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4 hours ago, vlangel said:

I have multiple blennies in my tank.  You can do it if they are different in shape and different types.  I have 2 barnacle blennies, 2 yellow head blennies (venomous) and 1 linear blenny(combtooth) They all get along well with each other.  The linear bites me however, LOL.

Really. Hmmm. You are giving me ideas. Lol. 

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35 minutes ago, Roachant said:

Love your journals, everything is so well written and easy to follow!

Thank you.

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My clowns have decided to host 2 frogspawns now, they are right next to eachother. sometimes together and sometimes separately, really depends on Pinks mood, she tells Floyd what to do and where to go. Bossy b$#^h. lol

 

My midas blenny is lazy. These are supposed to be swimmers. Frankie likes to sit in his home and jet out for a second or 2 then reverse right back in. He will not venture to the other side of my tank...it's like the dark side of the moon. All my fish hang out on one side and will not go to the other.

 

 

So for Christmas, Santa got me a Mighty Jet and an AI Prime HD...I know, it's well passed xmas but I had to mention it since it is part of the tanks journey

 

The mighty jet is really powerful, it's the 538gph model. I really like it except the water evaporates more, so I am filling my tank twice a day now. 

I don't run it on the wave mode, it's very loud on that mode, the kind of loud I can't ignore. I love the feed button, it's very convenient.

It was a tight fit in the chamber, the smaller model would fit perfectly.

 

Now my corals at first were not too pleased with the increased flow.

most of them bounced back and are liking how I have the flow set up...except my frogspawn.

 

My one frogspawn had to be moved, it was closed up from the flow and wouldn't open. Such a shame since it looked great where it was. I just noticed it is splitting from one head into 3 so there is a positive:)

 

I have had a hard time getting flow right in this tank. It's either too much or too little. I can't get a sway going at all. No matter where I placed my kps, no matter nozzle direction, flow settings, etc etc. I just can't get my frogspawns to sway and they always seem to not fully expand anymore.

 

So in my last effort I ordered RFG nozzles in hope to get some random flow going. Going to run my mighty jet a bit higher and cut the kps off. My other tanks have done wonderfully with just upgraded pumps and no powerheads, so I'm going to try that route on this tank.

 

I will give an update on the rfg flow once it's been more than a day.

 

I absolutely love the Prime HD. The colours really pop on my corals. I'm running the AB settings(acclimating to it) with David Saxby's schedule which I customized.

I have no shadowing with one on this tank.

 

Besides my frogspawn and mushrooms, I am seeing growth with everything else. Rics are slow growers so I am not concerned but my frogspawn, not sure. The one is finally splitting after 2.5yrs. The other one was bleached in another tank and nicely recovering but my original frogspawn, I lost 2 heads a few months back.

 

My params are pretty stable and I lost nothing else besides 2 headed hammer and 2 heads on my frogspawn. my other hammmers split during that time and look great. i checked for brown jelly, none. so I am not sure.

 

My new blasto was looking odd and when I went to investigate why it was all funky looking I found a bunch of baby heads. It's been really cool watching them grown from small little dots into pretty red heads.

 

the only new addition is a favia brain, I took it from my 5g. I placed my original prime from the lagoon on to the 5 g and the brain was damaged badly by too much light. 

I placed it in my lagoon in a low light area and it's recovering. Of course I forgot to take pics of the progress.

 

i also have a really pretty frag of a lime green monti cap.

 


 

 

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9 minutes ago, Clown79 said:

My clowns have decided to host 2 frogspawns now, they are right next to eachother. sometimes together and sometimes separately, really depends on Pinks mood, she tells Floyd what to do and where to go. Bossy b$#^h. lol

 

My midas blenny is lazy. These are supposed to be swimmers. Frankie likes to sit in his home and jet out for a second or 2 then reverse right back in. He will not venture to the other side of my tank...it's like the dark side of the moon. All my fish hang out on one side and will not go to the other.

 

 

So for Christmas, Santa got me a Mighty Jet and an AI Prime HD...I know, it's well passed xmas but I had to mention it since it is part of the tanks journey

 

The mighty jet is really powerful, it's the 538gph model. I really like it except the water evaporates more, so I am filling my tank twice a day now. 

I don't run it on the wave mode, it's very loud on that mode, the kind of loud I can't ignore. I love the feed button, it's very convenient.

