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#1 pseudechisbutleri

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 05:58 PM

I'm looking for critters to put in my upcoming reef tank, and while researching, I stumbled upon the Gumdrop Coral Croucher, and I reckon that I'd love one or two in my tank. But upon further research, I've found nothing about them being for sale in Australia :( I know they have been kept in Aust, as shown on Reefing the Australian Way, but nothing else, especially here in WA. Does anyone know where I can get some in Perth? Also how much would one typically fetch for?



#2 Delapool

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 10:29 PM

Er, no idea - what are they?

#3 pseudechisbutleri

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 06:33 AM

Well they are kinda obscure, haha

 

They look like a goby but they're actually a type of socrpionfish that get to about 2 inches. Ambush predator, good for a small tank, lays eggs on SPS, which can cause irritation to the SPS.

 

And they're pretty cute.

 

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#4 Jules

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 08:16 AM

I have personally never seen one in person.

 

Why not consider a flame hawk (one of the best marine fish!) or even Okinawa or green clown goby.

 

Cool looking critter, reminds me of a hawkfish x angler x dwarf goby! Goo dluck to finding one!



#5 pseudechisbutleri

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 08:30 AM

I like the concept of a nano predator, and the coral Croucher embodies this well, Ill continue my search for a pair

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 09:36 AM

Looks nice!

#7 pseudechisbutleri

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 10:07 AM

The fish? Yeh theyre pretty damn cute lol

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 10:11 AM

Yeah, wouldn’t trust it with the key to the fridge but can’t go past colours in SW fish :)

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 10:44 AM

Try get a clown angler! they are great for a smaller type predator and gorgeously colored.

Have seen them for sale several years back.



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Posted 29 March 2018 - 01:56 PM

Frog/angler fish are really cool, but I only have a 40 litre tank to work with, which is why I chose the Coral Croucher

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 08:03 PM

Actually, I'll consider a small angler/frogfish, it's gotta be a small species like the aforementioned clown/wartskin frogfish. I'll keep my eyes peeled for both the wartskin and the coral croucher, which ever is not only available at a nearby LFS but also affordable lol



#12 Chopstick_mike

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 01:33 PM

Try Simon at ocean reefs Aquariums In wangara I think he does all the collecting of fish and coral in Aus

#13 Ageofaquariums

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 02:36 PM

Plenty of coral gobies in the hobby :D



#14 pseudechisbutleri

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 07:16 PM

Yeh, ocean reefs is really quite underrated, they've really got everything haha. I'll give them a call, see if they can get me a coral croucher or frogfish, if not, I guess I'll just settle for a regular old banggai cardinal, or perc/occelaris clown pair.



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Posted 11 April 2018 - 01:54 PM

I'd take the SPS over the fish personally. ;) 

 

Have you started getting all the bits of equipment together for your reef?



#16 pseudechisbutleri

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:54 PM

Kinda forgot about this thread haha.

 

I have a couple freshwater projects I'd like to focus on, first, the only reef tank equipment I have at the moment are the light (currently unused), the tank (vacant), some live rock (in a container with a crab and couple of crayfish) and some mangroves (currently thriving in a freshwater tank). I've also got a bit of Xenia in a pico, but there's not enough to put in both tanks. The sand is all I'll need, before I can start up my tank, unless I decide to start a frag tank, which wouldn't look too bad either.

 

Once I either finish or do as much as I can do at the moment for the freshwater projects, I'll start on the reef tank.


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#17 Jules

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 07:45 AM

Is it sumped? What lights you using? gonna run a skimmer, reactors, or doser's at all?



#18 Ageofaquariums

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 10:55 AM

Any xenia is enough xenia XD



#19 pseudechisbutleri

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 03:41 PM

No sump, its a simple setup, as nano reefs should be, relying on a power head and frequent water changes. Im using an Eheim Actinic Blue PowerLED, which should be sufficient. I will be keeping softies and LPS: hammer corals, zoas, Xenia and toadstools. Still debating whether or not to eventually the tank into an SPS reef, they make awesome aquascapes but theyre expensive to maintain, with the dosers and additives and all that.

My Xenia wasnt looking too good a couple weeks ago, a piece even melted off, but its recovered and starting to cover its plug.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 07:42 AM

Cool, hope it all works well, but I disagree with your comment about a simple set up as all nano reefs should be. Completely depends on what you are wanting to keep and achieve -  I preferred my reef tnaks to be stable as possible so ive always over complicated mine, dosers, ATO, skimmers, quality lights and equipment etc. But that's just from my experiences.

 

And just for eye candy, hers a pic of my old nano tank, was a very successful set up, I fragged nearly everything in that tank.

I honestly don't know why I pulled it apart and sold it all.

 

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