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Alright, guys, thanks for your help the past few days. I would have had no idea how to ID this stuff, so the fact that you guys were there to help me ID probably saved this tank.

 

Also wanted to wish everyone a happy fourth. We don't always get along, we disagree, and sometimes we outright dislike eachother as a country... but we're all incredibly lucky to live where we live, and regardless of how you feel about things happening in the world right now, we have it pretty good. Everyone enjoy their fireworks (or, at the very least, some good food!), and have a great night.

 

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Tamberav

The tank is beautiful!!

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billygoat

Yeah it's looking really nice! I can't wait to see how everything fills in. I hope you're having a good holiday @Fisker!

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36 minutes ago, billygoat said:

Yeah it's looking really nice! I can't wait to see how everything fills in. I hope you're having a good holiday @Fisker!

I am! Lots of red meat and explosives. Perfect.

 

Hope you're having a great one, too!

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Okay, so, I'm working a double shift today (one at the Italian joint and one at Petsmart), so I had basically no time for my tank this morning, and doubt I'll have the energy for any serious stuff tonight. I'll still go through and blow off what I can, though. Here's what I noticed before I left this morning:

 

Cyano growth seems to have slowed since I moved stuff into higher flow and turned down the temp. There was still a fare amount in the tank this morning, but it seemed to be growing in the same places, just less densely. I'll take it as a win.

 

I seem to have lost some decent chunks of both the C. Racemosa and the C. Mexicana - the stuff just instantly melts as soon as the cyano begins growing on it. However, I'm also seeing new growth that seems to be growing pretty fast, so I don't think it's really killing the algae as a whole. I'll amputate what I have to tonight, and try my best to keep them clean in the future. My G. Hayi seems to be handling everything fine, with no noticeable change in color or health. The Christmas Tree is actually growing, but is no longer all nice-looking in it's normal shape... it looks dishoveled, like a fake christmas tree before you bend the branches back out the right way when it comes out of storage. Know what I'm talking about?

 

On my gorg, there are three branches that have exposed skeleton from earlier damage. All three are growing cyano on them - however, with manual removal, I'm actually seeing flesh start to beat out the cyano on the skeleton. My other corals, despite having some cyano growing around them, don't have any on them and were wide open even without lights on. Good sign?

 

I've been looking around at online sites, and was wondering with anyone has good experience with Pod Your Reef. Reviews seem to be good on their website, and while their selection is limited, I've been considering ordering some pods and a Red Mangrove from them. I think I can kinda arrange the right side of the tank as a Mangrove/Caulerpa garden, which I think would be pretty cool, especially if I can get some red caulerpa in there too - yes, I'm a fool for loving caulerpa... but it's awesome!

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Tamberav

I used podyourreef... No complaints... The tisbe pods are tiny and hard to see but they are there. I am guessing it's similar to algaebarn. 

 

If you add stuff to your cart but don't finish checking out they will email you a code for some money off 😉 At least they did for me.

 

I am not sure if the 4th sales ended yet or what....algaebarn was 25 percent off yesterday with a code...not sure what podyourreef had going. 

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Update time!

 

The cyano hasn't stopped growing, but I wouldn't say it's spreading much. I need to get in there and really clean today, as I just kinda brushed the macros off last night before bed (I had 17 hours of work between 2 jobs yesterday!), and things look really hairy today. It's growing on most of the macros now, and the Caulerpa species I have are all taking pretty big hits - none of them are dealing with the infestation very well at all. My G. Hayi gives no Fs, and my Christmas Tree looks messy, but healthy. On the bright side? My corals are doing strangely well. I can count 3-4 new polyps on the toadstool, some new mat on the GSP, quite a bit of new growth on the Gorg, and even flesh regrowing on my hammer! Yes, the hammer that looked 100% dead!  I can clearly see the mouth of one head now, and I can see just the tip of one fluorescent green tentacle. I'm not sure if the other head survived, but it's pretty cool that the little guy is coming back.

 

Hopefully he doesn't become puffer food.

 

Tamberav already knows this, but I actually picked up a starving mandarin dragonette from a LFS. I got him for $5, and he's pretty close to death. Probably less than a week, I think, if he doesn't start eating well. I got him eating frozen bloodworms, he's picking at some smaller pieces of mysis, and I'm hatching some brine shrimp for him now. He's not in here yet, but provided he survives and I can keep up with his feeding schedule, I'll be adding him into this tank at some point. I'm trying to get him trained onto frozen foods in a QT tank, and then I'll be researching and DIYing contraptions to keep him fed over time. Hopefully I'll have a real nice population of pods in here by then, and not so much cyano. If I decide that I can't keep up with him, I'll be finding him a good home locally once he's fattened up a little. I do have my concerns about keeping a mandarin in a 20 long, but it seems as if perhaps it's a bit more accepted than I thought, at least before they're adults and when they're accepting at least some frozen foods. In my head, I had mandarins filed under either the "Fish that shouldn't be kept in tanks at all" category or the "Fish that should only be kept in larger species-tanks" category. In reality, the story seems a bit different, from what I've read.

