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42 minutes ago, Humblefish said:

A Black Cap with "dropsy" is most likely actually a gas bubble in the swim bladder: http://www.reefedition.com/emergency-fish-operation-venting-swim-bladder/

Showing my freshwater roots, I honestly forgot that Marine fish can't really get dropsy, but the scales were kind of distended from the body which immediately made hard-wired alarms go off.
Hopefully I do not have to treat a swim-bladder issue, or multiple tanks-worth of animals, fingers-crossed.

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Update

Basslet poked its' head out and ate all of what was offered, only been in copper for 8 hours, but seems less lethargic and was actually out in the tank a bit today (Could have been the formalin ridich dip helped more than I thought).

Doesn't mean much yet, but its' something and a huge improvement from last evening.

Back to the regularly-scheduled Lydia Sass and fluffy corals.

Thanks Humblefish and Tired, I'm hoping the other animals stay clear of any potential consequences my carelessness may have.

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Lydia isn't showing any signs of velvet, however the clowns in the main system are now in QT as the smaller was coughing, shaking, and flashing consistently yesterday.

 

It's distinctly possible Lydia has too much sass inside her to have room for organs or anything at all vulnerable to infection.

 

She was quite proud of herself, so proud that after I put it back she shoved it right off the rock again within 5 minutes. So I had to re-arrange things a bit XD

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Not too much to report on this tank, Duncan and Acan look great despite my not being able to feed them with the baster for a few weeks.

 

The frogspawn isn't really growing or receding and the torch is now in the lowest flow/light I could find for it but continues to slowly waste away.

The mushroom is likely a goner (Lydia is still picking on it despite me wedging it in the back).

 

Sinularia opens up big and looks bright and lovely.

The favia is an enormous, over-inflated pillow which, to me has red's, pinks, greens, yellows, but to my wife just looks "like a brown and green glob".

 

I'm thinking of grabbing some red on red or burning banana stylo to just let take over the rocks and have my eyes out for any bargain-bin polyp's of suitable attractiveness for a little garden (exceptions will be made for pink elephants, lemon heads, afro Circus, rainbow sakura, maybe Mohican sun's or salted agave). 

 

Here's a quick little fts after cleaning the acrylic and doing a water change.

 

 

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I put my computer glasses in front of my phone's camera and took a quick picture, might be the best representation of what that favia looks like that I've been able to grab.
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Here are a couple progress shots of the Acan. The growth is slow but steady, considering how little I interfere with this tank at all, well I'm quite pleased to say the least.

 

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That is great. Is it growing larger or adding more polyps?

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6 minutes ago, debbeach13 said:

That is great. Is it growing larger or adding more polyps?

Both, it has popped out a few new heads, we bought it with three or four and it only covered half the frag plug. Now its' well on its' way to covering the whole thing.

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This guy is extra salty
5 hours ago, Amphrites said:

Both, it has popped out a few new heads, we bought it with three or four and it only covered half the frag plug. Now its' well on its' way to covering the whole thing.

You need to send that growth my way

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I'm just happy it's doing well lol
Cropped March shot a day or two after adding it (one of the heads was cut in half), and the back of the colony was totally-bare.

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Picture from this AM, that head is totally healed now, and this shot shows the back which is covered after the growth of a new polyp or two up top. Noticeably fuller, bigger heads as well ^_^
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October FTS and quick Update

 

The Duncan still appears to have some kind of bacterial malady even after an Iodine+H202 dip, but it's growing and putting out new heads, I'm concerned about the spotty thinning of tissue at the base

I believe the infection likely spread from the torch, which Brown-jellied and died shortly after my last update.

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The Neon Sinularia is staying a bit more compact these days, don't think it's used to the higher-flow yet.

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The frag-plug hosting the Acan colony savoring its' last few weeks of exposure to light

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And a quick FTS

Look how thick Lydia's become lol... beefy little damselfish.

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Bit early for a FTS, but I was inspired for a quick shot today after that butch of damsel managed to flip the gsp off the top rock twice.
The Acan has pretty much finished devouring the frag plug too, let us take a moment of silence for its' departure.

 

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Rare top-down with blues, really shows just how much that acan has grown, got it with 3 heads and one cut in half.

