Just today, I added two new pieces of rock, three more astreas, one nessarius, and a dwarf blueleg.
I bought this and the aformentioned piece from Aquadrome one day after they recieved them from a FL aquaculture outfit. The most recent piece has been curing in my 10g rock tank for about 2.5 weeks.
It came in with two patches of what I believe to be a species of Madracis.
There is another hitchhiker that I haven't been able to identify as well as a couple species of macroalgaes (that my hermits will probably eat), a lot of bubble algae, and a nice deep-red coralline algae.
The other piece of rock that I put in there today is something that I got from a different LFS (Sean at Buzz'n Bees rocks!). I have been dealing with BnB pets for most of 10 years and Sean has always taken care of me, and this rock is just the latest manifestation. I brought in some java fern and Cryptocoryne wendtii that I have been cultivating in my FW tank and traded it for a nassarius snail and a rock containing these. The first pic is what they looked like 1min after I moved them to the aquarium from the acclimation bag and the second pic is what they looked like 4hrs later:
My halimeda has been growing like a weed. This is what it looked like on 1-14-06:
And this is what it looks like now (the whiteness is an artifact of the flash):
And there are two updated FTSs:
I never scrape my glass. I mag-floated it a couple times during the first month, but I haven't done it since.
The hair algae and cyano that I have been contending with for the past two months was exported to my rock curing tank when I swapped in the rock from Dr. Mac. I am not sure what I am going to do with the exiled pieces of rock that I have, but I was thinking about cooking them (http://www.nano-reef...oking live rock). I disagree with Nuhtty and I don't have a PhD in marine science, just a BS in Biology. For what its worth, I am beginning graduate work at U. South Carolina this summer toward my MS or PhD in marine science.
I am pretty sure that I can retain the nitrifying bacteria and shed the photosynthetic algae (coralline and others) by keeping it in a dark container of saltwater for a couple months. I don't think that temperature is critical, since I don't care too much about whether the feather dusters live, but I will keep the water moving to facilitate shedding. I don't know if it will confer all the benefits that have been proported on RC, but I am certain that I can be rid of the nuisance algae without converting my LR to dead rock by completely drying it out for several months.
Still no deaths or MIAs and all the dire predictions of a crash due to doing "too much, too fast" that were posted at the beginning of this thread have failed to materialize. I haven't been doing waterchanges very religiously and my wataer params have all been stable and within acceptable limits, so don't try to tell me that I dodged the bullet either.
It is kind of fun spending time here at NR answering beginner questions, and all-in-all things have been going rather well. I'll keep updating as things mature, grow, get added, subtracted, and expanded.
PS: If the crash ever happens, I'll report that too.
Edited by Mr. Fosi, 22 March 2006 - 10:27 AM.