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Honestly,no. I have a hitchhiking Stomella,and that's it lol. I feed quite a bit though,Dr.G's SPS and LPS max 2-3 times a week,water changes once a week of a half gallon ( out of 2 gallon tank volume). I do run a Gnome Skimmer and run a large amount of GAC and a half tablespoon of GFO,which needs to be changed its like 2 months old lol.

 

I absolutely agree,a trace of everything is good. It's funny people always think to have SPS you need pristine. Everyone is different though,each tank is different. Mariculture SPS,from what I've learned,are less tolerable of unstable conditions.While Aquaculture pieces can tolerate unstable conditions. But yet I've had frags of Mari pieces and they did fine.

 

Such awesome little fish,really all gobies are though. My favorite are Neon Gobies or the Sharknose Goby. I want a pair or quad pair of Neon's for my 7 gallon. I will finish my rant though lol.

 

Oh, well you're still feeding and exporting lol. I just believe getting a fish will help since it would require me to feed more often. I try to keep feedings to a bare minimum to stay on top of my nutrient levels but that also means less food in the water column. But who knows haha tank is still fairly young. The garf is aquacultured so I'm not too worried about it.

 

And yeah, I've seen sharknose for under $15 at Petco but I didn't want to chance it. I think I'll keep my eye out for a greenbanded or masked pair. Not too expensive and I've actually seen them at LFS before :pp

 

Oh and ranting is good! It's always interesting to read a persons first hand experience and exchange knowledge/ideas

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So let me start off with a huge shoutout to phobos2deimos for hooking me up with what might possibly be one of the greatest macro frag packs I've ever seen :lol: He included some of my favorites and some I don't even recognize so it's gonna be a waiting game to see how they all grow out. From what I can recognize, I got a couple clumps of blue ochtodes and cladophora, handfuls of g. hayi, some feathery caulerpa, I think paspaloides and sertulariodes, some codium and some strands of c. prolifera.

 

Ochtodes with some kind of red branching macro that I can't identify. It's a little stiff and rubbery.

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Halimeda and botryocladia which I had beforehand, a beautiful green macro with serrated edges that I don't know the name of, and some c. sertulariodes.

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Codium, hayi, and unknown red feather macro surrounding my garf frag, which is still decidedly brown <_< ...but starting to encrust! That's a good sign right?

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Right side of the tank

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Left side; sorry it's so tilted :P

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FTS. It's difficult to capture the depth of the tank from the front and the black false wall makes it hard to see the macros that are placed against it, but yeah. Still a lot of macros.

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Well, I'm pretty sure I missed a couple of the macros but I think I got most of them. There was also a red macro that grew in a flat disk I couldn't get a pic of since it was in the back. I didn't know where else to put it! But anyways, thanks to all the macros, the tank is really starting to look filled out. Some zoas, some rock nems, a few more macros (mermaids cup and some more halimeda) and a pair of gobies are all that's left on the shopping list :)

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this is a cool little tank

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this is a cool little tank

 

Thanks man! :)

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Yoo wassup. Went home this weekend for an eye exam, realized reef-a-palooza was going on so I stopped by, picked up a few frags, met the guys from Tanked, no big deal :) Didn't really have time to take the best pictures since I had to leave to go back soon after a water change so it's a bit messy, apologies <_<

 

Snail eggs :) dunno what kind though. I have ceriths, nerites, and one mini conch. The nerites have been kind of stuck to each other for awhile now so it might have been them, but they also don't seem to move from that spot and these little packets are showing up all over the tank, even on my macros!

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Frags I got from RAP. All zoas, 1p Mandarin Orange, 2p Fruit Loops, 1p Red Hornet, 1p Lazer Lemon. Also picked up 1p Goblin's Fire from Amazing Aquariums after... guess I needed to buy more :P

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Unfortunately two of the frags look like they've got zoa pox (the mandarin and fruit loops) so I've left my dad with some furan 2 dip instructions. I won't be able to post pics from the camera but I'll try to get some sent to me once they've opened up a bit more.

 

GARF starting to encrust! Still decidedly brown though <_<

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Blondie polyp I picked up awhile ago but never got around to photographing. I've seen ones with really bright orange skirts and blue rings though, any tips on getting it to color up like that?

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Top down

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Just a few FTS from different angles since I didn't take any other pics

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Thanks for looking!

