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  1. Hi everyone, I've started a new build, and have decided to document it in this journal so that you might follow along (if you're interested). Background: I used to have a wonderful tiny mixed reef picotank for the last few months which brought me much joy. Unfortunately, 2.6G of volume wasn't enough to grow out all my corals, and I did add more than 60+ frags in that little tank. Eventually, I decided upgrading was the best solution. I needed a tank that wasn't too large that it would become a burden doing WCs, but not too small that it didn't have enough space to accommodate all the corals either. I settled on a 10G+ tank - it was roomy enough to meet my requirements, and most importantly, be simple enough to WC every week. I used the Tank Transfer Method (TTM) to upgrade, and used established cured LR (~5-years-old) from older systems as a biofilter. Only the LS was new, but I seeded it with a small cup of LS from my picoreef. The new nano is now located in my bedroom, and the temp. dips down to as low as 25'C (night) and as high as 30'C (very hot afternoons). The swing seems wild, but my pico operated under the same temp. range (more or less), and so far the animals didn't have any issues with the temp. Specifications: 10.23G tank 18" x 12" x 11" Rimless 6mm Crystal Glass Equipment: H300 Dophin HOB (440L/Hr) Aqua Knight Spectra M029 (30W) Jebao SOW-4 Wavemaker (4000L/Hr) Media: Activated Carbon Filter Floss Rocks: Established LR taken from my previous 2.6G's picoreef, 60G's refugium & 10G's nanocube in the library Sand: 4.5kg Aragonite Live Sand --> seeded with a small cup of LS taken from the sandbed of my 2.6G picoreef Water: Tap Water + Dechlorinator (Nutrafin/Prime) Salt: Fritz RPM Fish: None for now. Inverts: (My monsters! a.k.a. Critters of Chaos!) 1x Turban snail 1x Yellow Coral Banded Shrimp (Stenopus cyanoscelis) - Shrimpy - 02/05/2021 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron marmoratus) - Harvey - 09/06/2020 Hitchiker Collonista Snails Hitchiker Microbrittlestars Hitchiker Spaghetti Worms Hitchiker Stomatella Snail Hitchiker Limpets Corals: SPS (8 Types): Red Pavona Garf Bonsai Acropora Valida Purple Montipora Digitata Forest Fire Montipora Digitata Neon Yellow/Purple Montipora Spongodes Chili Pepper Montipora *Unknown Purple/Green Montipora Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseries LPS (13 Types): Meteor Shower Cyphastrea John Deere Leptastrea Orange Leptastrea Christmas Favia Purplish-Gray Blastos Purple/Green Blastos Purple/Blue Whiplash Blasto Merletti Malayan Rainbow Acans Green Candy Cane/Trumpet Red Fungia Red/Blue Lobo Brain Coral Rainbow Brain Coral Duncan Coral Soft Coral (6 Types): Orange Clove Polyps Brown Toadstool Leather Coral Green Weeping Willow Toadstool Leather Coral Red Finger Leather Coral Metallic Green Star Polyp Neon Green Star Polyp Zoanthis & Palythoas (27 Types/Morphs): Purple Death Palys Nuclear Death Palys (Blue/Green Morph) Nuclear Death Palys (Green/Yellow Morph) Rainbow Infusion Palys Metallic Green Palys Sunny Ds Palys Green Implosion Palys Captain America Palys Gold Maul Zoas LA Laker Zoas Butt Muncher Zoas Incinerator Zoas Incredible Hulk Zoas Devil's Armor Zoas Purple Monster Zoas Rainbow Yoda Zoas Blondie Zoas Blue Hornet Zoas Red Hornet Zoas Purple Hornet Zoas Rasta Zoas Peacock Blue Zoas Green Bay Packers Zoas Gorilla Nipple Zoas Red PE Zoas *Unidentified Brown/Pink Zoas *Unidentified Purple/Blue/Green Starburst Mushrooms (20 Types): Teal Green Discosoma Mushroom Green Leopard Discosoma Mushroom Superman Discosoma Mushroom Watermelon Discosoma Mushroom Red/Green Discosoma Mushroom Ironman Discosoma Mushroom Red Discosoma Mushroom Blue Discosoma Mushroom Yellow-Spotted Green Discosoma Mushroom Blue-Spotted Red Discosoma Mushroom Green/Light Green Rhodactis Mushroom Forest Fire Rhodactis Mushroom Tricolor Rhodactis Mushroom Violet Rhodactis Mushroom Tricolor Orange/Blue/Beige Rhodactis Mushroom Purple Green Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Teal Green/Orange Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Rainbow Yuma Mushroom Yellow Yuma Mushroom Blue Hairy Mushroom Current Coral Count: ~74 Types/Morphs/Varieties *TBA: Livestock: Fish Ornamental Crab Assorted Corals Assorted Macroalgae Pictures: Empty tank on 16/11/2020: Post-TTM on 16/11/2020: FTS on 17/11/2020: Topview FTS on 17/11/2020: FTS on 12/12/20: Topview FTS on 12/12/20: FTS on 09/01/21: FTS on 09/02/21: FTS on 20/03/21: FTS on 23/04/21: FTS on 25/05/2021: FTS on 15/07/21: FTS on 10/09/21: FTS on 16/10/21: FTS on 15/11/21 (*1-year-old) :
  2. Instant_taco

