Clowns are beautiful!! Really like your aquascape
this thread might indeed be a very helpful reference in our microbiology studies, is it true that following the timeframe from the standard cycling chart using feed only worked is that right, excellent.
that tank isn’t so large that straight volume is diluting the test, that water would go cloudy in two days if it were uncycled and even faster if food has been given to the fish, it’s legit cycled.
I know of nobody who has documented an old school cycle in years.
What are some good lfs in the DMV? Only ones I know about are house of tropicals and quantum aquaria in Va.
I would also like more info on the club if you don't mind.
Wrong thread, edited.
agreed it’s healthy
what’s your plan for the uglies / dinos prevention
Yeah I forgot that I have one, doh! I just snapped it...dummy mistake I won't make again.Looking really good! I'm by no means a professional but I've found the easiest way to get sticks off the frag plug is just gently clipping it at the base with bone cutters. Usually pops the glue relatively easily
Although a bit earlier than I had planned (or ahead of schedule if you're spinning it in a positive light) I couldn't pass up fellow WAMAS member @ccurnick 's BTA. My plan was to always do a BTA sometime after introduction of the clowns and before any noticeable amount of corals. Two reasons...1) to allow the nem plenty of space to move until solidified and 2) so the clowns can only have one option to get hosted. The 2nd one has no scientific or personal experience to back that claim up. Just my way of trying to force nature.
(Note that I'm still trying to figure out the photo routine. I'm color correcting as well as I can with my phone app but the color is still not exactly what my eye see.)
Soon after introduction:
The name has a green base. Unfortunately none of the photos show it very well or at all.
Knowing that nems usually like to anchor their foot to the underside of a rock (like an overhang) and wanting it to be in prime location, I placed it just to the left of where you see it above and on top of that rock. Luckily, it only moved a bit to the right and secured itself there.
Starting to open up a night under blues:
I jumped on the nem because it is a perfect size (small) and a bit more unique than a standard rbta but not outrageous. Let the hosting begin!
In addition to the nem, I got a couple of sticks to test a few things. 1) my water quality and 2) my coral introduction routine. The latter is still much to be desired. The two sticks are: WWC Toxic Aussie Green Slimer and a WWC Yellow Tips.
My initial plan is to try and break every stick off of the frag plug, if possible, and re glue it onto a fresh plug. Again, all in the name of keeping my tank as clean as possible. The slimer is a decent size and it has already started to encrust the plug so I decided not to mess with it. The yellow tips was small, not encrusting so seemed doable so I did. Unfortunately, I was not very elegant at it and really stressed it with breaking it off and then re gluing it. In addition to all of the above, I dipped both in a bath of Revive and then rinsed before introduction. Both are sitting on a frag rack with good flow and decent light. At this point, I do not think the yellow tips will make it as I'm starting to see STN. Slimer is happy with tons of polyp extension. Time will tell.
Other things.... I ramped up my light dramatically for the above. I have a longer light period and have increased intensity for about 5hrs. Again, just to start. I'm likely not at what my ultimate intensity will be. Still no algae but I see nice spots (sponges) on the rocks, a good sign. (I think my hermits are tearing up any sign of algae but can't prove it.) My NO3 is still a bit high (20 ish) so continuing to get my feeding and exportation routine to get that under control. Thinking of introducing a skimmer in the near future.... Now for clown news...They go from can't staying away from each other to not being anywhere near each other. They are truly clowns but anything but paired.