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  1. Patrick17

    Patrick's minireef

    The clowns have definitely claimed the toadstool front and center for themselves, which is great for now. Anyone who visits is drawn straight to them and they are always visible. I just hope that as they grow they don't force all their tank-mates to the edges of the aquarium as their territory grows. I know clowns are really common but they are wonderful
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    Patrick's minireef

    It's been a while again since I updated this journal but nothing has really changed in the last month which is always good. The skimmer being broken doesn't seem to have had any real impact - the macros that haven't been encrusted by coraline are were growing well, our fish are growing and the colours all seem bright at the moment. I haven't seen any extra algae growth, the glass still only needs scraping every few weeks and the bubble algae is under control still. We did notice that if the substrate was giving off a little pink cloud when disturbed so we increased the flow slightly, gave it a good clean and added a little diversity to our CUC which seems to have helped. In terms of CUC we now have: two cleaner shrimp, five hermits, one conch, two urchins, a sand-sifting star and about eighteen mixed snails. It's always difficult to judge how many critters to add but I'm happy with those. I've seen recommendations that are ten times what we have but I already worry about what we have finding enough food. I decided against a new light, for now. With a wedding at the end of the year and my thirtieth spent in Hamburg (an amazing city is you ever grt the opportunity to visit), I couldn't justify spending that much. I may change my mind when the new kessil is realised in the UK market or possibly January sales, but am content for now. I think a refugium light will probably be my next purchase. I don't see as many pods anymore, I'm pretty sure our possum wrasse has cleared them all nearly but he eats frozen and is a little chunk so I am in no rush.
  3. Patrick17

    Patrick's minireef

    It's a month today since my last water change and cleaning and today was the first day I thought that the tank looked like it needed a clean - more so because of coraline algae on the glass than anything else. It feels like the tank has reached an equilibrium where corals look fluffy but not growing particularly quickly but neither is any algae. I picked out far less bubble algae than I have for 18 months which I'm hoping means I'm close to getting it to a level where it only grows in the inaccessible parts of the rockwork. I'm due a new UV lamp which I will get and keep the unit running. After ten months, I can't complain of any noticeable downsides. No definite positives but I'd rather think that the lack of negatives is due to the UV. I had spoken about wanting to go natural and simple in terms of filtration (not that I do anything special anyway!), but my hand may just have been forced. Last Friday, our smallest cat, Poppy, decided to jump from the top of the geckos onto the tank, knocking the glass covers in. Looking at the timers that the electrical fault caused to pause, we were without power for 8 hours whilst at work. A quick fault finding session pointed to the skimmer which was blowing the RCD on the circuit whenever plugged in. We'll see how the lack of a skimmer affects things over the next month and decide whether a new light is worth it with a cat that is intent on destruction. I don't want to spend hundreds on something that runs the risk of being condemned to swim with the fishes. In long post without much mention of fish (which are doing well), I feel we deserve a couple photos; this is Poppy, the terror
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    Patrick's minireef

    There have been no real changes in the two weeks since my last post; in fact, I don't think I have performed any maintenance at all other than topping up and changing the filter sock and chemical media. It seems that when left alone the corals look fluffy, the glass has gone three weeks before needing a scrape and there is no real algae growth on the sand or rocks. I might be on top of the bubble algae too, far less has regrow since my last harvest. I have lost most of the macros now, not sure whether it is lighting, flow, snails or lack of nutrients but I will definitely try again in the future. Is it normal for corraline algae to be able to grow over macros? Our LFS ran a first birthday tank competition, judged by the reps they had invited in. In the end, we came away with second place, apparently in a very close call with first. I can't remember the last time I felt so proud! The decision did cause a bit of upset on Facebook; according to some a softie tank can't be compared to a larger SPS dominant tank - the comments took the gloss off but the £75 fish and coral voucher helped with that. I haven't decided whether to use it on a couple of large leather corals or a dozen frags yet, I've never been a fan of lots of frags but they will grow and I'm trying to keep things stable (and not spend anything) in the run up to our wedding in December. I have decided though, that despite burning a hole in my pocket, I will wait until after I get my new birthday light before using the voucher. My partner and I have always loved LPS and with the new light I might once again try some euphyllia and duncans - I've had no luck in this tank with them so far! Or maybe we could get 5 or so clown gobies? Choices, choices
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    Patrick's minireef

    Came up to bed later than usual tonight and stopped off to look into the dark tank as a snail was vibrating itself against the glass and gyre. I can only assume these are cleaner shrimp spawn. They are always carrying eggs but tonight is the first time I've seen any babies. I'm assuming this isn't the first time and that like others have reported there will be no sign in the morning. I quickly turned the lights on for a (admittedly terrible) photo and then left the fish to their feast
  6. Patrick17

    Patrick's minireef

    Nearly a week since the last cleaning and things are still looking clean. I'm feeding more than I ever have before but no real algae growth has happened (dare I say even the bubble algae has taken longer to grow back?) Since we got it on 8.8.18, our heniochus' streamer has grown huge ? Our clowns were also playing at the glass like fw mollies; I love the interaction. Notice the closed up toadstool in the background; out of the eight or so larger leathers, there is always one closed - without fail. I think in the past, I may have meddled and tried to move it but I have definitely learned my lesson - leathers are moody, just leave them be. I also got a (not great) picture of the lesser-photographed PSW looking all bright eyed With getting a 5th distinction in a row on my diploma modules, it's been a good day all round
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    Patrick's minireef

    Yesterday was tank cleaning day, including the sump and return pump for the first time in a while. Definitely worth the effort when you have a good look the day after. Mrs clown seems to be lightening up again after going quite dark a couple of months ago I managed to get a couple of photos of the heniochus that are slightly less blurred than usual; such a wonderful little fish
  8. Patrick17

    Patrick's minireef

    Just realised that I've reached a (very) little milestone; my 200th post. After an unsuccessful day veil shopping with my fiancé it's nice to return home to a peaceful reef. Here is a FTS for 11.8.18
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    Nassarius Snail?

    Just had a quick search for the differences between nassarius and whelks; seems to suggest that if the snout on a whelk is patterned whereas a nassarius is a sold colour. Not sure if you've been able to see the snorkely, trunky mouth part?
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    Euphyllia Identification

    I always hate moving corals; they can go from being the fluffiest, happiest coral in one place and then 6" to the left they melt away even if you then move them back - it can be infuriating! Good luck with this one
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    Chalk Bass, what have people experienced

    No idea whether there is any truth behind it, but I was told by the LFS that they are prone to pop-eye in the same way that some fish are ich-magnets. We thought about getting a small group so will be interested to see how yours gets on ? Definitely an interesting fish that seems perfect for the larger nano-reefs
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    Nassarius Snail?

    I have a group of normal nassarius snails but then one like this one. Its' never been in the sand that I can tell, it spends it's life on the rocks and although it has the same body shape it has stayed much smaller. It must have it's specific niche within the CUC
  13. Patrick17

    Euphyllia Identification

    I would agree with hammer; in my experience, the tips on a torch are smaller and more spherical
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    Newbie here

    I sat and watched through all of the BRS videos a couple weeks ago; I'm impressed with how well made they are and their content. I wish I'd watched them when I first set things up a couple tanks back - I'm sure I'd have made fewer mistakes. A good hot drink and a comfy chair and the videos will keep you entertained for a Friday night
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    Newbie here

    Take it slow and ask questions. Are you planning on making a journal for the tank? Everyone loves to see tanks getting wet and progressing
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