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5 hours ago, ml86743 said:

Oooooo i can't wait to see what you get:)

 

23 hours ago, anizato said:

yess!! welcome back

 

on the edge of my seat here

 

On 6/9/2024 at 9:58 PM, Crawford_T said:

Glad you’re back safe, looking forward to see things kick off. 

ah cheers! I appreciate the kind words and excitement for the tank!

 

Now the fun stuff begins right?! I was able to check parameters, and completed a 5g water change this afternoon. I hope to visit a LFS this weekend and pick out a few coral pieces and possibly an invert or two. I will most likely delay fish until my lid arrives. 

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13 hours ago, Airedale.Reef said:

Yes, we had a wonderful trip, thank you! 

Some lovely images from your trip.

 

Scotland is beautiful, I was best man at a wedding up there and spent a day in a kilt. Skye is delightful. That would be the Talisker Distillery that you visited on Skye down in Carbost? It’s beautiful there right on the edge of the loch.

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anizato

Smart choice!🧐

 

I also have a lid on the way, who did you order from? I ordxered from Kraken Reef.

 

After the Randall goby jumping in the first night (I am still convinced the Clown bullied him into jumping) I placed the order and should be arriving soon. I will also be waiting to add any jumpers until after the lid arrives 😁

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12 hours ago, Kev1n said:

Some lovely images from your trip.

 

Scotland is beautiful, I was best man at a wedding up there and spent a day in a kilt. Skye is delightful. That would be the Talisker Distillery that you visited on Skye down in Carbost? It’s beautiful there right on the edge of the loch.

Cheers, thank you! Yes, Skye was beautiful and we could have spent multiple days exploring the island. You are correct - Talisker! In all honesty I have always preferred bourbon to scotch, but I definitely have much more of an appreciation and taste for it now! Lagavulin is still my preferred, just something about that smoky, peaty flavor. A true proper drink. 

 

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3 hours ago, anizato said:

Smart choice!🧐

 

I also have a lid on the way, who did you order from? I ordxered from Kraken Reef.

 

After the Randall goby jumping in the first night (I am still convinced the Clown bullied him into jumping) I placed the order and should be arriving soon. I will also be waiting to add any jumpers until after the lid arrives 😁

Yeah, good idea as well. I too went with Kraken Reef. I get their ads on social media all the time, but their products seem to be top of the line. No experience with them as of yet, but I have been very pleased with their customer service and customer engagement! I am looking forward to seeing how it looks on the tank. 

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Big week for the Airedale Reef! Now that we have returned from our trip abroad, I was able to visit a few of my favorite LFS in Houston, and finally purchased a few coral pieces! 

 

The big haul this weekend included two fire shrimp, as well as a few torch, hammer, and mushroom coral. Here are a few pictures of my favorites (Hellfire Torch, green tipped purple torch, and Neon Green Rhodactis mushrooms.)

 

Livestock list added to my first page of the journal. I suspect I'll post a FTS as soon as I get these corals glued down in the proper place.  

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1 hour ago, Crawford_T said:

Sweet! Great first additions, love those torches. 

Thank you! I miss the days when torches were considered lower tiered euphyllia! Some of my favorite pieces, but they unfortunately can come with a heavier price tag. Like many others, I plan to see how the tank reacts to the new additions, and interested in my next parameter readings. This will also give my bank account some time to recover too haha. 

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Happy Father’s Day! Tank is looking killer. 
 

I hear you on the prices. I was blown away by the 40-75/head at a few places. I ended up finding my 2 head hammer for 40, unfortunately it’s been receding from the base for a while and I don’t anticipate it making it long term.. I’ll try again when it goes. 

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cool torches!! great selection!

 

Be careful with Rhodactis Mushrooms, they will take over if you don't isolate them. I've seen people either isolate them or use other stronger coral (I don't remember which kind) to keep them from spreading, but they are quite invasive. I had some blue ones in my last setup and in about a year the entire rock was covered and then some were even crawling away on the sand to grow on the wall. 

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17 hours ago, Crawford_T said:

Happy Father’s Day! Tank is looking killer. 
 

I hear you on the prices. I was blown away by the 40-75/head at a few places. I ended up finding my 2 head hammer for 40, unfortunately it’s been receding from the base for a while and I don’t anticipate it making it long term.. I’ll try again when it goes. 

Thank you sir! Yeah, not like the good ole days at $10 bucks a head. $40-$75 seems to be the going rate here in Houston. Difficult to spend the extra money on a slightly different shade of green/yellow/purple haha. 

 

I do hope your hammer pulls through! 

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16 hours ago, anizato said:

cool torches!! great selection!

 

Be careful with Rhodactis Mushrooms, they will take over if you don't isolate them. I've seen people either isolate them or use other stronger coral (I don't remember which kind) to keep them from spreading, but they are quite invasive. I had some blue ones in my last setup and in about a year the entire rock was covered and then some were even crawling away on the sand to grow on the wall. 

Good looking out - thank you! So far the mushrooms are all on the last rock, and can easily by moved if decided to attach to something I don't prefer. 

 

I learned a similar lesson with GSP and Xenia in past tanks. 

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4 hours ago, ml86743 said:

Torches look great.  Have you ever considered a pectinia?  I feel like it would look nice on the right side and add some interesting shapes!

Much appreciated - thank you! In all honesty, I am unfamiliar with that coral and had to quickly research it. I do not believe I have seen too many around here at my LFS or is tanks online. (although I may not have know what I was looking at)

 

 I really like the odd shapes, and it would make for an interesting piece! I know plan to add a few acans/micromussa on the right side of the from rock, but still have room for other pieces too. I will definitely consider, and will be on the lookout for it at the LFS. 

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35 minutes ago, Airedale.Reef said:

Much appreciated - thank you! In all honesty, I am unfamiliar with that coral and had to quickly research it. I do not believe I have seen too many around here at my LFS or is tanks online. (although I may not have know what I was looking at)

 

 I really like the odd shapes, and it would make for an interesting piece! I know plan to add a few acans/micromussa on the right side of the from rock, but still have room for other pieces too. I will definitely consider, and will be on the lookout for it at the LFS. 

very forgiving coral too..I can't wait to move mine over and dedicate a space to it.  Right now it's being neglected under a ledge 😞

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I was able see it in your last photo posted on your tank journal! Awesome looking coral, and I am always in support of forgiving/hardy corals 👌

 

It reminds me of a stag horn type shape. Very nice, and something will be looking to spot in the future. 

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