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Amphrites

Byropsis looks more like a proper plant and really, really roots down into your rockwork, feathery and kind of fern-looking, central-defined stem to it. Yours looks like the mushy GHA you can just about brush off, spot treat or dose peroxide and it will melt away ime.

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Ratvan
Just now, Amphrites said:

Byropsis looks more like a proper plant and really, really roots down into your rockwork, feathery and kind of fern-looking, central-defined stem to it. Yours looks like the mushy GHA you can just about brush off, spot treat or dose peroxide and it will melt away ime.

Ok definitely does not sound like what I have then, good. I wonder if anyone has a Algae Blenny I could borrow for a few days...... (half kidding)

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DSFIRSTSLTWATER
3 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

Ok definitely does not sound like what I have then, good. I wonder if anyone has a Algae Blenny I could borrow for a few days...... (half kidding)

I tried one and he didn't do a damn thing with the hair algae... he was lazy :lol:

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Ratvan

I'll place an online order for more CuC this weekend. I'm not buying anymore from my LFS. The last 3 snails I got were actually Hermit Crabs...

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seabass
2 hours ago, Ratvan said:

I've seen that term banded about, what is the difference?

Good question.  I agree with @DSFIRSTSLTWATER that it has to do with going forward, towards maturity, versus taking a step back towards a more sterile, less bio-diverse system.

 

A restart sometimes involves new rock, or treating rocks (like with peroxide).  A cleanup is more like removing detritus, performing a water change, manual removal of algae...

 

If you can get some Astrea snails, they might be able to help control that algae.  However, the algae stage isn't always a bad sign.  All tanks go through stages.  The problem, in general, with stocking a tank too quickly (and I'm not necessarily saying that you have done this), is that the livestock has to live through these stages too (especially with difficult corals).

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So more of a Clean up compared to a restart. tank looks better this morning but I did have to move some corals around into different tanks. I also reduced the time that my lighting is active (from 14 (damn Timer) to 10 hours) this seems to have reduced the amount of algae that has reappeared over the weekend. I also noted that the tank gets a few hours of direct sunlight in the late afternoon so I have programmed the lights to switch off during this time. I have lost my other SPS attempt, slightly annoyed but until I can control the tank better 24/7 (can't with this being at work) I don't think I will try any further in this one. 

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Feeding the Clown and Gobies pellets by hand at the minute to ensure I don't overfed the tank, and algae

 

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So I am putting a fair amount of thought into what is to become of this tank when the contest ends, most of the Corals and Hantu are going to be making their way over to the larger system, I am also going to be taking down my Freshwater Window Tank at the same time, 3 tanks including lights is a little too much for the office. Which leaves me with what to do with the pair of Red Headed Gobies that are currently residing within this tank. So I have been looking at their natural habitat (Mexico, Belize and that area) and I found a delightful photograph of Red Headed Gobies on a Brain coral set against Macro Algae and Gorgonians. 

 

Mini Belize Biotope? Sounds nice

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seabass
50 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

Which leaves me with what to do with the pair of Red Headed Gobies that are currently residing within this tank.

I feel that I read somewhere that they have a relatively short lifespan.  You might keep that in mind for future plans.

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Ratvan
3 minutes ago, seabass said:

I feel that I read somewhere that they have a relatively short lifespan.  You might keep that in mind for future plans.

I have read 1 or two years. However I have seen what I believe to be mating behaviour.  

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seabass
15 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

I have seen what I believe to be mating behaviour.

That's very cool! :smilie:

 

Unfortunately, being such a small fish, raising the fry is quite difficult.  Still, it's nice that they are comfortable enough in your tank to breed.

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Wonderboy

I think that a simple biotope like that would be pretty neat - it definitely sounds tedious to raise the fry from some quick reading, though not impossible. You had cultured or are culturing rotifers already? How is/was that going for you? Would that be sufficient?

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Ratvan
12 minutes ago, seabass said:

That's very cool! :smilie:

 

Unfortunately, being such a small fish, raising the fry is quite difficult.  Still, it's nice that they are comfortable enough in your tank to breed.

Well still spit balling at the minute but this gives me the incentive to move Hantu to the 5.5G until I can get the 34G running (hoping this weekend or next), I have been considering an external breeding box. I think that'll be larger than my tank however lol. 

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I think that a simple biotope like that would be pretty neat - it definitely sounds tedious to raise the fry from some quick reading, though not impossible. You had cultured or are culturing rotifers already? How is/was that going for you?

Yeah reading through @seabass cardinal fish thread it seems like a lot of work. Rotifers are pretty easy. When ever I want to add to the tank I pour in 50% of the culture every 3-5 days, take the same amount of water out the tank and sieve through into the rotifier culture again. I need to sort out some Phyto as well as that's getting a bit silly with Money

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Ratvan

This all rests on Hantu being caught and transferred to the 5.5g. So far not doing so well on the clownfish trapping

might have to dangle my finger over the net

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Snow_Phoenix
20 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

This all rests on Hantu being caught and transferred to the 5.5g. So far not doing so well on the clownfish trapping

might have to dangle my finger over the net

Try baiting him with food and he should swim up to eat. Should be easier to nab him then. 

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Ratvan
Just now, Snow_Phoenix said:

Try baiting him with food and he should swim up to eat. Should be easier to nab him then. 

Probably will work, however going about my prep work for the area the 34G will be placed today, moving furniture, files, arranging cable trays so i can get power to the tank etc, etc. Aim to have it wet Friday 27th September and transferred over after the Pico contest ends so looking at full move on the 1st November or thereabouts. 

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