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  1. Some companies and hobbyists ship coral "dry" where they are covered in a paper towel or light cloth towel that stays wet during the transport. You really don't want to move a tank while it has water in it or you could damage the seems (leading to a blow out). Using the towel will mimic low tide (or water changes) where many corals are exposed
  2. Had an immediate feeding response to mysis and pellets!
  3. Got back from spring break yesterday. The tank has been running for a week with no feeding and an automated light by itself (no ATO or auto feeder, just covered the access hole with a plastic bag and taped it down to limit evaporation and stop fish from jumping. Nearly had a heart attack cause the nem in question had walked a little farther up the rock and I didn't immediately see it as my tank walls were covered in coralline. It's tentacles have gotten even plumper and I'll try feeding it tonight. @BulkRate last time I fed it softened pellets; the tank occasionally got broadcast fed so it might have snatched some of that up.
  4. First time directly feeding the nem since moving the rock so it was getting direct light. Tentacles have gotten longer after having self-cannibalized them. Got an instant feeding response, still slow to move the food to its mouth though. Needs to be quicker in order to eat before the crabs and fish notice it has food but otherwise, an improvement! 🙂 @mcarroll I don't think it's water parameters that caused the issue of it moving. I'm in college and move my tank with me during breaks that are longer than a week (summer and winter). The nem in question got pinched against the bucket during transit and decided that was the last straw. All my other nems and corals were/are fine. I'll update water parameters tomorrow (I haven't tested in a long time 🙃 but that's implied in my username). Just did some heavy feeding so my numbers will probably be really skewed and the tank is in need of a water change anyways.
  5. Try smaller, more frequent water changes; instead of one a week bump it up to two? If that doesn't work, start dosing? I personally use kent's nano two part
  6. Generally, my livestock has been in the bag for barely an hour. But I went to reefapalooza and they were in the bag for days. When I opened the bag, I immediately added ammo lock to detoxify the ammonia, then 'dripped' them since the salinity was way off, fish and coral got dipped (this dip can work on fish, I got it as a sample), then fish went into QT (bucket method for me). The same thing happened for my tailspot blenny when I got him from an LFS; the shock from would have been too much IMO as the LFS keeps their tanks at 1.020 and mine is at 1.025 When I 'drip' acclimate them, I use a turkey baster to add water from my tank to the bag/bin they're in. I try to add enough to completely replace the water at least one time. I do this over a couple of hours. Fish are completely calm as I keep the container dark while I'm doing this. They have full coloration, normal swimming, normal breathing, etc. They usually get fed and accept food the next day. I try to get food in them before I start any meds. Freshwater is the same thing but doesn't take as long and I don't QT my fw fish (probably should).
  7. they look like sarcophytan to me. Care is pretty much the same regardless
  8. on second look, they could be mushrooms. Edges look less defined than a zoanthids would be. Care requirements are pretty much the same anyways
  9. those look like zoanthids attached to the base of the xenia. don't know if they'll make it given how aggressively xenia spreads
  10. you can't glue leathers down; they produce a slime when agitated and will just slide right off. You have to sew it down with a needle and thread (sew right through the frag) or use a rubber band to hold it onto the rock. If you use a rubber band, you have to be careful that it's not too tight or you'll cut right through it and have multiple pieces floating around your tank
  11. hard to tell but it looks like a zoanthid polyp. Could be a baby rfa but I can't see with this photo
  12. Leather corals generally take days to open up once moved or disturbed. Find a spot and leave it there for a few days to a week. It should be fine and will come out once it stops pouting
  13. you have to siphon the algae out; you can use a turkey baster if you don't want to do a full water change. A water change never hurts anything no point in adding any media to such a new tank. A CUC won't help anything right now as you have cyano (which they won't eat) and nothing else so you'll have to supplement them with food and will just make more of a mess. Wait it out and do water changes to physically remove the cyano
  14. a water change, get as much of that cyano out as possible. Don't get a conch, tank is too small and too new. Get better husbandry first
  15. look like little limpets. do they have a shell?
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