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Parents sent some pics of the zoas I got at RAP! :happy: Wish I could see 'em in person but this'll do for now hehe

 

Lazer Lemons

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Fruit Loops

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Red Hornet

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Goblin's Fire

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Mandarin Orange! :) Glad I got one at the price I did after looking around online for some..

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Bonus shot of the garf's :)

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Yoo wassup. Went home this weekend for an eye exam, realized reef-a-palooza was going on so I stopped by, picked up a few frags, met the guys from Tanked, no big deal :) Didn't really have time to take the best pictures since I had to leave to go back soon after a water change so it's a bit messy, apologies <_<

 

Snail eggs :) dunno what kind though. I have ceriths, nerites, and one mini conch. The nerites have been kind of stuck to each other for awhile now so it might have been them, but they also don't seem to move from that spot and these little packets are showing up all over the tank, even on my macros!

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Thanks for looking!

 

 

Looking good! Those are nano conch eggs my friend. Probably wants more friends for the bigger tank :)

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Thanks for the ID man! There's only one conch in the tank right now which explains why they haven't hatched yet.. I'm gonna need more conches after all :lol:

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Phew, been awhile since I've updated, and I've been adding quite a number of frags since then :wacko: Therefore, plenty of pics :lol:

 

To get the bad news out of the way..

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The red and green RFA have decided to cuddle towards the top of my rock structure where the green one got burnt by the hammer's sweepers.. You can see the tentacles are missing from one side. I tried to move the hammer around but there wasn't really anywhere else to put it, so hopefully the green nem either regenerates or moves :closedeyes:

 

Anyways, pic of the resident bully lol

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Porcelain crab has decided to switch from the red to the purple RFA which has wisely decided to chill in the back corner of my tank away from the hammer and out of sight :closedeyes:

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Ric garden in full bloom though!

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Aaaaand a ton of zoas courtesy of Legendary Corals :blink:

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I think I bought 4 from the live sale and the rest were from the zoa pack I won off the lottery! I've mounted some but don't have room for the rest so I had to build a makeshift frag rack to hold everything.

 

Here be what's chilling on the frag rack :)

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Garf, Lazer Lemons, Red Hornets, Sunrise Sakura

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Couple zoas, Watermelons from a local reefer and Mardi Gras from LC

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Blondies and King Midas

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LC Rainbow Hornet, Goblin Fire, and LC Peachy Blues :)

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Let's see.. haha Superman shroom, Pinwheel zoas, Blue Hornet, LC Boku no Pico, and Scrambled Egg

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Topdown

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FTS

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There's also a Hector's goby in here, I got him from a local reefer who said it was eating frozen. I've been trying to get it to eat frozen but it doesn't seem too interested. It's always sifting sand though so hopefully it's getting food and it has also been expelling waste so I'm taking that as a good sign. It's stomach is slightly concave though but I don't think it's alarmingly so. Likely pick up some pods soon. Couldn't get any pics of him today but I'll try again tomorrow.

 

Anyways, thanks for looking!

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Got some pics of the Hector's today,

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A bit blurry but oh well :)

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Anybody with experience with these guys know if this amount of concavity in the stomach is normal? I've looked through images of other Hector's and most of them all have a bit of sunkeness to them.

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JR!

​amazing fish. love it

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​amazing fish. love it

Thanks man! Still trying to get it to show some interest in frozen.

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mine loved new life spectrum

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mine loved new life spectrum

Oh, awesome. Pellets right? I've got some. I'll try tomorrow

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Oh, awesome. Pellets right? I've got some. I'll try tomorrow

yep i just got the smallest they had.

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yep i just got the smallest they had.

Okay, and did you target feed it? Cuz this one just swims away when I'm poking with the tank... Haha

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Okay, and did you target feed it? Cuz this one just swims away when I'm poking with the tank... Haha

i use a feeding ring and when the start to sink he we kinda hunt them down. lol

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Looking good, Antsy!!!! Welcome home. I had an RFA that lost its tentacles on one side and they all grew back. Took a couple months, but he's going strong now! That purple RFA is beautiful. Haven't seen one like that before :wub:

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i use a feeding ring and when the start to sink he we kinda hunt them down. lol

Cool! I'll definitely try that.

