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Matteo

I struggle with acans too. Favias no problem but acans meh. Moved both mine to way below and under some shade. Seem to be doing better but man they're recovery and growth is slow. 

 

Glad to see your's are recovering! 

 

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7 hours ago, Matteo said:

I struggle with acans too. Favias no problem but acans meh. Moved both mine to way below and under some shade. Seem to be doing better but man they're recovery and growth is slow. 

 

Glad to see your's are recovering! 

 

I've always gone from "great" to "terrible" and then back again. When I get the lighting and nutrients just right, they color up beautifully. I can almost always to keep them puffy and happy, but usually only if I settle for blah orange colors. But the downturn in this tank almost did them in. The way they're coming back is a great sign that the tank is recovering.

 

It's funny how hard "beginner" corals like acans and zoas can be 🙄

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mitten_reef

how's the recovery coming along on this tank?  

 

Also just want to carry these epic pics over to the new page. 😁 

On 5/29/2020 at 8:20 PM, teenyreef said:

Some coral updates!

 

WWC Yellowtips. Still not super colored up but definitely the fastest growing coral in the tank right now.

WWC Yellowtips

 

Leng sy monticap is a classic beauty and it now has that super cool blue growth edge.

Leng Sy Montipora

 

The mysteriously closed-up duncans:

Duncanops

 

ORA Red Planet. One of the first to start getting proper color back.

ORA Red Planet

 

ORA Pearlberry right next to the Red Planet.

ORA Pearlberry

 

California tort, almost recovered from burnt tips.

California Tort

 

 

On 5/28/2020 at 4:29 PM, teenyreef said:

Things are definitely improving since I got rid of the frag racks and got the back circulation pump running again. I've been stirring the sand regularly and doing lots of water changes. Nitrates and phosphates are low but not undetectable (NO 4, PO 0.03). They were lower a few weeks ago so I dosed just a bit of nitrate, and things seem to be coloring back up again. There's still a lot of algae, but less than there was. 

 

I also got a snail bomb from Reefcleaners a few weeks ago. Unfrotunately, USPS took three days instead of the usual two for delivery, and not all of them survived. In particular, I haven't seen any of the hermit crabs out and about since putting them in. But enough snails survived to get a good start on the algae, and the emerald crab I got is also doing fine and munching away.

 

There are three problems I'm still watching:

1. The duncans closed up one day a couple weeks ago, and haven't opened since. No idea why.

2. Waiting for the acros to grow back over the burned tips where the algae is growing.

3. I still can't keep zoas on the sand bed. Hopefully regular sand stirring and better circulation will clear out whatever has been bothering them.

 

Here's the May FTS. No frag racks!

2020-05-26 IM40 FTS:

2020-05-26 IM40 FTS

 

2020-05-26 IM40 Top Down:

2020-05-26 IM40 Top Down

 

 

On 6/1/2020 at 10:33 PM, teenyreef said:

I think the Oregon Tort had the worst burnt tips of all the acros (of course the slowest growing coral would get the worst burnt tips, sigh). But it's cool seeing how it's recovering.

Oregon Tort

 

This teeny neon green slimer has come all the way back from being just a spec of tissue to almost a decent frag size 🙂

 

Yellow Slimer

 

The Bird of Paradise always grows like crazy. If you look carefully, you can see where it's growing into the WWC Yellowtips.

ORA Bird of Paradise

 

Speaking of crazy growth, I accidentally broke off a branch of the Red Planet a couple weeks ago. This closeup shows how quickly it started growing over the broken spot.

ORA Red Planet

 

Jason Fox Brain Freeze. The color is coming back, and there aren't many burnt tips left at all.

JF Brain Freeze

 

 

 

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second_decimal

What awesomeness !! @teenyreef 

 

ty @mitten_reef for bringing those pics back. 

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9 hours ago, mitten_reef said:

how's the recovery coming along on this tank?  

 

Also just want to carry these epic pics over to the new page. 😁 

 

 

 

Thanks for checking in! The tank is holding steady. The clean up crew, especially the emerald crab, have done a good job of pretty much eliminating the algae. I've been fighting diatoms/algae/something on the surface of the sand bed for a few months now. Stirring up the sand bed gets rid of it for two or three days, then it comes back. I don't think its dinos since they don't come and go with the light. But it is annoying. Also, the duncans are still closed up, although they don't seem to be dying.

 

More pictures coming for the holiday weekend!

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