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After the horribly depressing hurricane-related crash of the flaming prawn goby tank, I have to completely restart, so I figured a new thread was in order. If anyone wants to read the old thread, it's HERE.

The Basics:
12 Gallon Nano Cube DX
CREE LED nanotuners retrofit - 6CW, 6RB
MJ 900 return Pump
Koralia 240
inTank Media Basket with carbon and chaeto with submerisble light
Marco Rocks base rock with 1lb live rock

Fish
2 black clown gobies
hi fin goby
bimaculatus belnny

Corals and polyps
assorted zoanthids
black sun coral
assorted acans
assorted florida ricordea
purple and yellow photosynthetic gorgonia
mushrooms
monti cap
green duncan
green and purple frogspawn
purple and green fungia
purple and green blasto
red and green blastos
purple trumpet

Motile Inverts
sandbed clams
2 scarlet hermit crabs
nerite snails
collumbellid snails
cerith snail
margarita snail
astrea snails
porcelain anemone crab
tiny grey hitchhiker crab
dwarf ceriths
periwinkle snails
dwarf planaxis snails
candy striped pistol shrimp
male pom pom crab
2 bumblebee shrimp

Macroalgae
Chaeto
flame algae
shaving brush


Latest FTS - 7/3/12
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Practice my photography and give you all more pictures.

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Im really glad to see your back. Look forward to seeing the new tank develop.

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Thanks Rehype! You beat me to my second post.

So, when I came back to the horror after the power outage, I was able to save a few things. I went out and bought new tanks and supplies to set up at my grandmother's house, where we had power. Everything has since been moved back into my room and is waiting for the NC to be ready again.

They ended up in two tanks because I had the bright idea to add sand to the 10 gallon, totally forgetting that would cloud the water for a few days. :/ In the end I think it worked out though, because it will be slightly more stable than a totally bare tank while I wait for the main display to cycle.

So right now in the ten gallon I have:
my clam
gorgonian
assorted zoas and palys
purple muchrooms, and hopefully some green striped mushrooms
florida ric and hopefully yuma ric
a handful of bristle worms and asterina stars

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And in the 2.5 gallon:
2 black clown gobies
porcelain crab
2 scarlet reef hermits
2 cerith snails, 1 margarita, 1 collinista, 1 nerite

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I really can't wait to get the NC up and running again. I got my box of marco rocks this weekend and I'm working on a scape! I'm actually putting thought into it this time.

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I picked up one live rock from a local store to supplement the dry rock and already found a tiny pistol shrimp hitchhiker!

So hopefully by the end of today I will have my scape done, rocks and substrate in the tank and water flowing. I'm planning to use biospira to help things along. Once the cycle gets to a safe point, I plan on putting in a massive IPSF order and then hopefully I can start moving livestock over! I really can't wait to get rid of the noisy HOB filters. They're making me crazy.

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So sorry you had to go through all of that! I loved your last tank...can't wait to see how this one turns out! I will definitely be following along :)

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I'm glad you didn't let the loss discourage you! Can't wait to see how this new adventure goes :)

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Thanks gena and Paigee. That means a lot from two people with such great looking tanks. I hope this one turns out as well as I plan.

Here's a sneak peak of the scape from the side I see from my bed.

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You are very welcome! I love sneak peaks :)

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Glad to see your are sticking with your tank :happydance:

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Thanks for the encouragement everybody!

Water went in a week ago. Haven't started testing yet, but the little ammonia badge hasn't gone above yellow yet. I've got 1 1/4 pounds of live rock and maybe 10 or 12 pounds of base. Two bags of sand - I'm thinking of getting a randall's shrimp/hi fin goby pair this time, so I wanted a lot of sand.

And now I'm just waiting for things to start looking alive.

FTS:
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Looks great so far I can't wait to see how it turns out.

I like your rock scape alot.

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Looks GREAT! I'm excited to see it fill in :)

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following along! :)

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So things are chugging along. Cycle was mild and went by quickly. A week after I started getting diatoms, I ordered a bunch of critters for IPSF - snails, pods, worms, sandbed clams. Everything is doing ok, so I'm slowly adding things from the emergency tank. Snail and hermit crab adjusted great. Florida ric looks good. The gorg and the zoas, however, haven't opened up yet. They were unhappy under the cheap temporary light in the other tank, so I'm left hoping they aren't too far gone.

My fish are eagerly awaiting their time to move over. Or possibly begging for more food.
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I went to the NYC meet up metrokat organized last week. I didn't intend to buy anything, but I ended up walking away with a pretty good sized acan frag, and $7 frags of a couple of zoa morphs and black sun coral (just what I wanted for the shady little overhang).

I seem to have forgotten how to get good colors in my photos, but here's the acan:
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I'm planning on putting the majority of my zoas in a little garden up front, but I'm putting small frags on the rock bridge. I'm kind of hoping for a flower-covered-trellis look when it grows out.
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So here's what it looks like now. The giant mass of ulva needs to be cut back already. That stuff grows fast!
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Looks great! I'm sure it would be nearly impossible to go to a meet n' greet, hanging around other people who love the hobby as much as you, and NOT buy something :)

The flower covered trellis idea sounds perfect !

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Looking good, love the trellis idea.

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More depressing news - my maxima didn't make it. :( I moved it from the temporary tank to the display a week or two ago to get it back under the LEDs. Either it wasn't soon enough or the display still wasn't stable enough. Thankfully it didn't crash the tank, I'm honestly pretty amazed it was able to handle that without a problem.

Yeah, so another bump in the road, just when everything was going so well. I'm sad again. I had that clam for over a year and when it survived the crash and the subsequent chaos I thought it would live through anything.

And now I'm even more nervous about moving the fish and crabs into the display. Guess they need to wait another week or two.

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Really sorry to hear that sub.... :(

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Sorry to hear that! It's always a bummer when things like that happen. But, it's just a temporary blip. Soon things will be thriving like before :)

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Thanks for the kind words guys. Hopefully this will be the last problem for a while...

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Parameters are back to normal and I was home all weekend for a change, so I moved some more things over to the display. The porcelain crab, margarita snail, tiny hitch hiker crab and black clown gobies that survived the hurricane got moved over, and seem to be doing well.

The only problem is this: the flow in the holding tank was pretty week and the fish are struggling with the how strong it is in the display. Just watching them makes me tired. So they have spent a lot of time hiding and I've been giving them breaks where I'll turn off the flow for half an hour or so, so they can swim around without trouble. Given time, I'm sure they'll be fine.

The corals are starting to recover. The zoas are pretty much all opening, even if they haven't regained their colors yet. The gorg is finally starting to put out polyps again, which I'm so happy about.

Overall, I think we're back on track. Today's FTS below:
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That's GREAT news!!!!

Do you have the stock pump or did you upgrade to the MJ900? I'm thinking about the upgrade just to get some more flow for my chaeto in chamber1.

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Yep, MJ 900. I think it's a good move for the tank, it feels like I get enough flow for what I have even without a powerhead.

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Yep, MJ 900. I think it's a good move for the tank, it feels like I get enough flow for what I have even without a powerhead.

I have an mp10 in my nc12 (leftover pump from the downsize), but I'm looking to get more flow going for the chaeto in the back. I think I may try this upgrade! Did you notice any additional heat from the MJ900?