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I've got the chaeto setup finished! Put on a baseball sized piece for overnight. Already the size of a softball/football. Cleaner water and infinite pods here we come! Not at home so I took a screenshot of my tank nanny cam lolol
 

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He lives on the dinner plate sized toadstool most of the time. The lawnmower blenny will occasionally try to punk him, but he seems to live a pretty good life.

Mine likes to bury in the hammer coral. Sometimes he looks like he's surfing on it!

Mine is also a little stinker. A year or so ago, before I outsmarted him and blocked his access, he ended up in my sump TWICE. The first time, he was missing for several weeks before I saw something moving in the sump. I had searched everywhere, including the overflow chamber, and never dreamed he would be in the sump! No telling how long the little stinker went without food. After I put him back in the tank, he did it AGAIN! This time I immediately looked in the sump and there he was. I finally installed some mesh with zip ties and he's behaved ever since.
 
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I added a little shade to keep the tank dark. The fish seemed to be getting stressed. Also the chaeto has already grown 2-3x in size and is nice and fluffy and bright green.
 

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I added 2 maxi mini carpet anemones. One is the standard multiple shades of purple and white with a green rim which I've always loved, but the other one is amazing. It's got a purple mouth, greenish white lines coming from the center, and then a cascade of yellow to orange to reddish-purple with a green rim. It looks like a sunset. I love it a lot. They are all settled in and will snap a pic when I get home
 
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I tested to make sure my auto-feeder was working yesterday. It is which is good. Going to set up a 3 a day pellet feeding schedule once I've added 3x lyretail anthias.

Does anyone have a pellet they've found doesn't float at the top? I struggle because when the pellets fall they just sit on top and a quarter to half end up in an overflow. I am using nls pellets.
 

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Does anyone have a pellet they've found doesn't float at the top? I struggle because when the pellets fall they just sit on top and a quarter to half end up in an overflow. I am using nls pellets.
I throw mine in a shot glass of tank water to let them soak and sink first; it helps a lot.
 
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I throw mine in a shot glass of tank water to let them soak and sink first; it helps a lot.
I appreciate the info. This is actually my strat too, but with the autofeeder the goal is to have it go off every 4 hours while lights are on and I'm not there to mix the water with the pellets. I did some research and bought a feeding ring to see how that goes
 
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The sunset looking one then the purple one. My pincushion photo bombing carrying one of the toadstool babies lol

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Nice tank. Especially like the blue flasher. Beware of the maxi minis, they will catch small fish. I had one eat a large blue devil damsel.
I've heard of this happening, but I had a few in my old tank for several years and never lost a fish to one. I wonder what causes it
 
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Added a trio of female lyretail anthias yesterday. Got 2 eating live brine yesterday. The third started voraciously eating live brine today. All swimming and healthy.

Will post pics later. Girlfriend and I went on a road trip to go to a Friday the 13th themed haunted house for her birthday in the middle of nowhere and are on the way home from that now lol
 
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Could we get a FTS pls :beaming-face-with-smiling-eyes:? What’s your favorite Anthias btw?
Lyretail or bimac are probably my favorite visually. Also here are a few more quick pics from the computer chair lol
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How often should I be pruning my chaeto? I started with about a baseball's worth. Now I probably have a 5 gallon bucket and change worth. It's in a 20 gallon dedicated tank so still lots of room to grow (especially downward)
 
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