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I have found that when my rocks are too close to the back wall, the snails can't clean it well, and lack of water flow causes a ton of algae that looks bad.  

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On 12/4/2019 at 6:44 PM, Bailyfox said:

Found a mystery paly hiding behind one of my rocks, not half bad looking!20191201_192451.thumb.jpg.7d3420dc4954308e9b33dfa90e0f4cfb.jpg

Also, Besides not being able to scrape the glass completely clean are there any downsides to pushing my rocks closer to the back? I want to maximize the open space in the tank if possible.

It’s likely that detritus will build up back there from lack of flow. Things could die back there and you would have to move all your rock to get it out. If I were you I would give it at least an inch between the glass and rock and make sure there is flow.

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4 hours ago, Xdub4314 said:

It’s likely that detritus will build up back there from lack of flow. Things could die back there and you would have to move all your rock to get it out. If I were you I would give it at least an inch between the glass and rock and make sure there is flow.

I'll leave it as is then.

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12/04/2019 test results 

Ph-8.4

Ammonia-.25 or .50, hard to tell

Nitrite- 0

Nitrate-0!

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I've noticed the growth of this red algae, I brush the rock with a clean toothbrush and it did not scrub off like the diatoms or developing hair algae so I think it may be red coraline algae, there's also some pink coraline that hitched on that rock.

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I don't know exactly what these isopod looking dudes are but I'm a big fan, i'm putting tiny amounts of food in once a week to make sure my hitchhikers are getting some stuff to eat and these guys are out in seconds. they're not shy at all and swim right up my pipette to get at food, i've seen at least 2 at once.

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Test results for 12/10/2019

Ph-8.0 (I think it drops when the light is off, I'll need to test that theory)

Ammonia- .25 (I think it dropped from Saturday)

Nitrite-0

Nitrate-0

Salinity- 1.024

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Full tank shot, the diatoms or whatever it was have cleared up a bit on the sand. 

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It looks like my green palys are growing!

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First 3 clean up crew members (besides my hitchhiker bumblebee snail) are in! Plus I got an orange ricordea! 20191213_173338.thumb.jpg.1dc8acd8b4ec3864c5c1265c874c4a8c.jpg

 

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My mystery hitchhiker is looking happier, looks like it may be some kind of mystery mushroom after all?

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what are these tentacles coming off the side of my snails? both of them have some.

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January 18, 2020 update

 

Tank is coming along nicely, until yesterday I haven't done much besides a 1 gallon water change once a week. Shortly after I came back from my week long ski vacation  after Christmas I saw my tank had an outbreak of some kind of stringy algae so I did a 2 gallon water change and I haven't seen it since which is good.

 

Yesterday I went and purchased 1 nassarius snail, a small xenia frag, and a frag of some lovely mystery palys that I knew would look good under my lights. It was probably my cheapest lfs run yet at only $7.80 for everything!

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They have this lovely dusting of shimmering orange which I find lovely, plus the frag came with a ball anemone which is exciting!

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Here is the pulsing xenia, its a lovely pink and is sitting on a shell. Unfortunately I don't know that I'll see it pulse in this tank as the flow is just a bit too high.

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I also found a beautiful feather duster in the tank! I was hoping so much to have some hitchhike on my rock but didn't spot this guy until a few days ago. Seeing as they are the first saltwater critter to capture my curiosity I am overjoyed to find him.

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I also found this little red tube worm, that piece is covered in empty tubes so I'm glad to see at least one has grown. I thought it was an aiptasia at first.

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The pic is blurry but I believe this is a tunicate, I know they often disappear after awhile but I'm hoping they'll stick around.

 

I asked my Lfs guy to keep an eye out for a 2 spot blenny and a tanakas pygmy possum wrasse for me so hopefully we'll be able to place a fish in there soon. 

 

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February 2nd, 2020 update

Got my first Lps coral! It's a lovely neon green trumpet. I also got my first zoa frag, a green ricordea for my growing ricordea garden, and another little mystery paly. I'm thinking next week I'll be picking up a hi fin shrimp goby with a randals pistol shrimp if he has them in for my first fish.20200202_141445.thumb.jpg.92c24d12da151744eb9d5937a59b164d.jpg

My new zoa and trumpet. My zoa opened up faster than expected which was nice. I know they can be finicky so I got a small frag to start to see how it'll do. I think my next Lps will be an alveopora.

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My new green ricordea, next will be a blue one!

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Full tank shot 🙂

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Can someone please help me I.D these worms, I posted it on the id forim i think awhile ago but I get no responses. These things are multiplying and making me nervous.20200203_173543.thumb.jpg.77a55926246ef4b0fb83157a5e382ad6.jpg

these tiny ones i just noticed today around the suction cup and elsewhere on the glass.

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sorry for poor picture quality, I have videos of the worms movement both in the tank and its swimming movement in a cup.

Mystery worm moving https://imgur.com/gallery/fy1cY7b

 

they're everywhere send help. https://imgur.com/gallery/aHajk4X

 

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Ratvan

Look like baby bristle worms. Can't make them out too well on my phone. Google epitokes see if that's it

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1 hour ago, Ratvan said:

Look like baby bristle worms. Can't make them out too well on my phone. Google epitokes see if that's it

 Thanks for the response! I looked at those first but it doesn't quite look right, the video of bristleworm larvae i saw swam differently and lack the antennae like things on the head.

 

A person on reddit pointed me towards these - https://critterguide.ca/dorvilleidae-worm/ This looks like the closest match.

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Amphrites

They just look like detritus worms to me, nothing too fancy or concerning, and the tentacles on your snails are just their "feelers".

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3 minutes ago, Amphrites said:

They just look like detritus worms to me, nothing too fancy or concerning, and the tentacles on your snails are just their "feelers".

Yup, the dorvileidae worms are a close match. Plus I was able to observe them snuffleing around rather cutely on my rocks foraging so I think they're harmless.

 

And thanks for answering the snail question, I forgot about that!

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First fish drip acclimating! Its a hi-fin goby and a randalls pistol shrimp.

 

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