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illumnae
08/03/2017, 03:40 AM
Hello everyone!

I set up my SPS reef tank in early 2016, but have been plagued with problems since its inception - if it could go wrong, it went wrong some time during the past 18 months! I've had to reboot the tank several times due to problems as unthinkable as a friend's hands being "acidic" enough to drop my tank pH to 7.3 for hours simply by helping me to glue SPS colonies (it happened twice - whenever he stuck his hands into my tank, the pH dropped to 7.3 for several hours), and as mundane as being overrun by dinoflagellates.

This is how my tank looked like after my friend helped to rescape the tank and glue the corals (picture was taken sometime around Christmas 2016):

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4428/35510619794_ed80833bbd_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W6Xd6q)2017-08-03_03-51-10 (https://flic.kr/p/W6Xd6q) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Soon after that picture was taken, I lost all my SPS (suspected due to the pH dips) and the resulting reboot ended up in a dinoflagellate infestation, which resulted in yet another reboot sometime in April 2017.

Finally, it seems that things are settling in (knock on wood!) and my SPS kind of look happy. This is what my tank looked like at the end of June 2017:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4345/35537775453_92fe9b7bcc_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W9mowr)2017-08-03_03-50-36 (https://flic.kr/p/W9mowr) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I'm hoping that now that things are progressing well, I'll be able to finally progress in my journey with this tank :) This thread will hopefully document this journey moving forward.

Some details about the system:

Tank dimensions: 72" x 28" x 20"
Lighting: 5x Radion XR30 Pro G4
Return: Abyzz A200
Flow: 2x Maxspect Gyre 150 with new controller
Skimmer: Nyos 220
Calcium Reactor: Skimz CM152
Controller: Apex 2016

I'm currently using Fauna Marin salt for my weekly 10% water changes, and dosing the Tropic Marin Bio-Activ system (Elements A- and K+, NP Bacto Balance, Reef Activ and Reef Mud Vital). Bulent aka DiscusHeckel has been very very helpful in answering my many queries about this system.

illumnae
08/03/2017, 03:47 AM
Here's a photo dump of some top down shots I took last night:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4298/35936917080_dbb196c496_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WKC6qC)SPS 1 (https://flic.kr/p/WKC6qC) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4378/36333441575_54ff3838f4_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XmEokR)SPS 2 (https://flic.kr/p/XmEokR) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4392/36196948391_07af01d467_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X9APF6)SPS 3 (https://flic.kr/p/X9APF6) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4305/36196948011_24d60a9e68_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X9APyx)SPS 4 (https://flic.kr/p/X9APyx) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4300/36196947761_fcbbc1218e_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X9APue)SPS 5 (https://flic.kr/p/X9APue) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4323/36196945661_80efc40c3b_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X9ANS2)SPS 6 (https://flic.kr/p/X9ANS2) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4406/35936915130_aa4dafb535_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WKC5R1)SPS 7 (https://flic.kr/p/WKC5R1) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4348/36196948171_1336dece52_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X9APBi)SPS 8 (https://flic.kr/p/X9APBi) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4435/36196947391_b2d572f17d_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X9APnR)SPS 9 (https://flic.kr/p/X9APnR) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4374/36164706462_ed2e840ab0_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X6KzgL)SPS 10 (https://flic.kr/p/X6KzgL) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

illumnae
08/03/2017, 03:49 AM
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4375/36196946821_6e9ce8b11c_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X9APd2)SPS 11 (https://flic.kr/p/X9APd2) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4398/36164706302_e46434c87d_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X6Kze1)SPS 12 (https://flic.kr/p/X6Kze1) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/15[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4355/36196946181_3e9781fbc0_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X9AP1Z)SPS 13 (https://flic.kr/p/X9AP1Z) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4338/35936912740_e8f5909158_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WKC58N)SPS 14 (https://flic.kr/p/WKC58N) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4346/36164706052_7c797d9a8a_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X6Kz9G)SPS 15 (https://flic.kr/p/X6Kz9G) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4318/36164705622_1e961928f5_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X6Kz2h)SPS 16 (https://flic.kr/p/X6Kz2h) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

DiscusHeckel
08/03/2017, 07:23 AM
The macro shots look very impressive. I have subscribed.

Good luck with your journey.

