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The aiptasia I found, I put the F-Aiptasia on the devil. I ended up removing the rock. I am wanting to kinda redo the aquascape….
 
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Today 06/18 in the am

I decided last night to change the aquascape and I like it…

The “tree rock” in the center of a crescent shaped formation…. Scared my Helfrich but it’ll be fine….

Before and after photos below!!



What new critters did I find today?
1. A brittle star, this one seemed to be green ish but dark also. It must have hidden deep in a crevice, I didn’t see it after I moved the rocks around.
2. Some tube-ish thing, brown. I extracted it.
3. More of this weird algae, brown and feathery “fern” like… with a tiny foot that’s really hard to get off glass, Golly can’t imagine getting it off rock…

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Tested for phosphate and the GFO seems to have taken it down to 0.02ppm
 
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Did my first water change. About 5 gallons…. Or a 20% water change

Mixed water and tested after 2 hours of pump mixing it for me. SG was 1.028 which is way too high as DT was 1.026

I diluted with RO water to 1.027… ‍♂️

The process was a lot more involved than i thought or maybe more than it needed to be…. But I got it done.

I forgot a snail up on the glass and a hermit behind the GSP…. I felt horrible…

Both of the corals did not like it whatsoever. The Zoa even more so.

I got the salinity to 1.026 or maybe a hair above… but it read perfect 35ppm (idk why)

Is 1.026 too high idk! I was so scared I’d just killed my corals as a few days post the GSP is out but seems to be more droopy, or something. Maybe I’m worrying too much…

The fish are fine and dandy!!
 
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Today 06-24-24

I tested for phosphate and alkalinity.

On June 20, the phosphate was 0.02ppm

Today it is 0.17 ppm

Alkalinity was at 155 ppm and 8.68 DKH

Temperature is a little high at 79.5

It should lower as it cools down tonight.

After the water change, the Zoa hasn’t been as large. But there’s a new head starting to open and it is open, but it’s been very sensitive.

I’ve also noticed on the dry rock tree that I made, that the GSP coral is attached to, has this green dusty algae.

There is also this reddish brown stuff on the powerhead and the back of the tank.

Not exactly sure what it is!
 
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June 24

I’m also worried that the tank isn’t being oxygenated, I see the fish going to the surface for what I assume is for air?
 

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I’m also worried that the tank isn’t being oxygenated, I see the fish going to the surface for what I assume is for air?
My clowns will go around the surface occasionally, but I have never had an issue with oxygen.
 
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Today 06/27/24
Tank notes:
Today i watch my tank coming into the ugly phase…. Not a fan!!

Diatom Algae, GHA or Bryopsis, this stringy clear things in the rocks… what is that?? Looks like spider web with bubbles ‍♂️

I also am really curious if fluctuations in salinity is normal??
On the 22nd of June it was 1.026 and today it’s 1.024….

My Zoa frag has a new head….yay!! One large and now three littles….

I found my brittle star or two…..

The algae is so ugly…. How can a new tank have that many kinds?? Crazy

Below I attach some pics and a vid of the largest algae spit yet, it’s growing on rocks and the back wall….. should
I intervene?? I doubt the vid will post!! Service has been crap lately!



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My hermits are so cute!! Just hanging out!
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Tank Updates and notes: 07/10/2024

Tank is in ugly stage, I have:
Bryopsis, using reef flux (fluconazole) and it’s working so far. Will do a large water change at the 2 week mark which is July 21st.
GHA, all over… specially my Zoa plug. Need to get a brush to manually get that off.
Dino’s all over the sand bed and main rock structure.

Other notes:
Just yesterday 07/09, my nitrates hit 0. Not sure if I need to be freaked out or not. Phosphates at 0.04

I added two new snails not long ago. The species are escaping me and I am not at home with my notes handy.
A massive guy that likes to burrow. And a smaller one that works like a champ.

I had to place a fan directed to the tank 24/7 to keep temp down. I was having mad fluctuations on these stupid hot days. Especially for Buffalo, NY.

The ATO is going through so much RO water it’s insane. I didn’t know a tank could evaporate that fast. But it is stupid hot and the temp flux is wild.

I am recovering financially from the initial hobby investment, so no new corals for a while. The corals I do have seem to be ok. The Zoa grew two new heads and a third coming soon, so that’s exciting. But the plug is riddled with algae.

I guess that’s it for now! The tank I am kinda letting it do its thing, I am gone on the weekends taking down my tiny house project I abandoned years ago. So that’s taking a lot of my time.

I am still enjoying the process and the fish are stunning. The whole ecosystem is amazing to watch. Just wish the ugly stage would die haha…

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