Bleached Mushroom, Need help! Not Without Problems! Fluval Evo V (Soon to be Reef Casa Studio 12!)

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Hi guys!

This is the my first dive into a saltwater tank that I got as a Christmas gift last January

I took it slow and just started getting corals in September... and since then I have a slight addiction! Hoping to document my journey and pick the brains of people on the forum.

Equipment
Tank: Fluval Evo V
Lighting: AI Prime HD with gooseneck
Filtration: InTank Media Basket with Filter Floss, stock biomedia, and a bag of carbon
Return Pump: Cobalt Aquatics Mini MJ-606
Heater: Hygger 50w Mini
Controller - Inkbird Temperature Controller
ATO - Water bottle ATO

Stocking
Hi-Fin Red Banded Goby
Pistol Shrimp
2 Astrea Snails
1 Spiny Star Astrea Snail
1 Emerald Crab

Corals
Eagle Eye, Orange Oxide, Sunny D, Scrambled Egg, Utter Chaos, Fruit Loops Zoas
Two green hammers, a blue hammer, and a gold hammer
Various mushrooms
Blastomusa
Various Acans
Monti Cap
Bubblegum Montipora Digitata

Maintenance
Daily:
-Inspect corals/fish, ensure temperature is at correct range
-Dose Microbacter7
-Use turkey baster to blow off detritus and stir sand
-Check to see if I need to fill up ATO bottle

Weekly:
-20% WC
-Testing of Alk, Ca, Mag (Salifert for Ca, Mag, and Hanna for Alk)
-Dose with ESV 2 part based on test results
-Clean glass, change out filter floss, clean salt creep and also wipe down the AI prime

Feeding
I feed every other day with Mysis shrimp cubes but very recently switched to LRS Reef Frenzy Nano and enjoy it. I feed the goby and shrimp a few pieces and also try to feed whatever corals accept the food. I have also experimented with Reef Roids after getting some samples at Reefapalooza

Here are some pics now!

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My newest additions are from Reefapalooza NY which include the Fruit Loops, Digi, three acan frags, and two mushrooms
 
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Hi guys!

This is the my first dive into a saltwater tank that I got as a Christmas gift last January

I took it slow and just started getting corals in September... and since then I have a slight addiction! Hoping to document my journey and pick the brains of people on the forum.

Equipment
Tank: Fluval Evo V
Lighting: AI Prime HD with gooseneck
Filtration: InTank Media Basket with Filter Floss, stock biomedia, and a bag of carbon
Return Pump: Cobalt Aquatics Mini MJ-606
Heater: Hygger 50w Mini
Controller - Inkbird Temperature Controller
ATO - Water bottle ATO

Stocking
Hi-Fin Red Banded Goby
Pistol Shrimp
2 Astrea Snails
1 Spiny Star Astrea Snail

Here are some pics now!

20220630_155332.jpg 20220630_155350.jpg
Looking good. Keep up the good work and before you know it, a larger tank will be in the place of that one or added to the addiction.
 
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Disregard past two messages, back to business as usual...
Just had to add the link to my profile for those who are dumb like me and don't know how to get the badge :rolling-on-the-floor-laughing:

Enjoy a picture of my Duncan while you're here :p

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How do you all think the par is on this tank? I feel like if anything I could slightly raise them which could maybe increase growth, let me know what you think. Also, where it says 40 on the top is where a monti cap is (attached to the back wall)
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Tried using some of the reef roids samples I got at RAP. Not really sure how much I am supposed to use but it seemed I barely made a dent in the 5 gram bag they gave me. I guess a good thing about having a small tank is samples last a long time...lol! So far it seemed, as usual, the Duncan loves any food I throw at it. The new acans I got seem pretty hesitant on eating any food I try feeding them (normally I give a piece of mysis to each of the corals that will accept it).

Any reef roid users willing to chime in? Last thing I want is to create a nutrient spike

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Looks great! Very clean considering size and bioload IMO.

What is your maintenance schedule like? And feeding?
Thanks for the comment! I do weekly maintenance where I do a 1g WC, change out the filter floss, and dose anything I need after I test. For feeding I feed mysis every other day to my shrimp and goby and some to the corals that will eat it.
 
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Do you guys think this digi will be able to recover from being split up and glued back together?

In a mature tank that it would otherwise thrive in, I'd think so. I have had plating montis that grow back over fractures/breaks.
 
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Update 7/27/22

Felt like taking some pics!
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My orange oxide zoas are doing incredible
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However I feel like the monti I attached to the back wall is not getting enough light and is slowly losing its color and doing poorly. Let me know your opinion on this
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