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  1. That's a rock? It looks like a ball of algae!
  2. ^ I'm curious as well. This is one of my fav builds on nr.
  3. Great work on the new scape! Looks awesome and maintenance won't be a PITA. Dwarf Ceriths are great CUC members, especially for diatoms. Nerite snails are alright, but they absolutely will climb out of the tank and die slowly if you don't save them. Nassarius snails are a must have as soon as you start feeding the tank, they are excellent scavengers and sand stirrers. Small "reef safe" hermits like the Blue Leg help with algae control, but make sure to have extra vacant shells in the tank too or they will devour snails and steal their shells.
  4. Can't go wrong with Green Star Polyps. Super easy to keep, lots of flowing movement. Personally, I wouldn't recommend Duncans just because I've struggled somewhat to make mine happy. It's definitely picky. The good thing about them though is that you can tell immediately if they're content or not. This is only a good thing if you know what to do to when they're unhappy. Mine shrivels and does weird things sometimes and I'm always afraid it's dying, then the next day it's fine and normal. Ricordia (Florida species, not Yuma) and Mushrooms don't sway in the flow but they are hardy, easy to please, good starter corals. Low to moderate light and flow is all they need. (Certain large species of Mushrooms are capable of eating small fish/inverts though, so stay away from those)
  5. Fantastic, indeed! It even came with one of these Hidden Cup Corals - Phyllangia americana, which I just recently discovered.
  6. If all is going perfectly well at the current rate, why mix it up? My guess is you are better off using two and switching them out a week apart. Those bags are tiny, using just one might not be enough. At best, you'd be saving about $1 a month.
  7. I have one of these! Thanks to you I now know exactly what it is. I only discovered it recently, poking out from beneath a rock (came from the gulf). It must have been hiding somewhere for months! How it survived is a mystery to me. It's my understand that these guys need to be fed, and often. I've got some researching to do. Woo!
  8. That torch sure does look great. I had the Current Marine Orbit on my 20L as well. It definitely does the job for soft corals, LPS, even some SPS, and with the super low price you can't go wrong.
  9. New tank? Yes, diatoms.
  10. Transferred rock to the tank. This little feather duster is still alive and well today (8 months later) Continued large water changes. It looked so nice and clean, only for a short while. Then the diatom bloom came on strong and quick! Ordered a CUC rated for a smaller sized tank because I didn’t want to over do it. He sent extra anyway. All of the larger sized Cerith snails were either dead or dying upon arrival, everyone else survived.
  11. More rock photos For part of the curing process, I threw the live rock in a tub. Dead, decaying bivalves. Sorry little buddies. Did lots of large water changes.... Water slightly clearer Pretty pink coralline.
  12. What's the easy/quick way to resize photos so I can fit more than two per post?!
  13. My very first box of livestock arrived - gulf live rock. I opened it inside and let me tell you I have never smelt something so foul, so awful words cannot explain. Promptly opened all windows and doors, and continued the unpacking outside. Siderastrea radians. I have found this species to be basically impossible to kill, surely one of the hardiest corals out there. Lots of sponges, macro algae, and a large bivalve.