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Aaaand...now it's recovering. Weird....but I'm glad that it's ok. It's now trying to straighten up and partially extending it's tentacles.

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Updates...

P. Caesia lost the battle for space & light. :(

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top down

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Clowns chilling on toadstools

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Shrooms
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Leptastrea recovering from all the death/destruction/neglect. :(

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Oh, and also, cleaned the back wall and got rid of the black backdrop.

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Leptastrea are really tough and even just a tiny bit of tissue is enough for them to grow back quickly when conditions improve.

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Lost Blue today. :(

 

The Story:

 

My wife bought fighting conch for dinner (Yes, we eat fighting conch. They taste nice, but I'm always against eating them because I think they're over-harvested here. I think that's why our beaches are full of algae.) and there was a hermit crab mixed in with the little conchs so I decided to save it and put it in my tank (big mistake). It acted shy on the day I put it in, but in the morning I found out IT ATE MY LARGER FIGHTING CONCH. I took out the shell (it smelled nasty...) and did a water change and disposed of the traitor crab. The dead fighting conch shell happened to be in the nook where Blue sleeps and I think it poisoned him somewhat. I noticed he had gill problems...he was having a hard time breathing and I can see the red inflammation....like his gills were damaged physically. I knew he was a goner the day before he died, he wouldn't come out of his nook and I could see the bristle worm and a "stone-looking" crab (vultures...first time I saw the crab though, had no idea I had that in my tank) "position" themselves. This morning I found him dead. :( His head was under the sand (probably dragged by the crab). RIP blue. :( I will miss the way you dig around and stir up the sandbed. :(

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Sorry to hear about your fishie. :(

 

You have a beautiful tank! I live in hurricane country, so I'm always glad to hear stories of tanks surviving power outages.

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Yay! Traded some toadstool frags with some zoas today! My first zoas! :happy: They opened up after an hour but will wait for them to color up since the owner said they were under not-so-good lights.


Sorry to hear about your fishie. :(

You have a beautiful tank! I live in hurricane country, so I'm always glad to hear stories of tanks surviving power outages.

Thanks TigerLily!

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Photo dump for Easter (Happy Easter)!
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I just followed all your ups and downs! (we all have those). Great job at keeping up with the challenges and beautiful tank!

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I just followed all your ups and downs! (we all have those). Great job at keeping up with the challenges and beautiful tank!

Thanks en28so!

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Upgraded filter to an Eheim 2042 (from small canister filter).

Pros:

  • Increased flow.
  • Surface agitation is enough to keep surface clear of scum. (no need for surface skimmer)
  • Easy access to filter media when cleaning. I had to take my small canister filter apart and clean the pipes every water change and rinse out my bio media (seachem matrix)

 

Cons:

  • Noisy (maybe just needs to break in)

I think I'm done with hardware upgrades for this year, next year's plan is to have a new stand. Current setup:
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As for livestock, I really want to add some macroalgae (ochtodes) in the display, but I don't have space until I sell all my toadstool frags (to fund my new stand ;) ). Meanwhile will just wait for my first zoas to color up, grow, and spread.

Mystery zoa #1:

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Mystery zoa #2:

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Mystery Favia that hasn't decided what color it is (tissue from recent growth is green):

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