    Instant Taco's Fluval Evo V

    Hello fellow reefers guess its about time i started a little journal of my little pico tank. quick history, been reefing for about 5 years with a 45 gallon then took a 3 year break from the hobby. some coworkers got into the hobby and found out i used to own a reef tank. they were able to convince me to get back in. so with limited space in my apartment and wanting something simple yet challenging i always wanted to take a crack at a nano/pico tank. after some research i found the fluval evo line. i wanted the 13.5 but didnt have a place that could support the weight so i settled with the evo 5. so here we go Equitment Tank: Fluval evo 5 gallon 20.5 x 11.6 x 7.5" Return pump: NEWA MN606 - 159gph Lighting: stock 11k LED with 12inch ebay blue led strip Filtration: intank media basket with Top. floss Middle. carbon. Bottom. MarinePure Bio gems Circulation: Sicce nano 1000 Temperature control: inkbird ITC 308A WIFI, and TP link kasa wifi outlets Heater: Aqueon preset 50 Watt heater Livestock: Fish Green Clown Goby Invertebrate Sexy shrimp X4 (X5 now) porcalien crab Scarlet hermits X 2 blue legged hermits X 2 nassarius snail X 3 Astrea Turbo snail X 3 Coral Red spotted Mushroom ,Discosoma Blue spotted Mushroom , Discosoma Neon Orange Mushroom, Discosoma Lava lamp mushroom, Discosoma Neon Green Mushroom, Rhodactis Red mushroom, Rhodactis Forest Fire Mushroom, Rhodactis Neon Green Ricordea Green Ricordea Orange RIcordea Yuma orange Ricordea Blue Ricordea Serenity zoanthids Green star polyps Mystery chalice (ID unknown) Blue trumpet, Caulastrea curvata Lord Red & Blue Acan, Acanthastrea Duncan, Duncanopsammia Rock Flower Anemone X 6 FTS 09/01/2021 FTS 11/08/2021
  3. Ash1176

    First saltwater build

    Hi, I’m new here, coming from the freshwater side of things. 1st post on nano-reef but I’ve been creeping behind the scenes for a while, soaking it all in, research, research, so much more research. But I’m finally here, got my first salt water tank set up and cycling! Guess what ? It’s a super original tank... no it’s Fluval Evo 13.5, would have rather started with something like a 40 breeder but space and money are tight for that scale, it’s definitely size down but the ease of the Evo is what appealed to me. I know there’s literally 100+ of these threads, but I kinda kicked myself for not starting one when I set up my freshwater tank. So here it is: - AI prime HD -stock pump -VCA Random flow generator -hydor Koralia 240 powerhead -cobalt neo therm 50w heater -inkbird temp controller ITS-308S -XP Aqua duetto ATO -diy eggcrate basket for chamber 1 running filter floss, and a bag of seachem matrix Got about 12lb of the CaribSea life rock and 10lbs of their Fiji sand. the plan is to have a clownfish, a watchman goby and maybe down the line a third fish (purple firefish) and some cuc (trochus, nassirius, cerith, and emerald crab, might add a skunk cleaner or red shrimp but keeping it to two fish) and obviously add some coral down the line, can’t wait to add more colour and movement to this tank! Let me know what you think.
  4. Gernader

