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Bladed sand moss (Caulerpa prolifera) blade growth progression:
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10/31/2021 1:25 PM

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11/1/2021 2:56 PM

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11/2/2021 7:42 PM

Well, that really puts the prolifera in C. prolifera!
 
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Bladed sand moss (Caulerpa prolifera) blade growth progression:
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10/31/2021 1:25 PM

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11/1/2021 2:56 PM

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11/2/2021 7:42 PM

Well, that really puts the prolifera in C. prolifera!
Yup. That is why I love it for tang food. Grows super fast and allows me to always have a supply.
 

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Yup. That is why I love it for tang food. Grows super fast and allows me to always have a supply.
I'll be keeping this in mind... Thanks for the information!
 
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How long has it been since I posted he- 37 DAYS?!

ʘ_ʘ

Time to end this hiatus!

11/3: Ordered from Reef Cleaners
- Assorted smaller conch “Gary” (Strombus sp.)
- x2 Trochus snail (Trochus sp.) (did not make it)
- x10 Bruised nassa (Phrontis vibex) (did not make it)
- Prickly pear (Halimeda opuntia)
- Money plant (Halimeda sp.)
- x30 Micro to medium empty hermit shells (Calcium carbonate :))

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Packaging

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Gary, immediately after introduction

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Halimeda opuntia, upon arrival…

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… and after having a day to color back up

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Halimeda sp., upon arrival…

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… and after having a day to color back up


Both species of Halimeda appear to revert back to their faded shades during the night.

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The shells

Overall, much of the livestock from this order has settled in well (though I am saddened by the losses). However, I believe the macroalgae brought in several hitchhikers, some unwanted:

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Isopod with long tendrils (perhaps Sphaeromatid), does not appear to be one of the harmful isopods

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Medusa worm floating in the current? I have read that these release toxins when distributed so fortunately, I have not seen any after I took this image a month ago… or maybe I am not looking closely enough...

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Clam worms, I found two and immediately removed them. They have not reappeared…


11/17: Ordered from Gulf Coast Ecosystems again
- Red razor (Bryothamnion triquetrum)
- Calcareous algae sampler (Penicillus capitatus, Penicillus dumetosus, Rhipocephalus phoenix, and Udotea flabellum)

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Packaging

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Pile of calcareous, green macroalgae (was planted soon afterward)

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Clump of Bryothamnion triquetrum

As with last time, all of the GCE macroalgae looked very healthy and has settled in well.

11/30: Ordered from Salty Bottom Reef Company
- x4 Quahog “Cleaner clam” (Mercenaria mercenaria) (I am dosing phytoplankton four times a week)
- Skunk cleaner shrimp “Joey Logano” (Lysmata amboinensis)
- Blood red fire shrimp “Little Timmy” (Lysmata debelius)
- x3 Ninja star snail (Lithopoma phoebium) (only one is still alive, I righted them immediately when I found them overturned, but they soon perished)
- x15 Large green nassarius snail (Nassarius sp.) (5 in the refugium, 9 in the DT, 1 in holding)
- Brittle starfish “Patrick” (Ophiocoma sp.)
- Palm tree algae (Caulerpa paspaloides)
- Green fleece algae (Codium decorticatum)

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Packaging

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Many Nassarius snails (note the big, black one on the bottom right, I actually think it is Ilyanassa obsoleta, so it is currently on time out in the holding tank; the others appear to be true Nassarius snails with either smooth, ivory shells or darker, wrinkled shells)

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Patrick never seems to come out of the rockwork, it currently resides within the leftmost and largest rock in the build


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After being introduced, Joey Logano immediately headed for and began scavenging on the Hikari Algae Wafer I had previously dropped in for the hermit crabs

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All of the Quahogs dug into the substrate within a day of being introduced and I occasionally see their siphons poking out from the sand


This has probably been one of the most entertaining orders yet! It is incredibly fun to watch the Nassarius emerge for food and whenever I try, the shrimp are eager to clean my hands!

