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Purchased a Radion Gen 4 XR30 from my LFS, they were taking them off their coral tanks to upgrade to the Gen 6s, so I got a good deal on it. Having trouble getting it to connect to the computer, so I'm using it manually for now in conjunction with my two Kessil A80s.

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Do you still have your strawberry crab? Mine drags a bunch of coral frags, shells and whatever he can get a hold of into his barnacle burrow whenever he molts.
Here's one you might like - I picked it up on Friday. It's called a red emerald crab, and it cost the same as a regular one, which genuinely surprised me. I do like the pink of the strawberry crab, as well as its shape, but if we're talking $15 vs $50, I'll take the red emerald lol

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Here's one you might like - I picked it up on Friday. It's called a red emerald crab, and it cost the same as a regular one, which genuinely surprised me. I do like the pink of the strawberry crab, as well as its shape, but if we're talking $15 vs $50, I'll take the red emerald lol

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I've read about the "red" version but I haven't actually seen one in-person. They look pretty cool, though.
 
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I've read about the "red" version but I haven't actually seen one in-person. They look pretty cool, though.
From what I can tell they're the exact same as the green ones in behaviour and diet. I was surprised to find they also enjoy cyano, too.

I looked up strawberry crabs again to see if there was any chance of getting another, but it looks like they're from Hawaii so I'm probably SOL
 
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I looked up strawberry crabs again to see if there was any chance of getting another, but it looks like they're from Hawaii so I'm probably SOL
Mine is still lurking in the tank somewhere (after a recent molt). He generally stays out of sight if it can be at all avoided, so we only see him periodically.
 
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I was worried about my clowns not pairing because they're a similar size, but they both still seem to be in the asexual stage. The one with more black (Lil Moo Moo) seems to be more dominant and will likely become the female.

Here they are after feeding, the one with less black (Harold) seems to have a hard time catching food in the water column so I use aquascaping tweezers to hold mysis/brine in place for him.

 

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While I was waiting for the previous video to upload, I got a glimpse of my elusive green-spotted mandarin, who appears to have just come back from a sandy excursion.
Mine seems to make an appearance that coincides whenever food also makes an appearance, lol.
 
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Mine seems to make an appearance that coincides whenever food also makes an appearance, lol.
I don't have the energy to train mine to eat pellets or frozen, but I have so much rock and a refugium that I really don't think I'll run out.

That being said, I do want to supplement the DT in case they don't naturally replenish fast enough in there. I ordered a jar and various supplies to continue growing the phytoplankton culture that I have. I wonder if it's possible to grow pods in there at the same time, or if I should have a separate jar and just dose it with the phyto that I grow.
 

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I don't have the energy to train mine to eat pellets or frozen, but I have so much rock and a refugium that I really don't think I'll run out.

That being said, I do want to supplement the DT in case they don't naturally replenish fast enough in there. I ordered a jar and various supplies to continue growing the phytoplankton culture that I have. I wonder if it's possible to grow pods in there at the same time, or if I should have a separate jar and just dose it with the phyto that I grow.
My mandarin is wild caught, and I've trained him to eat calanus and brine shrimp so far. But I also have probably 200lbs+ of rock for copepods to grow in.
 
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My mandarin is wild caught, and I've trained him to eat calanus and brine shrimp so far. But I also have probably 200lbs+ of rock for copepods to grow in.
Here's my fuge with chaeto where a lot of my pods grow, I can't remember how much rock I have in my tank but it's definitely over 150lbs. I followed the 2lbs/gallon guide + I got all the live rock from the previous owner of the Reefer

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Yasha goby and candy pistol pair :) following @blaxsun 's tip to use a colander, it's working really well so far

This was a show size - would you believe it?
If this is a show size I'd hate to see regular! Glad the colander is helping!
 
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Beauty setup, I lived in Halifax for a bit but I'm back in Ontario now. Just started my saltwater setup a few weeks ago and I'm slowly acquiring goods, tank is still cycling so it's still up in the air how the little ocellaris in there will do but everything seems well so far. hopefully one day mine looks as nice as yours does
 
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If this is a show size I'd hate to see regular! Glad the colander is helping!
It worked like a charm! I used it to acclimate my coral beauty as well - luckily my LFS uses the same salinity as I do so I dumped a pitcher full of tank water in with the bag water.

As for the shrimp and goby pair, they kind of went off and did their own things, the shrimp was tiny tiny so I hope the coral beauty didn't make it a snack, lol

The colander in my opinion was a success! Much better than chasing a fish around a bucket
 
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