    75G SPS/Mixed Reef

    Hey guys! I am finally starting my build thread on my 7 month old reef tank lol. So, I got a 75 gallon tank with stand and sump in total of 105 gallons... Setup: Tank: 75g standard Sump: Eshopps R-300 sump (30 gallon) Sand: 30 pounds of caribsea dry aragonite sand Rock: 25-30 pounds of live rock and 50-60 pound of marco reef saver rocks Skimmer: Tunze 9410 DOC Return Pump: Jebao DCT-8000 ATO: Tunze Osmolator 3155 ATO Reservoir: IM 5 Gallon Hydrofill Lighting: 3 of ViparSpectras 165W running at 95% blues, 10% whites for 10 hours a day. Refugium Light: Tunze EcoChic 8831 running for 10 hours at nighttime. Filtration: 1 of 7” filter sock and 1 of 4” filter sock Biological Filtration: Live rocks and ceramic bioballs Heater: Eheim Jager 300W Temp Controller: Inkbird iTC-308 WIFI Flow: 2 MP40wQDs (total gph: at least 6,600 gph) Lid: 2 of DIY mesh lids Salt: Regular IO Livestock: (need some recommendations!) 1 Ocellaris Clownfish 1 Frostbite Clownfish 3 Lyretail Anthias 1 Ruby Longfin Fairy Wrasse 1 Captive Bred Banggai Cardinal 1 small Yellow Tang 1 Firefish 1 Fire Shrimp Over 110 snails: Nassarius, ceriths, trochus, nerites, Mexican turbo, bubblebee snails 1 Emerald crab Sherman Rose Bubble Tip Anemone Rainbow Bubble Tip Anemone 7 Rock Flower Anemones Corals: Holy Grail Micromussa OG UFO Micromussa Red Goniopora Sunkist Mushroom Green Pacific Ricordea Mushrooms Yellow/Green Ricordea Mushroom Green Star Polyps Space Invader Pectinia WWC Purple Monsters zoas OG Mummy Chalice Green Hammer Gold Hammer Green and Purple Hammer Alveopora TSA Bam Bam zoas Green Hairy Mushroom Nightmares zoas Green/red Blastomussa Red Velvet Blastomussa WWC Sweet Tooth zoas WWC Space Queens zoas Rasta zoas Hooligans zoas SBB Hephaestus zoas CB White Zombies zoas CB Rainbow Infusion zoas ASD Hyper Jubilee zoas Queen Strats zoas Pink Diamonds zoas Cornbred El Corazon zoas WWC Tasers zoas WWC Laffy Taffy zoas Rainbow Yoda zoas Beauty and the Beast zoas RR Kraken zoas WWC Illuminati zoas Utter Peace zoas Hydra Lady Dragon Eyes zoas Sunny D zoas Magician zoas WWC Orange/Blue Acan WWC Red Acan SPS: Peng's Heart of the Ocean Acropora RRU Angry Birds JF Homewrecker Walt Disney CC Walt Disney Jr TGC Cherry Bomb TSA Twisted Sister TSA The Fuzz TSA Dan Akroyd TSA Fruity Pebbles TSA Purple Rain WWC Budgie Smuggler WWC Pink Panther CC Voodoo Majick BC Adam Bomb BC Reef Ready Grape Juice CB Golden JD CB Flaming Unicorn RR Kandari RC Poison Envy Sanjay's Party Time Table ARC Goldfinger ARC Magic Dragon TSA Cali Tort Tierra Del Fuego TRC Rocket Science TRC Haley’s Comet Greg Hiller’s Aqua Delight Garf Bonsai Highlighter Humilis Beach Bum Monti Blue and Teal Millie Montipora Digitata Feel free to ask questions or comments about anything and I would also like some recommendations for livestock. Pics: Daylight Blues
  5. Reeflex

