The magnifica looks good. Do you then feed the phytoplankton mix for the rest of corals?
The pond would be neat since your in a climate that can support it. I have a Koi water garden and enjoy it a lot. But you have to watch out for predators.
The cost is not bad over time. Split it up into phases over the next 3-5 years. Selling off some RBTA could help fund and also open real estate for some other corals. I have a big issue with RBTA too. If I got rid of more, I probably would add a LTA or another Sebae.
Yesterday a Banggai suddenly died. He was barely alive when I saw him and I don't know what happened.
I doubt it was due to aggression between them, they have all been pretty chill for a long time now.
I ordered a bottle of clove oil because I think that's the best course of action in these situations.
The last fish or coral I got was over 6 months ago (a male filefish and a blue carduus acro) and I don't want to buy anything live anytime soon, ideally never again. No more corals or fish, I just want to take care of what's in the tank now.
I know it's a difficult goal, but even if I fail, it's a good objective to have.
My nitrates, which would never get above 5 are probably now above 50.
A week ago I decided to try vinegar dosing, very slowly.
Yesterday I noticed dinos in some areas and I stopped the carbon dosing experiment.
On the other hand, alk consumption went up.
I really want to stop Vibrant, but on the other hand I want to make sure bubble algae DNA is out of the tank for good. I have been dosing Vibrant for 4 months, had some losses and I don't want it to have been in vain.
But when to stop? Just a few days ago I found a small group of bubble algae living under a patch of bryopsis.
I do a lot of research on reef aquascaping and although I can't make dramatic changes to the tank, I've learned a lot from freshwater aquascaping masters and the few techniques I managed to apply to the tank, really make a difference.
It's been 7 months since I got the last coral and fish.
Living away from LFS's helps, but I wonder how far can I go.
I have different motivations to not get more corals and fish.
In the case of the corals It's mainly for the sake of reducing diversity and avoiding the "1 of each" look. I keep spreading frags of the corals I already have all over the tank and I think it helps in making the tank look more harmonious. It's what you see in natural reefs.
I also don't want to introduce any (further) pests to the tank, but that's a secondary reason in what concerns the corals.
But this is precisely the main reason why I think 10 times before giving into the temptation of getting another fish: I don't want to risk bringing a disease into the tank. I quarentine all the fish, but it's not 100% guaranteed.
The plan is therefore not to get any coral EVER, and I will only consider getting more fish after at least half of the current fish population is gone. Even then, it's not likely.
I can't find any more bubble algae and I need to get my tank back on track so it can start licking its wounds.
This involves getting the refugium working but I will wait a few more days before adding chaeto back.
I also stopped dosing vinegar and the dinos went away... phew!
I'm not sure if it's because I stopped dosing Vibrant or because I pruned some corals and there's some healing going on, but alk consumption went up, I had to increase the bubbles of CO2 per minute on the calcium reactor by almost 50%.