Uk bandensis

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  1. djdime

    djdime GPO Registered

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    only 2 out of the 10 have hatched so far.

    1 day old.

    impossible to get pics, theyre so small.

    already seen one change colour

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    in the third pic its the white blob :)

    master of camouflage already!!

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    going to order some amphipods this week to see if they will eat them.
     
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    L8 2 RISE Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    wow, this is great! Where did you get the eggs? I think this is the first I've seen bandensis in the UK.
     
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    i got them from TMC. took a good few months to get them.

    one thing thats really ticking me off right now is the price of amphipods over here. i noticed from another thread you guys can get 1000 for $17!!! over here is 30!!! for £17!!!!! its rediculous.

    they will be going into my 68x24x20 with sump when they are big enough. cant wait :)
     
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    If you have another tank with a refugium, I would just suck them out of there, or find someone with one that's close to you. 30 pods will not last long at all, and most will probably die...
     
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    My hatchlings couldn't catch amphipods, too much struggle.
     
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    what would you suggest instead? brine?
     
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    There shouldn't be an issue with amphipods living - they are generally intertidal and can live through almost anything. Keep them in a bucket with an airstone and some gravel and feed them whole carrots. :grin:

    Like AM said, amphipods can be tough for hatchlings. Brine is not a great food at all and should not be relied on, but I have used it in a pinch. The idea was to keep the at least feeding till better food arrives. Mysids are the best because they are pretty easy to catch for the cuttles. Hatchlings may not eat for several days to a week after hatching.
     
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    well, ive ordered some copepods - not great i know but apparantly they are all adults. will also get some brine and am going to raid my mates sump tonight.

    good news it the larger of the two hatchlings annihilated a nice size amphipod tonight :)
     
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    awesome. just managed to source a local supply of mysis and gammarus!!!

    and at SENSIBLE prices too.

    big load of my mind.
     
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    baby 3 was born last night :)
     
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    Congrats :)
     
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    number 4 born today.

    only one has eaten so far.
     
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    i now have 9 - 1 to go
     
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    all 10 are out now.

    a few are feeding. you can tell when watching them that they really are just learning to hunt :) one is noticably bigger than the rest and he's taken down 2 fair size gammarus :P

    this thread should have probably have been in the members stories type area now i think about it, could a mod move it as/when get a minute.

    thanks.
     
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    nice to see them all doing well.

    Just going back again, those dimensions you gave came out for me at 140 gallons. Is that right? Just curious. Could we get some pics of it all and some stats on it, I'm just interested. What type of skimmer, powerheads/closed loop, LR, etc. Also, you said you got these guys from TMC, what is that?

    Again, just interested.
    Good luck!
     
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    hi mate, yes the dimensions are correct. not sure about the volume but is sounds about right.

    the sump is 40" x 18" x 15"

    equipment is as follows.

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    Aqua Medic twin 150w halide pendant
    Resun 1500 wave maker
    Tunze 6045
    Hydor Koralia 3
    Hydor Koralia 4

    SUMP
    first chamber
    micron bag
    cheato and calurpa lit 24/7

    Second Chamber
    OR3500 feeding skimmer

    Third chamber
    Aqua Medic Blue 3000 ( rated to 375 gal ) fed by OZONIZER

    Fourth Chamber
    OR3500 return to the tank
    Small circulation pump which goes through PO4 reactor with Rowaphos then through UV filter

    i have approximately 60-70kg's of live rock i THINK.

    re the flow pumps, not sure as to wether i should cover them. i read on here that the koralia's are cuttle safe due to the spread of the intakes. any thoughts?

    As for TMC, they are the main supplier for marine animals in the uk. not sure wether they do the states or not but they are massive.

    Thanks

    Dave

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    few new pics

    few pics - vids to follow

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    Do you plan on moving the cuttles into your reef? As it is?

    I'm enjoying the video's and progress:smile:
     

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