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  1. Alright then, people. I’ll give artificial salt a go, see if the acros like it.
  2. Fellas, I wouldn't just add new corals to a tank that I know will kill them, hence why I've done WC's since that ammonia reading of 2. I got the water tested before adding new corals and I made sure everything was in line (phosphates weren't, so I did another WC). They are fully cycled, they've been in my tanks for a year. I buy NSW from the store now (see below). Also those levels are from before adding RO water to get the SG down, and the calcium, magnesium and alkalinity would probably also be lowered at least a little bit. The 2ppm of ammonia came a day after a 100% WC, I don't think nutrients could cause that much of a spike in such a short period of time, which is why I was hypothesised that either it was a bad batch of water or it was from die-off from the LR after H2O2 treatment. And in regards to the dieoff, even if it was the true cause, you see that zero up there? It obviously cleared up after the WC. But with that said, I have no idea where the phosphates came from. I barely even touched the tank in the week or so before testing.
  3. That’s exactly what I was thinking of getting, though idk where from. eBay maybe? Every aquarium appliance I’ve ever bought off eBay has died eventually. Amazon doesn’t ship to Australia and amazon Australia barely has anything worthwhile, let alone a specialized bulb. edit: found some bulbs, dunno how reliable they are though, they’re from eBay https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/E27-PAR30-PAR38-LED-Coral-Reef-Plant-Grow-Light-Bulb-Fish-Tank-Aquarium-Lamp/332598498471?hash=item4d706a54a7:m:mRUQFr-gVOYU_Nb_ly_M1Rw https://www.ebay.com/itm/E27-LED-Full-Spectrum-Coral-Reef-Plant-Grow-Light-PAR38-PAR30-Fish-Tank-Aquarium/352472654062?hash=item521101e0ee:m:mb5r2B3P9V8vev6E2jmrkJQ theres a whole bunch of lights like these, all around similar price points and saying the same things. Well, no The guy who delivers the water to the LFS, I think he puts the water through a filter sock, probably a UV sterilizer too, though I’ll double check next time I go to the LFS, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t treat the water at least a little bit before selling.
  4. Didn’t know coralline was super picky about lighting? Hopefully mine will hang in there until I get a suitable light. Dunno if the acro’s will, but I have faith in the birdnests’ ability to tough it out.
  5. Most, if not all, of my LFS use NSW, instead of ASW, even for their corals. Not only that but the saltwater that they sell is also NSW, and people don’t seem to have a problem with NSW in their tanks. I do adjust the salinity to 1.025 and I adjust the temperature to that of the tanks. I do agree with you that my lighting on the 2g is less than optimal. It’s just a generic white LED clip-on light. It grew Xenia pretty well, but I agree with you that it’s not enough for SPS (though the birdsnest’s are opening up their polyps to it), and I’m currently seeking to find a better replacement. I’m more confident in the lighting on my 5g, an Eheim PowerLED Actinic Blue. The previous acros seemed to do okay under them, and I’m currenrly looking to find the Daylight bulb, to balance out the blue-ness and also make it easier to photograph. I also admit that it would’ve been wise to wait for substantial coralline growth, before adding the SPS, softies or zoas may have been a better first coral. However, the calcium levels in the NSW are on the high end (even after being diluted with freshwater to lower SG), and hopefully, that’ll be plenty for coralline to calcify from.
  6. I was following brandon429's principle of completely skipping the cycle. https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/how-long-do-you-wait-before-adding-coral-to-a-new-tank.277259/ https://www.nano-reef.com/forums/topic/376780-09g-aio/
  7. I actually really like the look of the birdsnest's, their slim shapes contrast well with the rocks. They look like dead trees on a mountain side, which makes an interesting aquascape (some GSPs or green zoas might complete the look). The acro's kinda ruin this aesthetic tho, might move them into the 5g with the other acro frags, but at the same time, one of the reasons I fragged up the colony was so that not all my eggs were in the same basket, so to speak. polyps 😄 !!!! that's a good thing, right? New acro's and a few birdsnest frags are just chilling in the 5g too. Threw in a powerhead to add some more flow.
  8. Idk, but I've been feeding the scorpion relatively small prey; earthworms, never anything larger than a goby 🤷🏻‍♂️
  9. I usually see the cardinals at around the same size as the scorpionfish is right now, I don't think it'll eat them. I'll definitely get some more live rock, spice up the scape. Dunno if I'll add frags or if I'll make it a coldwater tank, though. There'll be a moderate bioload, so I'll have to find a way to keep the water absolutely pristine, probably a skimmer.
  10. Okay I stand corrected, my LFS does get NSW, instead of ASW 🤷🏻‍♂️ Params: SG: 1.030 pH: 8.4 Magnesium: 1470 Calcium: 500 Alkalinity: 7.7 Couldn’t help getting another cheapo acro 😬. In my defence though, those acros I had before were doing pretty well, even gaining some green-ness, and would probably still be alive if it weren’t for that one bad batch of NSW. Anyways, I’ll frag down the acro and see how it does under the new game plan.
  11. I'll keep that in mind for when I go to collect NSW. But today I'm getting water from my LFS, which I think uses an artificial salt mix, instead of NSW 🙂
  12. I store water in 6 gallon water containers, usually stays in there for two or three weeks at most, depending on how much I get. Top-up water is RO 🙂 I was so tempted to get another acro, seeing as how there were so many cheapo frags. Maybe once I do the WC and get those phosphates down, might get just one of two little frags....
  13. Just got my water tested today: 5g (the surviving acro frags are in here). Ammonia: 0 Nitrate: 0.1 Nitrite: 0.1 Phosphate: 0.8 (super high, I know) pH: 8.4 Magnesium: >1500 Calcium: >500 Alkalinity: 9.9 2g's params are the same, save for the trace elements, which I didn't test, coz I didn't bring enough water to test. I'm out of water right now, so I'll get a few containers of water from the LFS tomorrow. Couldn't help myself so I got a small birdsnest coral colony. I've fragged it up and put the frags into a small container with an air-stone, gonna keep the frags in there until I get the new water, do a WC and get rid of the phosphates. On a side note, one of the acro's is regaining colouration, so yayyyy.... Surprising, considering the params...
  14. One of my regular collection spots is a fish protection zone, with no boat traffic, so no boat pollution. Is adjusting 1.030 to ~1.026 that much? I'm in a temperate area, so there's still a small handful of corals in some spots.
  15. So basically, go slow?
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