Discussion in 'Member Tanks' started by tablesalt, Dec 20, 2017.
Following. Love the picture with your kids.
I would cut the replacement time frame some slack since it was over the christmas holidays and the new year. I imagine those two reasons slowed down the replacement by 1-2 weeks.
My Red Sea test kit came in today. This thing is sooooo much easier to read than my old test strips were, and titration for KH isn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. We are at 0 For Ammonia, 0 for Nitrate, 0 for Nitrite, 8 for KH, 8.2 for PH, and my Hydrometer says 1.025. I am impressed with how well the dead shrimp method worked. I think my bioload now is lower than it was with the dead shrimp in, and the bacteria are probably rapidly shrinking in number. I am ready for my Zoas to show up on Friday. Did a little housekeeping with the rocks and dropped in some extra shells so my hermits will be less likely to murder the snails. The cleaner magnet makes a world of difference too, just have to keep it away from the kids.
I'm super excited. The corals are on their way and should be at FedEx tomorrow. I am super happy I didn't use the post office with the government shutdown possible tomorrow. In the mean time reef cleaners followed through and sent the barnacle that was supposed to show up with the clean up crew. I'm debating whether or not to keep it in there, break it up, or remove it. I don't know if a tail spot Blenny would hang out in those or if I would need Barnacle Blennies to see somebody in there. In the mean time happy reefing!
They are here! Into the tank soon. Only 1 detached from plug in shipping.
Well, It's all here and it's all in the tank. All arrived in good condition except the Ked's Red's which had detached from the base. Luckily some super glue fixed that. All are in the tank near the bottom and almost everything has already opened up. I have decided to keep the yellow button polyps and green polyps on their own little island as they were free bonus items and I don't want them to go too nuts. I think the Toxic Green Palys, Radioactive Dragon's Eyes, and Orange Bam Bams are my favorites at the moment. As the water readings are all still perfect I took the opportunity to throw in a tail spot Blenny on the advice of the, "most interesting fish to watch, not just pretty forum". He has already taken to the barnacle cluster. There is also a tiny new "Fire Shrimp" hiding in the rock. The fish have dubbed him/her, "Lady Glitter Sparkles". I think they are doing a "Trolls" naming theme. I am planning on doing a monthly "Census" of the corals to see what is growing well and what is not, and in the interest of the census here is the first pre-report, as I will be moving these slowly to their final positions over the next week so as not to bleach them. I'll try and put up some better pics when I remember to take the photo in the middle of the day.
February 10 "Pre Census".
Keds Red 10 polyps,
SBC Guava pinwheels 10,
Caribbean Beauties 10
True Blue Hornets 7 polyps,
Radioactive Dragon Eyes 15,
Fire & Ice 15,
SBC Space Magic Palys 12
Tubbs Blue 10 polyps,
Agent Orange 10,
Electric Boogaloo 1 polyp
Japanese Deepwater 2
Japanese Firecracker 3
King Midas 4
Green Button Palys 5
Reverse Gorilla Nipples 6
SBC Blue Spirit Palys 5
Red Hornet 2 polyps
SBC Ring of fire 4
Purrple Hearts 5
Toxic green Palys 5
Mean green zoas 3
Giant Green Cinnamon Paly 1
Candy Apple Red 1
Orange Bam Bam 2
Yellow Polyps 4
Things are finally starting to open up a bit more and these guys a are beautiful! I've had to remove most of the plugs from the rocks because the snails keep knocking them over. I'm going to start super gluing the plugs to the rock this week in their final positions, but away from the brightest portion of the tank. I'll simply let them grow into the bright spot. I've had a couple of polyps detach from the bases but so far I've been able to successfully glue these to the rock work directly. Once these guys spread it's going to be amazing. The tail spot blenny has taken up residence in one of the barnacles and is a hoot to watch. The only real issue I'm having in my tank right now is the clean up crew snails I got from reef cleaners keep crawling out at night. I toss them in the tank every morning and they are fine, but it's still not ideal. I ordered a red-sea screen top kit to throw on top and I'll let you know how that works this weekend.
Nice lot of zoas you go there, they will make a great looking zoa garden.
I gave in, turned the lights down a bit, and mounted the frags straight to the rock. Everybody seems to be happy and doing well, but in my haste I managed to let super glue get into a couple of the true blue hornets. I know I nuked atleast one, but am still holding out hope for the others.
There is a tailspot Blenny in there now (Sheldon) along with a Fire Red Shrimp (Lady-Glitter-Sparkles) and everything seems to be doing well. Sheldon seems to have taken up residence in the barnacles, is hesitant to come out when we are near the tank, but the minute we walk a few feet back he comes out and starts pecking at the rocks. He's very interesting to watch. He seems to be eating mysis, but won't touch small algae strips when in the tank. The fire shrimp just hides all day.
With the exception of putting a net cover on my tank, I think I'm going to sit back and enjoy the tank and not mess with it again until at least March. The only things left I'd like to do is add a pink streaked wrasse, springiri dottyback, yellow clown goby, and maybe a skunk cleaner shimp. However, I think the best thing to do right now is be patient and wait until next month before adding the pink streaked wrasse and maybe the yellow clown goby.
I think I'm going to let the green button polyps and yellow polyps grow out on their little island for a few months, then trade them in (and some cash) for some Ricordia frags.
All in all, everything is healthy.
I'm dumping in a capful of Iodine once per week (per instructions) feeding pellets every other day with Mysis the alternating days, doing a 5 gallon water change bi-weekly, feeding reef roids sparingly 2x per week, adding 1 teaspoon of Kalk to every 5 gallons of ATO and wiping down the glass daily. Water quality is so far pristine.
I am enjoying the tank and if I can keep my hands out of it for a while, am looking forward to enjoying my tank with relatively low maintenance for years to come.
My first official polyp count/ census will come the first week of March.
The tank is looking good, can't wait till it starts to fill in. I have been wanting a pink streaked wrasse also, but can not find one in any of the local stores.
RIP Sheldon. I have my first fish fatality. My tail spot Blenny took a jump out of the tank last night. What really irks me is the tank cover showed up a few hours later.
I put together the Red-Sea cover twice. The first time I decided to use a tip I heard on BRS TV and use a hair dryer to shrink the mesh once installed. Since I don't have a hair dryer I used the stove. Bad idea. The picture with the hole in it is the result. All in all, it's not easy to put together, it requires a hack-saw, but looks and fits perfectly now. I only wish I had gotten it in a day earlier so my tail spot Blenny would have been okay. O-well. I got this off of fishtanksdirect.
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