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1st Marine Reef EVO - new growth pics!

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40 minutes ago, lee_jamie_hill said:

set up is looking good, I'm glad it is moving along nicely......mine is going to take a wile....

 

thanks. I'm maniac with moving rock around lol 

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yeah i was kinda lucky with mine, i put some egg crate down first then my 2 bits of rock 8lbs...then 20lb of live sand down I'm happy with how it looks at the moment

not a scratch on my old tank tho...

 

my old tank in England....yes that is my face...i made the rock and cured it over time.....

 

 

 

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Update:

 

 

Maybe I'm moving a little bit too fast....but my LFS had three tiny frags for $5 each and I couldn't resist: Xenia, a Ricordea, and a Mushroom. The mushroom is SUPER tiny. I acclimated them using a drip. The Xenia looked ugly as f**k and when I placed it in the tank it blossomed up; same with the Ricordea. I tied the Xenia to a piece of rock using a string (don't kill me please). The Ricordea is attached to a piece of conch; it's some sort of shell. The Mushroom is attached to some piece of live rock. Tomorrow I'll be doing a water change and changing out the filter floss.

 

@Lula_Mae @thespinningsadhu @Clown79

 

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I really like the colors of the ricordea!! And the xenia - you did what I would do - you can't see the string. The girl at the LFS told me to put a rubber band around it and a rock. What? Nope. Ugly. That mushroom is gonna be gorgeous.

 

I don't know what your parameters are and you will probably get seven thousand and one contradicting opinions but here's what I've done when it comes to acclimating...

 

1. Shrimp & Crabs - Drip and temp acclimate but the poor man's way by dumping in one-fourth cup of aquarium water every fifteen minutes for an hour. 

2. Fish - Temp and drip acclimate but not to the extent of the shrimp and crabs. A few dashes of tank water every couple of minutes for fifteen - this is especially if I know what the salinity of the store's tank is. By the way, I always ask what the salinity is so I know how slowly or quickly to take things. 

3. Anemones and corals - temp acclimate for one-half hour. Dump 'em in. This was the instruction given to me by SaltCritters when I placed my one and only delivered order. Float them for one-half hour and throw them in. They even said if one drip acclimates it voids all warranties. I've done this with all mine so far and all are thriving. 

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@thespinningsadhu thanks! I saw this video of one i the famous reefers on YouTube where he just dumped them in the tank right out of the bag. I was like whattttt. wild :haha:

 

I love the look of softies. I'm gonna test all my params tomorrow. 

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Just now, Lugmos12 said:

@thespinningsadhu thanks! I saw this video of one i the famous reefers on YouTube where he just dumped them in the tank right out of the bag. I was like whattttt. wild :haha:

 

I love the look of softies. I'm gonna test all my params tomorrow. 

 

Yeah - the guy used this logic - not verbatim: you're stuck in a building and it's on fire and smoke is everywhere. The strapping, burly, brave fireman is not going to drag you towards the door that leads to safety and fresh air a foot at a time, is he? NO! Praise Jeebus! He's going to sling you over his brute shoulder and rush you to 100% fresh air. Let the reef say amen. 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, thespinningsadhu said:

 

Yeah - the guy used this logic - not verbatim: you're stuck in a building and it's on fire and smoke is everywhere. The strapping, burly, brave fireman is not going to drag you towards the door that leads to safety and fresh air a foot at a time, is he? NO! Praise Jeebus! He's going to sling you over his brute shoulder and rush you to 100% fresh air. Let the reef say amen. 

 

 

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lmfao 

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is it really a water change if you don't mess around with the aquascape? :haha::angry:

 

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The purple algae is calcareous coralline algae. 

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Update:

My hammer and ricordea are doing great. GSP are alright, I wish I picked a better frag. The ricordea is expanding over to the rock! :haha:

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Lugmos12 said:

Update:

My hammer and ricordea are doing great. GSP are alright, I wish I picked a better frag. The ricordea is expanding over to the rock! :haha:

 

 

 

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No worries, GSP will be attempting world tank domination soon enough. ;)

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Just now, Lula_Mae said:

No worries, GSP will be attempting world tank domination soon enough. ;)

@Lula_Mae

 

I kinda want that because I want a little mount or island of it LOL

 

I LOVE the look of soft corals so I think I'll be avoiding SPS and the stony looking ones completely :closedeyes:

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Hi Lugmos. I have a question for you. I have an Evo coming next week and I was wondering if you had kept the stock light and how it's been working out for you.

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24 minutes ago, Lugmos12 said:

@Lula_Mae

 

I kinda want that because I want a little mount or island of it LOL

 

I LOVE the look of soft corals so I think I'll be avoiding SPS and the stony looking ones completely :closedeyes:

Except blastos.  I recommend blastos.  Mostly cuz I lubs dem. :wub::lol:

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42 minutes ago, TinyOcean said:

Hi Lugmos. I have a question for you. I have an Evo coming next week and I was wondering if you had kept the stock light and how it's been working out for you.

@TinyOcean Hey there, The light seems to be working well. I only have hammer, mushroom, ricordea and two zoa heads and they responded fine to the light so far. I'm a noob at all of this so I'm just keeping an eye on everything.

37 minutes ago, Lula_Mae said:

Except blastos.  I recommend blastos.  Mostly cuz I lubs dem. :wub::lol:

 

@Lula_Mae I'm hoping to find some cheap frags to start with. There's a local LFS here but they are $$$ <_<

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Thanks! I'm hoping the light will be enough so I don't have to fool around and upgrade it. 

Love your tank so far!

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On ‎07‎/‎15‎/‎2017 at 7:48 PM, lee_jamie_hill said:

yeah i was kinda lucky with mine, i put some egg crate down first then my 2 bits of rock 8lbs...then 20lb of live sand down I'm happy with how it looks at the moment

not a scratch on my old tank tho...

 

my old tank in England....yes that is my face...i made the rock and cured it over time.....

 

 

 

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This is haunting....

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2 hours ago, TheBig053 said:

This is haunting....

yeah the wife agrees.....after all she's the one who wakes up to it every day.....

 

i wanted to make two hands as well but the fingers broke away.........maybe ill try again with my bigger tank..... 

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UPDATE:

 

Just got back from being away for 3 days. Before I left I did a water change and made sure it all looked good.

 

Came back today to find a dead hermit crab (it was torn to pieces; see pic below). Also noticed some coraline growth on the rocks? Could also be an algae/diatom bloom right; I say so because of some brown spots on the sandbed. I also noticed that the hammer coral has two mouths. I did a water change and blew the sand/rocks with a turkey baster. Also added the InTank basket #1 and the Jebaos SW2 pump. I love the pump; the clownfish seem to really like swimming against/through the currents. If anybody has any go-to settings for their pumps on a tank this size, let me know. I currently have it on W2 at the lowest speed with medium-ish pumps.

 

 

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Just now, GregEmmitte said:

Hermit crab probably molted. 2 mouths means the hammer is growing/splitting 

really? Cause his shell remains in the same spot; not moving. When I took out the pieces of what was left over of the hermit it felt fleshy. hmm

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Maybe there was an epic hermit crab smack down and you missed it! :lol:

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