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I love a good reefing gear delivery!

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I got some assistance in battling the algae. The GKM has been running for 3 days now and honestly it's looking much much better. I also finished dosing H₂O₂, at the rate of 1ml/10G for a period of 5 days.

My softies look stressed out and some of them arent opening well. The Zoas and Rhodactis arent opening fully and the Euphyllia is still pretty much fully retracted. That said, I did notice this last night:

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It would appear the Euphyllia is splitting from 2 heads in to 4 heads. I'm not sure if that's what is stressing it out as well or otherwise caused it to drop polyps but combined with the dinos covering it, the H₂O₂ dosing and the filefish nibbling on it 2 weeks ago, I think it's safe to say it's going through a rough time. I hope the coral additives and food can give it the strength it needs to pull through. You can also see the sand bed and the rock is looking much better and most of the dinos are almost gone. Thanks a lot to everyone who reached out to me with tips and advice on how to battle them!

On a sidenote, I tested water again, mid-week this time, and a full cycle:

Temp 25C (-)
Salinity 1025 (-)
dKH 8.2 (↓)
Phosphate 0.09 (↓)
Nitrate 10 (-)
Calcium 380 (↓)
Magnesium 1230(↓)

I'm upping my All for Reef daily dosage as it appears my alk, calc and mag are getting consumed faster than I'm currently dosing for. That Kamoer X1 came just at the right time. :D

I'll wait a little bit with the NitroPhos Minus until the algae problem is completely sorted.

That's it for now!
 
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Couple of updates. The Dinos (it was the Ostreopsis variant in the end) are almost gone. I've not had to syphon for a few days and the sand bed and rock work is staying clean. So far so good ... A few more interesting things happened though. I'm not sure the Euphyllia will pull through though and one of the Zoa frags is looking rough as well. The rest appears to be pulling through.

On a different note some other interesting stuff happened.

I found a hermit's corpse outside of a shell the other day, right where the clowns always chill out. I figured they roughed him up and got a little too intense. But then in the evening, I noticed I still had 2 hermits. Guess one shed his skin.

I also had a little clicking sound in the tank, I'm not sure what it is and I thought it was the filefish or maybe a snail tapping against the glass, but I heard it the other day in a somewhat quick repetition and it's not that. So my question is, what creature can make this kind of sound? I didn't buy a mantis or pistol shrimp ... Did a tiny one maybe hike back on the live rock all those weeks ago?

And then finally, I was checking last night if my bristle worm was still good (and he is) but I found another type of worm I hadn't seen before. Looks like a black-ish work, with white section and when I shined my light on it, it seemed to move by folding in. I'm guessing some sort of a fanworm?

I managed to get a blurry picture, not sure if anyone can identify from this? You can see the black worm sticking out through a hole in the coralline.

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I normally add some Aqueforest Purefood during lights off, but decided to give some today, with the white light on and the flow turned off. I wanted to see if I could maybe lure some critters out and get some pictures.

The fanworm didn't show it's body so not sure on that, but I'm pretty sure there's 2 decent sized bristleworms and bristle stars in pretty much every crevasse. I also noticed some movement on the back, behind the Tunze frag holder. It was hard to see but I'm pretty sure I saw some pods walking there, possible amphipods. I'm thinking they've installed themselves in the rock; around the magnet holding it in place on the back of it. That area is completely safe from every kind of threat. It's pretty cool as I never really dosed or added any, so I'm curious where they came form. That said, should they wander out, I'm pretty sure they'll get turned in to clown food ...

Finally, I still don't know where the clicking sound comes from, I didn't see any kind of shrimp or mantis ... The mystery remains.
 
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Little update - Dinos appear to be gone now. Not had any resurgence since last update 2 weeks ago. Also took the time to check parameters again.

Temp 25C
Salinity 1025
dKH 8.4
Phosphate 0.07
Nitrate 25
Calcium 420
Magnesium 1320

The tally from the dinos is a Tectus snails, a clown and 1 Euphyllia. Kind of sucks but could have been worse. Also hard to say if they're really related. Could have been something else at the same time too.

So my nitrates have gone up a little, but still acceptable. My dKH, Ca and Mg all have gone up a tiny little bit, which means that upping the daily All for Reef dose is working.

There's been a lot of action lately. One hermit went homicidal on the other one. Last time one stole the shell from the other one, throwing him out. A few days later the same thing happened again, but the other way around except this time the one getting kicked out wasn't able to find a new shell in time, I found it dead a few hours later. RIP.

I also managed to find some GSP, I've glued it to the back panel, we'll see if it takes. I got a small 1/2 inch square from a local reefer here, we'll have to see. It's a pretty small frag but considering GSP's reputation I'm not too worried about it not taking well.

The clicking sound is still there, but I've still not seen where it comes from. There must be something hiding in there somewhere ...

Finally all the corals are doing great now, I have nice polyp extension on everything, except for the Rhodactis Forest Fire and the Euphyllia. The Rhodactis may pull through, however, I'm pretty sure the Euphyllia won't. I'm keeping it in the tank as there's still some fleshy bits down in the skeleton but I'm not holding my breath on it making a full recovery.
 
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Little update, I managed to see the source of the clicking noise!

Last night while looking around with a flashlight, I saw what appeared to be a little pistol shrimp. Pistol on the left claw, and kind of transparent with a blueish hue, somewhere around 1/2 inch in size.

I'll try and get a picture next time I manage to see it, as I'm curious to identify the species. I also noticed, I had some white stuff stuck to the panels and floating in the water, I wasn't sure what it was until I found this.

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I think it's at least the 2nd load of eggs, as I've got a small snail crawling around as well. It looks like a Nassarius snail, it has a little trumpet.

I'll try and catch that one out as well so I can get a picture of that too. :)
 

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