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M. Tournesol

A little photo of my three happy micromussa lordhowensis after a "pipette feeding". After a month of keeping these corals, I can say that they are pretty easy to keep.
Since they are low light corals, my light is set at 10~25% (hope it's not too low). 

 

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It's looking really nice. 👍

 

On 1/20/2022 at 12:05 PM, M. Tournesol said:

Little gif to illustrate my "aquascape".

I'm curious as to which video to GIF conversion program you are using to make your GIFs.

 

 

 

 

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M. Tournesol

Photo update of the setup:

 

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The algae on my rock that was introduced from the other tank didn't survive the low light environment (and the hermit crabs) but coralline algae seem to be growing slowly.

Still no mangrove leaf, but 4 of my 5 propagules now have new roots.

 

I think I may buy the rest of the planned micromussa lordhowensis next week. I think the number of corals in the tank will stop at 9 with all of them being of the same species.

 

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M. Tournesol
8 minutes ago, seabass said:

It's looking really nice. 👍

 

I'm curious as to which video to GIF conversion program are you using to make your GIFs.

Thanks,

For the GIF, I am simply using .MOV video (apple format) that I truncate to 20~30 second with QuickTime player and resize and convert to GIF with this cool web site: https://ezgif.com/video-to-gif

 

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Question:

I have some translucent polyps. Is it because the flesh of my coral is growing too fast and the colour will come with time or is it because the coral doesn't see the need to have more zooxanthellae since I have very low light? 

(photo under with light)

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42 minutes ago, M. Tournesol said:

or is it because the coral doesn't see the need to have more zooxanthellae since I have very low light?

In a low light situation, you'd think that it would have more zooxanthellae.  This is usually the case with SPS turning brown.  And since the rest of the polyps look good, I'd probably attribute it to new growth.

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Thank @seabass, I think I am a little confused by the fact that zooxanthellae give the coral food but also protect it from the sun.
In my head it was: more light = a need for more protection = more zooxanthellae 😔.

 

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In the meantime, before the arrival of the corals, here is an update about the bristle worms found in the live rock. They seem to have built a little community (I saw 4-5 big ones) and are growing fat 🥰.

Since this tank doesn't have a bristle worm predator, I might have to play the role of an arrow crab 🦀.

 

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My five hermits crabs are getting bigger fast.

I should select some bigger shells to add to the tank 🙄.

Since the mantis shrimp is moulting (I think), they act as the bosses of the reef.

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8 minutes ago, M. Tournesol said:

My five hermits crabs are getting bigger fast.

I should select some bigger shells to add to the tank 🙄.

Since the mantis shrimp is moulting (I think), they act as the bosses of the reef.

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Very well could be moulting, mine does every time about a week before the full moon. (Next one 16th Feb)

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The corals are here omgomgomg. They came in pretty cold water (16C°/66F°) so I did a slow temperature acclimatization (2~3h).

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For the moment they look OK 😕. I will need to wait at least 2~3 days to consider them out of risk ...

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If you are observant you can see that I have one more coral 😊. I think it's a seller error. I didn't buy it and there is no message mentioning a free coral.

 

To end this post, a little update on the addition of new shells.

I might have gone overboard 😑

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1 hour ago, M. Tournesol said:

If you are observant you can see that I have one more coral 😊. I think it's a seller error. I didn't buy it and there is no message mentioning a free coral.

Very nice! It’s common place with online vendors here in the states, to throw in a freebie or two with coral purchases, so I’m betting that’s what happened. All very nice pieces you’ve picked out!

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After 19~20h in the tank, only one coral seems to have lost some tissue (see green arrow).
The coral was already not in an optimal state in the seller photo, so I am not particularly surprised by this event.
I think the big 1/3 polyp will surely disappear but I have great hope for the two small ones.

 

Can I feed my new lordhowensis today or should I wait longer?

 

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5 minutes ago, M. Tournesol said:

After 19~20h in the tank, only one coral seems to have lost some tissue (see green arrow).
The coral was already not in an optimal state from the buyer photo on the website, so I am not particularly surprised by this event.
I think the big 1/3 polyp will surely disappear but I have great hope for the two small ones.

 

Can I feed my new lordhowensis today or should I wait longer?

 

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Looks really nice selection of corals, i am slightly jealous. 

 

So which was the Free one?

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AARGH!! This hobby will one day make me invest in some photography materiel 🥲. Macro of corals are so beautiful.

With my cheap "easy-macro" phone band lens, I can only take photos of corals that are very close to the glass panel .

argh GIF

 

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