It was a tight fit in the chamber, the smaller model would fit perfectly.

 

Now my corals at first were not too pleased with the increased flow.

most of them bounced back and are liking how I have the flow set up...except my frogspawn.

 

My one frogspawn had to be moved, it was closed up from the flow and wouldn't open. Such a shame since it looked great where it was. I just noticed it is splitting from one head into 3 so there is a positive:)

 

I have had a hard time getting flow right in this tank. It's either too much or too little. I can't get a sway going at all. No matter where I placed my kps, no matter nozzle direction, flow settings, etc etc. I just can't get my frogspawns to sway and they always seem to not fully expand anymore.

 

So in my last effort I ordered RFG nozzles in hope to get some random flow going. Going to run my mighty jet a bit higher and cut the kps off. My other tanks have done wonderfully with just upgraded pumps and no powerheads, so I'm going to try that route on this tank.

 

I will give an update on the rfg flow once it's been more than a day.

 

I absolutely love the Prime HD. The colours really pop on my corals. I'm running the AB settings(acclimating to it) with David Saxby's schedule which I customized.

I have no shadowing with one on this tank.

 

Besides my frogspawn and mushrooms, I am seeing growth with everything else. Rics are slow growers so I am not concerned but my frogspawn, not sure. The one is finally splitting after 2.5yrs. The other one was bleached in another tank and nicely recovering but my original frogspawn, I lost 2 heads a few months back.

 

My params are pretty stable and I lost nothing else besides 2 headed hammer and 2 heads on my frogspawn. my other hammmers split during that time and look great. i checked for brown jelly, none. so I am not sure.

 

My new blasto was looking odd and when I went to investigate why it was all funky looking I found a bunch of baby heads. It's been really cool watching them grown from small little dots into pretty red heads.

 

the only new addition is a favia brain, I took it from my 5g. I placed my original prime from the lagoon on to the 5 g and the brain was damaged badly by too much light. 

I placed it in my lagoon in a low light area and it's recovering. Of course I forgot to take pics of the progress.

 

i also have a really pretty frag of a lime green monti cap.

 


 

 

Dark side of the moon 😂  What a bunch of weirdos.........I wonder why?

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My tanks specs and routine have changed.

 

Specs

 

IM 25g lagoon

IM Mighty Jet pump

Aqamai KPS

RFG nozzles

Ai Prime HD

Liverock and Caribsea liferock

Caribsea sand 1/2"

sybon refractometer

Inkbird controller

 

Livestock

 

2 ocellaris clowns - Pink and Floyd

1 Midas Blenny - Frankie

2 Conchs

nassaurius, trochus, ceriths, and spiny star astrea, hermits

 

Corals

 

Gold hammers

Yellow jacket frogspawn

green frogspawn

Purple Frogspawn

Red and lime Monti Cap

Red monti digi

 Lime Styllophora

Superman monti

2 gorgonians

orange nacho chalice

age of aquarius acan

ruby red acan

nylan cat acan

ultra yellow acan

red cherry blasto

red on red blasto

orange rics, purple rics, pink ric, red ric

Orange fungia

red gracilaria

 

Maintenance

 

Waterchange every 1-2 weeks  with Red Sea Blue Bucket

 

Before the waterchange I target feed with Aquaforest or Reef Roids mixed with frozen mysis and cyclops. 

 

- scrape glass with flip mag

- use the turkey baster on my rocks, lightly around corals

- brush my nozzles and kps with tooth brush

- vaccuum sand and siphon water 

- every other week siphon my back chambers

- check heater and probes

- rinse media bags, change floss

- test the alk and sg after waterchange

 

- every 3 months clean pump and hoses

- remove dust from light fan as needed

- mid week stir sand and turkey baste rocks

- feed fish daily: New life Spectrum Thera A pellets, Omega pellets(alternate)

                          : 2 times a week is frozen mysis or Omega One reef blend

 

test alk 2 times a week 

test nitrates, mag, ca every 3-4 wks

 

 

Reef Products

 

Kent Carbon - use 1 media bag, changed every 2 weeks

Purigen - 1 media bag changed when exhausted

Seapora filter floss - changed 2-3 times a week

 

Aquavitro Fuel - dose 1/wk

Esv Bionic 2 part - every other day

Aquaforest or Reef roids - broadcast 1 time a week, spot fed 1 time a week with frozen food

 

 

Changes I made:

 

Phosguard use to be used regularly in very small quantities. Since stopping things have improved. Corals are happier. I will only use it if it's necessary.

