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I increased the wattage yesterday: got a Coral Compulsion LED (14W). I changed the light mover fan to be on always when DT light is on - immediately noticed some corals hated it; I moved the xenia into "shade", moved one mushroom to lower light areas, and moved one to the 10G. Everything else may be okay - will be watching. Added some clove polyps, a little red mushroom and a couple zoas - plan to try birdsnest again soon; more flow first. All inverts and verts are well - posting a video shortly...

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Quick distraction from another world:

 

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That’s very cool 😎 

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Photo update on corals tolerances to light change - trying to decide if I should go with the original plan of two lower watt bulbs side by side. Lots of pros with both light setups... I could move the two-bulb setup back and forth a few inches, too... 

 

The hairy mushroom doesn't mind the new light - new addition, orange lepto I think will probably like it - the purple gorgonia is hopefully recovering from slowly withering:

 

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The xenia still hates it in here, probably going to have to pull it out again:

 

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Duncan's doing okay - rastas popped out a baby polyp finally:

 

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Ricordea, brown gorg and zoas mounted at lower positions seem to be handling it well:

 

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These shrooms seem to be okay with things so far - definitely still getting used to it though:

 

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This slice of mushroom is handling it well (had taken a few days to acclimate this one to bright light in QT after cutting):

 

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This blue one hates life right now - even after being moved into a shaded area... I will give it a couple days:

 

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The paly pals look good - they pressed themselves against the rock and their skirts curled up tightly like zoas when first introduced to the light:

 

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Green algae is still growing on the glass - the 3 trochus are keeping it from densing up so much that you can't see through it - still not enough to make me scrape - I might move another trochus from the 10G. The montipora frag that made it through the CFL era is hanging in there. I can see the green leptastrea that has been in here since forever inside the rock - can't get a picture still - but it is quite well and seems to be loving to the moving and new light - still not going to see it encrusting visible areas soon, but hopefully one day. I think the zoas towards the top of the rock will be fine over time most are mostly open and coloring up still. Went with 3 days fasting of frozen food after algae growth increased - kept up with pellets. Heavy feeding followed by large WC tomorrow (9 days since last).

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I moved the xenia to a shadey spot near the back, under the green mushroom, yesterday - hoping it makes it, maybe even to the back glass. It is already looking much better today. It is barely visible, but as it grows, I think this placement will be more interesting. The algae on the glass is still prominent, but I haven't added a snail, just been watching to see what a big WC will do with the new light. Still hard to get shots close to the glass in here, Twitch has no idea what a personal bubble is - he only knows of his own cuboid.

 

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It's not just Twitch; it's just difficult to get balanced shots in here at all because of the intense (or sometimes not even present lol) light:

 

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I'm thinking that I will look for some type of light to keep nearby just for evenly lighting photos  :rolleyes:

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Quick updates!

  • The xenia seems to be pulling through - even with Mr. Sally's tendancy to frantically scurry over/through it when food hits the water.
  • Trying to reduce the algae on the front panel with a ruler blocking the light right now - still lingering, yet holding off on adding snail #4
  • I'm patiently constructing a set light that will occupy the ruler's position which should help keep snail #4 unnecessary and help light photos
  • The blue mushroom is content in its new spot - the teal one is getting pretty big... and I have a couple more I'm waiting to add
  • The puple gorgonia is missing flesh but hanging in there - still hoping the little thing makes it, but I may bring in another piece
  • Cyano overtook the bryopsis that was in the rearfuge (which already seemed like the munnids were eating it cause they were all over it all the time) and I'm noticing that as the cyano clears, the bryopsis (pretty positive that's what it was) gets wiped out - I can't see any more in there... none showed in the DT
  • Been fasting frozen frood since that last heavy feeding - continued with pellets daily - feeding frozen again at lights on today - then adjusting the routine to each day alternating pellets and prepared frozen (about just <1 cube).
  • It's friday, hope everyone's week went well - FTS and some more shots in the morning
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You can see the xenia doing better back there:

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Sorry, the light is really intense - did my best with the DT light in one hand, phone in other haha

 

FTSs:

 

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I'll scrape if it doesn't clear up soon.

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Dare I say the rearfuge seems to be clearing up a little?

 

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This is the red algae growing right next to the outlet of the overflow:

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I found some time today to add a couple more things to the rock in DT - I put a piece of thin styrofoam sheet on the pico lid over the mounting location to help acclimate them to the light.

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This light though:

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Yes, we have no bananas.

 

Here's a look at that little stryo shipping sheet I'm using for this LED's acclimation mode:

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If anyone wants to know, styrofoam shipping sheets seem to reduce light intensity to between 40 - 50%... took some measurements with the lux meter. I know, the things I do with some of my time...

 

The new corals are responding well so far; will be exposing them to more light and try for pics tomorrow.

 

Dun dun… dun dun…. dun dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnnnn!

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Hope everyone's weekend has been nice!

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One day, I'll get some filters for better phone photos...

 

This was hard to photograph (bright light + algae); a chunk of acan sitting front-center-bottom of the rock:

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Slice of Superman:

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We'll see about this:

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The glass is clearing, but reeeal slowwwly. Tomorrow, that 4th snail (trochus) will be starting its first day of work at this location, from 9 to 5.

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I'm going to go forward with the change to two bulbs over the DT - will probably try to move them back and forth slightly with the fan still. Making this modification for the duncan and to reduce algae. The fourth snail was huge compared to the others, but still not enough. So, I'm finally going to scrape the glass and remove the large snail when I make that light change. I have also been planning to take things apart so I can look for chaeto in the UGFuge again soon.

 

More notes:

  • the larger red mushroom jumped off the rock (too much light)
  • noticed the feather duster lost its crown somehow, but is growing another at the top of the rock
  • added some turf algae to the top of the mud cup and some other "pest" like algae to the top of the large-grade sediment cup in the rearfuge
  • cyano is slowly reducing prominence in the rearfuge - hoping to out-compete what's left with the additional algaes
  • the duncan has not wanted to open very much for the past few days
  • the montipora fragments have not shown polyps for a while now, they did not tolerate the increase in light when switching to the previous LED and have not recovered yet
  • Everything else seems to be tolerating the situation well, but I don't think it will be a good idea in the end tring to maintain these metabolic rates when this pico starts to fill in - so I'm looking forward to the light downgrade/upgrade, whatever you would call it   :]

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