 

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Better white balance and a chonk shot of lydia

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I took this full-context shot to potentially-help @Snow_Phoenix with their PAR bulb placement, I'll probably end up leaving it on my page and removing it from her journal in a few days. I also kind of like the full-context feel honestly.

 

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7 minutes ago, A.m.P said:

I took this full-context shot to potentially-help @Snow_Phoenix with their PAR bulb placement, I'll probably end up leaving it on my page and removing it from her journal in a few days. I also kind of like the full-context feel honestly.

 

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Whoa. How far high up is it from the waterline! :scarry:

 

And can that clip-mount support the weight of the bulb without any issue? I haven't seen that clip-mount for sale here before. 

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2 minutes ago, Snow_Phoenix said:

Whoa. How far high up is it from the waterline! :scarry:

 

And can that clip-mount support the weight of the bulb without any issue? I haven't seen that clip-mount for sale here before. 

I put a tape-measure next to it ^^, it's about 14-15" off the waterline, the clip is around 18".
You can probably find that kind of a clip at a hardware store in garage/worklight/shoplight bins for dirt-cheap; you can also find some electrical conduit tubing to make yourself an easy mounting solution.

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9 minutes ago, A.m.P said:

I put a tape-measure next to it ^^, it's about 14-15" off the waterline, the clip is around 18".
You can probably find that kind of a clip at a hardware store in garage/worklight/shoplight bins for dirt-cheap; you can also find some electrical conduit tubing to make yourself an easy mounting solution.

Noted with thanks! 👍

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thecoralbeauty

This is such an awesome little tank! Binge read the last few pages- definitely following 🙂 

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7 hours ago, thecoralbeauty said:

This is such an awesome little tank! Binge read the last few pages- definitely following 🙂 

Glad you enjoyed picking through my little budget project, not too much content, most of it amounts to a praxinoscope of my chubby little damsel trying to convince me to leave her alone XD

@Snow_Phoenix Yeah no problem, and I forgot to mention that it does hold the PAR bulb's weight fine, but only if it's fully-seated and perpendicular - I would recommend trying to make a decent horizontal surface for it to grip-onto (Breaking my own rule by having it vertical, but my lid is solid plexi XD).

It may make more sense, and be simpler, to just make a conduit fitting or a 2x4/ wood dowel piece and attach the gooseneck you're already using to it.

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Happy Thanksgiving, got the Macro lens out for a minute and took a few quick shots.

 

Added three new corals this last month, 3 Polyps of Gobstopper Zoanthid, a Chalice I strongly-feel I should know the name of with yellow-green-pink eyes, and -my wife's favorite- a Mystic Montipora.

 

Acan

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Favia

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Pouting Sinularia (Just opened up)

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Frogspawn

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Duncan

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Gobstopper

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Unknown Chalice

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PieMan2k

Pretty piece of Miami Hurricane chalice! I had to dig for it but eventually found the name! This is such an inspiration of a tank to me as it shows what you can do with little resources. Is there a driving factor with going bare bottom or was it purely asthenic?

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banasophia

Happy Thanksgiving!! Nice corals and great macro shots! 🤩

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8 hours ago, A.m.P said:

Happy Thanksgiving, got the Macro lens out for a minute and took a few quick shots.

 

Added three new corals this last month, 3 Polyps of Gobstopper Zoanthid, a Chalice I strongly-feel I should know the name of with yellow-green-pink eyes, and -my wife's favorite- a Mystic Montipora.

 

Acan

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Favia

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Pouting Sinularia (Just opened up)

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Frogspawn

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Duncan

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Gobstopper

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Unknown Chalice

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Those Gobstoppers is a morph I'd love to get my hands on. Such a pretty zoa. 🥰

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10 hours ago, PieMan2k said:

Pretty piece of Miami Hurricane chalice! I had to dig for it but eventually found the name! This is such an inspiration of a tank to me as it shows what you can do with little resources. Is there a driving factor with going bare bottom or was it purely asthenic?

That's the name, thank you lol, been so long since I've seen it for sale the morph's totally slipped my mind.
Also thank you for the kind words, I prefer BB on all my systems -it just makes keeping things clean easier- but with acrylic it also really reduces the chances I'll gouge anything.
(I still manage to mind you, I'll need to grab a 20k sandpaper suite sometime before I go insane or just buy a 10 gallon glass bowl...)

*OH, and the tank's not tall at all, I'd rather have the vertical real-estate than a sand-bed.

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