hammer coral

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  1. Matthew31

    Matthew31 Member

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    Hey guys, Im new to the saltwater hobby, and I would like some constructive criticism on my hammer coral. Also any tips on getting my sand to be white again. If you guys could take a look at him and tell me based on pictures how he is doing.
    A little info on my tank:
    tank size- 54 gallon corner
    lights- current marine ic pro
    white- 5 percent
    blue/green/red- 40 percent
    aqua clear 70 hob
    protein skimmer- reef octopus 1000 hob
    2- current marine 660 gph power heads set to 70 percent
    ph- 8.0-8.2
    ammonia- 0
    nitrite- 0
    nitrate 5-10
    magnesium-1230
    alkalinity- 8.3
    sg- 1.024
    temperature- 78
    calcium-371
    phosphate- 0.02
    Livestock
    2- ocellaris clowns
    1- fire shrimp
    1- blue leg hermit crab
    5- astrea snails
    2- nassarius snails
    1- hammer coral
    2- favia frags
     

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  2. crabs_mcjones

    crabs_mcjones Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Welcome to R2R!! welcome12_af875eaa887ed91c39e4c81c7d4fd966-0ed06ab93ea565647147c6beddbca4eb.gif giphy.gif

    Hammer looks good. How long has the tank been up and running?
     
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  3. Matthew31

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    The tank has been running for about 4 months in total. I started to add things around 10 weeks.
     
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    Diamondback goby equals clean sand bed.
     
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    Thanks for your quick response. Do you think when the goby stirs the sand up will it upset the hammer thats on the sand bed?
     
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    reef lover It's a reef thing.... R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Welcome to r2r!! I'm found of conchs myself to stir the substrate.
     
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    shifty2427 thank you for the advice! nice clean sand bed. Only problem I ran into was a airborne goby haha.

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    Always has good luck with diamond goby just make sure you have some type of lid because they can launch themselves like a rocket especially when spooked.
     
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    Agreed. They can make a mess with the sand piles and digging, but they provide an invaluable aeration service that keeps the sand bed pretty clean. I wouldn't have a tank without one personally. Also your cleanup crew is pretty light for that size tank. As mentioned a lid of some sort will fix the airborne factor. I have been fortunate with my fish the only fish that attempted to go airborne on me was my Scissortail dartfish. I heard a loud thunk sound against the top of my tank but that's as far as it went. Mine go into their caves or burrows when spooked.
     
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    I also have a diamond back they clean sand like crazy and hammer looks good easy coral to keep alive
     
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    Zack K The LPS Guy R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Hammer is looking good! Keep it up. Feel free to turn up your lights. Their my not be enough light down the road! IMG_0753.JPG
    Glad to see a fellow corner tank! Definitely a cool tank if I do say so myself.

    -Zack
     
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