Bulent

reefmutt
08/03/2017, 08:47 AM
Wow! Beautiful photos and gorgeous scape.
Your corals seem to be appreciating your new direction. They look extremely happy.
From now on, don't let that acidic friend of yours in the house!!!
He may be a mutant!!
Looking forward to seeing your system develop.

gromero
08/03/2017, 08:57 AM
Very nice indeed

Bulldog88
08/03/2017, 01:17 PM
You may need to give your friend a nice gift of long rubber gloves! Lol

illumnae
08/04/2017, 02:01 AM
The macro shots look very impressive. I have subscribed.

Good luck with your journey.

Bulent

Thank you very much Bulent! The tank took a very noticeable turn for the better once I implemented the TM supplements as advised by you. I will keep persevering :)

Wow! Beautiful photos and gorgeous scape.
Your corals seem to be appreciating your new direction. They look extremely happy.
From now on, don't let that acidic friend of yours in the house!!!
He may be a mutant!!
Looking forward to seeing your system develop.

Haha, thanks Matt! Your tank, as well as Bulent's have been an inspiration for me on this journey. After much tinkering over the past 18 months, I have learnt the hard way that the corals appreciate less tinkering. It is a daily challenge to keep my hands away from the tank, but it's paying off.

I have told my acidic friend to stick to freshwater tanks, where acidity is appreciated moreso than marine tanks :lol2: He is a very talented freshwater scaper - he ranked very highly in last year's IAPLC competition.

Very nice indeed

Thank you :)

You may need to give your friend a nice gift of long rubber gloves! Lol

Haha, maybe I do!

illumnae
08/21/2017, 12:01 PM
I apologise in advance for the shaky footage, some out of focus footage and inaccurate colour. This is my first time shooting and editing video, so I'm still learning how to use my camera for video taking. I also have no idea how to correct white balance like i do in Photoshop. For more accurate colouration please see my photos above. If there's interest in my tank, I'll definitely try to do better and make more videos :)

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reefmutt
08/21/2017, 07:34 PM
looking fantastic! such good pe.
Where are you keeping your nutrient levels?

illumnae
08/21/2017, 11:49 PM
Hi Matt, thank you... your tank is one of my inspirations :)

My nutrients settled at 0.2 nitrate and 0.02-0.04 phosphate. I dose TM Bacto Balance daily, and I can't seem to keep nitrates high without regular dosing. I dose 1ppm and within 2 days its back to 0.2. I've noticed though that no matter what system I run on my tank, I always trend towards low nitrates to high phosphate ratio. No idea why.

DiscusHeckel
08/22/2017, 03:11 AM
I would increase fish population gradually and feed them moderately.

illumnae
08/22/2017, 08:12 AM
Thanks Bulent! I recently lost a number of fisb due to misplaced trust in an lfs. Previously my bioload was very high (5 tangs, 2 swallowtail angels, 3 large anthias, hogfish, wrasse). I would find increasing feeding increased phosphate at a highdr rate than nitrate. Before I started Bacto Balance I was actually dosing 5 to 10 ppm of nitrate weekly to maintain detectable nitrates at 1 to 2.

However since starting Bacto Balance, nitrates settled at 0.2 without dosing and sps colours are not paling noticeably.

I'm working on restoring the livestock population, but it takes time as I collect rare fish

illumnae
09/04/2017, 01:27 AM
So I've been dosing Reef Actif for a month, and Bacto Balance for slightly longer than that. My nutrients ratio is definitely not normal. I read that 100 no3 to 1 po4 is a healthy ratio to have, but my tank is settling itself at about 2-4 no3 to 1 po4. Even with dosing up to 10ppm of nitrate a week, I'm unable to raise my nitrates beyond 0.2 for any significant period of time. It drops back down to 0.2 within 3 days maximum. On the other hand, my phosphate bounces up and down between 0.05 to 0.1 - I see it drop and stay at about 0.05 for a couple of days, then without any change in routine it goes up to 0.1, then starts dropping again. If I increase feeding, nitrate stays the same and po4 goes up instead. I'm not sure how to adjust my ratio and maintain it at the desirable 100:1

illumnae
09/04/2017, 12:05 PM
I did a fish spotlight video on one of the inhabitants of my tank :) It's a 5 stripe hogfish from Australia, and one of the most outgoing fish I have.

