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mwhitelock

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About mwhitelock

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  • Birthday 06/17/1991

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  1. mwhitelock

    Anthrax & Gangs! 50G SCA

    Tempted to try them but it seems like everyone says they are very hit and miss. i get some satisfaction from my aptasia and vermetid snail murdering sprees- but- I do get behind with it. last night, I believe one of my rock flower anemones spawned. When I left for the gym this morning around 4 am I walked through the tank room and noticed the water was extremely cloudy and both flower Nem’s were extended and puffy. Lights were off- as it was the middle of the night. got back from the gym, tested, all params are normal. Skimmer cranking away. Been keeping an eye on it through my security cam today and the cloudiness is dissipating. Not sure what else it could be, if not spawning. I didn’t see either Nem actually producing anything.
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    Anthrax & Gangs! 50G SCA

    We have a zero-clam-nipping-tolerance policy in this tank! Yea- not cool. Glad I caught him in the act as fast as I did though- probably would’ve kept him in there and started stressing about why my clams weren’t happy and fiddling with other things while they continued to be assaulted. Doesn’t seem like he tasted any of my corals though.... question now is what to do about my aptasia farm. 😱
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    Anthrax & Gangs! 50G SCA

    Newest development- the filefish has been nipping my favorite clam. I caught him at it when working from home yesterday, and so he is now spending some quality time in my sump. Never did see him go after any aptasia... so he will be rehomed.
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    Anthrax & Gangs! 50G SCA

    haha thanks, my main instagram isn't really for fishy things, i figured it would make more sense to make a separate linked account so as not to spam all of my acquaintances 🙂
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    Anthrax & Gangs! 50G SCA

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    Anthrax & Gangs! 50G SCA

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    Anthrax & Gangs! 50G SCA

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    Anthrax & Gangs! 50G SCA

    I did a water change this morning so, things aren't completely happy at the moment- I took a video anyway. I actually had misidentified it. It is a balanophylia. I have a dendro now as well, and its basically open the whole time and the colors are much more saturated instead of the clear flesh like the balano. The balano is strictly nocturnal, no matter what or how or when i feed it or flow i put it in. Was sold to me as a fat head dendro- but with it side by side with an actual dendro, it's easier to see differences. They both eat flake food in addition to frozen meat offerings. Had no idea. 🙂
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    Anthrax & Gangs! 50G SCA

    So, lots has changed in the last month- I added lots more rock, and have been collecting nice frags and pulled the trigger and got my hands on my favorite coral of all time- a purple tipped elegance with marbling. The solar wrasse was re-homed, added some cardinals and a filefish in hopes he'd munch on my aphasia gardens, but so far, I haven't seen him do so. He's really fascinating to watch swim, so I'm not incredibly upset about it. Things look so much different and more filled out- and while I'm sure part of that is the additional frags, a lot has to do with the rock. I took out all the carbon and got a skimmer and a doser back in place. Also finally put an ATO on this thing, and now I'm wondering why on earth I lived without one for so long. I've been putting trace elements in the top-off water, and overall things are looking very bushy and happy in response! I'm keeping up with 5 gallon weekly water changes, but might try backing off in another month or so- I threw some macro's in the refugium to help with nutrient export, so once they get established I might have a better idea of whether I need to continue doing that. I'd been using Red Sea, and the alk is super high. Now that I'm dosing though, it might be possible to stretch water changes to every other week...... just don't know yet. With the new scape, it looks like a whole new tank. I kept the idea of one bigger rock structure on the back and a smaller island in the foreground, but it still feels very different to me. Like it finally grew into itself. (Three years later....) I also have used some space on my overflow box and back wall with NanoRox- am very impressed with the quality and appreciate being able to use that open space, making looking at my tank from the side much more enjoyable. I'll try to update with a good video soon in the next few days. Have been on a break from classes the last few weeks, but work has been crazy- holidays seem to bring out the worst in people sometimes.... OH! Probably the coolest news ever- When I was rescaping and adding all this extra rock, I accidentally squished my pink tube anemone. I've had my purple and pink tube anemones for ages now and they've always been one of my favorite things in my tanks. I was placing some rocks in the sand and when I finished, I realized I had cut the head off of the pink one's tube. I was distraught- it looked wilted and upset, and the next morning the tentacles/mouth had completely detached from the tube. I thought I had killed him. I buried the head in the sand as best as I could to keep him from blowing around, and he seemed to slowly perk up. Wasn't eating, but didn't look so pitiful. In a few more days- he was eating.... and there were also new pink tentacles coming out of the tube part of him that I hadn't bothered to remove from the other side of the rock. So, his head has been regrowing his tube, and his tube has been regrowing a head... and I now have TWO pink tube anemones.
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    CADlight's 45g Shallow

    I've never been a clownfish fan.... but I have to admit, those two are cute.
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    Sharbuckles 78g Starphire Cube

    I have always loved Xenia- in my old 20 gal i had it all over the back wall and LOVED the effect. I think Christopher Marks was spot on as well- they'll compliment what you already have going on. I'd just suggest making sure you have an -idea- of a containment plan in mind... just in case. Mine tended to jump onto display rocks after the colony got so big. Would've been helpful if I had purposely put "movable" rocks there in the back that I could've easily taken out to scrub the xenia off and return to the tank. Hindsight, I suppose....
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    Anthrax & Gangs! 50G SCA

    in coral news: goni's have shipped!! tomorrow's temp is saying 40's to 60's.... and I should be home from work an hour-ish earlier than normal because we had some weird circumstances that i stayed quite a bit late for this afternoon. hopefully they'll arrive in good condition! I've begun making a list of everything I want to move/take care of tomorrow when my hands are in the tank with acclimating. I have quite a bit of coral re-arranging that I'd been putting off for a while anyway. in fish news: I asked metrokat about this on instagram... but my solaris wrasse is beating the crap out of my orange back wrasse. Was considering adding another wrasse or perhaps a bangaii cardinal or two in the coming weeks but am not sure I should until this situation has settled down a bit... if it ever does. I've already tried putting the solaris in sump-time-out for a few days and no luck. Soon as he is back in the display, he's a jerk. Ideas/insight?
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    Sharbuckles 78g Starphire Cube

    you never know how complicated it will be though, my orange back wrasse jumped into my overflow a few months ago... had to dismantle the plumbing in it and scoop him out by hand.... wasted 2 hours doing so. (he's now affectionately called the wrasse-hole).... and i put plastic wrap over that tiny hole between the overflow and the lid for good measure. glad the hawkfish rescue went smoothly! they're entertaining fish!
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    Sharbuckles 78g Starphire Cube

    Out of curiosity, what settings are you running your radion on? This is already gorgeous! ?
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    3 Gallon Picotope!- Clean Slate

    Came here because I noticed the clam in the title and I have a thing for clams. ? Read a few pages back to find it, and then read through the disaster. Even though I'm brand new to this build, I'm still so so sorry to read/see this. It was such a beautiful tank to be proud of! That zoa garden you had.... ? Following because I'm sure you'll have it looking lovely again in no time! Picos are always so fascinating. (90% water changes. wow.)
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