12/10 Items from @reddevilant and Jay's Reef Bugs


From @reddevilant
- Iridescent algae (Dictyota sp.)
- String of earls (Botryocladia sp.)
- “Smooth-edged” Cryptonemia
-
Red ribbon (probably Cryptonemia crenulata)


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Packaging

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From left to right: Smooth-edged Cryptonemia, Dictyota, String of pearls Botryocladia, Cryptonemia crenulata

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Three of @reddevilant ‘s rarer macroalgae species, the Smooth-edged Cryptonemia looks a bit pale so hopefully it recovers

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Cryptonemia crenulata


From @Jay’sReefBugs
- x1 7 Species Copepod Blend (
Tisbe, Tigriopus, Arcatia, Cyclops, Pseudodiamptomus, Euterpina, and Parvocalanus)

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Packaging

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Hundreds of actively swimming Copepods, now in the refugium

Thank you both for the amazing livestock! I hope they will settle in well!

The Anti-Reef today:

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Show offs…

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Dove snail (Columbellidae sp.) egg cases

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Dove snail Columbellidae sp.) baby!

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Caulerpa sertularioides hitchhiker on Udotea flabellum… but I live in California…

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New Caulerpa paspaloides growth

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Gary on vacuum duty

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Cycles of Udotea flabellum growth; a mature individual dies (white), only to send up new shoots (bright green) at its base

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Ilyanassa obsoleta on time-out

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And finally, a current FTS


Wow! That was a lot of writing!
 
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11/17: Collected native macroalgae at White Point Beach, California (outside my state’s MPAs)
Species included, but were not limited to:

Brown
- Sargassum muticum
- Stephanocystis osmundacea

Green
- Codium fragile

Red
- Bossiella
- Calliarthron
- Corallina
- Gelidium
- Microcladia coulteri
- Rhodymenia pacifica

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FTS on December 26

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Codium fragile (I later split the individual in two, sending one piece to the refugium)

Ultimately, since these are predominantly coldwater macroalgae, several might perish, though I am curious to see what will survive (P.S. some coldwater Gelidium from the previous temperate build has hitchhiked and was already growing in the Anti-Reef prior to 12/26)

1/3
I decided to change the aquascape to incorporate more variation; now there is a large cave on the left side of the build and a sandy expanse in the center:

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FTS on January 1

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The cave


I still do not know where this flat piece should go, though. What do you guys think?
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1/12: Ordered from Tropical Fish Plus (@TFP2021)
- Tufted joint algae (Cymopolia barbata)
- Watercress algae (Halimeda discoidea)
- Pink segmented algae or Thin branching coralline (Jania sp.)

... and finally... seagrass!
- Manatee grass (Syringodium filiforme)

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It’s looking beautiful! Halophila is a great choice. I’ll be following to see how those fertilizer tabs work for you, I have seen the Seachem Flourish ones before used with good success, but it’s always good to have alternatives.
Hmmm... looks like I did not stick to my promise, however, before planting, I did stick a few of the root tabs I mentioned...
... in the substrate near the seagrasses. Additionally, I planted the seagrass both in the refugium as well as the DT; its more of an experiment for the latter since, while I built the refugium with high-light seagrass in mind, I purchased the somewhat low intensity DT lights long before doing so. Perhaps I will need to grab some supplemental light for the DT seagrass in the future.

Anyways, on with the order pictures. Note that the packaging water was heavily yellowed in all of the bags :confused:.

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Packaging

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Halimeda discoidea with Syringodium filiforme

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The back side of the previous bag

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Cymopolia barbata

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Jania sp.

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Acclimation and... do I spot a Chondria hitchhiker?

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Cymopolia barbata regrowing its "tufts"

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Jania sp. around the corner

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Halimeda discoidea is one of my favorite macros... and this specimen is nearly the size of my hand!

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Syringodium filiforme in the refugium, down below

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Yesterday's FTS; it's all coming together!


Unfortunately, the order was not quite as amazing as it seemed. Before introducing the Jania, I found the clusters to be inundated with unwanted hitchhikers, a dead crab and countless sea cucumbers (probably Medusa worms). These were all removed before introduction of the algae.

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Sea cucumber (left) and dead Crab (right)

And here is an artist's rendition of how "sea-cucumbery" the situation was:
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It was madness o_O!

All jokes aside, though, the quality of the macroalgae was amazing from Tropical Fish Plus, though because of the hitchhikers, I would personally be more cautious about purchasing from there again.
 

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Very unique tank!
 
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