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reefmutt
09/07/2017, 05:30 PM
Very nice collection of fish!
Hard to watch the bodianus with the gem tang and angels zooming around, though!
If I were you, I wouldn't try too hard to alter your nutrients (with n additions) while using a fixed amount of bacto balance..
It's designed to hold things steady..
Also, if your system is doing well and corals are happy- which they certainly seem to be- don't get too fixated on specific numbers. Your tank is doing well as is..
I think your only option for raising n while using the bacto balance is to use less of it.. and then maybe use some gfo on p.. or maybe using less bacto balance will only raise n and p may stay the same... not 100% sure about that.

illumnae
09/08/2017, 01:40 AM
Thanks Matt! I've cut back on dosing N and instead mix a little Ultraphos in my carbon. I change the carbon weekly, so I can fine tune the amount of Ultraphos to what is needed.

Oh, and the angels got killed by the hyper aggressive zebra tang :(

reefmutt
09/08/2017, 11:58 AM
Ouch!!! :(

illumnae
10/02/2017, 10:57 AM
Please join me in welcoming the latest inhabitant into my tank, Bodianus*sanguineus!* I've been wanting one of these since my Bodianus bennetti (previously Bodianus sp "Kimura"?) passed on, and thankfully Iwarna Aquafarm managed to source one for me from Blue Harbor Osaka recently.* Really good timing in light of the potential ban on collection of ornamental fish looming in Hawaii!* Sorry for the many dust spots in the picture, the fish just stirred up the sand!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4507/37454621691_a7f9ab15fc_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Z4JJ8v)Hog 1 (https://flic.kr/p/Z4JJ8v) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4426/37454621401_cd48c7f7bb_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Z4JJ3v)Hog 2 (https://flic.kr/p/Z4JJ3v) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr



Here's a recent FTS too to end off. Colours and stability in the tank are improving week by week. I'm really very impressed with the Tropic Marin Bio-Actif system. It's perfect for a newbie reefer like me to get a nice sps system going :spin1:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4506/36745278384_7d240d759c_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XZ4a5u)FTS (https://flic.kr/p/XZ4a5u) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

reefmutt
10/02/2017, 11:31 AM
Beautiful fish and stunning fts!

illumnae
10/02/2017, 11:55 AM
Thank you! He actually has a slightly deformed mouth, but he's eating well!

I actually have 1 more fish but he's being harassed by the eternally agressive polyzona tang. I won't announce him till he's an accepted member of the tank. Wrangy would love him, but I don't think he follows this thread.

My parameters are very stable now except kh for which consumption keeps increasing. I'm slightly over double the consumption of 2 months ago.

I'm still experimenting with the amount of FM Ultra Phos I'm refreshing weekly to maintain stable Po4 levels - it's currently 0.01 when Ultraphos is refreshed on wc day but rises to 0.05 and stays there by mid week. I don't necessarily want to maintain it so low but I want to achieve stability first.

Corals are not paling out despite nitrate being rock solid at 0.2.

No3: 0.2 (daily)
Po4: 0.01 - 0.05 (daily)
KH: 6.3 - 6.7 (daily)
Calcium: 440 (weekly)
Mg: 1410 (weekly)
K: 400 (weekly)

illumnae
10/15/2017, 04:21 AM
Did up a video showcasing the equipment I use on my tank

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illumnae
11/03/2017, 11:31 AM
Seems like there's not really much interest in my tank :(

Oh well, things are trucking along pretty well. Acros are continuing to encrust, grow and colour up; fish are doing well. Over the past couple of weeks I've added a mitratus butterfly, 2 marginalis butterflies and 9 randall anthias. I trapped out the polyzona tang and he's in isolation for the next few months while I round up my fish list. I'm sourcing for a pair of Hawaii yellow anthias, a joculator angel, a tigerpyge angel and a white tail bristletooth tang. Maybe a couple of Liopoproma basslet like eukrines, africanum or fasciatus, and a pair of candy basslet.

I've also dosed fluconazole for bryopsis and hair algae. I'm pretty sure it was part of the uglies stage of my tank, but I was really getting tired of spending an hour before each water change plucking the algae out. I've been doing it for a month and it wasn't getting any better. It's day 10 since dosing the fluconazole and the algae is dying off. There's cyano feeding off the dead algae but it doesn't seem to be spreading.

