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3 minutes ago, Lula_Mae said:

Do you target feed the sun corals?  I wonder if you could just not target the babies, or if you can scrape them off during water changes or something?  True purple star polyps are extremely hard to find, LiveAquaria has them on Diver's Den now and again.  I tried to get a frag over a year ago but never succeeded.  Tanks look very nice!

 

Oh, if you still have the EcoSphere--you can actually open it and put the shrimp in a small tank/container of their own.  I have a small (1/2 gallon maybe) bowl with some glued-together rock rubble and a plastic plant for biosurface and the dozen or so shrimp I put in there seem to be multiplying!  My understanding is that toxins sort of build up in the EcoSpheres and they gradually starve to death or die from waste buildup. :sad:

Thanks, @Lula_Mae! Yes, I do target feed the suns but I also swirl the food around the tank with the powerhead after the target feeding, so the whole tank gets tons of food. Scraping sounds like a good idea to try. I’m feeling like this could get just as extreme as the tanks that get overrun with Xenia; there are so many tiny orange dots everywhere! 

 

Yeah, I’m thinking these “purple GSP” are probably not the true purple star polyps, though the shop where I got it from does carry some pretty amazing corals.

 

I do still have the Ecosphere. 🙂 I had read that the shrimp can live many years in them. I believe the ecosystem was designed based on research done by NASA (but perhaps I’m just gullible and fell for their advertising, so don’t quote me on that). I’ve only lost one of my four tiny shrimp so far because he sadly got crushed when I was doing maintenance with the tiny cleaning magnet. 😢 I do really like the idea of rehoming them if things look like they are going downhill in the sphere. I would have to break it open though - it’s a fully sealed glass sphere. I’ll have to reasearch that further! Are your little shrimp from an ecosphere? If not, what type are they? I’d love to see pictures... do you have them posted? 

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31 minutes ago, banasophia said:

Thanks, @Lula_Mae! Yes, I do target feed the suns but I also swirl the food around the tank with the powerhead after the target feeding, so the whole tank gets tons of food. Scraping sounds like a good idea to try. I’m feeling like this could get just as extreme as the tanks that get overrun with Xenia; there are so many tiny orange dots everywhere! 

 

Yeah, I’m thinking these “purple GSP” are probably not the true purple star polyps, though the shop where I got it from does carry some pretty amazing corals.

 

I do still have the Ecosphere. 🙂 I had read that the shrimp can live many years in them. I believe the ecosystem was designed based on research done by NASA (but perhaps I’m just gullible and fell for their advertising, so don’t quote me on that). I’ve only lost one of my four tiny shrimp so far because he sadly got crushed when I was doing maintenance with the tiny cleaning magnet. 😢 I do really like the idea of rehoming them if things look like they are going downhill in the sphere. I would have to break it open though - it’s a fully sealed glass sphere. I’ll have to reasearch that further! Are your little shrimp from an ecosphere? If not, what type are they? I’d love to see pictures... do you have them posted? 

I don't think I have them posted anywhere, but they are the same species, Opae ula Hawaiian volcano shrimp.  I got them from a guy on ebay who also threw in some little snails (still have one of those too).  Petshrimp.com has them and some brackish chaeto and moss ball type things (don't have those yet) and some snails.  They also have a forum where I learned  a lot about caring for them.  If you look at Natalia's reef bowl thread, she has an Opae ula bowl she's posted pictures on there.  There are also threads where people talk about liberating their shrimp by opening (I think at the bottom where it's sealed).

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7 hours ago, Lula_Mae said:

I don't think I have them posted anywhere, but they are the same species, Opae ula Hawaiian volcano shrimp.  I got them from a guy on ebay who also threw in some little snails (still have one of those too).  Petshrimp.com has them and some brackish chaeto and moss ball type things (don't have those yet) and some snails.  They also have a forum where I learned  a lot about caring for them.  If you look at Natalia's reef bowl thread, she has an Opae ula bowl she's posted pictures on there.  There are also threads where people talk about liberating their shrimp by opening (I think at the bottom where it's sealed).

Ah yes I’ll scope out those threads, thanks! 

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17 hours ago, banasophia said:

Haha totally!!! 🤣🤣🤣

 

Hey when are you gonna post some updates on your tank, Krish?! You’re keeping us all in suspense for way too long!!! 🤔🤔🤔

 

Oh by the way, can you tell I mixed my drink a little too strong when I was doing my daughters water change on her tank tonight?! It’s so boring... I just watch her do it all haha!!! I should probably avoid posting stuff right now, but that wouldn’t be any fun. 😳😬🤣

Will be posting updates this weekend. But happy to report in advance that Frogspawn has one new head and candy canes finally splitting into 5 from 3 🙂 The joy is inexplicable!!!

