travoose

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  1. Just an update and a question... First things first...did a water change and will be doing another one today....ordered new chaeto, along with some other goodies, expected to be delivered today when I get home from work. I also adjusted the light schedule down to 9 hours a day on my rear chamber that houses the chaeto. I have learned real quick the Pulsing Xenia spreads like wildfire and basically does what it wants...In a previous tank of mine I could never get it to grow, now every day I see a stalk popping up somewhere in my tank, so I need to get in there and tear that out. Got a few new heads on my various Zoanthids. Last, but not least, I have something (bi-valve, mollusk, etc.???), no clue what it is to be honest....I have attached a picture and circled it in green...basically when I walk near the tank it closes and retracts up into the rock work...which is what the poorly drawn arrows represent on the picture...anyone have any clue as to what it is?
  2. I checked my water tonight... PH: 8.2 Ammonia: .25 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 20 Not sure how I got that high with my nitrates. I just did a water change on Monday night, all my livestock seems to be fine. I only have two fish and a few snails/crabs...I guess it could be my filter floss trapping it. I only feed the tank some reef chilli and brine shrimp once a week, very small amounts. My cheato is in the middle chamber and I bought the magnafuge light and peeled off the black background on the back outside of the tank in order to have the light solely on that chamber. I'll be doing another water change tomorrow.
  3. Check out my link in the bottom of this post. I love mine so far.
  4. Thanks for the advice. I will try the light schedule switch tomorrow, but it may be too late for this batch of Chaeto...I will also take a look at the water parameters. Also got the Instagram links to work properly...apparently you need to make your account public.
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  6. It has been quite awhile since I have offered any sort of update. I recently went to TPP/TFP in Lancaster, PA and purchased Frogspawn, Pulsing Xenia, Candy Cane, some Bumble Bee Snails, and a green Feather Duster; all of these are doing fine, except the Xenia will not pulse in my tank, but has already started to spread. My various Zoanthids are all starting to spring new polyps, which makes me excited. One question I have, as I was cleaning out my tank, I noticed that my Chaeto always seems to turn to mush, which is not the way that is comes to me when I buy it...what am I doing wrong? I leave the fuge light on it 24/7...should I reduce the light cycle? Any advice would be welcome!
  7. I am in the same boat. Bought a nice chunk of it this past weekend and it seems to be fine, just lacking in the pulsing action.
  8. @Lula_Mae , I tried putting in just a standard link, but it kept showing up as just that and not the video player within my post Just wanted to document some growth so I can look back at this thread in a few years and laugh at how excited I was after seeing a Zoanthind sprout just two new polyps and grow just a little bit.
  9. Decided just to post a few pictures and a video * here as a minor update. Things are doing well and now my plan is to just let things grow and mature on their own for the next few months. The only addition I was toying with was adding Frogspawn if I came across some. *No longer understand how to add a YouTube link that plays within the thread.
  10. Central PA weathered the storm and I was even able to get my shipment of coral delivered on Friday! I ordered from Cultivated Reef, and once again I am happy with what came. I ended up ordering more Zoanthids, Ricordeas, Mushrooms, and I even ventured to order some Clove Polyps. Out of everything I ordered all is doing well, except the Clove Polyps, hopefully a little more time is all it takes, but I have heard these do not always ship well; so I knew it was a risk I was taking when I ordered.
  11. Well, had to take the advice and purchased some hand/foot warmers today...Wish me luck!
  12. Looking for any ideas of how to handle a power outage, as I live in Central PA and we are supposedly a mere 15 hours from a Nor'Easter that could potentially drop two feet of snow and cause widespread power outages. Anyone have any last minute tips? I am specifically concerned about the water temperature dropping once the power goes out.
  13. I currently do not, but I was wondering the same thing. Could I put some miracle mud in one of my rear chambers of Nuvo 10 along with my macro algae? Would this be enough to benefit or be more hassle than it is worth?
  14. Nothing new going on with the tank, but it has been awhile since I have posted. The coral and fish are doing well, just watching for growth, which the zoanthids seem to be sprouting two new polyps. Enjoy the pictures.