Long Update 4/20/17! Sorry for the lack of updates, I've been on "vacation". Really just a stay-cation getting lots of logistical stuff done, but it's much more relaxing than my job nonetheless. Going back to work on Monday unfortunately.
Parameters tested 4/18/17:
Temp: 79 degrees F
Salinity: 35 ppt/1.025 specific gravity
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 10 ppm
Magnesium: 1500+ ppm
Phosphate: 0.03 ppm
Alkalinity: 8.9 dKH (better consistency)
Calcium: 440 ppm
So for the torch, we pulled it a day after I posted about it, but it seemed like both heads weren't doing well, so we pitched it. =/ In other bad news, the plate finally gave up too. No more plates for me for a while.
I placed all the remaining corals that were chilling out in the sand.
I hope to go to my LFS this Saturday. I want to find a small replacement torch. It would be cool to add something yellow to the tank besides Earl, or some other color I don't have much of depending on what coral he has in stock. And I want to get a fourth fish, but I don't know what he has for that either, and I would have to set up the quaratine tank and research the fish ahead of time anyway, so I will wait and see if I end up with anything coming home.
I took lots of pictures, all taken the same day as testing. Both testing and pictures were post-water change. I tried to get a good picture of pretty much everything in the tank.
Full tank Shot:
Right Side View:
I found what I believe to be a red feather duster just below (but still touching) the orange yuma mushroom. I have never noticed having one of these before! I also noticed one on the toadstool's rock, but it is facing the back of the aquarium and is in a difficult location to photograph:
My SPS coral is still doing awesome. I still don't know what it is, but I love it and hope it continues to do well. It is extremely difficult to get a picture of the tiny green glowing polyps that extrude from the hard coral's skeleton:
The Red Acan is doing puffy and well, showing some feeder tentacles:
The meteor shower cyphastrea seems to like it's new location. It is much more blue and orange than the photo shows:
The Hammer coral is still happy as can be:
The green star polyps:
The small much-more-orange-than-they-appear acans are puffy and showing feeders as well:
The green polyp toadstool:
The radioactive dragon eye zoas, which are pissed off because they are being stung by the meanie-head RBTA:
The Duncan, which is happier than ever and has so many heads I can't count them unless it's sleeping:
The candy apple red zoas, which were stretching to reach for light where they were placed (mid-level), so I placed them up here hoping to help the poor eight heads get more light:
The ever-wavy beautiful toadstool (but you'd never know how pretty it was during the day if you only saw how pathetic and dead it looks when it's sleeping):
The rock flower anemone, featuring a nassarius and a hint of red cyanobacteria re-emerging:
The rose bubble tip anemone, which has still never bubbled back up because it's a fruitcake. Hobbies include stinging corals:
The orange yuma mushroom, which appears somewhat bleached in the center because it is pissed off about being moved, but it's mouth is still it's signature green color:
I have loads and loads of asterinas everywhere:
A baby stomatella snail crawling along the glass. I must have hundreds of these guys:
An asterina starfish on the glass beside a cerith, with a nassarius snail in the background. (Not pictured: Astreas):
Earl, the midas blenny that is far too quick and active to get a picture with both color and detail (in focus). I opted for a more in-focus picture:
Also extremely difficult to photograph are Bob and Dot. Here they are seen swimming side by side:
A slightly more focused picture of Bob by himself: