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Firefish's 10G rimless "The Island" - More Corals

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Well, it's been almost a week, and all of the corals are still alive. Might not seem like much to you more experienced people, but it feels good to me. :lol: 

The mushroom seems to be doing alright where I glued it, low current and light.

The sinularia has not attached to the rock yet, but the polyps are usually extended, and the limbs are upright, not droopy or anything. IMG_20190122_234046850.thumb.jpg.d9faa39796bc1abd483d8eeb06250837.jpg

I actually had a little mishap with the zoas today, accidently knocked them off of their perch while doing a water change. I finally decided to epoxy the frag rock down, so hopefully it stays put now. I may also have accidentally squished a polyp while trying to get the epoxy to hold. :eek: Sorry little buddy. They're pretty much all open again now though. IMG_20190122_234032121.thumb.jpg.3eba5f1ce88561200f280818b7efe536.jpg

 

I also put a background on the tank, just a solid black one. Looks a lot better in my opinion. IMG_20190122_224149995.thumb.jpg.0c2f08dec253378995549b337a6a4ee0.jpg

Next order of business is to pick up a cerith snail or two to help combat the algae that keeps popping up in the sand bed. 

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I got a pair of cerith snails on Wednesday, and they've been roaming around the tank, one mouthful of sand at a time. They're doing well. I think the next animal to get will be a shrimp of some sort. I haven't decided between a peppermint shrimp, a SSCS, a blood red fire shrimp, or a sexy shrimp trio. I'm done adding fish though.

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Well, I did end up getting a shrimp. I went with a peppermint shrimp because they were much cheaper than the other options. It's been sequestered in its little cave most of the time. Got it a few days ago. It does come to my hand for food though, which is pretty cool. Hops onto my fingers and does the little tappy-tap dance with its claws. :happydance:

The sinularia is attaching to the rockwork. It already attached once, but I accidentally dislodged it trying to remove the toothpick. :wacko: I'll give it another shot in a week. I'll have some nice forceps by then, so that should help. The zoas are already making a few new polyps and coloring up a bit more. They love the Reef Roids! The mushroom has been curled over around itself a bit, so I think the current might be too strong where it is. I reduced the powerhead a bit. If it doesn't look better in a few days, I'll try moving the rock to a less lit place.

Everything else is doing decently well. Firefish and YCG are good, snails are all active, hermit crab just molted again. 

I've been dealing with some issues in the sand bed. A few diatoms and a little bit of cyano, but also something else. After some research, I think it might be cladophoropsis algae. I'll have to get some more pictures.

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I've recently had the pleasure of researching how to deal with Byropsis. I have a few patches that are growing and spreading. I will probably have to dose the tank with Flucanozole.

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Photo update since it's been a while! Corals are mostly doing well. The zoas have some byropsis and cyano growing over a few polyps. Flucanozole is on the way, and I manually removed some growths after the photo. The mushroom has been opening up much more since being placed in a lower-flow area. The peppermint shrimp has molted twice now since I got it. 

 

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I got a few more corals! My LFS got a big shipment of stuff in, so I got a Ricordea mushroom and some utter chaos zoas on Monday. They're all pretty consistently open now. Everyone ate reef roids today. They're sitting in the sand bed for now. I think I want to try some pom-pom xenia next. It's supposed to be less invasive than some other types I've heard.

 

I added a dose of Reef Flux yesterday to combat the byropsis. I used one capsule for my 10g tank. Hopefully I see some results in two weeks. I'd been manually removing it beforehand (might have been the wrong approach), which seemed to be fine for managing it. This stuff is supposed to eradicate it though. Corals, inverts, and fish all look normal. I'll keep you guys posted as the battle progresses.

 

I dropped off my big (~2") nassarius snail off at the LFS. It'd been super lethargic, and I didn't think it was getting enough food. I've still got a small one in the tank though, around 1/2".

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Well, I'm 10 days into the Reef Flux treatment. So far, the bryopsis seems to be melting. It's been turning white and getting stringy, until it just disintegrates. :naughtydance: There are still a few stubs left, but I've still got 4 days of treatment to go. 

It's been 12 days since the last WC, because I'm not supposed to change water during the treatment. I checked my nitrates, which are a little higher than normal, around 5ppm. I'm also getting some cyano on the sandbed. Overall though, tank seems fine. New corals got moved to their spots and seem happy.

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I've finished the two weeks of Reef Flux. The bryopsis is pretty much gone, just a few little stubs left. If it does revive, I've got 9 more pills to hit it with. 

The tank has gone almost three weeks without a water change, which was a new record for me. Usually, I do one every week or two. However, nothing really showed any ill effects. At one point, there was a little bit of cyanobacteria popping up on the sandbed. It went away before the water change today though. Nitrates reached a high of 5ppm. 