 

Switched from Aquaforest Salt to Red Sea BB - i prefer the parameters of BB, like Red Sea salts and i no longer am getting a weird film algae on my glass. My corals are happy

 

No longer use the Aquaforest build and energy. I found I always had algae blooms after in the tanks I used them in. Plus the products dried out in the bottle well before expiry. i will not replace them, i saw no difference with their use besides the algae

 

I haven't tested for phos in a really long time. I always got reading of 0 so I stopped when my salifert ran out.

 

I do less frequent waterchanges. I still do the same amount but usually I wait more than a week and its working well. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dark side of the moon lagoon2.jpg

topdown 3.jpg

topdown 4.jpg

topdown 5.jpg

top down clown.jpg

clownattack.jpg

clownattack 2.jpg

blasto.jpg

frankie2.jpg

conch.jpg

fishies.jpg

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12 hours ago, WV Reefer said:

Dark side of the moon 😂  What a bunch of weirdos.........I wonder why?

I have no clue. My clowns have always done it since hosting, they will venture to the other side but scurry back to home quickly.

 

Blenny won't even go after food that drifts passed a certain point. Its comical.

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33 minutes ago, Clown79 said:

I have no clue. My clowns have always done it since hosting, they will venture to the other side but scurry back to home quickly.

 

Blenny won't even go after food that drifts passed a certain point. Its comical.

That’s so crazy. 😄

 

Everything looks great. 

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7 minutes ago, WV Reefer said:

That’s so crazy. 😄

 

Everything looks great. 

Thank you.

 

I have been trying to coax the blenny to try the other side but nope, he won't even go after food.😒 

 

 

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11 hours ago, Clown79 said:

My tanks specs and routine have changed.

 

Specs

 

IM 25g lagoon

IM Mighty Jet pump

Aqamai KPS

RFG nozzles

Ai Prime HD

Liverock and Caribsea liferock

Caribsea sand 1/2"

sybon refractometer

Inkbird controller

 

Livestock

 

2 ocellaris clowns - Pink and Floyd

1 Midas Blenny - Frankie

2 Conchs

nassaurius, trochus, ceriths, and spiny star astrea, hermits

 

Corals

 

Gold hammers

Yellow jacket frogspawn

green frogspawn

Purple Frogspawn

Red and lime Monti Cap

Red monti digi

 Lime Styllophora

Superman monti

2 gorgonians

orange nacho chalice

age of aquarius acan

ruby red acan

nylan cat acan

ultra yellow acan

red cherry blasto

red on red blasto

orange rics, purple rics, pink ric, red ric

Orange fungia

red gracilaria

 

Maintenance

 

Waterchange every 1-2 weeks  with Red Sea Blue Bucket

 

Before the waterchange I target feed with Aquaforest or Reef Roids mixed with frozen mysis and cyclops. 

 

- scrape glass with flip mag

- use the turkey baster on my rocks, lightly around corals

- brush my nozzles and kps with tooth brush

- vaccuum sand and siphon water 

- every other week siphon my back chambers

- check heater and probes

- rinse media bags, change floss

- test the alk and sg after waterchange

 

- every 3 months clean pump and hoses

- remove dust from light fan as needed

- mid week stir sand and turkey baste rocks

- feed fish daily: New life Spectrum Thera A pellets, Omega pellets(alternate)

                          : 2 times a week is frozen mysis or Omega One reef blend

 

test alk 2 times a week 

test nitrates, mag, ca every 3-4 wks

 

 

Reef Products

 

Kent Carbon - use 1 media bag, changed every 2 weeks

Purigen - 1 media bag changed when exhausted

Seapora filter floss - changed 2-3 times a week

 

Aquavitro Fuel - dose 1/wk

Esv Bionic 2 part - every other day

Aquaforest or Reef roids - broadcast 1 time a week, spot fed 1 time a week with frozen food

 

 

Changes I made:

 

Phosguard use to be used regularly in very small quantities. Since stopping things have improved. Corals are happier. I will only use it if it's necessary.

