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Also on Thursday, the coral Joe ordered from @REEFTIDE came! Super impressed with the packaging (it was overkill if anything; they even put o-rings around each frag plug to secure it to the cup!), and I got those floated and acclimated as well. They sent a couple of shirts for us, and some polyp-booster to try out, too!

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Had to try the shirt on while I was waiting for them to acclimate:
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(Already broken in and salty, now! Ignore my test kits living on the mantle.....ahem.)

And onto the racks they went!
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(Yes, there are MOAR posts after this.)
I got some of my blastos from reeftide. Great packaging for sure, been eyeballing their site recently again.
 
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I got some of my blastos from reeftide. Great packaging for sure, been eyeballing their site recently again.
This is my first blasto- it’s killllller, too! Think I’m in love. The mouth on it is so dang bright it is hard to get a clear picture. I definitely want some more now. You also, probably, need at least “one more” coral... -wink wink nudge nudge-
 

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This is my first blasto- it’s killllller, too! Think I’m in love. The mouth on it is so dang bright it is hard to get a clear picture. I definitely want some more now. You also, probably, need at least “one more” coral... -wink wink nudge nudge-
Definitely, but today is fish day. More corals in the future - looking for more alveopora & always more blastos
 
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Man, did P.O.T.O. deliver! Replacement torch came on Wednesday (along with the tube anemone I also got), and both were acclimated and put into the tank. Torch looked wayyyy better when it got here than the last one, so I was already ecstatic! Huge shoutout to Kenny and everyone at P.O.T.O. too! This was my first time ordering and despite the frustration of losing the original torch (my luck), the experience was overall a great one. They have excellent customer service, drop-dead-gorgeous coral, and one of the best guarantees I have seen. Definitely can’t wait to jump in on another sale.

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There is a cerianthus in that bag, I swear, you can see it’s adorable little truffula tree top peeking out!

And acclimating.
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I placed the torch on my frag rack again (same location as the last one), and the tube anemone went under my biggest arch. It seemed to adjust quickly, and attached itself, then opened shortly after.
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Pretty quickly after this pic was taken the Diamond Goby and my Niger Trigger both tried to take a bite out of it. The Trigger took off, but the Goby clearly got hit harder (it does have a huge mouth), and went crazy trying to get the “taste” out. It was obviously distressing, because it wouldn’t sift sand for quite a while afterwards.

The next morning (Thursday) I found the tube buried by sand from the goby, and when I uncovered it, it was limp and no longer attached. I moved it towards the front of the arch where I could see it better, by the rockwork still, and covered it with a mesh container for a while.

It didn’t come out all that day, even after I uncovered it and tried to feed, so I felt pretty hopeless, as it didn’t seem to want to move or attach itself. I ended up covering it again overnight with the mesh container to make sure the Goby wouldn’t bury it... and this morning, it surprised me, because it was once again open and out. The tentacles appear to have taken some damage but overall the tube seems unaffected by the attack or being buried.
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@TeamPOTO @Pieces of the Ocean great job guys!
 

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35AC6EDD-C6FD-480D-A737-47065A371671.jpeg Red nori came from Amazon- I’ve only used the green since I got the tank. Figured they would like a little variety, anddddd it looks like I was right.

The powder blue on the packaging taunts me, however. One day.

That is what I feed my gang. :)

Got 10 pages to catch up, sorry about the likes etc. ;)
 
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That is what I feed my gang. :)

Got 10 pages to catch up, sorry about the likes etc. ;)
No worries- I need to go through several hundred pages of yours still and there is going to be a lot of liking in there, for sure. Always admiring your photography and the shots you take of your fish and coral. I wish I had the same level of patience when I was shooting things in my tank.
 

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No worries- I need to go through several hundred pages of yours still and there is going to be a lot of liking in there, for sure. Always admiring your photography and the shots you take of your fish and coral. I wish I had the same level of patience when I was shooting things in my tank.

Thanks, very kind, just. :)

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It’s Friday, so it seems appropriate to start this with a full tank shot. Since the last update (a week ago), all of the new arrivals have settled in nicely and are now fully acclimated to my lights.
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Some things have shifted around. A few of them on their own. Two of my BTAs have relocated since I changed the tank flow slightly (the slightest alteration in my setup causes massive shifts in flow), and the green Condy has taken up a post on top of it’s rock. Everything seems happy for the moment, though.
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Unfortunately, we did have one loss, and that was the tube anemone. After a couple of long days of battling the diamond goby burying it in sand and harassing it, it finally decided to disappear on me. This was something I knew was a possibility when I got it, but still regrettable. The Diamond may need a new home before too long.

I also received my ATO and doser, but have yet to set them up. Going to try and get the shelf for the doser put in this weekend and see if I can figure it out, and complete a little bit of overdue maintenance downstairs.
 
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