My camera is out for repair - turns out my blurred photos and video weren't wholly due to my lack of skill - so no photos or videos till I get it back.

reefmutt
11/06/2017, 07:26 AM
I recently finished a fluconazole treatment. Worked like a dream! Although cyano followed pretty quickly.
I found it had some long lasting effects.. film algea was dramatically reduced for many weeks after treatment and I also had a die off of cheato. Not complete but significant.
That fluconazole certainly has some underlying effects on the system that aren’t fully understood.. but in general it’s pretty positive..
Did it affect nutrient levels in your tank?

insaneDynamix
11/06/2017, 04:38 PM
Hey man ... that's a real cool tank. :wavehand::thumbsup:

I'm unable to view videos ... unsure why. But I would sure appreciate more fish pics.

Can you elaborate more on your nutrient export and NO3 dosing ?

illumnae
11/08/2017, 10:03 AM
I recently finished a fluconazole treatment. Worked like a dream! Although cyano followed pretty quickly.
I found it had some long lasting effects.. film algea was dramatically reduced for many weeks after treatment and I also had a die off of cheato. Not complete but significant.
That fluconazole certainly has some underlying effects on the system that arenít fully understood.. but in general itís pretty positive..
Did it affect nutrient levels in your tank?

The fluconazole no doubt works well. I noticed cyano in my tank too but it's restricted only to growing on the dead strands if bryopsis and hair algae. I think it's feeding off the nutrients being released by the dead algae. No outbreak of it (knock on wood!)

My chaeto was entirely out competed by caulerpa and hair algae in my refugium. The fluconazole killed off all my caulerpa too. I'll need to repopulate the refugium after treatment is over. I did notice nto needing to clean the glass too!

Nutrients wise I noticed phosphate rise from 0.03 on day 1 to 0.08 on day 3. I continued dosing carbon via TM Bacto Balance and nitrate actually zeroed out, probably due to the increase in phosphate. I dosed calcium nitrate and installed an ultraphos reactor and nutrients are now back to normal.

Corals aren't visibly affected but growth seems to have slowed abit based on slowly rising kh levels.

Hey man ... that's a real cool tank. :wavehand::thumbsup:

I'm unable to view videos ... unsure why. But I would sure appreciate more fish pics.

Can you elaborate more on your nutrient export and NO3 dosing ?

Thank you! Camera is still not back from repairs. I'll try to get more pictures when it's back.

Not taking into account the abovementioned temporary measures due to the fluconazole treatment, my nutrient control is just 2ml daily dose of Tropic Marin Bacto Balance. It has been keeping my nutrients stable at 0.2 nitrate and 0.03-0.05 phosphate. I used to dose nitrate whenever it hit 0, but after awhile nutrient ratio balanced out and I didn't need to do it anymore

insaneDynamix
11/08/2017, 04:30 PM
Thanks for that info. I love the new scape btw. It looks totally gorgeous.

illumnae
11/09/2017, 12:57 AM
Thanks for that info. I love the new scape btw. It looks totally gorgeous.

Thank you!

reefinder
11/13/2017, 11:18 PM
Man I love the mexhanical light bar idea, everyone I see one I get so jealous. You have a beautiful tank my friend.

illumnae
11/14/2017, 03:51 AM
Thank you for your kind comments.

illumnae
11/14/2017, 07:44 AM
So the camera came back from repairs and I was looking at the tank top down to decide which corals to photograph. Noticed a couple of the corals didn't look so hot so I plucked one out and flipped it over... guess what I saw? Yup... bite marks. Removed all the unhappy corals for a dip and yup... the dreaded aefw fell off. Into the bin they went. The other corals in the tank look happy, coloured up and with great polyp extension but I'm not taking anything for granted. My tank is infected.

Absolutely no idea how they got into my tank. Every wild colony was dipped and inspected and every frag came from a clean trusted source. I only have one maricultured piece and that piece was cut well away from the cement base, and also dipped and inspected. No new colonies have gone into the tank for over 2 months.

There's no way I am going to be able to do the 5 week dip routine. I have well over 50 wild colonies and 20 frags, all well encrusted on the rocks. Ripping them out to dip will likely kill them anyway. I plan to just stock up on natural predators of the flatworm and keep them in check using KZ flatworm stop and coral booster. Will not share any frags from trims - they go straight into the bin. Hopefully the tank will do well with the pests under control for a couple of years till its time for an upgrade... next planned upgrade is in maybe 3 years. Will restart from scratch and just transfer the fish over at that time.

Feeling totally deflated at the moment... Things were going so well and the tank was just starting to look good.

