Added: Yasha goby+ Randall's pistol shrimp
Pair of Rod's Onyx
Green polyp toadstool Neon
green Nepthea tree
Green Clauvaria sp.
Blue Sansibia sp. Blue w/ red polyp M. Digitata
Blue Xenia (Cespitularia sp.)
Green w/ orange Clauvaria
Everything seems to be growing in well, as I have reenacted my policy of multiple water changes a week. For the last 2 weeks, I have done 2-3 [1gal] WC/week. The coralline and everything has starting to grow in really nicely.
The yasha goby+ symbiont was bought for a cool $15. The goby was about dead when the LFS got it in so I got it for free with purchase of symbiotic shrimp. I gave it a 15 min. FW dip and all seems fine. Although, when my [new] 1/2in digitata frag got lost in the rockwork, I panicked and caused a cave in. I have not seen the pair again since then [12/29] but assume they are okay.
The addition of the chiller and approx. 45-50 degree F ambient air has allowed my tank to run a stable 25 degrees C. I have also removed the mother colonies of Anthelia sp. and Xenia sp. but they have grown well into the tank. With regards to the Zoanthids, I never planned on having them in the tank as I hate that whole genera/family. However, I'm just going to roll with it because it does add much needed flare to my otherwise drab color scheme.
Ironically, the only thing that hasn't been growing for me is Xenia umbrellata, which has remained a single stalk for the last month and a half.
Speaking of bad-ish news, I am still having a little bit of a Cyano problem. The damn microbes seem to multiply so rapidly that anytime I have a photo period of more than 6hr, I seem to have some. It isn't a huge problem and the water changes have really kept their population in check. However, they are inhibiting my macro's true color from showing as they reside mostly on there. A change of carbon/phosphate media will take care of it.
Hopefully, I will update more consistent/frequently. I am confident that my tank will very well grown in comes march or whenever the end of the contest is.
Below are my update pictures taken 12/29. I will update more pictures later on. Please pardon the scratches on the [acrylic] tank. They are the bane of my reef keeping existence.
Gratuitous shot of my new pink leaf fish, Taenianotus triacanthus.
Edited by supernip, 31 December 2006 - 01:18 AM.