    Mushroom Mystery

    Hello fellow Reef enthusiasts. I am the proud owner of a 32 gallon Coralife Biocube which I've had for almost 3 years. I need a little help in identifying the mushrooms in this picture. I know that the big green ones and the reddish ones with the green eyes are palythoa mushrooms, but I don't know what kind exactly. Can one of you experts please help me out? Also, can anyone identify the flat, bumpy mushrooms? Thank you in advance for your help.
  6. Hi everyone, I've decided to start a journal for my third tank - a tiny 2.6G picoreef with some vicious monsters from the deep! Background: This tank was originally set up to meet the O.S.P.R.C. organized last year by NR. However, I kept battling a persistent flatworm issue which resulted in a loss of livestock and motivation in general. It served as a betta tank for a short while, but now that I've moved my betta into a better/larger tank, I've decided to re-start this tiny aquarium as a picoreef. Most of the corals added to this tank was done via an emergency TTM, because I ran into some really nasty temp. issues with my nanoreef in the library (the water spiked up to 33'C ) and this was my last-ditch effort to save whatever I could. The pico is located in my bedroom, which is currently the coolest spot in the house, and the average temp. is between 26'C (night) and 29'C (very hot days). The TTM went over quite smoothly so far, but I didn't have any extra sand when the tank was re-set, so I went barebottom for the time being. Specifications: 2.6G tank 11.5" x 6.5" x 8" Rimless 6mm Crystal Glass Equipment: 500L/Hr Dophin HOB 1x Aquazonic LED (17W) 1x Chihiros A-Series LED (18W) 1x Thermometer Media: Activated Carbon Filter Floss Rocks: Established LR taken from my 60G's refugium Sand: 1.5kg Aragonite Live Sand Water: Tap Water + Dechlorinator (Nutrafin/Prime) Salt: Fritz RPM Fish: 1x Circus Barred Goby (Prowler) - 22/04/2019 1x Blue Devil Damselfish (Sapphire) - 05/10/2020 Inverts: (My monsters!) 1x Banded Serpent Starfish (Ophiolepsis superba) - Benny 1x Bubbletip Brittlestarfish (Ophiomastix annulosa) - Kraken 1x Turban snail 2x Stomatella snail 1x Porcelain Anemone Crab (Neopetrolisthes ohshimal) - Memphis - 05/10/2020 1x Saron Shrimp (Saron marmoratus) - Harvey - 09/06/2020 Hitchiker Collonista Snails Hitchiker Microbrittlestars Hitchiker Spaghetti Worms Corals: SPS: Red Pavona Orange Passion Acropora Tenuis Pink/Green Acropora Millepora Pink/Green Poccilopora Forest Fire Montipora Digitata Orange Montipora Setosa Chili Pepper Montipora Purple Rim Montipora Undata *Unknown Purple Montipora Radioactive Green Birdsnest Coral Bird of Paradise Birdsnest Coral Jack-O-Lantern Leptoseries LPS: Meteor Shower Cyphastrea Red/Green Leptastrea John Deere Leptastrea Green Leptastrea Orange Leptastrea Green Favites Green/Purple Acans Green Blastos Tricolored Blastos Orange/Green Blastos Purple/Green Blastos Red Blastos Blue/Gray Blastos Purple/Blue Blasto Merletti Malayan Rainbow Acans Green Candy Cane/Trumpet Red Fungia Red/Blue Lobo Brain Coral Rainbow Brain Coral Duncan Coral Soft Coral: Orange Clove Polyps Brown Toadstool Leather Coral Green Weeping Willow Toadstool Leather Coral Red Finger Leather Coral Japanese Neon Green Nephtea Metallic Green Star Polyp Neon Green Star Polyp Zoanthis & Palythoas: Purple Death Palys Nuclear Death Palys Rainbow Implosion Palys Metallic Green Palys Utter Chaos Palys Sunny Ds Palys Captain America Palys Fairy Dust Zoas Green Zoas Blue Hornet Zoas LA Lakers Zoas Rasta Zoas Mint Green Zoas Watermelon Zoas Radioactive Dragon Eyes Zoas Tubbs Blue Zoas Peacock Blue Zoas Armor of God Zoas Green Bay Packers Zoas Gorilla Nipple Zoas Sparkling Red Zoas *Unidentified Red/Beige Zoas *Unidentified Red/Green Zoas *Unidentified Blue/Green Zoas *Unidentified Orange Zoas *Unidentified Pink/Brown Zoas Sunflower Zoas Orange Bam Bam Zoas Red PE Zoas Mushrooms: Orange Rhodactis Mushroom Teal Green Discosoma Mushroom Bullseye Rhodactis Mushroom Red Devil Mushroom Leopard Discosoma Mushroom Teal Green/Orange Ricordia Yuma Mushroom Macroalgae: Fern Caulerpa *TBA: Livestock: Assorted Corals Assorted Macroalgae Pictures: Empty tank on 20/4/2020: First Invert addition on 21/4/2020: FTS on 22/4/2020: FTS on 26/4/2020: Regrowth of acans from almost-dead skeletons observed five days ago: Added more rock and rescaped. FTS on 29/4/2020: Red fungia regrowth noted yesterday: Addition of CUC today: Transfer of injured rainbow brain coral from 60G to pico today: FTS today on 2/5/2020. Under yellow filter lens, and without yellow filter lens. So far, 3x full WCs have been performed without any issues. FTS on 26/5/2020: Topview FTS on 28/6/2020: FTS on 23/7/20 : Topview FTS on 23/7/20 : FTS on 16/8/20: Topview FTS on 24/8/20: FTS on 25/9/20 : Topview FTS on 25/9/20 : FTS on 23/10/20: Topview FTS on 23/10/20:
  7. Starfishie99