 

Looking good, Antsy!!!! Welcome home. I had an RFA that lost its tentacles on one side and they all grew back. Took a couple months, but he's going strong now! That purple RFA is beautiful. Haven't seen one like that before :wub:

Thanks! And that's good to hear :) The green one is always getting into trouble <_<

Purple RFA has really colored up lately. Just wish it would move out of the back corner of the tank haha. BTW, macros are looking well, I'll trim them soon and send you a pic so you can let me know if you want different pieces and whatnot :rolleyes:

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Cool! I'll definitely try that.

 

Thanks! And that's good to hear :) The green one is always getting into trouble <_<

Purple RFA has really colored up lately. Just wish it would move out of the back corner of the tank haha. BTW, macros are looking well, I'll trim them soon and send you a pic so you can let me know if you want different pieces and whatnot :rolleyes:

you're awesome! I'll have to take a picture of my DIY macro organizer I have in my fuge :lol: It's kind of funny actually.

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you're awesome! I'll have to take a picture of my DIY macro organizer I have in my fuge :lol: It's kind of funny actually.

You must, that sounds awesome. I don't even know what to expect :D betting it involves egg crate though!

 

In other news, I did a thing :ninja:

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Meet Centi and Milli :lol: named after the units of measurement I'll have to use if I want to know how big they are! Centi is way bigger than Milli which wouldn't be the case of the LFS employee hadn't somehow lost the other small masked goby <_< So now I have a mismatched pair of fish, which realistically, is fine, since they'll all grow to be the same max size anyway. Just that the two small gobies were so cute together :( Anyways, I hope they do well. they've been on my to-do list for awhile now and this is only the second time I've seen them local, the first being awhile ago before this tank was even up!

 

Milli still chillin

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Centi also chillin

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You must, that sounds awesome. I don't even know what to expect :D betting it involves egg crate though!

 

In other news, I did a thing :ninja:

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Meet Centi and Milli :lol: named after the units of measurement I'll have to use if I want to know how big they are! Centi is way bigger than Milli which wouldn't be the case of the LFS employee hadn't somehow lost the other small masked goby <_< So now I have a mismatched pair of fish, which realistically, is fine, since they'll all grow to be the same max size anyway. Just that the two small gobies were so cute together :( Anyways, I hope they do well. they've been on my to-do list for awhile now and this is only the second time I've seen them local, the first being awhile ago before this tank was even up!

 

Milli still chillin

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Centi also chillin

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NICE! those will be awesome in there! They're cool looking gobies.

 

Yup. egg crate and zip ties :lol:

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NICE! those will be awesome in there! They're cool looking gobies.

 

Yup. egg crate and zip ties :lol:

Love their little masks :wub: Now to find some Pederson shrimp and I'm all done with stocking critters that are not nems/coral/macros :lol:

And haha knew it ;) still want to see it though!

 

edit: Ooh got my emoticons all lined up!

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Yikes, it's been awhile D: Been meaning to update this week but haven't had the chance until today. Therefore, lots of photos :)

Lost the hectors and the bigger masked goby while I was at school, so I don't really know what happened. I don't think I'd try a hectors again for awhile; couldn't get him to eat and I'm thinking that was the reason. As for the masked, I'm not sure, seemed healthy to me and a lot bigger than the remaining one. Maybe it was senescence? On the bright side, since he's now the only fish in the tank, the smaller masked goby has been out a lot more often, which means lots more pics of him!

 

Through the duncan

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With the rics

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:)

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Also picked up a few columbellid snails from a local reefer

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Someone's due for a molt..

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RFAs finally getting along! Wonder how long this'll last before one of them decides to move again

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Euphyyy

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Also if you haven't noticed, I've been amassing a small zoa collection :lol: I've just been buying small singly polyps here and there but I'm quickly running out of room <_<

Bambams, dragon eye, mini red hornet colony from a singly polyp, lazer lemons, encrusting garfs (still can't get it to purple up, or grow vertically)

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Saiyans (?) and baby blue ric

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The kingsss

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Mandarins and more lazerz

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Rainbow hornets and peachy blues from LC

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Close up of the peachy blues

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Some more zoas haha

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Frag rack

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Aaaaand FTS!

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Just a quick FTS from today, a little slanted but it was the only picture I could get that showed the tank's true colors :)

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Not too much to talk about, just been some zoa growth. I did find a baby nano conch the other day, which I'm pretty excited about, but so far I've only seen one.

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