 

Switched from Aquaforest Salt to Red Sea BB - i prefer the parameters of BB, like Red Sea salts and i no longer am getting a weird film algae on my glass. My corals are happy

 

No longer use the Aquaforest build and energy. I found I always had algae blooms after in the tanks I used them in. Plus the products dried out in the bottle well before expiry. i will not replace them, i saw no difference with their use besides the algae

 

I haven't tested for phos in a really long time. I always got reading of 0 so I stopped when my salifert ran out.

 

I do less frequent waterchanges. I still do the same amount but usually I wait more than a week and its working well. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dark side of the moon lagoon2.jpg

topdown 3.jpg

topdown 4.jpg

topdown 5.jpg

top down clown.jpg

clownattack.jpg

clownattack 2.jpg

blasto.jpg

frankie2.jpg

conch.jpg

fishies.jpg

Love love love this tank and reading how you maintain and change it!!

 

Do you think you don’t have shadowing with the Prime because of your coral placement or do the optics allow coverage from side to side?  I’ve read posts from others that make it seem like it doesn’t quite cover the 25 lagoon. 

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5 hours ago, SeaFurn said:

Love love love this tank and reading how you maintain and change it!!

 

Do you think you don’t have shadowing with the Prime because of your coral placement or do the optics allow coverage from side to side?  I’ve read posts from others that make it seem like it doesn’t quite cover the 25 lagoon. 

Thank you.

 

The only shadowing I get is near the back due to the rock shape and returns. 

 

There is light from side to side. 

 

I've had to put all lower light corals on the edges because they were not doing good in the direct light.

 

Prime HD spread is 24x24

Regular prime is 18x18

 

I've lost quite a few corals and the cause was too much light or too much flow. Most common was light.

 

the brain that's recovering in my 25g, it was under the reg. Prime off to the side, not even directly in light and it was fried.

 

Its currently recovering in the back of my 25g where the lowest light is. Its bounced back in a week...thank goodness because it's really pretty.

 

Shadowing will always occur once corals get very large but to me, that's where proper placement of corals comes in. 

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I think I got the flow perfected for my tank.

 

Put the mighty jet on wave mode at 100%, put my kps lower in the tank on wave mode 100% and running the rfg's.

 

I have a nice sway going on now. 

 

Finally!

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17 hours ago, Clown79 said:

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You have plating mystic sunset (upper right corner of photo)?  been trying to get mine to plate out, but so far encrusting only 😒

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Gorgeous tank. Thanks for posting your routine, etc. - always interested in how great tanks are maintained!

Plus, love the name - last saw PF in 94!

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38 minutes ago, micoastreefing said:

You have plating mystic sunset (upper right corner of photo)?  been trying to get mine to plate out, but so far encrusting only 😒

The large red monti, I didn't know it was called that.

 

It took a while to get it going. For the longest time nothing happened, it even lost colour. Then one day bam, it started to grow and hasn't stopped!

 

I have a superman encrusting monti in the middle of the tank. That one went very dark, is now lightening up. I am giving it time because a lot of ppl say monti's take time to grow but once they start, that's it.

 

I haven't had luck with the encrusting monti's.

22 minutes ago, Newstead said:

Gorgeous tank. Thanks for posting your routine, etc. - always interested in how great tanks are maintained!

Plus, love the name - last saw PF in 94!

Thank you.

 

Its nice being able to read everyones journals and see what everyone does. It can be very helpful.

 

Lucky you. I wish I had seen them. Love PF.

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30 minutes ago, Clown79 said:

 

Lucky you. I wish I had seen them. Love PF.

The really good thing about being old - I got to see most of the great ones - Hendrix, Who, Led Zeppelin, etc. Going to my 7th Stones concert in April ! (Saw PF 4 times).

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11 minutes ago, Newstead said:

The really good thing about being old - I got to see most of the great ones - Hendrix, Who, Led Zeppelin, etc. Going to my 7th Stones concert in April ! (Saw PF 4 times).

Lol. The best thing about being older or getting older is the music we experienced. the new stuff is just not the same. 

 

I love all the bands you listed, unfortunately I didn't get to see them because I'm a few yrs behind.  

 

 

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Although one of my rfg's was cracked it's working ok, just an odd bubble here and there. 

 

 

I contacted VCA and they have shipped out a new one. Customer service by VCA was great. I got a response to my email within an hour and they immediately offered a replacement although I didn't purchase it directly from them but a store. 

 

 

I gotta say I love the rfg nozzles. I was hesitant especially since they aren't cheap but since adding them everything has been super happy. 

 

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