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    Are these copepods?or what tiny critter?

    They look like worms of some sort. Hard to tell you more without close ups. Which would be pretty tough at that size. We're they swimming around crazily like frantically gyrating ribbons? If so then they are epitokes - basically free-swimming worm reproductive parts. If not, then they may be full worms of some sort.
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    Sublunary's 16 Gallon Gamble - Starting Rehab

    Thanks! I tend to like scapes with lots of open space and I'm never sure if they look ok to other people. I know gorgs tend to like dirtier water, which I think is my saving grace here. I'm happy they got through it as well as they did. In case anyone is wondering, fish and shrimp are still just fine and doing their thing.
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    Sublunary's 16 Gallon Gamble - Starting Rehab

    So. Things have been a bit... rough. Two days after my last update, we found out my mother had cancer again. (She'd been clear for 25 years!) Two weeks after that she died. Between the emotional stuff and the practical stuff, I let a lot of my home care and self care slide. I'm just starting to get back on track, and things are still a bit dicey. Unfortunately the tank slid as much as everything. I was able to fill the ATO and occasionally chuck in some food or Alk/Cal. But everything else fell behind. I think I forgot to change the filter floss for a whole month.... So here's where we were this evening: Yuck. Cyano has moved in pretty firmly, especially in the back chambers. I've got some green hair algea. And some weird really dark purple mats that are more solid than cyano, but also clean up easier. I've lost the montis, and the turbinarias. The yuma has vanished, as have the florida zoanthids. Sigh. Several gallons of water and one very sore scraping arm later, we are here: Still a ton of cleanup to do, but that's all for tonight. Luckily it's not all doom and gloom. The gorgonians are all doing great. The leather is bigger than ever. I've acquired a spiffy new sponge, also known as the giant white blob in the center of the blurry photo. Surprisingly, the walking dendro is super plump. (And has wandered pretty far from where I started, which makes me feel like I'm getting my money's worth.) Assuming the sudden shock of getting attention doesn't send things into a death spiral, I feel pretty good about things going forward. I've got a lot more scraping to do, but I finally ordered the flipper that will help me with that. I also ordered some Fritz RPM, which I think will make mixing water less of a chore than the Coral Pro. I might even charge the fancy camera again! Plus I should reup my snails... After weeks of looking at my tank guiltily as I ran out the door, I feel like I can finally get invested in it again. It's a really good feeling.
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    Coral on Liverock Order

    Looks like it might be a gorgonian, similar to one I have. If so, it's photosynthetic and has been pretty resilient for me. I think it was sold as a "sea rod" but I can't find the exact listing.
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    Tiny hard spiny orbs

    Foraminifera? Looks similar to these: Google image link
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    Pom pom crab eggs

    Their larvae are pelagic, which means super difficult to raise. I'm not sure if it's been done successfully: last time I looked into it it sounded like everyone failed before settlement.
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    Hitchhiker?

    Looks like a majano anemone. Some people treat them as pests, others seem to like keeping them.
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    Sublunary's 16 Gallon Gamble - Starting Rehab

    I hit up Reefapalooza today. It was really cool to be surrounded by so many people in the hobby (not to mention all the pretty things they brought with them). I took the bar exam in that convention hall, so it is also really nice to replace those memories with more fun ones. I stuck with affordable and easy corals, given things have not been quite as stable as I'd like (in my tank or my bank account). They may not be as bright and shiny as what other people were buying, but I like them. One of my first ever corals was a ricordea yuma, and I loved that thing. I've wanted one for this tank since I started it, but not enough to pay as much as the online places are charging. So I was super happy to find so many available today. I had to pass on the $400 rainbow one I saw, but I'm just as pleased to have this $15 guy, True color is somewhere in between these two pictures. A nice pinky-orange. My biggest (still not big) splurge was for this guy. I've kind of been wanting a walking denrdo since Cannedfish started posting about his "worm powered duncan" and I could not say no when faced with a whole tank of them today. I'm pretty sure it'll end up being moved around by the pistol shrimp, but at least it'll be able to wander off again. I also picked up some cheap zoas and monti caps. The caps were a grown in a high school that has a way cooler marine biology program than mine did. I thought that was kind of cool. (And a good sign I might be able to keep them alive for more than ten minutes.) Just basic color varieties, but I like them. I'm going to have to find a new spot for my blastos if I can actually get the caps to grow.
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    What is this by my Spider-Man mushroom?

    Probably a baby mushroom. Mazel tov!
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    Sublunary's 16 Gallon Gamble - Starting Rehab

    More crappy cell phone shots, more excuses! Post water change FTS. Most things are back to opening up normally. I think we're past the rough patch. I'm wondering if it's the leather. Now that it's opened up, it looks a bit bigger to me. I'm wondering if it doesn't piss everything off as part of it's growing cycle. Just in case, I think I should stop buying turbinarias, because they clearly react the worst out of everything in the tank, and if it is the leather, this will keep happening.
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    New creature in my tank

    I had something similar in my first tank. Never got a firm ID, but think they were isopods. Never bothered anything as far as I could tell. I had the same flatworms you do too.
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    HELP!!! Is this hitchhiker bad???

    Sounds like a peanut worm. They are safe and neat detritovores.
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    Sublunary's 16 Gallon Gamble - Starting Rehab

    Yes, they are from KPA! They are slow growers for me, but they are tough. And thanks for the good wishes! Things continue to get a bit better. All of the gorgs shed and once they were done, the leather opened back up and things started looking back to normal. I hate not knowing what happened, but not much I can do about that. Reef-a-palooza is next weekend, so I need to decide how much I'm willing to buy. Knowing things might not be as stable as I'd like, it's a bit of risk, but also.. want to buy myself birthday presents...
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    Could you identify for me

    Yeah given the texture, I'm leaning towards bleached out mushroom or similar.
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    Hermit Crab Molting Question

    I'm surprised to see people saying hermits don't molt. They do. I've definitely seen mine do so. Not nearly so frequently as you are describing though. I am afraid I do not know what that means.
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