    need some help! corals?

    got these two corals and i need some help figuring out what they are one is soft almost like an anemone the green one is harder thats really all i can say about them
  8. adam_ducote

    Ricordea Florida not opening

    This past Friday (26th) I bought two ricordea florida frags. One has opened and is happy as can be, the other is still closed up. Should I be worried, or should I give it some more time? My tanks parameters: Salinity: 1.026 S.G PH: 8.2 Ammonia: 0.00 PPM Nitrite: 0.00 PPM Nitrate: 10 PPM
  9. Hannahhhh

    Angry corals, what do you think?

    Just looked in my tank, and all my corals are pouting. What do you guys do when you see something like this? I did a water change with nutri seawater (first time using it) 6 or so hours ago, but my corals don’t usually get this mad at me with water changes. I included a picture of my parameter chart for a reference. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!!
  10. adam_ducote

    Ricordea Florida question

    So I bought two Ricordea Florida mushrooms Friday. One of them is open and super happy the other still hasn’t opened. They’re on medium to low lighting and low flow. Do they just need more time? Salinity: 1.026 Ammonia: 0.00 ppm Nitrite: 0.00 ppm Nitrate: 10 ppm Doing my weekly water change today. Thanks!
  11. Hannahhhh

    Is my coral happy?

    I just got my first coral, it’s spotted mushroom from live aquaria. I’ve read their instructions on placement and water flow, but I’m wondering, how do I know if these corals are happy/doing well? How do I know if I should move them to a different place in the tank?
  12. Michael_

    MUSHROOM CORAL SHRINKING

    Hello guys, About two years ago, I picked up a green rhodactis mushroom from the reef store. As soon as I put it in my tank, it spread out very wide and became very colorful. I continued to love the coral, and it kept growing until it doubled in size and became as large as the palm of my hand. It kept on flourishing and growing like this for about a year. Then, I noticed it wasn't coming out as much and I took some observations and did some research and found out that it was going to split, and it did. So then there were two mushrooms, but it just continued to go downhill from there. They shrank very gradually and lost their color, but I figured it was just a small phase and did nothing about it. Now, a year later, one of them has disintegrated, and I have one left about the size of a penny. It's not colorful anymore. I miss how it was two years ago 😭 Water parameters have not drastically changed at all, I just don't know what's wrong. Please help
  13. thilankasp

