2022 Photo & Baby Update - 170 Gallon Mixed Reef - CADE 1500

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Time for the most dreaded word in reefkeeping:

VACATION

May I return to find everything as I left it.

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Super crisp pictures. What are you using for camera/filters if any?
 

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It's been WAY TOO LONG since a post.

The tank is sailing right now ... I don't have much to report or complain about.

But here's some random photos.

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Very nice and WOW the coralline!
 
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Very nice and WOW the coralline!
Yeah color me a fan of ARC Pink/Purple Helix and All for Reef. It's nuts for only an 8-9 month old tank.

EDIT: There's even massive coralline growth in the sump where the faintest bits of the light get through the tank bottom in areas the Goby's cleared off.

Sump is also the home to probably 60-70 fast-growing (honestly kinda surprisingly) trochus babies and a full on settled eco of dusters, pods, etc., etc.
 
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Couple interesting things. The limpets I got from reefcleaners that disappeared apparently vanished in order to get it on. Babies in the tank bringing me joy.

Then, used the phone and added a random ocean themed track to a 1 minute clip. Tank's bringing me joy tonight.

Someone let me know if the link works ...

 
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Couple interesting things. The limpets I got from reefcleaners that disappeared apparently vanished in order to get it on. Babies in the tank bringing me joy.

Then, used the phone and added a random ocean themed track to a 1 minute clip. Tank's bringing me joy tonight.

Someone let me know if the link works ...

Oh it works alright! Looking great.
 
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It's been a while! All is pretty smooth.

Negatives: bryopsis showed up on top of my left ReefWave. But nowhere else. Turns out all 3 tangs and the foxface happily nom the stuff, but refused to try and swim above that pump, so just kept it trimmed to up on top. Still, I wasn't comfy leaving it, so it's out of the tank soaking.

Also, the pump on my Simplicity skimmer has no interest in living on this planet anymore after ingesting and, ahem, "passing" several dozen juvenile trochus snails. Anybody in DC want free trochus? Captive born. Proven breeding lines lol.

Positives: pics! Coral and coralline growth remains fervent. Pretty happy.
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Long time, no update.

Nearly gave up on my Simplicity Skimmer. Realized it was struggling due to 27 baby Trochus in the gears.

Dealt with / finalizing dealing with a Bryopsis outbreak.

Spending tonight putting together a "before/after" collage on coral growth. Which has been fantastic.

11 months into the tank's life, and other than the Bryopsis I'm happy. And that's mostly under control, somehow, so ... huzzah.
 
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So, some growth comparisons for fun ... as usual please forgive my photography skills or lack thereof...

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