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Okay, I fold. I finally am frustrated with the RedSea lights over both the 120g and the Evo. So, next week I will be swapping them all out for AI brand. Going to put three Hydra 64s over the big tank, and I'm very excited about the change in over all look, if the little Challenge Tank's appearance with the AI 16HD is any indicator. It seemed no matter what I did with the RedSea, it was always just BLUE. And that was running it at 23K, 100%B and 50%W, which is basically the only thing you can adjust. So yeah, I'm excited about the future.

 

My girl Boudicca

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Sunny, the new algae management director.

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Full Tank Shot under full blues (though it's more like full purples)

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4 minutes ago, ECLS Reefer said:

Okay, I fold. I finally am frustrated with the RedSea lights over both the 120g and the Evo. So, next week I will be swapping them all out for AI brand. Going to put three Hydra 64s over the big tank, and I'm very excited about the change in over all look, if the little Challenge Tank's appearance with the AI 16HD is any indicator. It seemed no matter what I did with the RedSea, it was always just BLUE. And that was running it at 23K, 100%B and 50%W, which is basically the only thing you can adjust. So yeah, I'm excited about the future.

 

My girl Boudicca

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Sunny, the new algae management director.

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Full Tank Shot under full blues (though it's more like full purples)

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Lol I knew you would end up with a tang again . Curious to see how the AI lights work out for you. I'd like you to add some T5s too and see if those sps take off

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2 minutes ago, FISHnChix said:

Lol I knew you would end up with a tang again . Curious to see how the AI lights work out for you. I'd like you to add some T5s too and see if those sps take off

What SPS I currently have are alive but not going like gang busters like in some tanks. I can't add T5s on top of all the LED power- we wouldn't be able to watch TV then, since it's against the facing wall of the den and next to the TV. I'll be super happy if it's like the little 5g tank but on a bigger scale. Currently no matter what I do it looks like a shaded deep ocean, and it's always hard to look at it without squinting from the blues.

 

 

Not a single fish even gives that yellow dude a look. I won't add any other tangs so we should be able to avoid any ugly repeats of last year.

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Well, it's been a hot second since I last visited my threads, though I have been posting daily pictures on Instagram. I'm always working on honing those macro skills, with the help of @Cannedfish. It's a technical hobby within a technical hobby and I feel like more of a lucky bastard type photographer than a real knowledgeable amateur, but sometimes the pictures turn out well. 

 

So, updates on the tank. I ended up going for the fluconazole treatment to beat the bryopsis. Removed the carbon bags and phosguard, which are the only chemical media I use. Turned off the skimmer for a week (though due to automatic scheduling, it did turn on a couple of times, sneaky thing). I have since turned it back on because I'm nervous about the nutrient overload possibility with the bryopsis die off. And yes, the stuff is disappearing, which makes me sad for my lettuce nudibranchs. They are pretty cool to look at. They have been treated to quite a feast though and are all still alive. I may try to catch all of them and give them to a needy person when done. 

 

Sadly, I had to part with Boudicca the maroon/oscellaris clown fish. She was just too much of a queen for the tank, causing the two little oscellaris clowns to show some ich like spots. Literally as soon as I moved her to the sump they changed their whole personality and started to move back into their old host spots, and the ich like spots disappeared. Due to my husband's persistent whining/begging I ordered a second mocha storm, SMALL. What arrived was more like XL, so I couldn't put it in with Harvey in the 5g to fatten up-instead she had to go straight into the 120g. She's humongous, and as she is a storm, she received the appropriate name of Katrina. We will eventually move Harvey over when he's put on some weight and length to go with her, and hopefully end up with two pairs. Boudicca, by the way, went to a home with 5 tanks of no less volume than 170g, so I'm sure she will be a happy mean clown, terrorizing someone else's coral reef.

 

As for corals, I've been blessed to be able to add multiple torches to the tank. They are like my final Crown Jewels, and I can't wait until they all grow up. I have one more I want to finish off the collection I want, but they already look awesome. I have: Australian gold, Vivid's Ultra Gold x2, Vivids gold small, gold cristata, Jester, Hellfire x2, dragon soul, neon green/blue tip, purple with green tip, green (possible grim reaper), old no name purple/green tip. Unfortunately I found the old, original purple/green tip fell this morning, laying on top of a humongous ricordea. They both look the worst for wear at the moment, so I hope they both will pull through. Coral wars- one of the hellfires reached out and touched a neighboring rainbow acan yesterday. The acan lost and moved a smidge. 

 

The only other news is that my blue star wrasse Kinvara is slowing wasting away. She somehow lost her beak a while back but regrew it, but since then even with eating very well she just loses weight. Yesterday she again ate well, swam all day, but also tended to rest a lot. I feel like every day may be her last. She hasn't woken yet today, so maybe yesterday was all I got with her. It's a bummer when your beautiful, favorite fish don't last.  

 

 

Reach out and touch someone

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Maximus the Gladiator Clown

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Kinvara the Blue Star Leopard

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Sunny the Yellow Tang

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Bastet the Leopard Wrasse

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Sundance (aka Buttface) the Blue Spotted Jawfish

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Katrina the Mocha Storm Clown

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Hawkeye the Hawkfish

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Jason Fox Sector 001 Favia

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It’s been a hot second since I updated about the big tank. It seems that my wonderful new lights are far more powerful than I assumed, and I started baking corals. Wa wa wa waaaaaaa 🤷🏻‍♀️ So, dialed those suckers back way back, and stuff seems to be stabilizing, if not fully recovered. Got a few new things this past week, including a new marble star fish. I am attempting the gorgonian thing again, though I haven’t been wildly successful with those in the past. So far, the only one truly thriving is the orange and white, white the blueberry gorg is giving me PE during feed time, and the red and white is laughing at me with no PE at all. Hopefully it will come around. I also got another long tentacled nem, which I hope will thrive this time, since the old Sherman rose/black widow hybrid BTA is coming back to life and looking better these days. Should make the clown posse happy.

 

Started dosing NoPox a while back when I had the flucon in the system, for nutrient control. Am still dosing NoPox and feeding regularly, but I ended up putting a small bag of phosguard and more carbon back in. Those are the only types of chemical media I use for nutrient control, and it seems to keep everything happy. 

 

All of the fish are doing well save the blue star leopard, which I am at a loss on how to fix. She started burying herself for days at a time, and when she resurfaces she’s obviously lost weight. She does eat but nowhere near enough to recover what she’s lost, so I expect one day she’ll stop appearing 😩. She’s my favorite fish so I hate it when this kind of thing happens. The other leopard is fat and sassy so I expect no trouble from her. 

 

Otherwise, the tank is doing better, though its still got a touch of the uglies. Hopefully recovery and tank fire is around the corner.

 

New green millie 

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Red/white gorg

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Green poccillopora

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Blueberry gorg

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Orange/white gorg

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Yellow polyps

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Marble star

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Pink bubble coral

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Green cynarina 

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Leopard wrasse

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Yellow tang (dolla, dolla bills y’all!)

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Gladiator clown

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Yellow coris wrasse

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Yellow coris is among my short list of new addition candidates for the new tank. Their color is so bright!

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1 hour ago, mitten_reef said:

Yellow coris is among my short list of new addition candidates for the new tank. Their color is so bright!

They do get huge though. They had several in the live corals tank at Moody Gardens Aquarium that were 4-6 inches long. Visions of things to come 😳

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