Reefstar075
11/14/2017, 10:45 AM
Awesome SPS tank! Thanks for sharing!

illumnae
12/13/2017, 08:34 AM
These beauties and a few others are coming into my tank very soon! I've been waiting for nice Tigerpyges since January when my last one ate dinos and got poisoned. It's a beautiful Christmas :rollface::rollface::rollface:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4685/24166944587_e1ea9e219b_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/CPxUEp)IMG-20171213-WA0007 (https://flic.kr/p/CPxUEp) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4521/38994483592_e471e7c515_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22pNVqC)IMG-20171213-WA0013 (https://flic.kr/p/22pNVqC) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/38994483602_e55b8b02c1_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22pNVqN)IMG-20171213-WA0009 (https://flic.kr/p/22pNVqN) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Photo credit to @LemonLemon, who snapped these lovely pictures when the fish just arrived at Iwarna Aquafarm.

acesq
12/13/2017, 09:50 AM
First, sorry to hear about your flatworms. Flatworm Stop and frequent basting to blow them into the water column to be eaten by fish can work if you keep at it.

Second, love the tygerpye! You have a very nice collection of fish.

illumnae
12/24/2017, 09:19 AM
Merry Christmas everyone!

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DiscusHeckel
12/26/2017, 06:42 AM
Very nice video. Thanks for sharing.

illumnae
12/26/2017, 11:10 AM
Thanks Bulent! It's hard to find motivation to update my tank online. Noone seems interested, so when I post I feel like I'm talking to myself. Good to know that you still drop in :)

DiscusHeckel
12/26/2017, 11:56 AM
Thanks Bulent! It's hard to find motivation to update my tank online. Noone seems interested, so when I post I feel like I'm talking to myself. Good to know that you still drop in :)

I understand what you are saying and your feeling. My observation is that less and less people post on reef forums compared to past. People say that Facebook is to blame.

I will follow your tank thread more closely from now on.

illumnae
01/02/2018, 02:06 AM
First, sorry to hear about your flatworms. Flatworm Stop and frequent basting to blow them into the water column to be eaten by fish can work if you keep at it.

Second, love the tygerpye! You have a very nice collection of fish.

Thank you, flatworm problems are still present but much slowed down. I just threw away another 2 colonies that had bite marks and eggs, but it's been a month since the last time I had to throw anything away. I know it's wishful thinking for it to be gone without any painful action on my part, but I hope it slows down to manageable levels so that I can enjoy my tank with minimal disruption for the next 1-2 years before it's time for another upgrade.

I started off being a "fish person" before I started on any corals, so I'm staying true to my roots - I enjoy collecting nice fish still.

I understand what you are saying and your feeling. My observation is that less and less people post on reef forums compared to past. People say that Facebook is to blame.

I will follow your tank thread more closely from now on.

Thanks Bulent, I appreciate that :) I just get the feeling that my tank seems inferior to others' tanks, as I see other threads with so much traffic but mine gets ignored :sad2:

illumnae
01/02/2018, 02:23 AM
Photo dump time! Took these pictures before Christmas, but got caught up with work and preparing the Christmas video, so got delayed in posting them.

Pictures are a little on the blue side this round - still learning my new camera. Will tweak the white balance next time.

First up, here's an updated FTS:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4681/39169561912_ce117edf5b_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22Fhf7m)FTS (https://flic.kr/p/22Fhf7m) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I have quite a number of coral top down shots, so I'll try to categorize them according to source.

1. Sulawesi wild colonies

I got this one as a "Indo SSC", but it has morphed from pink and green with red polyps to purple with red polyps
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4590/39196946211_85c16b8d6d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22HGAvr)SPS 23 (https://flic.kr/p/22HGAvr) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

This piece was totally browned out when I got it, but it's since turned into quite a beauty
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4647/27421023639_8e0efa2fb9_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HM6UZD)SPS 17 (https://flic.kr/p/HM6UZD) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Acropora selago? It has a very pretty golden sheen under actinics
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4633/38489642874_8b1447ee05_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/21DctSj)SPS 14 (https://flic.kr/p/21DctSj) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/150810583[email protected]/), on Flickr

