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Stopped by my LFS on friday and picked up some snails, hermits & a bioblock I had been seeding in their DT. Grabbed 8 snails (4 each of nerites and astreas) & 3 small hermits. Everyone is nice and happy and crawling around the tank

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Snails & Hermit:

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And now where the real fun begins....

I added the bioblock to the sump to help finish off the cycle / make sure i'm totally stable and ready to go. The block had been sitting in the DT at my LFS for ~4 weeks and was brimming with life including some small brittle stars and good microalgae growth. Unfortunately, it seems I got a little Aiptasia as well attached to the block

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I don't really want to throw the block out since its fully seeded so i'm wondering if I can just cut that section that he's on out and throw it away. It figures this would happen when I'm starting completely from scratch with dry rock / fishless cycle. It's only a single one I can see for now, but we all know how these guys spread. Should I just throw the whole block out?

In the meantime, I'm setting up two quarantine tanks - one for coral and one for fish. I'm not taking any chances and will be placing everything in there prior to going into my display tank. The snails / hermits i'll leave in the main tank and let that go fallow before I add my first fish. Should match up perfectly timewise with my QT plan.
 
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@BPC10001 you must feed your CUC. There’s nothing in there for them to eat.

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Thanks, Mitch - I've been adding flake food to the tank for them to munch on! Tank is definitely cycled at this point so next step will be getting some fish.

I am working on setting up my coral / fish QT. We are getting close!
 

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