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Re: Help Wanted: New Tankmates Guide

« Reply #15 posted: 2 years ago »
hahaha. Actually I'm working on getting some northern erectus right now. But I know the source. I plan on keeping them separate from southern erectus to prevent cross breeding. So maybe we will see more - though I suspect it will depend on how other people keep them. :/

But yes, I agree with you, that is the exception, not the rule.

Agree about getting lots of opinions on the different fish.

And yeah, you're right about stocking. What do you think about the ranking of "additional gallons"? X fish needs 10 additional gallons. Y fish needs 30 additional gallons. I was trying to think of how to quantify the idea, and that's what I came up with.

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« Reply #16 posted: 2 years ago »
And yeah, you're right about stocking. What do you think about the ranking of "additional gallons"? X fish needs 10 additional gallons. Y fish needs 30 additional gallons. I was trying to think of how to quantify the idea, and that's what I came up with.

Something like this could work pretty well.
Exactly how it's presented can be worked out, but maybe adding something at the beginning of the list?
A minimum gallons for each different species of Seahorse/pairs?
Then go ahead with something in the individual fish descriptions? And amend the "min tank size" to something---"min additional tank size".

Just stuff off the top of my head.
Anything along those lines strike you as a direction to go?

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Re: Help Wanted: New Tankmates Guide

« Reply #17 posted: 1 year ago »
LOL.

I'm finding soooooo much contradicting information about the same fish.
And I'm not talking about that online supplier *gunk*.   :-X

Still looking and weeding stuff out.
Fear not. I'm working on a few and should have something for review in a week or two.

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« Reply #18 posted: 1 year ago »
Thanks for the update Chuck, and sorry for my slow response. I've been lost in the fish room for days. Okay, not really; but behind and trying to catch up on some maintenance. :)

It doesn't surprise me one bit that there would be conflicting information. Just like with seahorses, there are always several ways to do things. Sometimes they're all "right", sometimes, there is clearly wrong information out there.
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« Reply #19 posted: 1 year ago »
I understand about restrictions on someone's time.
Going through something like that now.

As long as the information makes sense I'll use "majority rules" as a guideline.

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« Reply #20 posted: 1 year ago »
I tried a midas blenny. So beautuful! 3 weeks went by was great no agression. But the midas learned to flick tail in feeding station so the shrimp would rise up and he could gobble them.  The tigertails weren't getting food, as they will only eat from feeding station.  So I had to take him back. :(   I think if I only had erectus thus wouldn't have been a problem.  But he defiantly would est fry, but I keep girls only.  Has any one jeot pistol shrimp or sexy shrimp with horses? I would like to add the highfin shrimp goby and pistol shrimp to tank, but worry someone would eat them?? Seahorse org list sexy shrimp as 0 threat but ??!.  I have a spitted mandrian in with horses doing great and does eat shrimp from bowl with tigertails but they don't mind her and just eat around her.  And have banggai fish with no problems in tank
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« Reply #21 posted: 1 year ago »
I've never kept sexy shrimp with seahorses (other than dwarf seahorses). My assumption has always been that the seahorses would eat them. However, I've heard from a few people that they have kept sexy shrimp with their large seahorses, and the seahorses ignored them. So maybe it's possible?

I'm also not sure what to think about pistol shrimp. I don't think I'd try it with the larger species of pistols, and the smaller ones would be at risk. That being said, it's possible if the pistol shrimp spends all their time underground and the gobies are protecting it, maybe it would work out?

I think it would depend on how risk averse you are. Neither would cause problems for seahorses, but I'd be worried you might end up feeding some very expensive foods!

Being they're tigertails though, I also think they're less of a threat than say H. erectus would be.
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« Reply #22 posted: 1 year ago »
Umm...if it helps, I can get the scientific names of the fish since you don't have them on the google doc, and I can also spell-check the words.
Unless the fish are drastically different, maybe we could lump them into genuses? For example, a lot of the Elacatinus goby species act the same, right? So instead of having gold-line, blue neon, sharknose, etc. gobies, we could just lump them into one Elacatinus group because they're all relatively peaceful, small, seahorse-friendly fish. And if there's an exception, there's always an "with exception to" phrase followed by the species and why it's an exception, right?
Additionally, we could just start out with the "bread and butter" fish of the saltwater side of the hobby, the ones that any beginning reefer would recognize, such as: dottybacks, clownfish, Elacatinus gobies, royal grammas, dartfish, etc.
For the additional tank sizes, there might be a problem here. 29 gallon tanks are basically taller 20 gallon tanks, but what use does a fish have for extra height if it's stuck to the bottom? Unless you're mostly talking about water dilution (which would make sense), this doesn't really solve the problem of space issues, especially if it's a surface area hungry fish...
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« Reply #23 posted: 1 year ago »
I would absolutely love your help! I've got too many irons in the fire and could definitely use the help! @Chuck was starting on this, so he may already have some of the work done. Let me reach out to him and see how he's doing and what other work needs to be done.
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« Reply #24 posted: 1 year ago »
Cool! Just send an email to me, and I'll try to help as much as I can!
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Re: Help Wanted: New Tankmates Guide

« Reply #25 posted: 1 year ago »
RL issue had me move to a new(er) place recently.
I'm still very interested in this project. I believe it will benefit the hobby a great deal.

When time permits I keep looking up stuff and verifying what I've found but my online time is down to about 5% of what it was a few months ago.
Hopefully within a month I should be back close to what my available time was to be back my online again.

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« Reply #26 posted: 1 year ago »
Okay then...so how are we doing it at this point? Are we still using Google spreadsheet?
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