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Old 05/19/2017, 10:14 AM   #26
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Wild Percula's found their new home. This is my newbie, non tank killing BTA. (Aka hammer)


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Old 05/19/2017, 10:24 AM   #27
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Old 05/20/2017, 05:11 AM   #28
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Loveeeeeeee the yasha and pistol !!!! Thanks for the update...looks great.

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Old 05/20/2017, 11:03 AM   #29
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Thank you !!!! I love the yasha as well. One has been coming out and hanging out between the sand and glass, but the other is hanging out under the rockwork.

I've read you should feed twice a day, so I've been target feeding with frozen mysis and a turkey baster. The clowns don't let anything get low enough in the tank.


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Old 08/19/2017, 11:28 AM   #30
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Hi All!

Haven't updated in a long time. I went to a local frag meet, met some local reefers, and went 'off grid' a bit with the hobby. An update is long past due. Also, thanks to everyone who provided me assistance and encouragement along the way! Here's my current stocking, with pics below.

Fish:
Bonded pair wild caught true percula, -- they've gender identified now and the female is growing
Bonded pair yasha goby

Inverts:
Cleaner shrimp (first inhabitant!)
Peppermint shrimp
Red banded snapping shrimp (alpheus randalli, bonded with yasha)
Fighting conch
Royal urchin
Trochus snails
???? Snails (breeding like crazy)
TONS of brittle stars
Huge bristleworms
No crabs

Corals:

Soft:
Brown mushroom
Florida Ricordia
Green Star Polyp (back wall)

Zoa's
Orange (unspecified)
Electric oompa loompah
Scrambled eggs
Blue hornet
Laser lemon
Utter chaos
Tiger eye
Pinwheel

LPS:
Hammer Coral
Frogspwn

SPS
Wildfire digitata
Green digitata
Ora German blue digitata
Ora purple plasma acropora
Ora tricolor velera
Montipora setosa (orange/pink)
Red Montipora cap
Mystic montipora
Birdsnest - Ora green ponape

I think that's it.

I dosed with azythromyacin once because of an insane cyano breakout. Took my skimmer offline for a month or two, but I got it dialed back in.

Only dosing is kalkwasser in my ato resovoir.

Current readings:

1.026 salinity
7 kh (monitoring - had carbonate precipitate out in a jug of lfs bought water)
400 ca
1400 mg



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Old 08/19/2017, 12:14 PM   #31
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I'm considering the next fish or two. Right now my lists includes these fish ... anything else you guys think I should look at? I would only add 1-3 more.

Tailspot Blenny
Helfrichi Firefish
Yellowhead Jawfish
Banggai Cardinal
Royal Gramma
Other small gobies? Keep the rock/passive fish theme.

Any other fun symbiotic relationships I can highlight like the goby+shrimp group? I don't want the headache of a nem...


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Old 08/19/2017, 11:46 PM   #32
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New addition! Twin Spot Goby.

Upon much deeper research, I recognize this is a very difficult fish and not the simple sand sifting goby I thought I was getting. I seem to have made a mistake, and now must make the best of it. I think I'm up to the challenge. If not I have an exit plan.

So here's the plan: tonight when I fed, I dusted the sand bed with a mix of reef roids and coral delite; sharing much of the natural plankton food of the goby. I also fed a mix of frozen pe mysis, omega brine and cyclops. The goby took some brine and has been sifting the sand.

I'm going to feed twice a day, and make sure the sandbed is full of goodies, a regular mix of the above. I'll spot feed the two spot brine - I do this already with my yasha.

I took a lot of pictures, and if he starts to shrink/starve or doesn't get fat soon, he's moving to my friend's 600 with 28 square feet of sandbed.

Best pic I have - sorry for the dirty glass.




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Old 08/20/2017, 06:28 AM   #33
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Grama is very territorial for a small fish lol and the jaw fish will need a lot of sand to sift. He'll also cover everything in your tank with the sand


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Old 08/20/2017, 06:29 AM   #34
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Old 08/20/2017, 10:19 AM   #35
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Thank you!! Gramma and thank you toomanyfish!!!

jawfish and gramma are off the list then. Twinspot is the only sifter going in here.

Firefish and tailspot blenny ar the top of the list.

Haven't seen the Yasha's since the twinspot went in.


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Old 08/20/2017, 11:11 AM   #36
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Very nice job on the aquascaping TC! Looks really good.


