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Harvey. 🥰

 

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Just turned on the lights. Some of the corals are still asleep. 

 

Ironman discosoma shroom: 

 

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Forest fire digi:

 

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Tricolor palys:

 

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Mini red carpet nem:

 

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Update #1: Zoas & Palys

 

(Pics taken with yellow filter lens, 80% blues, 90% whites. White balance & brightness adjusted)

 

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Colors are darker & more accurate when zoomed out. When I zoom in too much (like in the second pic), it adds too much 'whiteness' to the pics & makes the colors pale/washed out a bit). 🤔

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Update #2:

 

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The John Deere leptastrea actually grows around the whiplash merlettis. The blue hairy shrooms are coloring back up quite well. 😊

 

The red pavona has beautiful ripples now. 🥰

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Update #3:

 

GSP wall is still coming in:

 

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Harvey:

 

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Weeping willow toadstool:

 

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I still have hideous cyano though: 😕

 

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Otherwise, tank is doing okay. Almost ~3 weeks of no WCs. 👍

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On 6/27/2021 at 4:04 AM, Snow_Phoenix said:

Just turned on the lights. Some of the corals are still asleep. 

 

Ironman discosoma shroom: 

 

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Forest fire digi:

 

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Tricolor palys:

 

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Mini red carpet nem:

 

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Just got a forest fire Digi last night.. mega corals 

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Just now, Murphych said:

Just got a forest fire Digi last night.. mega corals 

You'll love it. Among all my SPS, my forest fire is the most resilient. And it grows quickly too! 🥰

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Good to hear. I did notice the the part that's not in direct light (underside of the branches) there are no polyps. It's that normal to expect that?

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26 minutes ago, Murphych said:

Good to hear. I did notice the the part that's not in direct light (underside of the branches) there are no polyps. It's that normal to expect that?

Yeah, actually there are polyps, but simply very little PE (there's still flesh underneath there). Mine seems to like more direct light - its branches are also growing up & towards the light. 

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Mine is on the sand at the moment as I'm still chosing where I want to put it. But I think I'll put it up on a higher ledge ?

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1 hour ago, Murphych said:

Mine is on the sand at the moment as I'm still chosing where I want to put it. But I think I'll put it up on a higher ledge ?

Yeah, a bit higher would be better. Mine's in the middle of the tank (on a ledge) and gets full flow from my wavemaker. 

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4 minutes ago, Snow_Phoenix said:

Yeah, a bit higher would be better. Mine's in the middle of the tank (on a ledge) and gets full flow from my wavemaker. 

Thanks I'll try that.. 

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Gorgeous as usual!  And I would love to steal that pavona from you! 😁

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3 hours ago, Critteraholic said:

Gorgeous as usual!  And I would love to steal that pavona from you! 😁

Thanks! 😊

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Just turned the lights on, so most of the corals are still retracted.

 

Blue hairy shroom:

 

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Red monticap:

 

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Ironman discosoma:

 

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Pavona & lepto combo:

 

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Chili pepper monticap & strawberry microgoni:

 

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Yuma:

 

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Bullseye rhodactis shrooms:

 

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FTS pleeeease? 😁

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43 minutes ago, Critteraholic said:

FTS pleeeease? 😁

I will after I WC, I promise. Give me a bit of time - still not feeling 100% well, so I can't lift the buckets/pails to WC the tank. The sandbed and some portion of the rocks is covered in cyano though! 

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Sorry you're still not feeling well! No worries on the FTS. Take your time.

And, oh joy, have fun with the cyano! (sarcasm intended!) 🙂

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FTS today on 15/07/2021:

 

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FTS under actinics - taken using orange filter lens from a pair of glasses:

 

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I still haven't WCed the tank. Not feeling well. 

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Has this been totm yet?  Looks fantastic. 

Why do we not have a worldwide standard for day/month/year yet?  I always mess up the international travel forms you have to fill out on planes.  Just entered my mind when I saw your fts date!

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Snow, are tanks stress relief for you or a cause of some cns stress?  I go back and forth on this.  I've just decided to tear down a planted 75g bcs of the stress it gives me, and I find my nano tanks to be stress relieving for some reason, even if it's the same amount of total volume.

Hope you get some energy soon!

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38 minutes ago, growsomething said:

Snow, are tanks stress relief for you or a cause of some cns stress?  I go back and forth on this.  I've just decided to tear down a planted 75g bcs of the stress it gives me, and I find my nano tanks to be stress relieving for some reason, even if it's the same amount of total volume.

Hope you get some energy soon!

What is cns, if I might ask? 

 

Depending on the tank and the livestock, it can be either a source of relief or extreme stress for me. When my animals die unexpectedly, I sometimes handle it okay, and sometimes I break down completely - especially if the way they die is avoidable/preventable, and if I had bonded strongly to the animal (even fish counts). 

 

Usually my tanks run on auto-pilot. FW tanks are the easiest because all I have to do is WC it every 2 to 3 weeks - or as long as 2+ months if I'm ill. SW tanks are harder - especially reef tanks. My 60G FOWLR is doing okay and pretty much on auto-pilot - I just do general maintenance like stirring the sandbed & scraping the glass every week. And of course, feed the fish every day - but if I'm bedridden, they're still fine without manual feeding for 3 or 4 days because the fuge pumps a lot of pods into the tank, and the rocks are covered in algae (which is enough for the more herbivorous fish). 

 

The nano is more of a challenge because it's full of corals. But I just checked my calendar and it's been almost a month since I WCed this tank. I scrape the glass & stir the sandbed once a week (and siphon out/blow off the cyano). I do manually top-off the water once every 3 to 4 days. And I manually dose Alk, Calcium & Magnesium daily (I also dose the 60G daily as well). 

 

Nothing happens if I miss 2 or 3 days of dosing. Feeding is minimal because I currently only have one very elusive goby & one damsel in the tank, with very few inverts. 

I personally don't think my tank is TOTM-worthy or good enough by international standards. It looks colorful at a passing glance, but all the featured past TOTM tanks up there are like...way ahead of mine and balanced very well. I don't know how to put it in words, I feel like my nano - or any other tank I've owned actually, falls short in a lot of different ways. 😕

 

Don't get me wrong - I love my little reef and appreciate it, but I do have to cut corners because I'm on a super-tight budget too. I almost exited the hobby several times last year & this year too. It was so hard to keep all the animals, and keep everything going with the pandemic. But I'm holding on, for now. 

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Your tank is beautiful!  I love it.  I hope mine looks as nice as yours when I'm done.  Keep doing what you can and I hope you feel better soon!

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5 hours ago, Snow_Phoenix said:

FTS under actinics - taken using orange filter lens from a pair of glasses:

 

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I still haven't WCed the tank. Not feeling well. 

Love it. It's good to see that you made a point of saying you used a lens.. I bet loads of people struggle to figure out why their tanks don't look that good in pictures

 

 lens..

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