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Well I thought I would post a couple of updates. First of all, my bigger bubble tip nem in my Nuvo 10 decided to go on a walkabout through the tank yesterday... looks like it has settled for the time being. It was nerve wracking watching it travel through the tank, wondering what would happen as it touched the corals. Things are a bit shriveled, but I’m hoping they will all pull through. 

 

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Also, based on recent posts in the chaeto light thread, along with the fact that the chaeto has been growing pretty slowly in my copepod cultures, I ordered a new grow light for the cultures. At first I was going to remove the white LED strip, but it’s very hard to see the pods with the red & blue only, so I added the white one back. Will post an update once I see how it works out. 

 

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6 hours ago, banasophia said:

 

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 It looks like you have a BTA rock now.  That's probably a good spot for it to settle.  Also, those plate corals look amazing.

 

6 hours ago, banasophia said:

 

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It looks like those have a built in timer?  If so that's a great option.  Keep us updated on how they work out. 

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2 hours ago, Jackal227 said:

 It looks like you have a BTA rock now.  That's probably a good spot for it to settle.  Also, those plate corals look amazing.

 

It looks like those have a built in timer?  If so that's a great option.  Keep us updated on how they work out. 

 

Yes, I hope the BTA stays put there! 🤞 And thanks about the plates. ☺️ I really love plate corals... I’d like to find another small long tentacle plate for my Biocube. They bring nice movement to the tank like BTAs and torches, but the sting seems to be less of an issue. My green one can touch my acans without any problems that I’ve noticed. 

 

The light has a built in timer, but I wish it didn’t because it seems to be one where you have to switch it on manually every time then it shuts off after a certain period. I’d rather have it just be on or off and have it run off the the timer I plug it into so I don’t have to remember to switch it on every night. But... I haven’t really looked at it too closely yet, maybe there’s a way to set it so it is always on. Will keep you posted. 🙂

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Struggles of being a mom. Always worried 👌.

 

Looks great!

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Feel like posting some pics.

 

Nuvo sideview:

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Biocube view from the couch:

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Mr. Krabs reminding me to feed him:

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Enjoying my knopia this morning, wanted to post a pic. Can’t wait until my bday tomorrow... rumor has it I’m getting a new set of clip on lenses (for better macro pics)!

 

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Just now, Wyatt45 said:

That’s an awesome photo 

Thank you! 🙂 

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12 minutes ago, banasophia said:

Enjoying my knopia this morning, wanted to post a pic. Can’t wait until my bday tomorrow... rumor has it I’m getting a new set of clip on lenses (for better macro pics)!

 

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Pre happy birthday! 

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2 minutes ago, Daniel91 said:

Pre happy birthday! 

Thank you!! Looking forward to my mom baking my favorite chocolate cake for me! 🙂 

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Happy birthday! Mine was Sunday, October is a great month to be born lol. 

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19 minutes ago, Lula_Mae said:

Happy birthday! Mine was Sunday, October is a great month to be born lol. 

Thanks so much, happy birthday to you, too! I love having an October birthday!!! 🙂 

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On 10/25/2018 at 12:22 AM, banasophia said:

Feel like posting some pics.

 

Nuvo sideview:

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Biocube view from the couch:

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Mr. Krabs reminding me to feed him:

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Beautiful tank and lovely pics.

 

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Great tank!

 

Can confirm, clove polyps grow like a weed in a Biocube. Would be neat to have on back wall!

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4 hours ago, banasophia said:

Thanks so much, happy birthday to you, too! I love having an October birthday!!! 🙂 

 

4 hours ago, Clown79 said:

Happy Birthday to you and @Lula_Mae

Thanks! Been doing a few little things on the tanks to celebrate. Tried to win a mini colony of blondies zoas on Ebay and was super bummed to lose out at the last minute. 

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5 hours ago, Clown79 said:

Happy Birthday to you and @Lula_Mae

 

5 hours ago, Clown79 said:

Beautiful tank and lovely pics.

 

 

Thank you, @Clown79!!! 😁☺️

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5 hours ago, Cpl_Wiggles said:

Great tank!

 

Can confirm, clove polyps grow like a weed in a Biocube. Would be neat to have on back wall!

Thank you! ☺️ Would love to to see a pic of your clove polyps!!

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6 minutes ago, banasophia said:

 

 

Thank you, @Clown79!!! 😁☺️

😁 hope you get some goodies on your special day

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I can report that the Polyp Lab Coral View Lenses work! Though it’s a little like using a magnifying makeup mirror... sometimes you don’t really want to see all those details!!! The sun coral spawn and hydroids are everywhere!

 

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