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  1. HippieSquirrel

    Sump Style refugium for AIO ideas

    I have a similar plan in mind with a Waterbox 15 AIO and sump/refugium. Still planning but aside from the inherant issues with HOB overflows I haven’t found an issue with it. The risks with HOB overflows seem to be minimal if set up properly however so I’m leaning towards that instead of drilling in case I ever wanted to use the AIO as intended in the future. Not sure if you’ve completed your build already or not but I’d be interested in what you decided on.
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    20H - RFA baby

    One of the baby RFAs has reappeared! I thought I’d lost them when I rearranged some of the corals and rocks or they just weren’t able to survive. But this afternoon much to my surprise I found one sitting between the others and about 5x bigger than when I first found them! There were maybe a dozen that I counted originally so hopefully more will start popping up!
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    UNS 3n

    I think Ill start doing one every couple days if not every other, thanks, wish me luck!
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    UNS 3n

    Alright so I am down to a handful of the zoas/palys, goby, and one RFA I couldn’t catch.. and guess what, this afternoon when the lights came on all but one of the zoas/palys are out. Now I’m second guessing moving them all... I might try to push through what do you all think?
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    UNS 3n

    Unfortunately this tank has hit a snag, in my previous tank I added things slowly since I was kind of forced to. It wasn’t something I had considered with this tank. Live and learn I guess. I added too much bio load to the tank all at once and the tank is re-cycling. Most likely due to the tank size. I’ve been moving critters back to my 20g and will do things much slower this time around. Luckily no one died and I will be leaving the goby as it seems to be fine and would be difficult to catch. To be honest the only ones reacting poorly were the corals and RFAs anyway. As such it will probably be a bit before any updates are made on this tank.
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    20H - RFA baby

    Finally glued down my frags, my only regret is not finding a more aesthetically pleasing place for the gorgonian.. but the polyp extension has been great and algae has been less of an issue with the higher flow. Overall my first superglue mounting experience was less difficult than I thought not sure why it seemed so difficult in theory. Currently still working on the algae, I’ve narrowed it down to a combination of increased feeding and the ~5-10% water changes each week didn’t seem to be cutting it. So I’ve upped it to 3 10-15% water changes every two weeks and have begun manual removal as best I can. So far I do believe I am seeing results from the increased feedings, the pocillopora is still over doubled in size, is developing some interesting colors and has begun encrusting and most if not all of the acropora frags have begun encrusting. I’ve noticed my green/blue Favia has also completely covered its plug and is working on making it to the rock work. I also added a peppermint shrimp to take care of a few aptasia that I haven’t been able to remove by hand. I’ll be watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t turn to my RFAs. Anywho, enjoy the pics! FTS uglies and all: Pocillopora, monti (showing nice growth now too), and Favia (this one really pops regardless of color spectrum): Jack’o’lanturn, loving this one. Started just with the raised triangle portion in the center maybe 2 weeks ago if that. Probably my favorite, indo gold torch, only problem is my lighting doesnt catch the full color of this coral unless I crank up the blues and purples. Even so it’s still beautiful.
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    20H - RFA baby

    Yeah, I only wish they could do combined shipping cause I would’ve found an excuse to get more frags! However they’re shipping from multiple locations so it’s completely understandable.
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    20H - RFA baby

    Not much to report, got hit with the uglies hence the lack of posts.. however they’ve mostly gone away aside from some red stuff and some hair algae. Nor does it help that I have frags everywhere and haven’t gotten around to placing them properly so the tank is a bit of a mess but in a good way. So far I have only lost one frag (Hopefully it stays that way ) a small green tip torch head, couldn’t tell ya why cause the two head Indo gold torch from the same seller looks fantastic! They were close and I’m wondering if the gold torch stung it. Gotta work on separating these two though to be on the safe side... Hmm what else, oh I got a phantom clown, to replace the unsolved fishicide, from cultivated reef! Shipping and communication was fantastic. The size difference is noticeable but great because there’s been absolutely no aggression. Still a bit skittish when I’m in the tank or using tongs but eating well when I back off a bit and overall a very healthy, beautiful, and active fish! Also I believe my lights are causing my picture issues. No other light on any tank has ever cause the bars like I get when I take a picture of this tank. Maybe it’s some strange frequency the LEDs are on..? I’m not electrically inclined so idk if that’s accurate but that’s my best guess.
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    UNS 3n

