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50 minutes ago, jack1978 said:

That's a lot ...... I just do a water change every so often fingerscrossed

Hey. If I didn't do all this work, Id look like Honey Boo Boo's mom

 

 

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Moved the wee little coral frags to new spots today. Looking good so far. Also, as part of my own back to school splurge and because my kids got to “nails on a chalkboard” level today, got a new yellow coris wrasse, who’s currently MIA in the sand, and a really nice new torch frag. Will have to see if the new dude has shown himself in a bit as I have no shots of him yet.

 

 

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Somebody tell me how to stop peppermints from having babies like rabbits?? Cause I’ve got eggs everywhere!! 

 

Oh and and new torch. And sneaky Groot the Gute.

 

 

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7 hours ago, Dirté Sanchez said:

Somebody tell me how to stop peppermints from having babies like rabbits?? Cause I’ve got eggs everywhere!! 

 

Oh and and new torch. And sneaky Groot the Gute.

 

 

......get rid of them? 

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Dirté Sanchez
37 minutes ago, jack1978 said:

......get rid of them? 

I haven’t gone that far to rehome  anything yet. There’s one single aptasia in there they haven’t discovered yet.

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Photo/video dump from IG. Tank is doing well and holding off on water change until Friday. 

 

 

The new guy was out and about today 😊😊

 

 

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Caught Groot and Gigantor out thefting items today.

 

 

Rio and Coral having some seaweed

 

 

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Went ahead with the weekly water change today rather than waiting until tomorrow. Need to be studious tomorrow and write a paper. Will test the water to see how the parameters look following a change and good siphoning. 

 

Also, will have a couple new corals in to add tomorrow for the tank's special day....

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Today is the SCA's FIVE MONTH BIRTHDAY!!! omgomgomg

 

Tested parameters AFTER a water change this time, and had some good results. Now have more realistic goals to shoot for since I know what the water more or less should look like. Pulled out the bubble algae in the refugium and replaced with red ogo algae for the next attempt at growing it. Have a better light now, so hopefully this time it will take off.

 

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The corals are much happier with lower phos, with one of the frogspawn trying to split and the hammers starting to come back. Even the unfortunate hammer I ripped in half is growing--both halves.

 

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FTS 8/16/19

 

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New pink pocillopora

 

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New red montipora

 

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Hammer colony, including one half of the ripped one.

 

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Acan colonies

 

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Another healing hammer and Micronesian torch with Aussie green torch

 

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Red and green favia

 

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GSP

 

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Second Aussie green torch

 

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Chalice with J Edgar Jr hiding beneath

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FIVE MONTH BIRTHDAY information round up:

 

SCA Starfire 50g cube with sump

Started (4/16/19)

 

Equipment: 

Current Orbit Marine LED w/ Eflux wave pump 660gph x2

Current Orbit Marine Eflux wave pump 1060gph

ABI tuna blue bulb spectrum 11, par 38 on gooseneck holder

Kingbo 18W par 38 plant bulb (sump)

Inkbird temperature controller

Hydor 400W glass heater

Smart ATO micro

Atman 2500 return pump

Reef Octopus INT-110 skimmer

Reef Octopus OCT-MF300B multi media reactor

Jebao 4 channel multi-doser

 

Filter Media: 

Filter floss x 2 panels

Seachem Phosguard

Bio bricks

 

Dosing:

Magnesium 1ml/day

Iodide 1ml/every other day

Seachem RF2 10ml/day (until goal KH reached and then will back off amount)

Microbacter 7 15ml weekly

Seachem Trace weekly

                   

Substrate/Aquascape:

Carib Sea Hawaiian Black Live Sand x 50lbs

Purple live rock from LFS~ 20lbs

Fiji live sand from LFS~ 14lbs

Maori live rock from LFS- 26lbs

 

Livestock: 

Electric blue hermit crab x2

Halloween hermit crab x2

Dwarf blue hermit crabs

Dwarf red hermit crabs (sump and DT)

Scarlet reef hermit crabs

Randall's shrimp (red banded pistol)

Blood red fire shrimp

Peppermint shrimp x2

Coral banded shrimp (in sump)

Harlequin shrimp

Tiger Pistol shrimp

Bumble bee snails

Trochus snails

Margarita snails (sump and DT)

Cerith snails

Tiger sand conchs

Fighting conch (in sump)

 

Corals:

Star polyps

Palys x1 (nebula)

Rhodactis mushrooms

Hammers

Torches

Frogspawn

Red Montipora

Pink pocillopora

Pink goniopora

Chalice

Zoas

Sun coral 

Red and white gorgonian

Red and green favia

Acans

Coco worm

Bubble tip anemone x1

 

 

Second round of FIVE MONTH BIRTHDAY photo dump

 

 

 

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Micronesian torch and Aussie green torch from other side

 

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Ricordea yuma mushroom

 

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Rhodactis mushroom

 

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Pink goniopora and zoa colony

 

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Zoa garden

 

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FTS with doors closed to sump

 

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Display tank shot under the lights. 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Dirté Sanchez said:

FIVE MONTH BIRTHDAY information round up:

 

SCA Starfire 50g cube with sump

Started (4/16/19)

 

Equipment: 

Current Orbit Marine LED w/ Eflux wave pump 660gph x2

Current Orbit Marine Eflux wave pump 1060gph

ABI tuna blue bulb spectrum 11, par 38 on gooseneck holder

Kingbo 18W par 38 plant bulb (sump)

