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19 hours ago, Krish87 said:

Alright, a few pictures from the today (apologies for the huge post :smilie:). I'll try to put it one post, if not will do it in two.

 

Let's start with a FTS...

 

The joy of seeing this little ecosystem thrive and flourish is indeed priceless. When we all get into the hobby, we always dream of "that" tank, don't we?! I did too. It took a year and 3 months to reach that stage, where I think I am very close to witness what I envisioned.

It is so relaxing and rewarding to enjoy this sight every day. It required a lot of dedication, research, time and effort to get here, and like I always say - It was a 100% worth it!

MOST IMPORTANT POINT: Patience is Virtue in this hobby!

 

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The green Cats-paw coral is doing great! This gets a lot of light, a good amount of flow as it is placed in the top area of the tank where the Nero 5 does the needful and each polyp get the water breeze :smilie:

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I love Acans! They have never disappointed me. This one is a special one as it was almost in a bad state when I picked it from the LFS. But after 2 months of regular feeding and care, I think its bouncing back.

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And what a joy to see this guy waving in the flow . . . 

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Another SPS that is my favorite. This was on sale, and I couldn't resist grabbing it! 

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Zoanthids, as always, showing steady growth and now I see that they are encrusting over the little piece of rock.

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My priced possession : The Sunburst Lobo! 

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Another Zoa colony, going strong!

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My first of the 4 corals that I started when I put the tank together.

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Long Polyps Toadstool . . . looks just amazing in the water flow!

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Looks great in there!! 😀

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43 minutes ago, WV Reefer said:

 

Looks great in there!! 😀

Thank you so much . . . 😁

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Sancho
On 8/11/2019 at 1:26 PM, Krish87 said:

Continued from above . . . 

 

The always happy Duncan coral.

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Another Lobo (all by itself in its own sweet corner of the tank :smilie:)

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And a special thanks to @Firefish15 for this . . .

 

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:smilie: And we finish by another FTS . . . 

 

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Looking amazing 🤗 That lobo is 🔥🔥

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40 minutes ago, Sancho said:

Looking amazing 🤗 That lobo is 🔥🔥

😊 Thank you so much buddy!!! I was just so lucky to get that coral. 

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Krish87

Thank you everyone for their encouragements! Indeed very motivating :smilie:

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The Flame Lives On . . . ! 

 

It was a month ago when I shared this post which talked about my Torch coral's unusual behavior. I was very devastated that time as this Torch was with me since the beginning of my tank. It was a part of the first set of corals that went in! 

 

OBSERVATIONS

  • The coral never opened up completely for 3 weeks straight
  • The polyps began to look asymmetric towards the edges
  • After closer examination, I found that the green tips on some of the tentacles of the Torch coral were gone

It looked something like this -

 

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The reason I was bummed was because my water parameters were in check. Nothing was off that could have been a culprit behind this behavior. I was tempted to give this coral a dip in iodine but refrained from doing so. I did not know what the problem was, therefore I was not confident of the solution that I was prescribing in my mind. I cannot fix something if I don't know what is broken. I read a few posts online, did some research and found a similar thread on Reef2Reef. That hobbyist advocated to do nothing per her post. She just made sure that the coral was given all the time it needs to bounce back and get to normalcy. Hence I did the same! 

  • I ensured I didn't over engineer anything
  • I kept a close watch on my Ca and Alk (primarily Alk)
  • Did diligent examinations of pests and/or any foreing invader on the coral for the following weeks

And after a 5 weeks of patience and faith in nature, the flame of the Torch still lives on...

 

This is picture that I took yesterday evening!

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All tentacles looking good. Green tips have developed on 99% of the tentacles. The coral is looking healthy and happy! 

 

A beautiful quote I read, 


"Put your Trust in Nature - She Knows Best!"

 

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lizzyann

Your tank is looking great too! I'm jealous of your lobos, I might have to get one at some point!

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Woke up this morning to find this (lights were just coming on) . . . 

 

The shrimp molt became a feast for the Lobo 😁

 

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