campbell_wat Posted April 1, 2022 Share Posted April 1, 2022 SO! It has been about 6 months since my 6 gal 8x8x24 UltumNatureSystems peninsula reef has been "settled" and planted. Here she is: Obviously, after the initial photos were taken, I did a LOT of rearranging, rescaping, and *learning* about the best places to plant my corals. There have been many additions, many subtractions, and some unfortunate losses. Upkeep consists of a 70% water change every 2 weeks, I don't test anything, flying blind. I spot feed everything a reef roids/mysis mix 3x a week. CUC consists of an emerald crab, 3 blue leg and 2 scarlet hermits, a trochus snail, and a large resident somatella. I added a small fish to my system for a few months, and, combined with underfeeding on my end (and nutrient crash), decimated my copepod/amphipod population, and as a result, I suffered a massive Dino outbreak that I could not get through despite increased feeding and decreased water changes... until the fish disappeared (which happens to the best of us), and I noticed the bugs back on the glass, and the dinos disappeared in days. Lesson learned... Lost a lot of LPS and SPS, and it set me back months of stability and growth... Anyway, here are the before photos, I am not even going to bother to discuss differences before/after because I could write a book. And, of course, here are the after photos, and some glamour shots... Enjoy! I am very happy with this project so far! Feel free to ask any questions as well, cheers! 7 Quote Link to comment
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