My first tank: Red Sea Reefer 170!

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I'm going to try to keep the update streak going, since I have the time for it now.
A little while ago I spotted a few (what seem to be) spawns of my green torch coral. They are very tiny, so it's hard to take good pictures. Here are my attempts of taking a photo of the spawns:
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My clownfish also started hosting my white torch coral, very excited about it! :D
Looks very cool IMO, since they're white as well.
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Yeah I'm very happy how things are going! Your Dutch is impressive, bedankt voor het compliment ;)
Nice addition on the green caulastrea, can't wait to see it develop like your other caulastrea colony!
Google helps with the Dutch! Ik ben niets anders dan een dwaze bedrieger.
 
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Today I had a little adventure to say so. I've seen a lot of people with backup batteries for their tanks. I never invested in one, since I haven't experienced a power outage in over 10 years. Most of the power outages are fixed in under 2 hours over here, so I didn't really worry about it. However I was planning on getting a battery air pump just in case. I always thought when a power outage happened, I would just go to the store to get one.

So today was the day I had a power outage. One small problem, I just got diagnosed with COVID-19... Luckily I'm only experiencing mild symptoms, but I'm not allowed to leave my house until I'm recovered. So I was not able to go to the store and get a battery air pump. Fortunately the power outage was fixed in 40 minutes, so everything in the tank is fine. Will order an air pump asap though!
 
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Always seems like a power outage happens at the worst time. Although I suppose most times are the worst times to loose power. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis though! I hope you have a quick recovery!
There probably isn't a "good" time for a power outage, but this was definitely one of the worst timings. I'm glad it was fixed really quick, so nothing bad happened.

Thanks a lot! Past few days I had a fever, but today I'm already doing a lot better. If my symptoms are gone, I can get out of quarantine on Tuesday. Will definitely get some fish and corals when this is all over :D
 
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Update June 8th 2021:
I keep forgetting updates, but to be honest not a lot has changed. Very busy with college, so the tank is mostly running on auto mode. Haven't bought corals and fish lately, only fed the tank and cleaned the filters once in a while. Here's a FTS from today:
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Since I stopped doing water changes (back in september I think), some algae started to grow. It was just some GHA, so nothing to worry about. Back in December I bought a small Tomini tang to keep the GHA under control. I know my tank is too small to keep an adult Tomini tang, but I have a friend with a large tank where the tang can go to when he's bigger. My tank will probably be upgraded before that happens though.
Here are some photo's of my current fish:
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I just realized my previous message is an update which partially happened earlier than my last update. So chronologically speaking this thread is all over the place. Guess who has ADD :D

Thanks a lot! Past few days I had a fever, but today I'm already doing a lot better. If my symptoms are gone, I can get out of quarantine on Tuesday. Will definitely get some fish and corals when this is all over :D
Haven't addressed this either lol. Luckily I have fully recovered from COVID-19. Only had a fever for a few days, nothing to serious other than that. I did lose my sense of smell and taste, but it's slowly coming back.

I promised myself to get some new fish and corals when this was all over, but I haven't had the time yet. My vacation starts in a few weeks, so I will go to my LFS around that time. I'm planning on getting a yellowhead jawfish to shift my sand.
 

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Looking very nice!
 
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It has been a little over a month since my last update. I finished my college year with really good grades and I got an internship where I will be working on removing marine plastic waste. I'm really looking forward to it and it's another step in making a career in the marine field. But first I have vacation for a few weeks!

As for my tank, nothing much changed since the last update. Everything is still stable, I only see some bubble algae is popping up. Pretty happy about it actually, since I used to have an almost sterile tank. I'm now focussing on making the tank more professional and cleaning it where needed. My sump was a total mess so I wanted to get a vacuum cleaner to fix it. Most vacuum cleaners have a lot of negative reviews, so I just bought a small canister filter. Works really well and is easy to use, I would definitely recommend it to you guys!

It was also time to properly clean my wave maker, but I'm a little sceptic to vinegar. I've read so many stories of magnets starting to rust because of the vinegar. Luckily I found the perfect solution in my LFS today. Aqua Medic Variocare is especially made for tank equipment. It's a red liquid and you add some water to it and just put your tank equipment in it. The coraline on my wave maker came off in like 15 minutes. I haven't seen it with my own eyes yet, but the variocare changes from red to yellow when the solution is exhausted. Until that happens you can use it over and over if you want. Just don't leave the equipment in longer than 24 hours. This post is starting to become a review haha, but I would definitely recommend variocare!
I also got some other stuff today, but I think I will update again next week.
 
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It has been a little over a month since my last update. I finished my college year with really good grades and I got an internship where I will be working on removing marine plastic waste. I'm really looking forward to it and it's another step in making a career in the marine field. But first I have vacation for a few weeks!

As for my tank, nothing much changed since the last update. Everything is still stable, I only see some bubble algae is popping up. Pretty happy about it actually, since I used to have an almost sterile tank. I'm now focussing on making the tank more professional and cleaning it where needed. My sump was a total mess so I wanted to get a vacuum cleaner to fix it. Most vacuum cleaners have a lot of negative reviews, so I just bought a small canister filter. Works really well and is easy to use, I would definitely recommend it to you guys!

It was also time to properly clean my wave maker, but I'm a little sceptic to vinegar. I've read so many stories of magnets starting to rust because of the vinegar. Luckily I found the perfect solution in my LFS today. Aqua Medic Variocare is especially made for tank equipment. It's a red liquid and you add some water to it and just put your tank equipment in it. The coraline on my wave maker came off in like 15 minutes. I haven't seen it with my own eyes yet, but the variocare changes from red to yellow when the solution is exhausted. Until that happens you can use it over and over if you want. Just don't leave the equipment in longer than 24 hours. This post is starting to become a review haha, but I would definitely recommend variocare!
I also got some other stuff today, but I think I will update again next week.
Thanks for the tips on the variocare are and canister filter for sump cleaning use. Clever! Have a wonderful well deserved vacation, and congrats on the internship and successful college year!
 
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