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Corals and crabs are happy. The hammer coral is lush, the star polyps are spreading like the plague, the Xenia is happily pumping , and the almost dead plate coral has a bunch of heads growing on it. The button polyps are still unhappy but starting to open slightly again. Not sure what has them in a funk. They’ve been unhappy for a while now. The Pitho crabs are doing good so far. Though they are fairly private I have started seeing them during daylight hours lately. They like to bury in the sand when they aren’t busy eating. I’m thinking I may step up the frequency of my water changes to get the nutrients down a bit in the tank. Got an OW-25 cheapo wave maker on its way. I really wanted to get the icecap 1k gyre but I have all these small snails and I thought they would jam it up.
 
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Things are going good sorta. :) it’s been a while since I’ve done anything of note to the tank. I put in the jebao ow25 wavemaker. It works as advertised and I’m happy with it so far. I have a bit of hair algae in the tank but considering my high nitrates for an unknown amount of time it’s looking pretty good. Got some crabs and snails doing a bit of work.
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I decided to try a few fish again so I put in an order with Aqua Locker. It should get here tomorrow. I’m sure I’ll report on my experience with them before too long.
 
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So my order with aqua locker was good. I got a couple of clowns, a lawnmower blenny, a royal gramma, some snails and an acropora frag.
the acropora was a guinea pig to see how they would do in the tank. It was fine until I did a water change. Was bleach white the very next day. Maybe I’ll wait until I get a bit more stability in my routine to try those again. I didn’t bother with asking for them to cover it under their 14 day guarantee. It was my fault.
the Ocelaris clowns and lawnmower have adjusted nicely and are happy :). The gramma never seemed to settle in. Never saw it eat and I found the poor thing dead after 4 days or so. Aqua Locker gave me credit for it no problem.
I had also ordered a springeri damsel but they didn’t ship it for some reason and gave me my money back for it.
Overall I was very happy with what I got from them and will order from them again. Its been a while since I took pics I’ll have post some soon.
 
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Got a little RO setup from where I work this week. Tap water here runs between 750-800 TDS. The RO unit drops that to about 40. Got the single DI expansion from BRS and it takes the rest out :) I used a tee and some valves so I don’t use the DI cartridge on drinking water. It’s a good setup I think. It’s a 36gpd little thing but it will do what I need
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Good stuff, I'm at a little earlier stage than you, but it's nice to read someone just figuring it out rather than someone who completely knows what they're doing already. I think a lot of us are fumbling along slowly.

I'm just adding my first CUC tomorrow, and waiting a few weeks before adding my first fish, most likely a diamond goby. It's especially interesting that you were able to get all that coral growth without a RODI unit at all.
 
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Thanks! I love diamond gobies. I had one named digger Dan. He was named after my borderline workaholic dad lol. Yeah I’m surprised I’ve ever kept anything alive lol. For a while there I didn’t even dechlorinate my top off water...... Which I would dump in 3-4 gallons at a time. it never seemed to bother anything.
Joining R2R was eye opening to say the least. It was also a bit discouraging. There’s no way I can afford to do things like most of the high profile tanks on here do. I decided to go back to my roots but with a bit more understanding. I’ll add nice things like RODI as I go.
Where you getting your CUC from?
 

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It's coming from reefcleaners, I picked up a 15 gallon kit, since they apparently run large. I have a bunch of meetings today, so I'll have to start each one by saying "I may have to run out for a minute in the middle of this to rescue some crabs and snails from the freezing cold."

Honestly, I read a lot of the threads here with a salt shaker, taking them one grain at a time. In a single thread you'll find opinions on both sides of every debate, because different things work for different people.

Do you need a skimmer for coral? Yes, you do! Also, no, you don't. Are cartridge filters horrible? Yes, they are! Also, they work very well.

So much confusion to wade through, and that's before asking yourself whether the poster is running a FOWLR tank, a coral-only tank, a frag tank, etc.

The best advice seems to be "figure out what works for you."
 
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I put another order in with aqua locker this last weekend! All arrived in great condition! So far everyone is happy. I got a little two spot bristletooth tang, a Valentini puffer, a blue chromis and 4 fire fish gobies.
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tang don’t like his picture taken yet.
 
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FTS for posterity. Thinking I need more corals now. I have a trial led on the tank right now. Trying to get a second one for coverage. I love my metal halides and switching to less might be a bit tough. But for the price of these lights they will pay for themselves in just about 3 years worth of MH bulbs. For my budget it’s a good switch to make.
 
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Well. No luck getting the second led. The company quit selling them online because too many people couldn’t figure out how to use them ;Facepalm Looks like I’ll be sticking with my metal halides;Smuggrin that won’t hurt my feelings.
And to put under my lights I got some new corals today from Hidden Treasure Corals!
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prices are REALLY good. Packaging was excellent I feel completely satisfied with my purchase. The “frag” of pocillopora is a frikin mini colony! F3F595A9-10AF-4D62-AD8B-30B20B480F6B.jpeg
 

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