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  1. This cracked me up! Glad the blue legs did their job and you didn't have to!
  2. Sublunary's 16 Gallon Gamble

    I've managed to be good and avoid buying anything new for a whole month! I'm trying to put my reef energies into keeping up with maintenance and plotting things for the future instead. I enjoy this, but it makes for fewer updates. The red gorgonian is still hanging on. It lost a lot more flesh shortly after I moved it, but that seems to have slowed down or stopped since then. The smaller pieces I fragged off are doing just fine. I'm still not sure what caused the problem or if it's been solved, but I'm glad I haven't lost the piece entirely. I did lose one of my zoa frags - something kept knocking it off the rock and burying it, and the polyps melted away after the 6th or 7th time I rescued it. The fox coral has been unhappy since I moved it to the front corner, so I moved it to a back corner where it will get less direct flow. I can't see it as well, but I'll live with that if it does better there. I've realized there are 3 parts of reefing I'm really, really bad at: cleaning the glass, limiting feeding, and gluing rocks to other rocks. I try all three of them, I really do. But I always end up with steaks of algae blocking the photo I want to take, really spoiled fish, and frags that will not stay put. Sigh. It's like the three most basic things! Honorable mention goes to not dropping water on the carpet during maintenance. I'm about 50/50 on that one lately.... I'm debating switching to a split photo period. I've read a lot of conflicting opinions on it, and I'm still on the fence. I miss having the tank's sunrise before my alarm goes off in the morning, and I also want more time with the lights on when I get home from work. But my apartment is very sunny in the middle of the day. The tank isn't in direct sunlight, but it would not get anywhere near dark between the two photoperiods. I think it might stress things more than is worth it. Apologies for the crappy cell phone shot of an angry post-water-change tank. But I wanted a picture and the lights were off by the time I got the better camera. Which is one of the reasons that split photoperiod would be nice.... I think the biggest change from last FTS is the amount of sand the shrimp has commandeered for his fortifications. It's hard to see with the blown out white balance, but it's getting a bit silly how lopsided the sandbed is.
  3. A pair of Randalli Shrimp?

    The only tank I remember seeing a pair in, the person bought them already paired. I don't think the hobby knows how to sex them, so you can't just go out and buy the opposite sex of the one you already have. However I agree with jambon that if you add a second they are more likely to be friends or ignore each other than to hurt each other. If you do try it, let us know how it goes!
  4. what are these arms on my coral?

    Yep, they are still hydroids.
  5. Banshee is back - New FTS 2-19

    Sorry to hear about your fish losses. The tank looks great though. The snail is a stomatella. They are so great, I wish stores sold them regularly.
  6. Help.. What are these?!

    I had the 4 or 5 of the same thing in my first tank. They swam just like tiny jellyfish, but would stick to the glass to rest. Never hurt anything and never got bigger. Eventually they just disappeared. I think someone told me they were a free swimming form of hydroids, but I never verified that. I did not have an adult jelly in the tank, so mine definitely came in on live rock. EtA: taking a closer look at your third picture, they might be a little different looking from what I had. So my reply might not be so useful.
  7. Dawn's multi-level seahorse garden.

    I've been following your thread because my next tank upgrade will be planned around seahorses and mandarins. I'm excited I now get to learn from your experiences with both of them. I really admire your care if your horses, so I'm sure the mandarins will be well taken care of. Are all of the new fish joining the horses or going into other tanks?
  8. Biota mandarin; the pairing journey begins

    Wow! I had no idea the size difference was that big. Such a tiny fish... I love that they sleep next to each other.
  9. what are these arms on my coral?

    +1 to all this
  10. Little white calcium "pimples"...worms?

    Google "spirorbid worm" and see if it fits.
  11. friends put hands in tank

    I would have a few fewer friends and a big mess to clean up. Wow. Who does that? I agree your tank will be fine, unless they were wearing a ton of sunscreen or something. I'd probably do a water change out of an abundance of caution, but should will be fine, especially if you haven't run into problems yet.
  12. ADA nano - possible nudibranch problem?

    This made me curious and I found an old post on another forum (with close up video) that sounded similar. http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1899707 That guy seemed to have luck with RO dips, so that at least sounds like an easy fix. I hope you managed to get rid of them all snapping that piece off.
  13. Frogspawn lump with string extended

    That's up to individual taste. They generally don't cause damage, but a lot of people do remove them because they multiply quickly and the webs can irritate corals.
  14. Frogspawn lump with string extended

    Vermetid snail is my guess. They shoot out strings like the one in your picture.
  15. Frogspawn lump with string extended

    Is that the flesh of the frogspawn or something growing on the side of it? I can't tell. Is the lump hard or soft?