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15 minutes ago, A.m.P said:

That side view is really, really impressive; love the sloping drop-off aesthetic to it.

Thanks! The sloping drop-off was unintentional. I didn't realize it until I actually woke up one morning and stared at the tank from my bed in mild confusion. 

 

I like the macro area the most though. I'm thinking of transferring my purple gorg. from the refugium of the 60G to the nano tomorrow. Hopefully it'll fare better in this tank. If I'm not mistaken, it's a NPS gorg., and not a photosynthetic one, but I'm not 100% sure. 

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On 10/10/2017 at 9:52 AM, Friendly said:

hey Seabass...yeah, I guess it would be similar to an undergravel filter.

 

my question was in regards to removing the risk of the bubbles in the tank...reducing the possibility of harm to any creature like crab or snail.

This LED light from Amazon is only $80 for a 48". Was $250 at my LFS.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07V69CFY1/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=fishkeeper123-20&creative=330641&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07V69CFY1&linkId=82dc3ad6d3d858ceb7b3cd290dcb4459

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8 hours ago, Fishkeeper12345 said:

I think you might have posted this in the wrong thread, but on the off-chance you didn't - that light is unsuitable for this tank because the tank is only 18" long and the light is 48" to 60" long. Also, I don't *think Amazon ships to Msia. If it does, shipping alone might be more expensive than the cost of the light (and the item might get taxed at customs). 👍

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Update #1:

 

New day, same reef, different mischief by different critters of chaos! 😉

 

Stripey the turban snail was spotted cleaning up the sandbed:

 

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Bloated brain: 

 

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Favites: 

 

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Red finger leather: 

 

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Microgoni:

 

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Red devil shroom: 🥰

 

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Some new little polyps incoming from these three: 

 

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The last one is a purple hornet, but the pink rings faded out under the PAR38. Will take some time to recover. Was really hoping my blue hornet would start putting out more heads though. 🤔

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Well, I think my gorg. in the 60G's fuge was dead. Oops. :unsure:

 

It was covered in macro, but I stripped the algae off and put it in the nano because I liked the branching shape of the skeleton:

 

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Thinking of wrapping the edges up in macro again, to make it look like a small underwater *tree. 🤔

 

Rainbow brain fully open after an hour of turning the flow off to feed the fish:

 

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Purple monti has recovered fully: 🤗

 

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Took a few pics of the zoas from above:

 

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The entire Zoa Garden:

 

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Going green today: 😉

 

Favites:

 

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Acans:

 

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Teal discosoma:

 

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Bullseye rhodactis (need to re-glue the fallen setosa fraglet back on top of the rocks) :

 

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Radioactive birdsnest:

 

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Something blue for a change: 🤗

 

Tubbs blue zoas:

 

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And a bit of yellow: 😊

 

Fairy dust zoas:

 

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Some of my SPS are faring quite poorly. 😕

 

Tenuis:

 

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Montihat:

 

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The colors are all either wrong or paled out. Both a mixture of nutrient & lighting issue. The lighting issue will be corrected soon, but regarding the nutrients, I'm not sure what I can do - until my new test kits arrive, and I find out the exact values of my NO3 & PO4 levels. 

 

I suspect it keeps bottoming out. Despite having 3 fish, I do feed them lightly and I'm reluctant to overfeed them because there is simply no reason too. It looks like I *might have to look up on manually dosing PO4. But once again, I'll wait until I can test. 

 

I don't want to upset the delicate balance this system is currently in. Too much PO4 and the SPS will brown out & die, too little and the SPS & LPS will pale out and be shrunken. Even my Zoa Garden *might be affected, so I'll have to be extra careful. 

 

I am thinking of adding a pair of small Nassarius snails to stir the sandbed in the future. That, and a second shrimp - a GCBS (also known as a Zanzibar shrimp). They're difficult to come by and quite expensive, but stay small and are relatively peaceful. 

 

My algae appears to be under control with my current pair of turban snails, so I won't be adding more unless I need to. 👍

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I decided to do a 40% WC today. 

 

When I drained the tank, both the pavona & leptoseris were exposed and I could have a good look at them:

 

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I was mostly amazed at how much both pieces have grown - especially the pavona. It has a *lot of curves & ripples, and I think it can develop the rose-like formation the mother colony at the store has, in time. 🤗

 

I also moved certain coral pieces around to ensure they had better access to light - such as my duncan & pocci, which has been moved from the bottom right corner of the tank to the back/center area of the tank. I also shifted my forest fire digi to the back, next to the green leptastrea, where it is far away from Dusky's burrow. 

 

Dusky seemed to be quite pleased with the changes:

 

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And I hope these pieces can grow out & make a comeback again. I *might have been a bit rough with the duncan, but I'll monitor it. If it still hasn't opened up by tomorrow, I'll try to give it an iodine dip. 

 

The nuclear blue/green palys were partially buried under the sand by Sapphire, but I cleared the sand off (basted) and the frag is okay:

 

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Here's the tank right after the WC - some corals are still partially closed, but the tank overall looks okay:

 

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I will focus on trying to nurse all the discolored SPS pieces back to full health. Not all of my pieces are affected, only some, which I find a bit odd & intriguing. 🤔

 

I also re-glued the fallen setosa fraglet onto Coralline Ledge, so I currently have 3 pieces of setosa located throughout various areas/levels of the tank. I'd like to compare the growth rate between the 3 and find out which position is best for optimal setosa growth (so far I *think it's the main frag attached to the back wall of the tank). 

