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  1. Haha, it's an exciting feeling isn't it?
  2. Maybe you should try straining the food pieces out of the liquid. That way, you don't have all that soup going into the tank. Do the fish eat all of the food in a minute or so?
  3. Have you tried making a trap out of a bottle? If you take a ~500ml plastic soda bottle, you can cut off the funnel portion and invert it, so it points into the rest of the bottle. Cut some small holes in it, weigh it down with some pebbles on the inside, put some food inside, and leave it for a while. You should be able to get them.
  4. If you have a lot of algal growth, those tests will usually show up as 0 or quite low. As the algae grows, it sequesters those nutrients and keeps them from being read on the test. Do you top up and do water changes with RODI water? Two factors that I've heard about Emeralds are the size and sex. Small females are supposedly more likely to eat algae. I had a large male, and he did eat algae, but he also took swipes at my fish with his big claws.
  5. Looks good! I also like the spots for gardens you have on the sandbed.
  6. Borrow a wrasse from someone, if you want to do the eradication naturally.
  7. That's a little concerning... I just got one about a week ago. He's been doing alright though. Hasn't bothered the shroom, zoas, or sinularia. Only thing is that he started going after the shroom when it was full of reef roids. I gave him some flake food and he scuttled off to his cave again.
  8. If you look up mightynanotank on Instagram, he's got a really cool 20g long. That'll give you an idea of some of the aesthetic potential for a standard 20g long.
  9. You wouldn't even have to go expensive like some of those if you wanted. A standard 20g long isn't much at all, and with some good DIY effort, they can look quite good too. I personally don't have a lot of discretionary income for hobbies, so that's just how I think.
  10. One solution for the GSP is to have it isolated on its own rock in the sandbed. That way, you can cut any tendrils looking for a way off the rock. They can overgrow docile corals if given the chance. Smaller, more frequent water changes are better in terms of stability in water parameters. It is more work though, so you'll want to work out a routine that lets you do it easily.
  11. I always liked arrow crabs. Super leggy fellas!
  12. Sponges can be difficult in a small tank, due to them being filter feeders. They also don't like turbulent water, just laminar flow. The GSP may also become more prolific than you want - they can take over large swathes of rock. With two fish, you'll probably have to be very diligent with water changes, just a heads up.
  13. Very elegant tank! You're inspiring me to try one as well.
  14. The rockwork is just the structure of the tank, the bones if you will. All of the corals and macros you add flesh out the shape more. So while it is important to have a pleasing aquascape, it does tend to get covered up over time.