My First Reef: Redsea 525XL

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by roostertech, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Did a round of PAR measurement of the new light setup. Pretty much what around what I expected.

    Light is running at about 60%
    250-300 at the top
    100-120 at the sand bed

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  2. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Should measure out to the edges where the light falls off. Looks like your sandbed measurements are right below the lights. Try it on the edge of the tank, where you have some of the corals situated.
  3. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    I didn't bother measure the extreme left/right because that is where I shove stuff that will survive zombie apocalypse :).
  4. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

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    Latest addition to the tank, small colony of dendros. It is pretty neat to watch these guys eat mysis through their semi transparent bodies.
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  5. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Got my first bit of SPS warfare. The orange monti plate from @Flagg37 is creeping up next to the red planet from @tankguy . Some sort of white fuzzy stuff showed up in the middle. I think the red planet is losing, the flesh on that side is gone.

    What to do? Cut the monti back a little with bone cutter?

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  6. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Red planets are more cool to look at than montis I would sacrifice the montis
  7. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Wow, I've never seen that white fuzzy stuff before. Usually don't they just grow over the top of each other and out compete it for light?
  8. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Plating montis are also harder to position though, as they can shade everything beneath them. While I agree that a red planet is more interesting and pleasing to the eye, it is also easier to move the main frag elsewhere where it can start a new home. So you can keep cutting back the monti, or get rid of it entirely, or just move the red planet.

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  9. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    What you're seeing there is the mesenterial filaments from the monti. The monti is basically expelling its guts to sting and consume the red planet there. You typically see the mesenterial filaments when you're feeding and it's basically the same thing. Here's the mesenterial filament from my purple slimer when it fell off the rock and was pressed against the glass. It's clearing the area for encrustation and in your case, that just happens to be the red planet.

  10. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    Where did you get these? It seems like not too many have healthy dendros.
  11. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

  12. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    That macros focus! Sweet picture.

    We got them online through aquasd.
  13. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    @Wlachnit CRC posted these three days ago on their Instagram account


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  14. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    Cool, thanks. I'll check them out on the LFS tour.
  15. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    With the combination of higher light and lower nutrient (during my vacation), a lot of the softies were unhappy. With increased tank feeding they are slowly getting back on track.

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  16. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Weekend tank activities:

    With the heat rising again and my house AC still broken, I added a fan to help with cooling.

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    This roughly bring my tank temperature to two degrees under room temp (usually it is one degree over room temp)

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    Added two fishes Sat night, a yellow blenny

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    And a Sargassum Trigger

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    The trigger was a little bit smaller than my yellow tang. The tang was harassing the trigger endlessly Sat night. It kept coming over to where the trigger was hiding and attacking it with its tail. I put my clamp in front of cave. That sorta halted the aggression a little because the tang was scared of the clamp.

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    By Sunday morning, the trigger was out and about and eating mysis really well. The tang still harassing occasionally but it didn't seem to mind or even bother hiding. So I thought all was well.

    Monday morning, I found the trigger dried up behind the tank. It must have gotten chased around and jumped. It didn't seem to have a darting personality at all.

    Expensive lesson learned. The next attempt of new introduction I probably would need to either catch the yellow and jail it or jail the new guy for a while.
  17. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Didn't you buy that fancy acrylic/mesh top!?!

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  18. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Nope, I decided that I really don't like the look of lid, even the nice one.

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  19. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I just don't get all the rimless hype. What a disaster.tons of evaporation, and endless fish jerky. Personally, I really don't like the look of dead fish.
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  20. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Mirrors are your friend. They work really well. The tangs attack it like a dummy.

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