Recent acquisition - looks like it will turn into either a Watermelon millie or a Sunset millie
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4684/39196948081_becf91033e_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22HGB4F)SPS 12 (https://flic.kr/p/22HGB4F) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Another "Indo SSC" variant - this one retained the green, but the polyps morphed into a very interesting shade of dark pink, not the usual red
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4692/27421030129_2114ac7c71_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HM6WVx)SPS 11 (https://flic.kr/p/HM6WVx) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Is this a Paletta Pink Tip? When I first got it, the corallites glowed yellow/orange under actinics, but it seems to have lost that colouration. It paled off recently but is starting to darken up again - hopefully the glowy corallites come back too
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4729/38489639734_0c8a409c72_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/21DcsWb)SPS 7 (https://flic.kr/p/21DcsWb) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

illumnae
01/02/2018, 02:34 AM
2. Australia wild colonies

A very very interesting deepwater colony. When I first got it, it was red with neon green highlights. It is now purple, but has retained the highlights.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4693/38320622745_c87bfbba15_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/21ogd5a)SPS 13 (https://flic.kr/p/21ogd5a) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Very nice colony - Acropora nasuta? It has a mint green body with purple corallites and blue polyps. I have another similar colony under high light that has the same mint green body with purple corallites, but the polys are purple too instead of blue
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4683/25331345398_71db6eb7a3_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/EArLss)SPS 9 (https://flic.kr/p/EArLss) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Classic SSC. It turned entirely red for awhile, and is now starting to get the green back. I was told that I'm keeping it under too high lights and too low nutrients, hence the loss in green and predominance of red
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4681/39169560432_e759b8f47a_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22FheEQ)SPS 6 (https://flic.kr/p/22FheEQ) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Not sure what this is, but it reminds me of snowflakes! Very Christmassy look
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4634/27421034049_c3087a74e4_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HM6Y68)SPS 5 (https://flic.kr/p/HM6Y68) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I call this my "Aussie Pikachu" - bright yellow with red polyps
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4728/39169560652_dbc4acefd5_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22FheJC)SPS 4 (https://flic.kr/p/22FheJC) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

A "Rainbow" millie from Australia. When I got this colony some tips were showing blue in addition to the orange/red body and green polyps. You can't see it from the picture, but the corallites are now turning gold
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4636/39169560982_6ec5aa3a51_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22FheQj)SPS 3 (https://flic.kr/p/22FheQj) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr


3. Tonga wild colonies

Recent acquisition from a long awaited Tonga shipment. Bought it as a "Rainbow Nasuta"
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4680/39169561022_a762fddf8b_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22FheR1)SPS 2 (https://flic.kr/p/22FheR1) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

From the same recent shipment, a different colour variant of the above colony - this one is pink with blue tips and red polyps. This piece is still not very stable, so I'm closely observing it
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4684/39169561532_cbb000a1c8_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22FheZN)SPS 1 (https://flic.kr/p/22FheZN) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

DiscusHeckel
01/02/2018, 02:35 AM
Acropora selago? It has a very pretty golden sheen under actinics
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4633/38489642874_8b1447ee05_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/21DctSj)SPS 14 (https://flic.kr/p/21DctSj) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr


Nice pictures. Yes, I agree that the above coral is likely to be A. selago. It should exhibit much deeper green pigments though.

I used to have a frag a long time ago, but lost it.

Have you ever considered getting frags and growing them to colonies? I find this more satisfying than creating an instant reef.

illumnae
01/02/2018, 02:43 AM
4. Sabah wild colonies

Sabah wild SPS are notoriously difficult to keep alive, so I'm glad that I managed to keep a couple of colonies.

This one was another totally browned out colony I took a chance on - it stayed brown for months, then finally recently coloured up
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4639/38320620985_da098610c8_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/21ogcxP)SPS 18 (https://flic.kr/p/21ogcxP) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

This tort/echinata/bottlebrush was neon yellow when I got it. It's now neon green, but has regained some yellow at the tips. Hoping to be able to get it back to its original yellow glory
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4735/27421036349_a4f8aacfd7_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HM6YLM)SPS 10 (https://flic.kr/p/HM6YLM) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr


5. Frags from local frag seller - Fantasy Corals

These are frags purchased from a local frag seller, so they are all labelled with his trade names ("FC" stands for Fantasy Corals)

FC "CRT Rainbow"
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4688/39196945301_a2206848b8_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22HGAeK)SPS 25 (https://flic.kr/p/22HGAeK) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

FC "Superman Acro"
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4738/38320616325_c216d0feeb_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/21ogbat)SPS 24 (https://flic.kr/p/21ogbat) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

FC "Rainbow Shabert"
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4633/38320619755_c69ba4535d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/21ogcbB)SPS 21 (https://flic.kr/p/21ogcbB) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