Here's the tank after a good cleaning. 

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1586620095_IMG_20190314_205153643(1).thumb.jpg.e3420ad06c797b2c62e955d6660bce78.jpgI've decided to name the shrimp Greedy McFatface after the latest round of coral feeding. :rant:

 

I also recently ordered a pair of picorox from @NanoRox , so those will be cool to see when they get here! I want to get some more corals that grow pretty fast like pom pom xenia, plus something else. I didn't want to put them on the main rock island though.

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I think this one zoa polyp in the center might be getting ready to undergo longitudinal fission. It's been looking pinched in the center for a few days now. If that's the case, it'll be the first time I've seen it. The rest of the colony growth has been via budding off the mat. Pretty cool!

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Very cool tank you've got over here! Those Zoas look gorgeous. I love your aquascape too; your shrimp seems to love it under that arch! A perfectly natural environment for it to hang out in. Following along!

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27 minutes ago, billygoat said:

Very cool tank you've got over here! Those Zoas look gorgeous. I love your aquascape too; your shrimp seems to love it under that arch! A perfectly natural environment for it to hang out in. Following along!

Thanks for the kind words! I tried to put a lot of thought into the scape. 

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35 minutes ago, billygoat said:

Sooo... what kind of corals are you thinking of getting in the future? 😄

Haha, if you insist. 

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This is my first saltwater tank ever, and I'm sticking with the theme of soft corals. I really enjoy the movement of them compared to SPS, and they're generally more beginner friendly (but still quite beautiful). 

 

I got my Picorox pair from Nanorox! That'll let me introduce some more invasive-ish corals on their own little islands. I was thinking a xenia colony on the rox on the left. It's a low-flow area, so it should hopefully get some nice pulsing action. On the right rox, I'm thinking GSP.

 

I want to get a few more zoa colonies to go with my green ones and the Utter Chaos. Get a nice garden going on the piece of branch rock. On the far left, I want to get some more Discosoma mushrooms to go with my blue-spotted. Then on the front-bottom rock under the arch, I want to get more Ricordeas. On the ledge on the left side, I'm thinking a rhodactis mushroom. On the top right, kind of above the branch rock, I want to get a pipe organ coral. They're kind of an oddball octocoral, which I thought was cool. Up top and center, I want to get a cabbage leather coral, since they tolerate higher light and flow. Hopefully grow it nice and large. 

 

So those are my stocking plans. :lol:

 

They might have to be on hold for a while though because I'm moving in two months. I'm going to try and take my tank with me. It's a eight-hour drive, but I think it'll make it.

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looking forward to seeing some corals on those NanoRox.  Looks great so far!  

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Seems like a great plan to me! I think it's really wonderful that you've gone through all the effort of planning everything out, and I'm sure your tank will look amazing when everything comes together. The aquascape has a great variety of nooks, peaks, shelves and crannies to give you a ton of different positioning options, which is awesome. As for your plans to move, well... if softies can survive 3-day shipping by priority mail (which many of them do with no problems), I think they can certainly handle a measly 8 hour drive without trouble 😄 

 

Those NanoRox are definitely pretty sweet too. I think they are a great innovation for space-limited nanos in particular. The only thing I'd be concerned about is xenia/GSP growing straight off of them and onto the glass, but that can be a great look too if you're into it!

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2 hours ago, billygoat said:

Seems like a great plan to me! I think it's really wonderful that you've gone through all the effort of planning everything out, and I'm sure your tank will look amazing when everything comes together. The aquascape has a great variety of nooks, peaks, shelves and crannies to give you a ton of different positioning options, which is awesome. As for your plans to move, well... if softies can survive 3-day shipping by priority mail (which many of them do with no problems), I think they can certainly handle a measly 8 hour drive without trouble 😄 

 

Those NanoRox are definitely pretty sweet too. I think they are a great innovation for space-limited nanos in particular. The only thing I'd be concerned about is xenia/GSP growing straight off of them and onto the glass, but that can be a great look too if you're into it!

I've noticed a trend in most of the tanks I like. They've all had a good amount of time to mature, starting with small frags and letting them grow in around each other. It makes for a really natural and beautiful display in my opinion. I want to keep this tank running for a long time, at least five years, preferably longer.

 

If the xenia/GSP does make it onto the glass, I'll probably just slice it off with a razor and frag it when it gets large enough. Try and make a little money back that way. I got my green Sinularia frag from a nearby LFS, and the owner recently sold the whole mother colony for $500. It was maybe 8 inches across. He told me to remember him when my frag turns into a nice colony of its own.

 

I didn't know that softies were THAT durable. That's definitely encouraging! :lol:

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