In the beginning...

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Flagg37, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    What is that? A zoanthid eating spider?

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  2. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    It's an aptasia. I covered it in kalkwasser paste and waited a few minutes then scraped it off and siphoned it out. Let's see how it goes.
  3. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Oh I see it now. Yeah hopefully it's a single and that's the end of it.

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  4. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I checked the ammonia and also the nitrites and nitrates while I was at it.

    I don't think I've ever seen the nitrates so low. I was worried that I might be over feeding too. I guess not.

    The smell has subsided a bit and it's looking less cloudy but still has room for improvement.
  5. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Looks like good news. You just have to wait. Hopefully only a week or two.

    Let me know if you want some Majanos to go with your Aptasia. ;)
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  6. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Man, don't even joke. Majanos, Aptasia, and vermetid snails are probably my top 3 unwanted pests.
  7. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    You need a bigger list. :(
    Monti eating Nudis
    Acro eating flatworms

    Quarantine of corals is as important as quarantine of fish.
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  8. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I went to work this morning and the tank was cloudy like usual and I came home and it's nearly crystal clear. The diatoms are almost gone and the algae is taking off. I just put in 3 chestnut turbo snails last night to help ward off the GHA until my tangs get in there.

    The first death occurred too. I found my tuxedo urchin on my sandbed. His little tentacles were dangling in the flow and when I tried to put him back down he floated.
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  9. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I just did a full work up on my water quality. This is the first time I've actually tested for some of these things.

    Alk - 9.3
    Ca - 380
    Mg - 1180
    NO3 - 0 undetectable
    PO4 - 0.05
    pH - 8.2 average (8.1 low, 8.3 high)
    Salinity - 33

    Overall I think it's pretty decent. I think my Ca and Mg could be a little higher but it's not too bad.
  10. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Bump up salinity a touch will help those numbers a bit too. Looks pretty darn good to me? You got corals in there? They happy?
  11. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    For the most part I would say yes. My 30 gallon had nitrates consistently in the 20-40 range but everything was thriving so I didn't do anything to change it. In this tank nitrates have always been undetectable. I think the combination of low nutrients and strong light has been something they are adjusting to. I've been seeing some colors pale and few white tips but still good polyp extension. I lessened my peak light schedule by an hour and switched to a little more blue light instead of white to hopefully help cut back on some of the algae production.

    Speaking of algae, I just finished the TTM with my Achilles and white tail bristletooth tangs and added them and my yellow tang and coral beauty to the tank. There's been no aggression and everyone is swimming around peacefully. I've already seen them picking at the algae too.

    The first thing my wife said about the white tail is that it had big lips so we named it Jolie (Angelina). Then we got really creative and named the Achilles tang Achilles.
  12. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Play him zeppelins achiles last stand. Loudly!
  13. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large


    Here's a video of them too (and my son scaring them).
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  14. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    This was actually the video with my son scaring the fish.

  15. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Guest

    go tangs go!
  16. MolaMola

    MolaMola Supporting Member

    Nice tank! What beautiful fish! Will they hide in the rocks and sleep at night? I wonder how they interact once they've all been in there awhile, like if some will hang out together. How do tangs feel about eels?
  17. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    They don't seem to be phased by Maury (the eel). In fact, Jolie (white tail) spent most of her time in TTM in the pvc pipe and as soon as I put her in the tank she swam into Maury's cave. She came out like it was nothing all in one piece.

    I wonder the same thing about their temperament over time once they've had a time to settle into their areas of the tank and decide a pecking order.
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  18. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I'll see if I can snap a picture tomorrow but the tangs have efficiently eaten almost all the algae that was making the tank ugly.

    Some updates. Mandy, our mandarin jumped out of the tank :(. My wife said she was really sad about it so we'll likely get one or two more. It just means I need to get on making that lid :/. Also for some reason many of my snails and my short spine urchin have died. I'm wondering if it had something to do with the bacteria bloom or lack of nutrients or what.

    Here's some of the new additions from the swap. IMG_4218.JPG
    Unknown tabling acro from @iCon

    Rainbow acan from @Gablami (I think).

    Vamps in drag from @RandyC (this one's technically a DBTC but I received it at the swap).
  19. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    @yellojello got that piece too. There's suspicion that it's tricolor valida from @boun11 circa 2013 and earlier.
  20. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    How would that be confirmed? It would be nice to know what it is.

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