    26G Nano Reef | Coral Eden

    Current FTS - 20.11.2017 Background : I’ve been a fan of Reef tanks for ages but always was afraid to start one myself so I kept myself busy with freshwater tanks. After reading a lot about them, especially this forum, I decided to start my first Nano Reef. My initial plan was to start something small, around 6 Gallons. But after going through this forum, I saw how hard it is to keep small aquariums stable. So I decided to start with a 26 Gallon. Tank : ● 26 Gallon Custom Tank with a filter compartment in the back. Altogether around 30 Gallons. Equipment : ● Resun 1000L/h Submersible Pump ● Jebao RW-4 Wavemaker ● Resun SK-300 Nano Protein Skimmer ● Zetlight ZA1201 Marine LED Light Filteration : ● 30 Pounds of Live Rock ● 15 Pounds of Live Sand ● Filter Sponge ● GAC ● Purigen Livestock: Fish: ● Firefish (Nemateleotris magnifica) x 1 ● Black Photon Clownfish (Amphiprion percula) x 2 ● Purple Firefish (Nemateleotris decora) x 1 ● Segmented Blenny (Salarias segmentatus) x 1 ● Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) x 1 ● Pinkbar goby (Pinkbar goby) x 1 Inverts: ● Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) x 2 ● Trochus Snails (Trochus radiatus) x 5 ● Porcelain Anemone Crab (Neopetrolisthes oshimai) x 1 ● Indian Sea Star (Fromia indica) x 1 ● Maxi-Mini Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla tapetum) x 2 Corals: ● Zoanthids (Zoanthus sp.) x 5 ● Mushroom Coral (Actinodiscus sp.) x 1 ● Superman Mushroom (Discosoma sp.) x 2 ● Hammer Coral (Euphyllia ancora) x 1 ● Open Brain Coral ( ? ) X 1 FTS - 11.07.2016 - First Livestock Added FTS - 11.06.2016 - Tank Established Comments are appreciated.
  14. Started this tank March 4, 2018. Equipment: -water pump upgraded to AQ600 (doubled flow to ~160 GPH) -50W heater -light upgraded to Current Orbit IC LED LOOP system (21 Watts, 36 LEDS) Stock: ~3.5 lbs of live rock -Clown  -CUC of 4 hermits -GSP -mushroom -Zoa’s -devils hand leather -supplemental phytoplankton -found what looks like a tulip anemone wondering if I should get rid of it asap Filter: -sponge filter -Phosgaurd -activated carbon -ceramic filter rings   Notes: -Experimenting with cheato in the display, because it’s a small system with no fuge I thought if I could keep it contained it may act as a nutrient sink. -20-50% water changes weekly -Want an anemone, not sure what kind, wondering if I’ll need a wavemaker before I can keep one healthy -temp stays around 78-79, salinity 1.024, I have yet to get a test kit (next on the list), but water changes seem to keep everything running smoothly so far. -New light made a huge difference in pics -pics are from March 4-August 6, 2018 -Any advice is appreciated
  15. So today is finally here, today I move from the original Pico to the new one. I figured I would start a new journal and detail it from now as well as go into more detail about the setup, what was built and what was bought. FTS 3/14/18 FTS 10/8/17 More to come... Set up consists of : -2 X 2.5 gallon aquariums (Total tank volume after rock and media displacement is roughly 3 gallons) -Roughly 5lbs of live rock -256gph pond pump with two outlets - one up top for surface tension, one lower for flow through middle of tank -Diy led, 4 blue, 6 royal blue, 4 warm white and 3 cool whites on 3 channels powered by laptop power supplies and dc motor dimmers. -LEDs are 3 w, 3v ordered off ebay, non branded -Tank was drilled with a dremel and Bulkheads are made from male and female pvc adapters (After tank was drilled and bulkheads were siliconed in I mixed and poured a two part epoxy resin about 1/4 inch thick to reinforce the glass and pcv) -Sump is a simple 2 chamber design, water flows through filter floss-chemipure-a box of MarinePure biofilter media-purigen-return pump -DIY ATO - Float switch connected to DC 12v relay which controls a 40gph pump in the reservoir -Temperature controller is a 5$ board bought off ebay, set temp and a fan will kick on when needed, it sits directly over the return side of the sump. Keeps the temperature between 79-81 Coral list: Hammer Candycane /trumpet Kenya tree Pink xenia Duncan GSP Clove polyp Purple gorgonian Orange rhodactis mushroom Green rhodactis mushroom yellow/green plate coral five kinds of palys - will update closeup pictures for help with identification eleven different types of zoas - will update closeup pictures for help with identification *when it comes to zoas and palys I have come to learn that most of them have made up names. My 'laser lemons' were actually purple people eaters... * Any questions about the setup, feel free to ask.
  16. LiamFalconer

    White edge mushrooms

    Bought a frag of orange mushrooms yesterday (3 small on one small rock) two of them have white edges, is that bleaching or new growth? Parameters: Temp swings from 77-79 Ammonia-0 Nitrite-0 Nitrate-10 pH-8.2 opened up fine a few hours after acclimation. just the very edges are white Bleaching or Growth?
  17. Brian_t91

    Coral Identification

    Was given this coral last week and I can’t figure out what it is. I think it’s a type of mushroom but not entirely sure. It’s doing well in my softie tank though.
  18. Dprosser4

    Fungia Eating a mushroom coral???