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Old 08/20/2017, 07:05 PM   #37
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Thank you!! Gramma and thank you toomanyfish!!!

jawfish and gramma are off the list then. Twinspot is the only sifter going in here.

Firefish and tailspot blenny ar the top of the list.

Haven't seen the Yasha's since the twinspot went in.


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I have a royal gramma, had 0 territorial issues from him. I have 1 clown and the Mandarin, his and the gramma, usually hangout under the same rock at night. Only behavior I was surprised by was his excavation. He moved a lot of sand under my rock to make himself a lil home.

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Old 08/20/2017, 10:31 PM   #38
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The tank looks good!

Where in DFW are you? Saw the DNA containter & just wondered haha. Are they the lfs you go to most?


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Old 08/20/2017, 11:02 PM   #39
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I have a royal gramma, had 0 territorial issues from him. I have 1 clown and the Mandarin, his and the gramma, usually hangout under the same rock at night. Only behavior I was surprised by was his excavation. He moved a lot of sand under my rock to make himself a lil home.

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Thanks for that - I didn't now the Gramma were diggers.


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Old 08/20/2017, 11:03 PM   #40
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The tank looks good!

Where in DFW are you? Saw the DNA containter & just wondered haha. Are they the lfs you go to most?
I'm in north Dallas Closest LFS is Apex, and I go to Fish Gallery too... I'd say I've spent the most time at DNA. You?


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I'm in north Dallas Closest LFS is Apex, and I go to Fish Gallery too... I'd say I've spent the most time at DNA. You?


Thats awesome! I just moved from far north dallas over to lewisville. I shop/work at Odyssey Pets, you should come check us out sometime! Apex is a really good store too, i'd highly recommend them as well


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Old 08/21/2017, 03:08 PM   #42
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Thats awesome! I just moved from far north dallas over to lewisville. I shop/work at Odyssey Pets, you should come check us out sometime! Apex is a really good store too, i'd highly recommend them as well
Congrats on the move! I'll come visit sometime. Small world!


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Old 11/04/2017, 10:59 PM   #43
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TexChuck's 32g BC

Hi all !

I've made some mistakes and am now dealing with a nuisance algae outbreak. This was a month ago after pulling my purigen for a few days:



I got lazy with my export. My skimmer was performing poorly for ~6 weeks (it's good now), and I decided to run some purigen to compensate. I also slowed WC's to 5g every 2-3 weeks. Purigen kept no3 at 0, but killed my macro in the fuge box. After 3 failed attempts at macro and some thickheadedness on my side, I gave up and have run the purigen since, thinking nutrients were controlled. I pulled the purigen a week and a half ago, and the first 2 pictures are what happened after a

I now have bubble and gha at a minimum. I'm removing what I can manually, and I've stepped up WC's to every few days.

My plan: keep with the aggressive WC schedule, remove the purigen once the algae regrowth slows, and add chaeto back to the fuge in back. Manually remove as much gha and bubble algae as possible.

I'm looking at turf scrubber diy plans too, as an upgrade to the macro (and skimmer?) in section 2.

I considered running gfo in addition to the purigen - surely the algae was eating the po4, and the system wasn't keeping up with the purigen? I also was convinced for 24 hours I had Dino, and looked at h2o2 dosing.

I'll share pics again once I eliminate the algae ! (And the purigen) Here are some pics from today -- I did a 10g WC 24h ago:





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I'm still contemplating next fish. Tailspot Blenny and Possum Wrasse are at the top of the list. I also like the Pink-Streaked Wrasse. I'm not adding anything until my chemistry is stable and the algae is diminished.

My Jaebo powerhead died after 8 months. I have replaced with a MP-10. I'm very happy with this pump, and also understand why people like running two.

I'm running saturated limewater in my ato pump. KH 7, Ca 400, Mg 1320, pH 8.2, NO3 0, PO4 .08 (Redsea). I had been reading low KH of 5 for a bit, but brought this up with more WC's.

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Old 11/13/2017, 05:05 PM   #44
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I've replaced the purigen with chaeto, and am now back to the filtration setup I started with. Intank media basket with floss, then chaeto, then Tunze 9001.

Coral growth has taken off since I stepped up the WC schedule, and nuisance algae seems to be much improved. Conditions are much improved.

I did add a single small turbo snail at a reefer's rec and can tell a difference.

Here are some pics of new frags I added Friday .



Also impressed by new growth on this birdsnest frag - thought it was dead after an extended ride on the urchin's back and a stint upside down in the stand. Still pale but recovery is promising.


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