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Ratvan's Old School Pico - September Additions (LPS)

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Wonderboy
9 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

they're hunting tiny pods

My vote

 

11 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

Finally I have small chunks of GHA

Wait... Finally? lol

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Ratvan
2 minutes ago, Wonderboy said:

My vote

 

Wait... Finally? lol

As in the final thing, not "I have pest Algae AT LAST MWAHAHAHAHA!" Although close with how the diatoms have been lately

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Wonderboy

OOOOooohhh I got it now hahaha - I really did think you were excited about that 😆

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Ratvan

I like it on the Barnacles, they look pretty cool with GHA carpet on top. Other than that its going to be a pull and scrub job again

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Wonderboy

Well I actually just bought some turf algae from the internet, so I'm not really one to talk - lol

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Ratvan

Picked up the couple of SPS Corals today from a local reefer. Lovely tank, lights were off though so couldn't geek out as much as i would have liked to, but the guy had the largest Elegance Coral I have even seen. I also got him to frag me a small section of Fox Coral (Nemenzophyllia) which I am putting in my 5.5G. Also Torch seems to have gotten over whatever was bugging it (I think the Gobies are perching on it too much, like the Duncan) 

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DSFIRSTSLTWATER
10 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

Picked up the couple of SPS Corals today from a local reefer. Lovely tank, lights were off though so couldn't geek out as much as i would have liked to, but the guy had the largest Elegance Coral I have even seen. I also got him to frag me a small section of Fox Coral (Nemenzophyllia) which I am putting in my 5.5G. Also Torch seems to have gotten over whatever was bugging it (I think the Gobies are perching on it too much, like the Duncan) 

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Hey the third pic...what is that? Birdsnest? or some kinda digita?

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Ratvan
33 minutes ago, DSFIRSTSLTWATER said:

Hey the third pic...what is that? Birdsnest? or some kinda digita?

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No idea which is which. Think it is the Guttatatus

 

So yeah Birsdnest

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DSFIRSTSLTWATER
7 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

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No idea which is which. Think it is the Guttatatus

 

So yeah Birsdnest

Well I like it whatever it is :smilie:

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Ratvan
5 minutes ago, DSFIRSTSLTWATER said:

Well I like it whatever it is :smilie:

I figured the final month of the contest I may as well have a go at SPS, plus I have a better light now than when i previously tried.

Plus grown out in a fella's garage so hardier than most LFS Frags (IMO)

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Ratvan

No losses over the weekend again, all good. However getting some interesting growths on the lass now. Looks like Coralline but appears to be a pale beige almost fleshy colour. 

 

FTS

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Needs a scrub down. Any idea how to get GHA off of Macro Algae?

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seabass
5 hours ago, Ratvan said:

Any idea how to get GHA off of Macro Algae?

Some herbivorous snails can perform this function.

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Ratvan
3 minutes ago, seabass said:

Some herbivorous snails can perform this function.

Mine seem to have taken a long vacation from GHA. I have a variety of species and none seem to touch it. I'm thinking I'll have to scrub down rocks (no issue) but for things like my Red Algae, how do i get it off this?

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seabass
24 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

for things like my Red Algae, how do i get it off this?

I've even tried peroxide dips.  However, as you might suspect, it killed the macro too.

 

I've fragged off clean sections of macroalgae and discarded particularly covered sections.  This can be effective if the hair algae blooms are now under control.  Obviously, trying to eliminate the hair algae via nutrient reduction can affect decorative macroalgae growth too.  It can feel like quite a balancing act at times.  The more mature (and diverse) the tank, the easier it seems to be.

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Ratvan

Thinking ahead how do clowns and damsels get along? Particularly Blue and Yellow Tail Damsels and Clowns. 

 

Get mixed results on Google searches

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seabass

They both belong to the damselfish family, so they are more prone to aggression amongst themselves.  This is especially true in a nano sized tank (as they will compete for territory).  Keep in mind that damsels tend to get more aggressive with age.  So you may read that they get along (and they might) for awhile, but possibly develop problems down the road.

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Amphrites

Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don't, kind of how it goes will all damselfish, you could try less aggressive varieties like springers, rolland's, or talbot, but it's still a game of chance and the damsel isn't necessarily going to be the problem fish either.

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Ratvan

SPS like flow right? Just not direct flow? Would bare skeleton with what looks like polyps hanging off it be indicative of wrong placement? 😖

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Amphrites

Probably, yes, or aggression from another inhabitant. At least that's all that comes to my mind.

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DSFIRSTSLTWATER
3 hours ago, Ratvan said:

SPS like flow right? Just not direct flow? Would bare skeleton with what looks like polyps hanging off it be indicative of wrong placement? 😖

Oh man sorry to hear 😟. Which one is it? Sounds like RTN, I've heard they RTN for no reason sometimes.

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Ratvan
On 9/11/2019 at 1:26 AM, DSFIRSTSLTWATER said:

Oh man sorry to hear 😟. Which one is it? Sounds like RTN, I've heard they RTN for no reason sometimes.

You know the one you said you liked? 😞

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Seem to be struggling with GHA at the minute, thinking about a full tear down, clean out and restart

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seabass
3 hours ago, Ratvan said:

Seem to be struggling with GHA at the minute, thinking about a full tear down, clean out and restart

Sometimes a restart is the best solution.  However, there is also something to letting a tank mature, and working through the problems.  If it's just GHA (and not something like bryopsis), I'd probably try to fight through it.

 

If it's just a good cleanup, then yeah, do it.

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DSFIRSTSLTWATER
3 hours ago, Ratvan said:

You know the one you said you liked? 😞

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Seem to be struggling with GHA at the minute, thinking about a full tear down, clean out and restart

omg!! that sucks man. Sorry to hear...

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Ratvan
5 minutes ago, seabass said:

Sometimes a restart is the best solution.  However, there is also something to letting a tank mature, and working through the problems.  If it's just GHA (and not something like bryopsis), I'd probably try to fight through it.

 

If it's just a good cleanup, then yeah, do it.

I've seen that term banded about, what is the difference? I got my apprentice to put on whites take a photo and send it to me 😄

 

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I cleaned that rock on Monday

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DSFIRSTSLTWATER
2 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

I've seen that term banded about, what is the difference? I got my apprentice to put on whites take a photo and send it to me 😄

 

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I cleaned that rock on Monday

@WV Reefer gave me some advice on my tank about getting more bio diversity in there to help with my algae problem. I wonder if you need some as well. I got a good sized cuc last week to help with it. Seems to be working a little bit. Maybe beef up the crew some?

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