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Tested, re tested and had one more test made at the local fish store... Water parameters came out nearly perfect!, so, no flush required (Sigh of relief).

On a separate note, I call for a mandatory name change... No way around it

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We’ll call them Vini & Vici; contrary to popular believe, they have spent all day together peacefully, maybe I just got lucky.

Brought the Acans back and placed them in the same spot they used to be, will post photo once they re aclimate and open back up.

Thank you for reading.
 
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Tested, re tested and had one more test made at the local fish store... Water parameters came out nearly perfect!, so, no flush required (Sigh of relief).

On a separate note, I call for a mandatory name change... No way around it

CAF87276-7428-428E-A9B0-0F0607B42DFA.jpeg


We’ll call them Vini & Vici; contrary to popular believe, they have spent all day together peacefully, maybe I just got lucky.

Brought the Acans back and placed them in the same spot they used to be, will post photo once they re aclimate and open back up.

Thank you for reading.
They’re nice. I’m big on pairs and groups of fish so it’s always nice to see. I hope they continue to be peaceful with each other.
 
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Day Fourty Five Update (On day 46)

Reef has noticeable progress even though is somewhat unstable still...

The Aquaforest program:

Dosing full load of ** Bio S and Pro Bio F once a week (Every time my top off volume reaches 1 liter). Replenishing 20% +/- of ** Life Bio Fill every thirty days. Introduced ** Carbon on day 40 and been testing the ** Nitra-Phos minus in very small doses which seems to be working since as of today I have only gotten very scarce hair algae strands in low circulation places (Random Nitrate readouts some days 0 some days very low numbers); all other parameters in check but managing alkalinity and calcium as they tend to drop constantly (I guess product of the green coralline presence). For corals I’ve been direct feeding ** Aminos, ** Vitality and ** Strong, alternated with ** LPS Coral Food

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I wasn’t so lucky after all... After a couple days of swimming together, the small clown goby became fairly aggressive towards the other, so I took it to a friend’s home from whom I purchase frags every now and then (At least I will get to see him sporadically).

Perculas are doing well

Corals

Candy cane is doing great, a couple heads with double mouths are beginning to split; the Green Bay Packers are still adapting but they open fully (Most of the time); also added a couple more Acans yesterday.

Overall, a successful cycle and truly enjoying the challenge.

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Moving along, thank you for reading
 
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Looking good! Just set up my EVO . I’m going to look into your return pump upgrade, media basket and little mag cleaner for the tips!
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Best of luck Dustin... These are really fun. Please let me know if I could be of any help.
 
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Space Invaders... Whoever gets off that bridge will get chopped off :)

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Also added the first SPS... Still was a little mad from being taken from the plug, but hey, looks ok

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Reef has changed a little since the last update... Took this pic at lights out yesterday, will do a new update on Saturday (Day 60)

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Moving along :)
 
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How are things coming along @juanrmattos ? im still considering one of these little tanks for a desktop RFA garden
Not forgotten, just been truly busy at work these past few weeks, apologies.

I have a lot to catch up with you guys, including a “Leak”, “Amphypods in show size”, and the purchase of a “new Reef”.... I promise to make some time to elaborate on these subjects on my next day off, in the meantime, here is a photo taken a few minutes ago (Day 81).

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Thank you for reading

Cheers
 
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Overdue Update Day 90 on Day 93

Amazing how days go by!, here I am on day 93 trying to crunch down every that has happened since the last one, so fill that cup of coffee and bare with me:

The reef tank:
Everything working fine now, but I did have a small leak in the back glass that luckily was on the top side and was fairly easy to repair. To think that at that point I was ready to dump the tank and start from scratch, truly glad I didn't give up on it!!!.

The Amphypod incident
On or about day 40, I noticed these pods crawling all over the rocks, GREAT!!! I said to myself.... Well, not at all!, at least not for a 4 Gallon reef; very quick I starting noticing how big they got and how my zoa colonies were upset all the time, Im talking about 1/2” to 3/4” pods, I just felt like having roaches under my bed!!! Show size pods guys

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Livestock
Due to the pod-roach infestation, I took Martin and Garrix out to a local friend and gave Armin to another of my friends; I introduced a Yellow Coris Wrasse to deal with the issue, and since at the moment it was meant to be temporary, we decided to call it “Chiquita”, like the banana brand; today I know I will never ever have a reef without one of these!!!.... He sure is a beggar, but super active, somewhat trainable and a true help, I have not seen a pod bigger than 3mm in weeks, zoas are happy and so Am l!.

Corals
Slowly worked my way into a small Acan Garden adding Zoas at the same time; right around day 75 added the first Monties and a Stylo... Waited until day 86 to introduce the first few Acros and Im happy to report they are all doing great!... Pretty much 1/4 of the reef is packed (Front to back), still adding Zoas and Acros (A couple a week when possible) and truly hoping to keep running as solid as it has.

Here is a photo taken on day 90 (Two days ago)

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Moving along guys... :)
 

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