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Columbus (the black ice clownfish) has officially disappeared. 😭 He has been missing for 2 days but after checking the back chambers without any luck. I must say he is gone for good. 

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billygoat
39 minutes ago, Gravity said:

Columbus (the black ice clownfish) has officially disappeared. 😭 He has been missing for 2 days but after checking the back chambers without any luck. I must say he is gone for good. 

Very sad news! I am sorry to hear of your loss. He was a very cool fish and no mistake. 😥

 

Any clues as to what might have happened to him?

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I have no idea what happened. There was still some aggression between the clownfish but it had improved. No signs of anything in the back chamber in or around the tank. It’s possible it died from stress and the pistol shrimp dragged it into its cave. But that’s about all I can think of. 

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Been MIA for about two months now. Good new is I didn’t miss the competition I have been waiting for. However, I don’t have the time or tools to build a DIY tank, like I wanted to. So naturally I went to four pet stores today to find a tank. Unfortunately, I did not find what I was looking for but did get some goodies.  

2/20/2020

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Live rock for the competition tank. Now chilling in my QT tank until I can get the new one. 

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A few more snails to help with the cyano growth:

4 banded trochus and 4 cerith snails

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Found a beautiful splatter hammer that the wife actually wanted *double whammy*. BUT.... I somehow managed to crack the skeleton when trying to remove the plug. Any chance this coral will actually survive?

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Then for the new tank I got a ricordia yuma, I think. The wife picked out the bigger of the two but it appears to be missing a chunk of flesh 😔
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Last item was this stunning rock flower anemone with brilliant red and blue coloration. The picture does not do it justice. 

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Looks like the hammer survived the night. Anyone have a hammer survive with a broken base?3E70F982-1645-48F0-BAF6-A20EB6589C54.thumb.jpeg.bd8f0d5b23db0d79164d4616f68e2e19.jpeg

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Here is my 365 Day competition build!

 

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I could just be over reacting but now it looks like the hammer is going downhill. 
 

The bottom tentacles (correct terminology?) Appear to be turning brown. 

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The tentacles near the front appear deflated.  

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Doesn't that cyanobacteria bother you more?  You're making my Tiger Sand Conchs jealous!  They ate all my cyanobacteria long ago. 😞

 

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Those two shots are from almost exactly the same angle, so kodus on that, but they look almost identical to me. You could try moving it to lower-flow to see if that helps it recover.

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18 hours ago, Seadragon said:

Doesn't that cyanobacteria bother you more?  You're making my Tiger Sand Conchs jealous!  They ate all my cyanobacteria long ago. 😞

 

Well first priority is always the livestock. The cyano is a bit of an eye sore but doesn’t seem to be bothering anything. I recently added a few more snails so will see if that helps. 

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3 hours ago, Amphrites said:

Those two shots are from almost exactly the same angle, so kodus on that, but they look almost identical to me. You could try moving it to lower-flow to see if that helps it recover.

It’s actually two different sides. I have the coral in the front corner which is low flow and low light. So I will continue to keep a close eye on it and hope it pulls through. 

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I meant the blue shot and the daylight shot.

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48 minutes ago, Gravity said:

Well first priority is always the livestock. The cyano is a bit of an eye sore but doesn’t seem to be bothering anything. I recently added a few more snails so will see if that helps. 

 

That's the thing.  Cyanobacteria can be dangerous and even fatal to livestock.  It's only a matter of time if left unchecked.

 

Sources:

"Cyanobacteria harmful to livestock, humans", "Algae blooms cause major disruptions, not only because of their offensive odor and appearance; but because they can be fatal to livestock, pets and people" - https://www.drovers.com/article/cyanobacteria-harmful-livestock-humans

 

"Blue-Green Algae: Dangerous to Pets and Livestock", "Heavy growth of these toxin-producing algae (“blooms”) can cause high concentrations of toxins in the water." - https://thehorse.com/177829/blue-green-algae-dangerous-to-pets-and-livestock/

 

"Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can produce toxins that are harmful to livestock, wildlife and people." - https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/newsreleases/2016/june-13-2016/cyanobacteria-can-be-toxic-to-livestock-wildlife-humans

 

"Veterinary toxicologist warns of blue-green algae dangers to livestock, pets" - https://phys.org/news/2018-06-veterinary-toxicologist-blue-green-algae-dangers.html

 

"Poisoning of livestock by toxic cyanobacteria was first reported in the 19th century, and throughout the 20th century cyanobacteria–related poisonings of livestock and wildlife in all continents have been described." - https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-0-387-75865-7_28

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2 hours ago, Amphrites said:

I meant the blue shot and the daylight shot.

Ahh, gotcha. I agree, guess I have a consistent photo location... lol

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1 hour ago, Seadragon said:

 

That's the thing.  Cyanobacteria can be dangerous and even fatal to livestock.  It's only a matter of time if left unchecked.

 

Sources:

"Cyanobacteria harmful to livestock, humans", "Algae blooms cause major disruptions, not only because of their offensive odor and appearance; but because they can be fatal to livestock, pets and people" - https://www.drovers.com/article/cyanobacteria-harmful-livestock-humans

 

"Blue-Green Algae: Dangerous to Pets and Livestock", "Heavy growth of these toxin-producing algae (“blooms”) can cause high concentrations of toxins in the water." - https://thehorse.com/177829/blue-green-algae-dangerous-to-pets-and-livestock/

 

"Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can produce toxins that are harmful to livestock, wildlife and people." - https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/newsreleases/2016/june-13-2016/cyanobacteria-can-be-toxic-to-livestock-wildlife-humans

 

"Veterinary toxicologist warns of blue-green algae dangers to livestock, pets" - https://phys.org/news/2018-06-veterinary-toxicologist-blue-green-algae-dangers.html

 

"Poisoning of livestock by toxic cyanobacteria was first reported in the 19th century, and throughout the 20th century cyanobacteria–related poisonings of livestock and wildlife in all continents have been described." - https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-0-387-75865-7_28

I’m aware that this is not favorable but would prefer to avoid any knee jerk reaction to it. I have begun to increase my cleanup crew and will continue to do so as needed.
 