Inkbird temperature controller

Hydor 400W glass heater

Smart ATO micro

Atman 2500 return pump

Reef Octopus INT-110 skimmer

Reef Octopus OCT-MF300B multi media reactor

Jebao 4 channel multi-doser

 

Filter Media: 

Filter floss x 2 panels

Seachem Phosguard

Bio bricks

 

Dosing:

Magnesium 1ml/day

Iodide 1ml/every other day

Seachem RF2 10ml/day (until goal KH reached and then will back off amount)

Microbacter 7 15ml weekly

Seachem Trace weekly

                   

Substrate/Aquascape:

Carib Sea Hawaiian Black Live Sand x 50lbs

Purple live rock from LFS~ 20lbs

Fiji live sand from LFS~ 14lbs

Maori live rock from LFS- 26lbs

 

Livestock: 

Electric blue hermit crab x2

Halloween hermit crab x2

Dwarf blue hermit crabs

Dwarf red hermit crabs (sump and DT)

Scarlet reef hermit crabs

Randall's shrimp (red banded pistol)

Blood red fire shrimp

Peppermint shrimp x2

Coral banded shrimp (in sump)

Harlequin shrimp

Tiger Pistol shrimp

Bumble bee snails

Trochus snails

Margarita snails (sump and DT)

Cerith snails

Tiger sand conchs

Fighting conch (in sump)

 

Corals:

Star polyps

Palys x1 (nebula)

Rhodactis mushrooms

Hammers

Torches

Frogspawn

Red Montipora

Pink pocillopora

Pink goniopora

Chalice

Zoas

Sun coral 

Red and white gorgonian

Red and green favia

Acans

Coco worm

Bubble tip anemone x1

 

 

Second round of FIVE MONTH BIRTHDAY photo dump

 

 

 

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Micronesian torch and Aussie green torch from other side

 

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Ricordea yuma mushroom

 

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Rhodactis mushroom

 

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Pink goniopora and zoa colony

 

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Zoa garden

 

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FTS with doors closed to sump

 

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Display tank shot under the lights. 

 

 

 

 

 

Yay!!!   Happy Birthday Reef! 🎉

 

 

 

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Happy to report that the tank has done well with a once a week only water change (yay!). It’s adapting well to the no chemical media thing, and the lower phosphates are actually making the euphyllia happy again, slowly. Have gotten the KH back up to the level coral pro salt starts at, which is 11-12. I know it’s high, but I saw an almost immediate change when I started raising it back up. 

 

Also the two new SPS corals are doing really well!!! 

 

 

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Two new corals 😃. Super jazzed about my wee little birds nest.

 

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"Shrek" coral, lobophytum. Not completely open just yet but still trucking right along

 

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The Red Baron is his zone of the rocks

 

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Groot giving the stink eye

 

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The Blue Dude

 

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Lots of yellow 😊

 

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The favia and the scoly both get so big during the day

 

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The Red Baron--he's moving with me trying to get caught on camera

 

 

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I really like this little “Shrek” coral (lobophytum). It has opened up pretty happily and looks good, even though small. And the birds nest is also happily open! I’m glad my janky lighting is working for now. May have to take that leap for a small acro.. have a spot saved for it 🤔

 

 

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Went to visit a different LFS today, and picked up a few items--they have an awesome, clean, bright and shiny new store. I was impressed and donated to their cause 😂

 

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New purple acro

 

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SPS row

 

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New short tentacled plate

 

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6 minutes ago, Dirté Sanchez said:

Went to visit a different LFS today, and picked up a few items--they have an awesome, clean, bright and shiny new store. I was impressed and donated to their cause 😂

 

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New purple acro

 

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SPS row

 

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New short tentacled plate

 

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Oooooooooooooh that plate 😍🤪😍

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It's been a frustrating last couple of days with this tank's little brother, but at least I can come over to the SCA and watch happily. Make people have plate envy 😊

 

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Lovin’ my little plate!!! 

 

 

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New baby long tentacle plate next to the pinwheel. 

 

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Okay... Hi, Im Holly, and I’m an addict. To saltwater reef keeping. I have relinquished my wallet to the care of my husband. 

 

But I did finish my coral wish list. Just gonna have to sit on my little pot of coral gold and watch things grow, which they are!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And while I try not to spend money, I’ll try my best to get to once weekly photo dumps. 🤞🏼

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As promised, trying to do photo dumps once a week. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sorry, still working on figuring out the best way and time to take pictures of some of the corals. These are the clearest ones I've managed of the Pocillopora and one of the clearest of the Acropora. Oh and The Red Baron came out for a nice pose.

 

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Just a small proud plug for the SCA! I think I’ve found the short tentacled plate’s happy place, and it’s still extending. Seems happy next to the hammer garden, so I’ll keep it there unless there’s trouble.

 

The rest? Well, the tank looks great and is starting to busily consume KH, calcium and mag. Super happy with its progress! Thank you @StinkyBunny and @WV Reefer for all your help!! Might make something of this little reef yet.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Dirté Sanchez said:

Just a small proud plug for the SCA! I think I’ve found the short tentacled plate’s happy place, and it’s still extending. Seems happy next to the hammer garden, so I’ll keep it there unless there’s trouble.

 

The rest? Well, the tank looks great and is starting to busily consume KH, calcium and mag. Super happy with its progress! Thank you @StinkyBunny and @WV Reefer for all your help!! Might make something of this little reef yet.

 

 

Yay!! 😃 

 

corals are looking good. 

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Ugh just realized IG limited the video size, so some of the action got cut. Had to go back and split the video. Sorry!

 

 

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