Mike and Ashley's 150g reef tank (our first)

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by WCKDVPR, May 31, 2017.

  1. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    You should have a frag of Forest Fire which is red.

    Everything needs time to adapt to your water.

    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    I do, and thank you for it. It is growing, but it is a dark reddish brown (more brown than red). Would love to see it turn more red. Would also love to see the leng sy monti and red monti look like they are happy as right now they are very very dull. The purple and green monti’s are colorful and growing. The purple is even turning purple!

    That said, I have lots of room in the tank and could use more colors or more than likely I just need some retail therapy and I stare at the tank a lot so it gets my focus
  3. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    Maybe a nice "Red Finger"?
    or an Orange Tree

    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    Thanks. I was also looking at a red dragon, red planet, and purple monster.
  5. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    You probably want to stay away from the red dragon. It’s a pretty finicky one. I think purple monster may be harder to find. The red planet should be a good choice though.

    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    Thanks! Good to know.

    Purple Monster $45 at coral collectors (only one, I call dibs for the next few days until I make up my mind. Apparently a slow grower, which doesn't help).

    Lots of pretty corals on their website, but starting with <1" pieces could take a long time................
  7. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Yeah, that is another reason not to go for the pm.
  8. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Not to mention that coral looks nothing like the Purple Monster.
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  9. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    I do not believe that is PM. I would have to see the whole colony.

    If it is true PM, that is a bargain.

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    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    OK, phosphates back to zero, but that is probably because the green hair algae is consuming it. Having some GHA show up on the sand bed, various rocks, and one power head. Also in the refugium, where I can access it and clean it out weekly. Chaeto has all died off. Been running carbon and GFO since the initial depletion of ammonia.

    Going to cut back on feeding the fish a bit and probably get more snails this weekend.

    Thoughts/suggestions? Thanks!

    As a side note, my branching hammer has like 4 or 5 what look like little tiny (1 mm) polyps growing sideways out of the sides right near the bottom of the base. Assuming this is new growth, but I thought the heads generally split. I'm just happy it seems to be happy.

    Best regards,
  11. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    You actually want to feed more if you want your chaeto to grow. Its currently starving cause no nutrient to take up.

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    Last edited: Sep 30, 2017
  12. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Not sure your fish plan. Bristle tooth tangs are good gha eaters. I like the yellow eye kole tang.

    WCKDVPR Supporting Member

    5 1/2 week update. Been exciting (including the latest brown spot on the digitata). Thought I would post some pictures of the progress/growth.

    Thanks everyone who graciously donated, provided advice, assistance, etc. Wouldn't be here without this group.

    First picture is when the first corals went in 5 1/2 weeks ago (thanks Vhuang168) followed by the latest anemone addition (thanks Newjack) with a current picture.

    First corals left rocks.jpg Left side 06 Oct 2017 low res 2.jpg First corals right rocks.jpg Right side 06 Oct 2017 low res 2.jpg

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