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Update #1:

 

Here's how my duncan and sad-looking pocci looks like at their new positions:

 

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Purple Death Palys:

 

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Snapshots of the Zoa Ledge: 

 

Rainbow Infusion & Blondie:

 

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Nuclear death palys, Blue Agave & Mystery Starburst:

 

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Purple Monster, Red Hornet (recovering) & Fruit Loops: 

 

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Rainbow Yoda & Purple Hornets:

 

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A small part of the Zoa Tower from the top:

 

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Can you guess how many morphs are on it? 😉

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Update #2:

 

Sunflowers:

 

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Sunny Ds (planning on relocating these to the Zoa Ledge next week) :

 

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Seriatopora:

 

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New polyps incoming! 🤗

 

Blue Agave is developing a tiny new third polyp (and there's also an ultra-tiny aiptasia next to it 😨 ) :

 

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Rainbow Yoda developing a third polyp:

 

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Harvey in camomode: 

 

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Seriously tho. He was so well-hidden that I barely saw him. 😅

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Update #3:

 

A different angle:

 

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Metallic GSP: 

 

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Caught Dusky taking a few pecks of the faded chili pepper monti: 😕

 

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The milli is poop-brown:

 

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Honestly, I'm not sure if it can be saved at all. Even the bottom of the stick appears to be STNing. It started having issues after it was fried by my PAR38. Was never the same after that. No PE and completely discolored. 😭

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Stripey working the night shift:

 

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Memphis:

 

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Nepthea:

 

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Sapphire & the lobo brain coral:

 

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This bullseye rhodactis shroom was originally from the large reef, but was accidently squished while I rescaped the tank few days ago, so I removed it and put it in the nano for healing & recovery:

 

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Duncan coral: 

 

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Forest fire digi finally has mild PE in its new position: 🤗

 

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A section of the Zoa Garden: 🥰

 

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Finally open: 

 

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🤗

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Sideview from my bed: 

 

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Am planning on going to my primary LFS either tomorrow (Mon) or Wed. Might pick up 2 to 3 new normal zoa/paly frags if I can. 😊

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Dropped by the LFS - picked up 7 new zoa & paly morphs. 🥰

 

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The 7 morphs are Green Implosion, *Unknown green starburst, sunkist-something-something, a something-that-starts-with-a-letter-B, Devil's Armor, Incredible Hulk & Incinerator. I honestly didn't catch the names of the 'B' zoa & Sunkist one. Whenever my LFS manager repeated the name, I just couldn't seem to grasp it. 😕

 

Might have to look it up once it is fully open & I can see the colors better. 🤔

 

Also, I was offered a Krakatoa polyp, but it's ultra-premium & ultra-expensive. Even with the steep discount given by the store, it was way beyond my budget. 😕

 

Gotta admit, it was very beautiful though. I'll try to look out for more morphs. There was one new one that I skipped out on today - so might pick that up next time. 

 

Also, if you notice closely, my red hornets appears to be showing the early signs of Zoa Pox. One of my mini zoa colonies - the not-too-fancy brownish-reddish ones with the pink rings have shrunken polyps today & yesterday. 

 

If they don't improve, I'll be dipping the colony rock & Zoa Ledge in Furan-2 treated SW tomorrow/day after. Need to browse through my old picoreef thread to reread how I tackled it the last time. 👍

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Sorry, just texted my LFS - the other two zoas are called Butt Munchers & Pink Hippos. 😅

 

Butt muncher zoa slowly opening up:

 

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Green implosions:

 

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My rasta has regained its original colors:

 

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Harvey creeping about:

 

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I think I might have put too much glue for the Incinerator polyp. It appears to be able to open halfway only. Oops. 😕

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36+7 = 43 types of zoa/paly in 10 gallons... 4,3 per gallon... I´m keeping a track of it, as you can see 🤐 I love those Fruit Loops zoas! I must track them down and buy some, too. Go try the Jungle Juice zoas, I think they could mix well with the Fruit Loops 😁

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1 hour ago, sr2z said:

36+7 = 43 types of zoa/paly in 10 gallons... 4,3 per gallon... I´m keeping a track of it, as you can see 🤐 I love those Fruit Loops zoas! I must track them down and buy some, too. Go try the Jungle Juice zoas, I think they could mix well with the Fruit Loops 😁

If I can get the Jungle Juice ones over here, I most definitely will try to add it to my collection. 😊

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Most of them (except for the Incredible Hulks) have opened now: 😊

 

Devil's Armor: 

 

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Incinerator (polyp accidently partially glued shut by me eek 😭 ) :

 

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Butt Muncher & Pink Hippo:

 

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Unknown Green Starburst & Green Implosions:

 

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I'm looking out for more morphs like Red Magician Palys, Purple People Eater, Midas, Sakura etc. My primary LFS has a very good collection of zoas & palys, but a few more trips to their store & I'd have collected a little of everything they have, except for the ultra-premium morphs. 

 

My secondary LFS usually has a bunch of mixed up, browned out, mislabeled zoas. If my luck is good, I can score a few unique pieces from their discount rack, nurse them back to health, and watch them color back up again. 😊

 

I'm trying my best not to deal with local online coral vendors if possible (quite a few have popped up during the semi-lockdown). Some of the prices are too high. Plus, depending on the vendor, packaging & posting can be an issue in our weather (hot, humid & tropical). 

 

Might as well support my LFSes, where I can see the animals firsthand, check them for health issues/pests and *choose them personally. 👍

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Also, my mini red carpet nem is already ready for pick up at the LFS:

 

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Can't wait to bring it back home in ~2 weeks time. 🥰

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Heh, so the Incinerator polyp did manage to open up fully even with the excess glue: 😅

 

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This is my older mystery starburst zoa at the upper right corner (blue agave in the center, nuclear death green/yellow morph on the far left) :

 

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