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On 2/16/2019 at 4:41 AM, GraniteReefer said:

Want to give a thanks to @johnmaloney with reef cleaners as I got some critters for the reef bowl as a self-reward.  I also needed a CUC for the Red Sea 250 which is a good thing so I had a tank big enough to put the excessive amounts of snails in!  John must have double vision as there were twice the number of critters from what I ordered!  Everything arrived well packaged and alive(other than a crab who ate the other crab, but John sent an EXTRA crab!).  

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I added two Dwarf Planaxis.  I put them on the sandbed.

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4 zigzag periwinkles

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10 dwarf Cerith 

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And 4 baby filtering clams who also went onto the sandbed

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I got other goodies too but those are all for the Red Sea, I’ll try to update the reefer thread with what was added there.  If you are looking for a CUC think reefcleaners!

That's a great cleanup crew from Reef Cleaners! Thanks for sharing all the photos of them, those are the same cleanup crew invertebrates that I've been considering for my pico reef too. Those dwarf cerith snails are even smaller than I imagined! 😲

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2 hours ago, Christopher Marks said:

Those dwarf cerith snails are even smaller than I imagined! 

I chose the smallest ones possible out of the 100!  Some came in 2-3x bigger but still very dwarf.  

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Picked up some Gaudy yellow airline tubing... special.  091BC798-B716-45FC-A93E-C1225ADF087D.thumb.jpeg.94d230ffb5d9546e324001829902b23d.jpeg

Accidentally broke off 13 heads of the blue trumpet colony during the WC today(perfect excuse to add something from Frag Farmers Market)

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I removed it and left the remaining 8 heads, they have strange growth structure but I’m hoping the extra flow will change that 

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Also upgraded my fridge to a clearance lowes dented special, since you’ve all been looking at an ugly white fridge now it’s a pretty dented one.  Best thing is all equipment still squeezed in behind it, plus during transfer I consolidated to the battery pump alone, while slightly louder, the corals have been liking the increase in flow5F14E663-4368-4A26-9253-F5BC7E69104B.thumb.jpeg.70538589ae31cc5ae6b2601804ef5581.jpeg

 

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Nice shiny new fridge! 👍

 

That's a big frag from the blue trumpets! What are you considering to fill its place, any new species? I'm curious to see what changes you notice after increasing the air flow with your air pump swap, it did really well considering there was just 8 gallons per hour from the phantom air pump!

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Ordered off ebay for the first time, got a cornbred blasto for the reefbowl!  Cornbred has fire corals, I’m hoping the pictures weren’t incredible and the corals normal!  I performed a WC yesterday to make sure it’s being put in a clean tank with maxed parameters.  May have also gotten 2 other corals in hopes of using them to stock my tank in the upcoming contest!  Pictures later today!  Also two things to note about the increased air flow from the bigger pump is increased evaporation made salinity rise to 1.028 which is a new occurrence, and the air tube must be placed further off the ground in my liftpipe as the sand at the bottom is getting lifted by the bubbles and I’m having sedimentation issues on the corals as the flow is insufficient to remove the sand off the corals bodies once it gets there so I find myself blasting them off with the turkey baster.  Maybe I will go back to the 8gph pump?  I’ll give this one a few more weeks so I can work out the kinks and if it’s still a PITA I will revert.45020383-FF3B-4582-AF05-5DD18FA758FC.thumb.jpeg.0657f5925cafeee00399096958fb4d88.jpegB435C8AA-2855-4E06-81B3-5D7039FD2F25.thumb.jpeg.59df0225417e565452ca9ccb8f1b3b79.jpeg23EB39F1-9C59-45D4-AD03-83829AEE295D.thumb.jpeg.1f42d4776252ac28051d704718dae59d.jpeg

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Is the stronger pump to fight algae or you just wanted to see coral reaction to more flow? 

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12 hours ago, debbeach13 said:

Is the stronger pump to fight algae or you just wanted to see coral reaction to more flow? 

The stronger pump has built in battery backup and I am trying to just run that one rather than have both plugged in and tee’d and checkvalved.  Plus the added benefit of more flow as the corals grow and slow the flow down with their mass.  Luckily this tank has never had an algae issue.

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I only bought one coral for the pico, a PPE blasto.  If anyone knows WTF PPE stands for let me know please and thank you.  I know of purple people eaters but this is green haha.50D72530-9ECC-4AA5-8560-76308DF075D4.thumb.jpeg.c0e2f9068038ae5a58797f11aff0ae78.jpegDD68AB50-C4F6-4F07-91B8-F4A39CBC584B.thumb.jpeg.f180dc209ba63b837c42b033d1d6f04f.jpeg

I glued this one directly to the glass hoping the pistol doesn’t knock it off somehow.  I also bought two other corals but I’m saving those for the future contest.  Luckily though I got a freebie blasto which I also put in the reefbowl!  On the rockwork by where the recently fragged blue trumpet was.

Arctic Blast blasto

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If you have ever considered eBay corals Cornbred gets an A+ from me as everything looks exactly as marketed and is 🔥

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8 hours ago, GraniteReefer said:

I glued this one directly to the glass hoping the pistol doesn’t knock it off somehow

1 am last night and there I am with tweezers and super glue as the pistol had already knocked the blasto off, I remounted it to the rockwork just below the arctic blast.  Perhaps it’s time for some nanorox wall mounts?!?

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