My Coastal Inspired 55G long - Softies, Sponges, Macros and Worms

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So time for a FTS as there's been some change.
First I removed the hood and I love it - feels so much more open.
Further added some Algae's - brachypus out front and some Gracilaria species (Although my Mexican turbos having munched on them :mad: )
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That big floss filter in the top right - hopefully it FINALLY clears the bits in the water.

Here's my goby amongst some of the new brachypus:

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I had some interesting activity from the fridmani's and saw the female guarding some eggs:


Fun Fact Time: Feather dusters not only look for food with their crown. They also capture sediment such as sand, which is than transported through the worms body, and is used to help build their tube. You can see the new worms build from where it was added to my tank with fine sand, and the old tube from when it was kept in a bare-bottom tank in the local fish store.
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Finally, my acropora.
They are the backbones of reefs. They protect our coastlines withstanding waves, storms, floods and tsunamis. And then there's mine, who had a branch broken off by catching on a mexican turbo snail as it slithered passed.
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Thank you fellas, they mean a lot :)
Side note, I think I now have a dilemma. My beloved, mexican turbo who has been with me years, or my macro algae's. He's munched through about 60 quid's worth and it's clear he's not going to let any grow. Look's like I will have to find him a new home :(. Getting sentimental over a snail :(
 

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Thank you fellas, they mean a lot :)
Side note, I think I now have a dilemma. My beloved, mexican turbo who has been with me years, or my macro algae's. He's munched through about 60 quid's worth and it's clear he's not going to let any grow. Look's like I will have to find him a new home :(. Getting sentimental over a snail :(
:( I get sentimental over hermit crabs :(
As an American the only reason I know what quid means is a song by an English grunge punk band XD
 
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Thank you fellas, they mean a lot :)
Side note, I think I now have a dilemma. My beloved, mexican turbo who has been with me years, or my macro algae's. He's munched through about 60 quid's worth and it's clear he's not going to let any grow. Look's like I will have to find him a new home :(. Getting sentimental over a snail :(

No it's not, the oldest creature in my big tank is an astrea snail, a hitch hiker about 8 years ago, I'd be gutted if I lost it!
My lfs has a marine biologist that works there part time, he hand picked me four macro frags at TMC, 4 inch plus pieces, came down to four clean bits of rubble the following morning! ;Facepalm
 
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:( I get sentimental over hermit crabs :(
As an American the only reason I know what quid means is a song by an English grunge punk band XD
I think it's a good thing, shows we care...right?
No it's not, the oldest creature in my big tank is an astrea snail, a hitch hiker about 8 years ago, I'd be gutted if I lost it!
My lfs has a marine biologist that works there part time, he hand picked me four macro frags at TMC, 4 inch plus pieces, came down to four clean bits of rubble the following morning! ;Facepalm
Don't say that I've got 5 astrea's too ;Blackeye. I'm well jealous of the TMC contact though what kind of macro algae's were they? New species are a huge struggle atm and know a few people who would go a bit mental over some new species.
 

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I think it's a good thing, shows we care...right?

Don't say that I've got 5 astrea's too ;Blackeye. I'm well jealous of the TMC contact though what kind of macro algae's were they? New species are a huge struggle atm and know a few people who would go a bit mental over some new species.

It was a while ago but red and green grape, dragons breath and a couple of others.
 

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I think it's a good thing, shows we care...right?

Don't say that I've got 5 astrea's too ;Blackeye. I'm well jealous of the TMC contact though what kind of macro algae's were they? New species are a huge struggle atm and know a few people who would go a bit mental over some new species.
1.) I’m really sorry I have no idea why your notifications are muted but they are for some reason.
2.) Can we get an update? :D
 
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New Stuff
Like with any good update, I'll show off my new stuff. Since my last update, I have managed to get my hands on 3 new gorgonians, after almost religiously checking TMC's website for them, they finally had got some interesting species in:


Menella sp (Golden Polyp's on the left) and Pterogorgia anceps (The tall gorgonian on the right)

Update 1.jpeg


I also managed to get a Plexaurella sp in, although it was a relatively 2D, and 90 degree to the glass so it is hard to get a picture.


update 2.jpeg

(I cannot stress the pain these f*cks put me through to get them puttied down :))


I also captured Purple Ribbon Gorgonian undergoing a shed and also gave it a wee hand.
Also got spiced up the zoa collection a tad, which only arrived today, so they'll need some adjusting time before their photoshoot.
I also got 2 peppermint shrimp, which have run behind the rocks and I'll probably never see them again.


Age
Now, the tank is almost 8 months old now, and well, some things have aged better than others.


On September 30 I had posted this on the 1 minute thread (As always, hit that HD button ;):



And here it is, 5 months later:



I also apparently lost my ability to count to one minute :(
I did a little rescape of the left hand side of the tank, removed a rock and opened it up a little more.

update 3.jpeg
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Some before and afters:

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update 8.jpeg


Bonus Shot: My Watchman Goby and Pistol shrimp between Christmas Worms and some Macro Algae

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So those aged well.
Some things have aged really badly.
Notably, all my grand plans for quarantine and keeping out the bad stuff... I don't actually think I could have got this wrong any more if I tried.
I have
- Flatworms
- Vermetids
- Aiptasia
- Bubble Algae
- Cladophora
- Unconfirmed Monostroma

update 10.jpeg


For the Flatworms I am hunting down a Neon Velvet Nudibranch, shouldn't be a big deal.
Vermetids - jerks
Aiptasia I have got the peppermints, if that fails, I move to some Berghai.

