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I agree with you guys, the crab was just too dang adorable! Hopefully it won't show up later as some giant zoanthid-eating monster or something.

 

Here are a few more pictures from around the reef. Someone contact the Halimedia, because the Halimedapocalypse is underway. 

 

I still haven't determined the best time of day to take an FTS, and may actually end up rigging some kind of curtain behind me to block out the glare when I photograph the tank. How nerdy is that? 😄

 

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Today I've got a bunch of macro shots of coralline algae to share. Yes, that's right folks; it's just that kind of aquarium journal I'm afraid! 😅

 

The truth is that I love these algae. I feel like most aquarists know coralline algae is good but don't pay much attention to it after their rocks turn pink, and I figure this is often because they seed their tanks with a single species of coralline that then covers everything with a mono-colored crust. Nothing wrong with that of course, but in nature there are many different species of coralline that all compete with each other for space in much the same way that corals do. Watching them grow and fight and encrust each other to form a beautiful patchwork of pink and purple colors has been one of my favorite parts of reefkeeping so far.

 

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Here's an evening FTS with the new algae in. Very blue, but at least it's a little less glared-out at this time of day.

 

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pricewayne

Looking so good!! I love that mystery crab you found.

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On 5/24/2019 at 8:20 PM, pricewayne said:

Looking so good!! I love that mystery crab you found.

Thank you! It seems like every day I am still finding weird and interesting hitchhikers in here, even all these months later. May the mystery crab live long and never be seen again!

Kinda makes me wonder what else might be lurking in there. 🤔

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Have you noticed the gorgonian on the right growing yet?  I just assumed they'd grow like trees do and branch, but I'm noticing mine is starting to create a mat below it and spreading on the rocks.  Wondering if it creates a sturdy base and then sprouts new branches? I can take a picture if that helps my poor explanation.  Just noticed it last night. 

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9 hours ago, TatorTaco said:

Have you noticed the gorgonian on the right growing yet?  I just assumed they'd grow like trees do and branch, but I'm noticing mine is starting to create a mat below it and spreading on the rocks.  Wondering if it creates a sturdy base and then sprouts new branches? I can take a picture if that helps my poor explanation.  Just noticed it last night. 

Interesting that you mention that! That gorg has been in my tank for almost a month now, and I was just looking at pictures of it and remarking on how it had not demonstrated much growth so far, despite good polyp extension every day. However, when I observed its base I did see that it seems to be expanding mat-style across the rock it is attached to. In the beginning some superglue was visible at its base, but now that whole area is covered and you can even see some polyps extended down at the bottom.

 

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Unfortunately I also have some not-so-good news on the gorgonian front today. My newest addition (Plexaura flexuosa) does not appear to be doing well. It has been in the tank for four days now but has yet to expand its polyps, and it is sloughing its outer layers in a way that reminds me a bit too much of what some of my previous gorgs looked like when I accidentally killed them with a  poorly-executed freshwater dip. When I came home from work today I noticed that diatoms were starting to grow on its surface, and my Terror Star (orange brittle star) seems to have taken an interest in it as well. Usually the star is not interested in things that aren't dead or dying, so that seems like a bad sign...

 

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I know that species in the genus Plexaura have a reputation for being very poor shippers, but I was hoping that I could pull it off. Hopefully it will recover over the next few days, but I have my doubts.

 

 

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