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I absolutely love these hitchiker purple sponges. 🥰

 

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The new blue hairy shroom is developing well too:

 

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New yuma has developed even more brighter colors than before:

 

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I found the tiny green hairy shroom that I rescued from the 60G. Unfortunately, it is still brown & very much shrunken. 😕

 

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If ever it regains its original size and color, I'll leave it as it is because hairy shrooms don't quite get along with other corals nearby. 

 

There are 2 pieces that I have to cut my losses on - the microgoni & the small pea-sized fragment of the purple encrusting monti. 😭

 

In the case of the microgoni, most of it is covered by algae with one or two specks of pink left on it. As for the monti fragment, it is bone-white. Both pieces deteriorated slowly over the weeks, and there was nothing much that I could do, umfortunately. 😔

 

I'll be removing their remains from the nano tomorrow. 

 

My red lobo is definitely bleaching out. I sense a nutrient issue - possibly a lack in PO4s & NO3s due to a lack of fish poop. 🤔

 

Most of my LPS are overall okay at a passing glance, but are simply less puffy than usual. 

 

I think this issue will slowly correct itself once I re-add some fish to the DT in Dec. Until then, I'm quite reluctant to manually dose anything to bump up NO3 or PO4 levels - mainly because I'm afraid it will upset the delicate balance the tank is on as it is. So I'll just stick to WCs and buffer dosing for now. 🤔

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My LPS are much happier today. 😊

 

The cyano is back, of course, but I think the nitrates & phosphates are finally at where it is needed to be to keep the rainbow brain large & puffy again:

 

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The leptastrea's green colors have darkened even more:

 

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And the tiny bubbles on the tiny yuma look more developed. I *think I can see a tiny mouth in there as well:

 

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I'm also seeing improvements in the zoas & palys. The purple monsters' skirts are more even and less wrinkly, although the color will probably take more time to come back, if at all. 🤔

 

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The butt munchers are beginning to re-open as well:

 

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The Zoa Ledge:

 

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A partial angle of the full Zoa Garden:

 

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And, Harvey (colors darkened & dulled out to focus on him alone better) : 

 

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Mushroom Mountain is fully open today:

 

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Ironman discosoma now has 3 baby shrooms:

 

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Forest fire shroom has assumed an interesting shade of blue at the base: 🤔

 

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A bristleworm out looking for leftover pellets:

 

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Fusion on the plug almost complete! 🥰

 

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Twin heads on the trumpet coral look more distict: 👍

 

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John Deere leptastrea:

 

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It is quite resilient. Here's a small patch accompanying my chili pepper monti cap:

 

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Acans with a red finger leather & a forest fire digi stick:

 

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Looks fantastic. 

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2 hours ago, debbeach13 said:

Looks fantastic. 

Thanks, Deb! 🙂

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My fire shrimp, Pyro, will be living in the nano as I try to tackle the velvet outbreak in my 60G using peroxide. 

 

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He meets Harvey's approval:

 

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Those clove polyps are just stunning!

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10 minutes ago, chipz said:

Those clove polyps are just stunning!

Thank you! They can be a bit invasive though. I have them on the other side of the tank as well, but some polyps actually decided to grow *over my zoas, so I had to gently scrape those off. 

 

My primary LFS has different varieties in their main *warehouse (just calling it that, but it's basically a large central building where they grow out various coral pieces before moving them out to the stores). But this is the only variety I've seen in their store so far. 😅

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Pyro suffered from a very bad molt yesterday. I initially presumed my yellow CBS attacked him, until I saw one of his malformed pincers (tiny & shrunken), with partial antennas and missing legs. I woke up to this, this morning. 😕

 

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The brain ingested him rather quickly. He was already partially in the coral's mouth when I woke up. 😕

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On a less dreary note, the monti fusion is almost complete, and there are already nubs growing on the surface - the signs of new branches about to form:

 

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Mushroom mountain looks so different in the mornings, when the shrooms are still shrunken, and their colors are more intense:

 

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Harvey, luckily, is doing fine:

 

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Shrimpy is okay too. 👍

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Growth & recovery:

 

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Need to do a WC soon & clean up the cyano. 🤔

 

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The original mushroom mountain in my 60G, back when it was a full reef, exactly 2 years ago from today:

 

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These are the two shroom morphs I'll keep an eye out for to be added to my current shroom collection in this nano in the *future. 👀

 

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A lot of updates coming through. I took a lot of pics today. 👀

 

Update #1:

 

I WCed 8G of the tank today and performed some routine maintenance, including vacuuming the cyano off the sandbed. Also replaced the carbon & floss.

 

Corals looked much happier after the WC. 🥰

 

FTS today on 02/11/2021:

 

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Also, Harvey immediately molted after the WC, and the molt was successful! 😊

 

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He was happily walking around the tank right afterwards too! 😅

 

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Update #2:

 

I spotted Shrimpy as well. 😊

 

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Took some random coral shots:

 

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Weeping willow:

 

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Rainbow acans now have 6 (!!!) heads and are growing more. The original green streaks on the coral appear to be making a comeback as well. 👀

 

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Ironman shroom was a bit moody after the WC:

 

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Baby yuma developing a tint of orange in the center:

 

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Orange leptastrea tried to eat his green neighbor. Had to separate the two. Orange is fine, the green one has lost a bit of flesh on one side, but should recover:

 

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Update 3:-

 

Forest fire digis:

 

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Garf bonsai:

 

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Cloves:

 

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John Deere's - a birthday gift from my LFS around 2 years ago, which started from a super tiny patch, to this today: 

 

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Pavona & lepto combo:

 

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GSP wall:

 

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Update 4:-

 

Starburst Implosion paly:

 

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Different angle of the weeping willow toadstool:

 

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New duncan head is developing well:

 

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Sunny Ds from 2 different angles:

 

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Blue peacock zoa mini colony:

 

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Update 5:-

 

Zoa Ledge is doing very well! So many new polyps recently. 🥰

 

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Butt Munchers have almost recovered fully:

 

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Purple Monsters have regained darker colors a *bit:

 

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Gold Mauls still have 5 polyps, and hopefully will develop more. Rastas & blue hornets have developed a 3rd polyp each:

 

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Tricolor death palys have almost doubled in numbers, but still have not regained their full original colors yet. 🤔

 

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Update 6:- 

 

Superman discosoma finally has more pronounced *blue dots again:

 

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Forest fire shroom now developing a cyan (?) base color? 🤔

 

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Tricolor bullseye rhodactis:

 

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Blue hairy shroom:

 

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Last update! 🥰

 

Mushroom Mountain, taken from 3 different angles:

 

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Quick bonus of Harvey enjoying the flow from the Jebao: 😅

 

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The only two corals currently having issues is the red lobo brain (colors are still pale with a bleached corner) and the blastos (taking some time to regrow, but still remain shrunken). 

 

Otherwise, I am observing some growth and more intense color development in most of the pieces. 😊👍

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This tank is beautiful as always.  I wish I could get some of those colors in my tank.

 

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Don't know how you kept up with this and all the problems of your other tank. YIKES!  This tank, as always, is stunning!

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1 hour ago, kimdawg said:

This tank is beautiful as always.  I wish I could get some of those colors in my tank.

 

 

1 minute ago, Critteraholic said:

Don't know how you kept up with this and all the problems of your other tank. YIKES!  This tank, as always, is stunning!

Thank you both! 😅

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