The last 3 make a bigger challange, especially due to this being a Macro Algae tank.
The bubble Algae I want to use Vibrant, the Cladophora Flux Rx. The monostroma will need both, and if in the tank, could kill all my macro's itself as soon as it decides to pop up (Esox based information). So it looks like I may be having to kill all my macro algae species, and may not even be able to replace them due to the source of the algae also now being a source of the Monostroma. I am still counting this as my go nuclear option, and I'm hoping I do not have to use the Flux Rx and Vibrant but I probably will.
Clear water is also a lost cause now... Purigen, Floss Filter, carbon, oxidiser all do nada.

Gorgonians defo got to be my favourite... hopefully in a few years time the tanks full of them! I have been buying every single species I have seen for sale on here, online shops and the LFS. Up to about 9 species I think. Most of them unidentified though and tiny frags:
update 11.jpeg


What light are you using now? Tank looks great, I also like the non windex color reefs!
Thanks! I'm just using some alibaba bought lights. They're good because I could customise any spectrum I want, but they are a wee bit weaker than I hoped. Still gets the job done!
1.) I’m really sorry I have no idea why your notifications are muted but they are for some reason.
2.) Can we get an update? :D
Ahhhh I am so sorry I defo need to manually check this more often. Thank you for checking up, and here's the update ;)
 
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New Stuff
Like with any good update, I'll show off my new stuff. Since my last update, I have managed to get my hands on 3 new gorgonians, after almost religiously checking TMC's website for them, they finally had got some interesting species in:


Menella sp (Golden Polyp's on the left) and Pterogorgia anceps (The tall gorgonian on the right)

Update 1.jpeg


I also managed to get a Plexaurella sp in, although it was a relatively 2D, and 90 degree to the glass so it is hard to get a picture.


update 2.jpeg

(I cannot stress the pain these f*cks put me through to get them puttied down :))


I also captured Purple Ribbon Gorgonian undergoing a shed and also gave it a wee hand.
Also got spiced up the zoa collection a tad, which only arrived today, so they'll need some adjusting time before their photoshoot.
I also got 2 peppermint shrimp, which have run behind the rocks and I'll probably never see them again.


Age
Now, the tank is almost 8 months old now, and well, some things have aged better than others.


On September 30 I had posted this on the 1 minute thread (As always, hit that HD button ;):



And here it is, 5 months later:



I also apparently lost my ability to count to one minute :(
I did a little rescape of the left hand side of the tank, removed a rock and opened it up a little more.

update 3.jpeg
update 4.jpeg



Some before and afters:

update 5.png
update 6.jpeg


update 7.png
update 8.jpeg


Bonus Shot: My Watchman Goby and Pistol shrimp between Christmas Worms and some Macro Algae

update 9.jpeg



So those aged well.
Some things have aged really badly.
Notably, all my grand plans for quarantine and keeping out the bad stuff... I don't actually think I could have got this wrong any more if I tried.
I have
- Flatworms
- Vermetids
- Aiptasia
- Bubble Algae
- Cladophora
- Unconfirmed Monostroma

update 10.jpeg


For the Flatworms I am hunting down a Neon Velvet Nudibranch, shouldn't be a big deal.
Vermetids - jerks
Aiptasia I have got the peppermints, if that fails, I move to some Berghai.

The last 3 make a bigger challange, especially due to this being a Macro Algae tank.
The bubble Algae I want to use Vibrant, the Cladophora Flux Rx. The monostroma will need both, and if in the tank, could kill all my macro's itself as soon as it decides to pop up (Esox based information). So it looks like I may be having to kill all my macro algae species, and may not even be able to replace them due to the source of the algae also now being a source of the Monostroma. I am still counting this as my go nuclear option, and I'm hoping I do not have to use the Flux Rx and Vibrant but I probably will.
Clear water is also a lost cause now... Purigen, Floss Filter, carbon, oxidiser all do nada.

Gorgonians defo got to be my favourite... hopefully in a few years time the tanks full of them! I have been buying every single species I have seen for sale on here, online shops and the LFS. Up to about 9 species I think. Most of them unidentified though and tiny frags:
update 11.jpeg



Thanks! I'm just using some alibaba bought lights. They're good because I could customise any spectrum I want, but they are a wee bit weaker than I hoped. Still gets the job done!

Ahhhh I am so sorry I defo need to manually check this more often. Thank you for checking up, and here's the update ;)
I love the new corals! Your tank is looking better than ever!!! One of my favorite tanks on the forum. I’m loving that quirky finger dude. I’m crazy about Quirky Fingers XD
 
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I love the new corals! Your tank is looking better than ever!!! One of my favorite tanks on the forum. I’m loving that quirky finger dude. I’m crazy about Quirky Fingers XD
<3 Thank very much appreciate it! Quirky finger? If it's the big bushy one then for sure! I try get my hands on one everytime one pops up
 

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<3 Thank very much appreciate it! Quirky finger? If it's the big bushy one then for sure! I try get my hands on one everytime one pops up
Yessiree that’s a Corky Finger Gorgonian. My favorite coral ever.
 
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