 

Other than that, not much new is happening. The female clown is getting truly fat, even with decreased feedings. Not bloated, mind you, but fat. The male is less chubby, but still kinda chunky. I think it's because they're a bit faster and trigger happier than the puffer, and end up stealing his food - the female will even wait till the puffer cracks open a snail, dart in, and run away with the meat. Which is mildly amusing, I admit, but still. The puffer is doing fine. Good weight, good color, normal behavior. Even with it's current issues, I really love this tank!

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FYI I kept 6 dragonetts in a 20g macro tank with a 20g fuge, my oldest was with me 5 years. So it can be done. There is a coral magazine on mandarins with the breeder Matt Peterson who kept them in a 29g biocube macro tank which was a good read and what got me to try.

 

Unfortunately I didn't QT a wild caught jester goby because they are difficult to feed which lead to disease and I had to pull all fish out and go fallow, I was moving out of state not long after so I decided to sell the fish and tear it down. 

 

It was a lot of work still so I took a break until now... if I can get my tank up and running correctly and into a pod factory again.

 

Just the fact you want this to be a macro/softy tank will increase your long term success greatly! I am sure you will get over this hump of algae problems, I know I didn't like looking at mine for awhile. 

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3 hours ago, Tamberav said:

Just the fact you want this to be a macro/softy tank will increase your long term success greatly! I am sure you will get over this hump of algae problems, I know I didn't like looking at mine for awhile. 

I can definitely second this. My tank was gross for a good three months or so, with pretty much every sort of pest you can think of. It's gotten over everything from GHA to cyano to hydroids and now is looking a lot better! So don't worry too much about the slime on your algae, I'm sure it's just a phase.

 

Cool to hear about the mandarin! I really hope you're able to nurse it back to health. That will be quite an accomplishment if you can pull it off, and it'll be even cooler if you can keep it alive in the long term! This seems like the sort of tank where a mandarin would really be able to thrive.

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Thanks for the info - I knew you were into dragonettes at one point, but I didn't know you were THAT into them!

 

I do hope that the mandarin works out long-term! He's pretty awesome, even as a juvie. We'll see, though - I don't want to get my hopes up too much. I've got some brine shrimp eggs hatching now - we'll see if he takes to those. I'm trying to train him to the Mandarin Diner idea - stick a jar into the tank, and do all of the mandarin's feedings in the jar, so the food is easily available and relatively safe from other fish and inverts. I'd say the hermits would probably get in there pretty easily, but I doubt the other fish would intentionally go into the jar very often. We'll see. So far, he's spending quite a bit of time in the jar... so, maybe it's working.

 

The tank got a 1 gallon water change last night to help suck out some of the cyano, and got a pretty good scrub, too. I'm kinda leaving diatoms and such on the glass until I'm siphoning to maybe use them as sorta nutrient export. Not sure if it's working super well, but I'm taking out quite a bit of floating algae when water changing.

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Alright, so over the past few days, Cyano growth has slowed significantly. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a problem, but it's slowed to a rate so that it's basically only growing on my rocks. I've just been cutting way back on feeding. A couple pellets each for the clowns every 2-3 days, and 2 snails every 2 days for the puffer.

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Decided to pick up a healthy-looking BTA today. Figured it'd go great in this tank...

 

Acclimation went fantastic. It seemed to be acclimating well. Got it into the tank, and it started attaching immediately.

 

And then the puffer nipped at it. Of course. I'm acclimating it to my mandarin tank now, which isn't ideal, but it won't get eaten in there, at least.

 

Ugh.

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That's quite a bummer about the 'nem. Hopefully you can find a place for it where it won't end up getting nipped into oblivion!

 

Great to hear that cyano growth is starting to come under control though. I figured it would only be a matter of time, though I'm sure your reduced feedings are doing a lot of work in that department as well.

 

What's the status of the rescue mandarin? Does it look like he's going to pull through after all?

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I'll try it in the mandarin tank - if he does well, he'll reside there. If not, I'll take him back or something. It's all good, as long as the injury on the nem heals.

 

The mandarin is in about the same shape as before. Eating bloodworms very well, but ignoring mysis. Today, I tried oyster eggs, and it was hard to tell if he was really eating any or not. I think that maybe he's put on a LITTLE weight, as he doesn't look quite as skinny and hunched, and he IS way more active now, but I still don't think he's doing particularly well. I got a bottle of Tisbe pods, but they were DOA, and I'm waiting a couple more weeks for some to come in.

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