FC "Jubilee"
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4591/38489640554_bb2b4e90cd_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/21Dctbj)SPS 20 (https://flic.kr/p/21Dctbj) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

FC "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4680/39196946541_62215f34cf_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22HGAB8)SPS 19 (https://flic.kr/p/22HGAB8) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

FC "Sweetie Pie"
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4731/39196947281_a60bb38592_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/22HGAPT)SPS 15 (https://flic.kr/p/22HGAPT) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

FC "Ultra Walt Disney"
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4683/27421032929_d73d0075b4_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/HM6XKP)SPS 8 (https://flic.kr/p/HM6XKP) by Yi Xiang Lye (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

illumnae
01/02/2018, 02:51 AM
Nice pictures. Yes, I agree that the above coral is likely to be A. selago. It should exhibit much deeper green pigments though.

I used to have a frag a long time ago, but lost it.

Have you ever considered getting frags and growing them to colonies? I find this more satisfying than creating an instant reef.

Wow I really like yours! It has rainbow hues and blue polyps :inlove:

Here in Singapore we get wild colonies in abundance - primarily from Indonesia (Bali mostly and sometimes Sulawesi) and Australia, but also from Fiji, Tonga and Sabah. Frags tend to come from these same shipments I have access to, and cost almost as much as a colony (or with some frag sellers even more than a colony) so it usually doesn't really make sense to get frags over colonies.

We also get maricultured mini-colonies/large frags, but I tend to prefer the wild stuff over mariculture, partly due to fear of pests and partly due to hating the hassle of chopping off the cement bases.

There is 1 frag seller that has beautiful frags and he is the exception to the above. I do get frags from him too (they're featured in the post below yours), but the main source here in Singapore is wild colonies.

DiscusHeckel
01/16/2018, 04:35 PM
Is there any update?

illumnae
01/17/2018, 01:04 AM
Is there any update?

The SPS are still doing well despite the aefw, but introduction of an Achilles Tang caused a white spot outbreak that decimated many of my fish population :(

I'm now seriously considering going ahead with aefw eradication while running the tank fallow and treating the remaining fish in copper to get rid of the problems in this otherwise flourishing tank.

The plan is to break off all the encrusted frags and colonies from the rockwork and remove the rockwork (to prevent aefw from hiding in the leftover encrusted bits). The fish will all be removed from the tank into a hospital tank to treat with cupramine. I will then use eggcrate to create shelves in the tank to hold the frags and colonies at the light levels that they are used to, and take them out to dip weekly for the next 6 weeks. I'll then reintroduce rockwork and glue the corals back and leave the tank fishless for the corals to take hold, as well as to complete the fallow period to eradicate ich from the tank before reintroducing the fish.

In addition to getting rid of both pests, this also gives me the chance to redo the rockwork - due to the shallow nature of this tank, I find the current rockwork slightly too high to be able to get good photos and videos for updates.

Any reason I shouldn't go ahead with this plan?

DiscusHeckel
01/18/2018, 08:21 AM
The SPS are still doing well despite the aefw, but introduction of an Achilles Tang caused a white spot outbreak that decimated many of my fish population :(

I'm now seriously considering going ahead with aefw eradication while running the tank fallow and treating the remaining fish in copper to get rid of the problems in this otherwise flourishing tank.

The plan is to break off all the encrusted frags and colonies from the rockwork and remove the rockwork (to prevent aefw from hiding in the leftover encrusted bits). The fish will all be removed from the tank into a hospital tank to treat with cupramine. I will then use eggcrate to create shelves in the tank to hold the frags and colonies at the light levels that they are used to, and take them out to dip weekly for the next 6 weeks. I'll then reintroduce rockwork and glue the corals back and leave the tank fishless for the corals to take hold, as well as to complete the fallow period to eradicate ich from the tank before reintroducing the fish.

In addition to getting rid of both pests, this also gives me the chance to redo the rockwork - due to the shallow nature of this tank, I find the current rockwork slightly too high to be able to get good photos and videos for updates.

Any reason I shouldn't go ahead with this plan?

Your plan sounds reasonable. That said, I want to stress that I have no experience with AEFW or whitespot.

Jfannin
01/18/2018, 10:16 AM
Beautiful tank, well done!
Absolutely love the pigmy Angle. Hands done my favorite species of fish.
I had several pigmy in my old system and plan a couple in my new one as well. Keep up the good work.