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Water changes are sooo much easier with this new water mixing station! The main happenings this week were in my clownfish systems - a pair of gold stripe maroons laid eggs for the first time and I added an A. percula male from Sustainable Aquatics to a lone percula female. They instantaneously took to each other - what a pleasant and welcomed surprise!
 
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This weekend I upgraded the pump in my IM 10g AIO cube from the stock pump (rated at 92 gph) to the Sicce 0.5 (rated at 185 gph). Still not exactly a powerhouse pump, but it did double the rated flow! With the recent addition of the Noopsyche K7Pro2 to this tank I think I will start adding coral after the holidays. In separate news, the Gold Stripe Maroon pair laid their second clutch of eggs so hopefully this is now a regular thing. If so, I will try to raise some of the fry after the holidays as well. Near term future plans also include adding more coral to the 75g reef tank as well as a continued evolution of the 55g Florida saltwater native fish tank (aka 55g found parts build).
 
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Interesting couple of weeks! I was in coastal South Carolina over the holidays so I got a fishing license and collected some fish in the tidal creeks (mostly killifish and sailfin mollies). With a 48 quart cooler and a USB air pump with air stone, I was able to successful transport all of the fish home with no losses (FWIW - I have found that adding floating plastic plants seems to give structure on the inside of the cooler and keeps the fish from having the urge to dash into the blank white walls). When I got home I quickly converted a 50g freshwater tank to a saltwater tank for them (no, I don't have pictures of the collecting or the tank). The tank is focused on being functional and I will work to breed the fish that I brought home.

Additionally, this past week I decided to upgrade the drain fittings on three of the 10g tanks in one of the clownfish rack systems. I wasn't as careful as I should have been and cracked the glass on one of the tanks so I had the opportunity to practice my tank drilling skills on the replacement tank. I had a spare 10g on hand so within a very short time the tank was drilled, plumbed with the new fitting, and back on line. The fittings on the other two tanks were also replaced (albeit a bit more carefully).
 
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Well, the found parts build system is no longer just made up of found parts (mixed feeling about that, but I think it was the right thing to do. Otherwise it would likely have lead to tearing down the tank sooner than later). With the driftwood breaking down and general build up, I couldn't keep up with the discoloration and particulates in the water using the existing canister filter and weekly water changes, so I upgraded to a Fluval 407 with noticeable results. On a side note, this past week I received and read the book, "Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas". Not the most amazing read ever, but still interesting.
 
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Great day at @WWC!!! I was once again thrilled with the professionalism, quality, and genuinely nice and knowledgeable staff! Carlos helped me firm up a fish stocking list and a coral plan for my 75g and my 10g nano - every recommendation that he made was spot on (and I'm not always particularly agreeable).

...and yes, I bought a number of LPS corals to add to my 75g!
 

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