It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been behind on water changes for a few weeks which doesn’t help but will resume my weekly water change. Information on this also appears to vary some say to use GFO others say to increase nutrients. I can say with slightly relaxed filter replacement and higher feeding there is no change to the nutrient readings. So my current tactic is to increase the clean up crew to remove algae and lower the nutrient uptake of the tank. 
 

Then in about three weeks I will reach the one year mark and will sent out a sample for ICP to determine if there is anything out of wack. If everything checks out and the issue persists I will then be open to using Vibrant to help get rid of it. 

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I have been getting some crazy growth on the purple monster palythoa  with 5 new heads since I bought it. The hot hawaiian palythoa also has a new head. 

 

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One Year!

Looks like it’s the official one year anniversary for my tank. Overall, the tank is doing well. Fighting a bit of cyano likely due to low nutrients. So far I have only lost two corals. One acan bleached shortly after receiving and a single head purple monster zoa that disappeared. I have attempted to pair my clownfish twice now without success. The first attempt was with a misbar that only survived a week. The second was with a black ice which disappeared after over two months with the use of a breeder box and a brief period of removing the gladiator clownfish. There were no signs of what happened to this clownfish. 
 

 

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First Year Livestock

- Gladiator Clownfish “Pennywise”

- Randalli Goby “Timon”

- Randalli Shrimp “Pumbaa”

- 1x Nassarius Snail

- 5x Cerith Snail

- 5x Banded Trochus Snail

- Blue Legged Hermit ”Jack”

- Green Star Polyp

- Weeping Willow Toadstool (Actually Long Polyp Toadstool)

- Green Duncan 7 polyp (+4)

- WWC Lavender Duncan 7 polyp (+6)

- Purple Duncan 5 polyp (+4)

Pink/Purple Blasto

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- Fire and Ice Zoanthid 5 polyp (-1 / +2)

- WWC AOI Zoanthid 3 polyp (-2 / +1)

- OG Pink Zipper Palythoa 2 polyp(+1)

- Hot Hawaiian Palythoa 2 polyp (+1)

- WWC Purple Monster Palythoa 8 polyp (+5)

- WWC Candy Striped Lord 15 polyp (+13)

- WWC Red Comet Lord 11 polyp (+9)

- Purple & Pink Acan Lord 9 polyp (+7)

- Green & Purple Acan Lord 4 polyp (+2)

- Orange & White & Green Lord 3 polyp (+2)

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- Pascal Splatter Hammer (Actually Frogspawn)

- WWC Blue Dragon Favities 16 polyp (+11)

 

The Dearly Departed:

- WWC Grapevine Lord (Bleached shortly after receiving)

- Misbar Clownfish (Lost to Pennywise)

- Black Ice Clownfish (Disappeared Likely Killed by Pennywise)

- Scarlet Hermit (Jack Killed)

- Blue Legged Hermit (Jack Killed)

- 4x Nassarius Snail (Jack Killed at least one)

- 2x Cerith Snail (Lost to Hermit)

- Banded Trochus Snail (Died of unknown causes)

- Purple Monster Zoanthid ( Single Head Frag Disappeared(

- Zoanthid (Sold)

- WWC Swamp Thing Favia (Sold)

 

Additional data coming soon. 

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1 hour ago, Gravity said:

Looks like it’s the official one year anniversary for my tank. Overall, the tank is doing well.

Hooray! 😁 Congrats on your tankiversary. It sounds like you've been enjoying your reef, which is great to hear. I'm sure it will get even better from here as the tank stabilizes and matures.

 

1 hour ago, Gravity said:

The second was with a black ice which disappeared after over two months with the use of a breeder box and a brief period of removing the gladiator clownfish. There were no signs of what happened to this clownfish. 

Unfortunate that you never found out what happened to your lost clown, but... at least it means your clean-up crew is doing a good job? 😅

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Began dosing MicrōBacter7 today. Hopefully this will help reduce the cyano growth over the next few weeks. 

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Maintenance Day! Did a water change and soaked the pumps and media basket in citric acid. Still dosing MicrōBacter7, just finished the two week startup regimen but planning on continuing the higher dose until the cyano is gone. Have noticed slower growth after basting the rocks. 
 

The frogspawn continues to live. Thinking it’s going to pull through despite the base being cracked. Beginning to move it to higher light and flow to get it settled. 

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It’s been a crazy weekend. I received my reef cleaners order on Saturday. The package included 3 Nassarius, 6 Cerith, 4 Nerites and 78 Dwarf Cerith, way more then the anticipated 10 but I’m not complaining. 

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Then I picked up a New Tank!!!!!

 

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Did a four day blackout last weekend to address some cyano/dino that seemed to be taking over. Cleaned off the rocks daily throughout the process and continued microbactor 7 dosing. Tank came out with very clean looking rock and sand withonly some hair algae remaining. However, there was some tissue regression on the favities, acans and duncans. It was a little surprising due to the short time period. Then I eased back into the lighting with a week of 50% lighting (blues only). 
 

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Tank is looking good 👍 

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