    So I came home and my fungia has a random red mushroom in its mouth. Will this hurt my fungia? Or should I just let nature take its course?
  19. 10/8/17 - Tank has been moved into a new setup, link to new journal is here: New Tank So here is my little Pico reef. Including the AC70 filter mod the tank is right around 2.7 gallons. When I first started it this was my first attempt at saltwater and the tank was a plain glass aquarium and a cheap 6 X 3watt led fixture I bought off ebay. I had to remove the optics because you could clearly see the blue and white light in the water. I knew when I started this I didn't want a tank with a light hanging high above it or I would never be happy. The LEDs are currently about 2 1/2"s above the water level, it works, the tiny zoa Frag I first added has grown considerably from 10-12 heads to over 30. One of the two hammer corals I first added is still there, the other was eaten by a peppermint shrimp. It of course was the more attractive of the two. The remaining one was also torn up pretty good but is slowly coming back. I spent days reading forums from all over the net, anything to do with picos and decided that like a lot of others I wanted the tank to look like a piece of furniture instead of a glass box full of water. So after some measurements and several bad cuts I had the basic frame work finished. I had to empty the tank into a bucket and then paint the back of the glass and attach the wood to the framework. Everything survived in the bucket for about a two days while I worked. Here are some pictures of the original tank and some variations of the rockwork that have changed over the past couple months.
  20. ip507

    Mushroom Coral Care

    Hello all! I was wondering if I had to do anything in terms of maintenance for mushroom corals? I bought a mushroom rock about a month ago and the mushrooms on it have really grown and are covering most of the space on the rock (even overlapping one another), I was wondering if I should do anything, or can I just leave it as is?
  21. IfYouAskNicely

    My first SW tank, a 2.5g

    Hello! So, I've been interested in biology in general from a pretty young age, I've had and still have various freshwater tanks since before middle school or so, and I'm going into my senior year of college now in San Diego(pretty moderate climate). A half a year ago or so I got the saltwater bug, and have been lurking on a bunch of forums and such learning about corals specifically. The final straw was when my boss, who has a 300 gallon reef tank at my work, told me that he would give me frags for free from pretty much any coral in his tank. So, I decided to make a reef tank, with the goal in mind that I'm a broke ass college student and so I'm going to spend as little money as possible. I've read all over the place about how the bigger the saltwater the tank, the easier it is to maintain, but that's obviously not 100% true as evidenced by everyone's experiences here. I decided to go for a challenge for my first saltwater tank by using a 2.5 gallon vase, and Maritza the Vase Reef was some of my primary inspiration. The only equipment running in it are an airline and a heater(and a battery powered thermometer to check the heaters not fritzing), as well as the light which is a I think 10watt compact flourescent 50/50 bulb. My phone's super crappy right now, so I'm going to try and borrow someone else's for a little and then I will upload pictures. It has been running for probably four months or so now. The first month was rough but I attribute that to the fact that I used an old heater, it malfunctioned and basically turned everything to soup. Since then though I've been steadily adding more and more corals, sometimes 3 a week, sometimes I won't add any for a month. The only not coral livestock I put in there that didn't come with the live rock is a small hermit crab and a bumpy red crab I took from the tidepools(sshhhhhhh). The only coral deaths I've had have been mushrooms which weren't able to attach high enough and were pulled into the bumpy crabs lair and eaten, and a small stock of pulsing Xenia which shriveled up over the course of a month or so. All the corals I have now are growing or at least static in their growth and don't seem unhealthy. I've heard that pulsing Xenia actually like slightly higher nitrate and phosphate levels, and so that's why I think they died, because my maintenance consists of weekly 90-100% water changes/glass scrubbing as well as taking the main rock out and scrubbing algae and detritus off with a toothbrush. I do the huge water changes because the tank is so small, and I also put quite a bit of reef roids into the tank the day before I clean it and change the water. Another thing which is fairly unconventional, but I haven't tested my water in any way since starting the tank. I rely on the fact that I buy premixed water from a reputable store and change basically all my water out with fresh water with the right parameters. Yes I still top off with RO/DI water from evaporation, I just keep the water level consistent though instead of using a refractometer. Only reason I don't test is because I'm on a tight budget. I have a feather worm in there and I've heard that they are VERY sensitive to water conditions and so I just make sure he's doing good and all is well. I'll try and upload pictures later today!
  22. TripleTrouble

    The Incredible Giant Mushroom?

    Hi - I've had this mushroom coral in my tank since the start (almost 2 months). Recently, it's been expanding out to this crazy diameter during the day. All of my levels have been constant. LFS guy says it's expanding Bc my tank lacks nutrients. I would say it's in a more shaded area of the tank being under the rock-scape overhang. Any opinions/advice greatly appreciated . See pic below.
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