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Alright, the time has come.....drumroll please.................................I picked up my BC29 today and it is setup time!!!!!!!!!

All of my other supplies arrived yesterday including the following:

 

1 x Reef master test kit

2 x koralia 1

1 x jager 100w heater

1 x refractometer

2 x coralife digital thermometer

1 x 15lb bag of reef salt

1 x 20lb bag "live sand"

 

So, after stand construction and some fiddling around. It is officially born!!!!!

I will be checking salinity and adding my sand and my first rock tomorrow.

 

The rock is coming from a 2yr established tank.

 

If I have some hair algae, other misc algae....would you scrub it off first or just let it do it's thing?

 

What is this? A curious kittycat inquires:

 

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The stand was easy as pie to put together.

 

Chilling in it's new location:

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Looking sexy all filled with water:

 

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Salt added...mixing away:

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Are those pokemon drawings on the wall?

 

BTW nice start up :)

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You are correct about the pokemon drawings. My gf likes to take the pokemon designs and modify them to her liking ^_^

 

Thanks!

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Soooo.....sand added.

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SG= 1.030 after mixing.....a little high but I will bring it down a smidge once the water clears.

 

temp is running about 81-82' right now. I may tweak my heater down a bit to see if it's setting it too high.

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Cleared up nicely last night:

 

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I have lowered the SG to 1.028....still needs to go a down a bit but I think I will be adding LR today.

 

I will be adding some 2 yr old from my current tank and I will be getting some new stuff!

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From a Red Pony Dude ('99 GT Conv - red w/black top) to a Yellow Pony Dude...looks like you're off to a good start!

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update:

 

I've been busy this morning and stole some LR out of my old tank:

 

The piece on top has a flower nem that would not cooperate this morning and let go so...there he is...ugh,

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I think I will be picking up some new LR later today. Scape will be better arranged once I have new rock

 

salinity is down to 1.026....think I should drop it anymore?

 

Temps are around 81.6.

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So that flower nem that wouldn't let go.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...looks happier than it has since I got it forever ago......

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I think it knew where it was going if it held on tight!

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Alrighty folks....picked up some new LR tonight.... here's the new scape:

 

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FTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Look what I found stuck in the rock.....it must have come out of a store tank and this little guy got missed...some xenia i think:

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Under actinics:

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Under Moonlights:

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If you look close you can see the stubborn nem glows green under moonlight.

 

Thanks for looking!

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Starting to look good man! If you are ever unhappy with your rock size/shape while you're early in the cycling stages... a hammer and a screwdriver work wonders!

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Thanks man. So I am trying to decide...should I leave my stubborn nem or try and coax it off. Are flowers in any way detrimental to a reef tank?

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I have a colony of flowers in my tank, they are nice for reefs because they dont move around alot. I would keep them.

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Sweet...no worries then. I didn't realize that they fluoresce. I kill my day bulb and actinic and low and behold, green nem! In a bit I will be staking the tank out with a flashlight to see if anything fun came in on the new rock.

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Nice man, new LR and flashlight are fun!

 

You wanna know a cool trick? Pick up one of those little "scorpion finder" keychain lights.. its a actintic style LED that you can shine into a tank and pop the color out on the spot :)

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Awesome. I will have to look into one of those. Thanks again for the suggestions. I will update if I see anything fun!

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Updates:

 

Ph=8.2

Nitrate=0.0

Phosphate=0.5

 

I still need to get my Nitrite and Ammonia tests...I though I had some but apparently not :angry:

 

So...the xenia hitcher that I got last night seems to be loving it:

 

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Yes......that is aiptasia to the left of the xenia....

 

It appears to just be on that on rock....for now. I hit it with some lemon juice about 15 minutes ago.

 

Would a freshwater dip kill it? There are a bunch of little guys hanging around.....or should i just hold off and grab some shrimp to take care of it once the tank cycles?

 

Random pics:

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I also have a weird little brownish thing....I don't know what but I will try to get pics in a bit!

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nice tank bro!!! you got a nice hitchhiker there. i would kill the apstasia ASAP!! cuz once those things multiply you will never be able to get them out of our tank. i have tried getting wrasses and shrimp that eat them... never works. i would get them out now so you dont have to worry about them later

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Thanks! So...more pics...haha

 

Left hand side:

 

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Right hand side:

 

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Mystery stuff:

It is brownish red and looks like a polyp maybe....I don't know...it is kind of spongy....

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So....found another couple of ALIENZ!!!!

 

They were both too small for pics but the first was I think either a tiny bristle worm or the leg of some sort of star....it was poking out of a small hole in my rock about a half inch. The tip of the "mystery" part was read and changed to black about 1/4" down. It was not a gradual color change but an abrupt Red | Black.

 

Any guesses? I don't think it's a bristle because of the way it would kind of curl upwards like it was trying to grab stuff...

 

Also, what appears to be a little blueish gray with black stripes snail maybe???

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Nice tank ;)

 

Get a red lense flash light or red cyran wrap and when all the lights are off search for more critters!

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So, I have verified the existence of at least one, if not 2 small bristle worms! Exciting I know.

 

Also, I have a few potentially hitch hiking zoas...maybe:

 

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They have been expanding since this morning.

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Looking good, looks like you're off to a good start! I especially liked the side views. What's to the right of the tank? I'm going with T's but I can't really tell.

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Thanks!

 

To the far right of the tank are my snake racks and on top of the one is a rosehair tarantula. To the left is a planted exo-terra for dart frogs. I can get a full wall shot if anyone wants! So....time to go full throttle on the aiptasia.... I found on of my xenia heads inside of my biggest aiptasia today...it was kind of neat to see because you could see the xenia inside... still makes me mad though :angry:

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