Sorry I've been missing in action lately...last week I had an abscessed tooth that turned into a bone infection, and I missed almost the whole week at work. Then just as that seemed to be getting better, I got some kind of creeping crud cold/flu that knocked me out completely all weekend. I'm finally feeling better and hopefully by tomorrow night I can start catching back up on N-R.
I've fallen behind on tank maintenance, none of the tanks have had a water change in two weeks. But since this tank can't have a water change until the 21 day Fluco treatment is done, that doesn't matter too much. Running the skimmer without the cup is driving me crazy though. If I keep it turned up enough to keep the water foaming freely out the top, I get salt spray crusted all over everything in the inside of the cabinet. If I turn it down low just to keep the water aerated, it actively skims crap out of the water and it accumulates on the lip of the skimmer. I suppose I shouldn't complain that the skimmer works great, but still
The new fish are doing fine, Hank the Hawkfish loves brine shrimp and little bits of other frozen food, but I haven't seen him go after pellets yet. The Lorax (Starry Blenny) grumps around under the rocks, and comes out to survey his domain every once in a while.
The algae treatment seems to be progressing along, with hardly any traces of gha left. Since I added the new rocks, I've got diatoms everywhere, and I've also got the usual filmy brown algae growing on everything. All part of the Ugly New Tank Syndrome which I'm perversely glad to see at last now that the gha seems to be under control.
I tried to keep up on the daily progress pictures but missed a few days over the weekend. First, a few that I didn't get posted last week:
Day 14 (Round 2):
Day 15 (Round 2):
And here's today, which is Day 18 (Round 2). You can see that there are just a few tiny traces of macro algae left, and nearly all the film algae is gone now. There's something slimy/shiny where the film algae was, though. Not sure if that's a snail trail from somebody eating the algae, or what. But I do know the frag plug was completely turned around today, so something was definitely working on the frag.