.

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Sorry this pic is a bit blurry but wanted to show off the accentuated spines the Prognathodes are known for.
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I tried once in QT and it didn't go for it but it is probably worth trying again. I just tried the Sera O-nips that stick on the glass, and no one in the tank was interested. Clams are probably a bit more enticing though, got to go get some more.
That's weird because my burgessi, declivis and marcellae always went absolutely bananas for it haha I used the AF Frag Rocks and a piece of mesh rubber banded over the top and just let it sink to the bottom and they'd have it torn apart in like a minute or two haha
 
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I suspect that the clams were too old, The burges was totally down for them but the aculeatus wasn't interested. I had good luck with mastic smeared on a rock. So I think I just got to go get a fresh pack when I reup on foods this weekend. The aculeatus will eat from the water column but it only picks out one or two pieces from each feeding, so I just doubt that's enough to sustain it.
 
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