    Another picture I couldn’t fit in the last post. I'll continue working on pictures of the RFAs, goby, and corals as they adjust and start opening up more. Enjoy! Thanks for looking!
  10. HippieSquirrel

    UNS 3n

    Alright they’re finally here! Crappy pictures of angry zoas/palys there’s more polyp extension every day though but I just did a large water change so they’re pissed. The threesome has broken up.. they never last Unfortunately I couldn’t get a pic of the goby but it’s in there! Amazing how he dissapears in such a small tank. New FTS
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    UNS 3n

    OH I almost forgot! I’ll probably regret not taking a picture when I had the chance but oh well. Will a porcelain anemone crab host Xenia....? He/she hunkered down at the base of the two stalks and even after the transfer still is stubbornly clinging to it.. meanwhile the 3 RFAs that have been with him/her in the holding container and the new tank and are feeling lonely . Funny thing is the Xenia swimming crab (who doesn’t seem to be eating the Xenia at all unlike what I’ve read) sits in between the polyps all day and doesn’t seem to mind sharing... I currently have he strangest threesome ever.
  12. HippieSquirrel

    UNS 3n

    Thanks! Me too! You should go for it! I added the zoa/paly frags, RFAs, and the other critters yesterday. Sorry I have no pictures yet I’m working this weekend. Also everyone still seems to be adjusting. The goby disappeared into the rockwork and I only just confirmed he’s still in there this afternoon, one of the pedersons already ended up in the filter (alive though! seemed to enjoy picking at the mangrove), and the RFAs are on the move. Also I actually found 2 baby RFAs today which is cool. At this point I’m just hoping I didn’t shock the system and put it through a mini cycle.. I’ll be doing frequent water changes to mitigate the chances of that. Ill definetly grab pictures monday Monday and Tuesday when everyone starts opening up more!
  13. HippieSquirrel

    UNS 3n

    I've got a few extra small hermits in there now! WC tonight and transferring some corals hopefully tomorrow! Goby and crabs arrived today... they sent a red neon goby instead of the gold neon which is what I ordered. Still cute but not what I wanted, was on the list though so at least I can keep it in the tank. Funny thing is the red neons were on sale at the time of my order so it was probably 7-8 dollars more expensive (they're out of stock now so I can't confirm)... Thanks Live Aquaria. Now I have an infected pederson with and isopod, no idea how long it'll live (they did refund it though) as well as a wrong fish. I thought a big organization would have better quality control than this.. you'd think they'd at least have one person around who knows fish to double check everything. I think I'll stick to diver's den.. I really wish I had a 'true' local fish store. The best thing I've got is a place called aquarium adventure which is essentially petsmart but with a much larger selection of fish and supplies as well as a saltwater section, oh and the prices are outrageous because they're the only place that sells 80% of their merchandise for 30-40 miles. *end of rant* *enter therapy fish*
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    UNS 3n

    Nothing except plants and springtails at the moment, gonna be adding some dart frogs eventually. I haven’t owned any land critters just cared for some so I’m taking that project slow. I’m with your wife on that one though, huge arachnophobe here .
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    UNS 3n

    I’ve noticed some issues with surface film buildup, figured the ac50 would agitate the surface enough and it does but not enough. It seems surface film is different in saltwater systems.. who’da thunk . So I started looking into low profile skimming solutions and ran across this https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B073J1D234. I’ve purchased products from this brand before but for freshwater so I figured I’d give it a shot. I also haven’t seen an acrylic add on to HOB filters before so I figured I’d share. Most others are bulky and/or ugly and not clear like this. Ill keep everyone posted on how it goes. This way it’s not a permanent addition to the tank, looks better than a diy option, and was surprisingly relatively cheap. Only issue is the suction cups are on the wrong side for my setup but I’ll just take them off and leave the nobs.. should be behind the rock work anyway.
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