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Old 05/03/2019, 06:11 AM   #26
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Some bad news. The Powder Brown died a couple of days ago......the Disbar is still going. I have been running Copper for four days now.


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Old 05/13/2019, 06:06 AM   #27
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More bad news.

I was planning on moving the Disbar to the Observation Tank this weekend. On Sunday Morning, I found he had died during the night.


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Old 05/30/2019, 05:45 AM   #28
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I put three Flame Cardinals in my QT tank yesterday. Also, I added a Goniastrea Brain to the Observation tank.

The Cardinals actually ate just before I turned out the lights.....this morning they were out swimming about and looking good.


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Old 05/30/2019, 09:44 AM   #29
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Following along, I live out in the desert as well. Always sunny but presents its own challenges.


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Old 06/12/2019, 06:26 AM   #30
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Both the Tang and the Disbar died while in QT. The Tang went from swimming around normally and eating well to dead in about four days. The Disbar lasted about three weeks. It is getting really frustrating. Out of about twelve fish I have bought, only one has survived due to pests and disease. Some came from my LFS and the rest I purchased online.

I changed tactics and purchased three Flame Cardinals from DD. They have been in QT for 15 days and are looking good and eating well. I will probably leave them in QT for another week before I move them to the Obversation tank.


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Old 06/20/2019, 06:11 AM   #31
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One good thing about having a reef in the desert is the evaporation rate. On my 120, I am losing about 2 gallons a day. An easy way to add Kalkwasser.

The Flame Cardinals are still doing great. I will probably add them to the Observation Tank this weekend.


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Old 07/07/2019, 06:42 AM   #32
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I moved the Flame Cardinals directly to the display tank. They are doing well and are hiding less now. Whenever they see me come into the room, they come out of the rocks and expect to be fed.


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Old 07/14/2019, 05:58 AM   #33
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Here is a picture of one of the Flame Cardinals I moved to the DT.




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Old 10/20/2019, 07:46 AM   #34
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My observation tank is doing well now. The Cyno has subsided. I am doing a 4 gallon water change weekly, stirring the sand on a weekly basis. I am cleaning the filter in the HOB every two days.




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Old 10/20/2019, 08:29 AM   #35
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My Display Tank is doing well also. The three Amigos are growing like crazy. You can see them in the lower right corner. It's been a while since I did a full water parameter check. I will probably do that today.....depending on my outside chores today.




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Old 10/22/2019, 05:43 AM   #36
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I ran my tests yesterday and the following are the results:
Display Tank Observation Tank
Salinity 1.024 1.025
Ph 8.15 8.0
NH4 0.0 0.0
No2 0.0 0.0
No3 0.1 0.1
Ca 475 450
Mg 1400 1440
Po4 0.02 0.01


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Old 10/30/2019, 04:41 AM   #37
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I took this picture of my Blastomussa wellsi last night just after the sunset lights came on. It is growing well.




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Old 11/13/2019, 05:01 AM   #38
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Here is a picture of my Gonistrea Brain. This picture was taken in November 2019. It is receding at the edges. But my Blastomussa wellsi had grown from four polyps to eight polyps in a year.




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Old 12/14/2019, 05:16 AM   #39
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Here are pictures of my latest additions.

This is an Elegance Coral I picked up at my LFS. It is about 4" when it is fully expanded and will probably split soon. It has three visible mouths in the center disc.



This is some kind of Brain Coral I got at the same time. It is about 3" x 4". It has about 8 polyps on it.




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Old 12/31/2019, 01:42 AM   #40
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Hi aikenreefkeeper.
Very nice tank.
Monologue is your best side =)


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Old 02/03/2020, 05:38 AM   #41
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I have added some new corals to my 20 gallon Observation Tank.

This is a Favia that I added on 1/28/20



This is a Plating Montipora I added on 1/21/20. It had a spot in the center that was bleaching, but it appears to be adding back some color. It is also transitioning from a bright pink to a more tan color. I wish it wasn't changing color. Hopefully it will change back to the pink. Probably has something to do with the lighting.

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This is a Plating Montipora I added on 1/28/20




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Old 02/03/2020, 05:42 AM   #42
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Well I made a mistake with the picture of the Plating Montipora. Hopefully this will be correct this time.



This is the Encrusting Montipora.




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Old 04/11/2020, 08:03 AM   #43
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Is my Brain Coral going on the attack?




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Old 04/11/2020, 08:07 AM   #44
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This is how I handled my Aptasia problem - BLOW TORCH!




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Old 04/11/2020, 08:15 AM   #45
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The bleached section in the center of my Plating Montipora is completely colored up now.




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Old 06/14/2020, 04:53 PM   #46
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Here is a new picture of my tank. It is doing well.




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Old 10/25/2020, 06:03 AM   #47
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Update,

My 20 gallon tank is doing well. Here are some new pictures.

This is a picture of my Gonistrea Brain. It has regained the tissue it lost plus it is growing now. You can see new polyps being added along the lower edges.



Here is a picture of another small coral I purchased from my LFS. You can see new polyps starting to form on it as well.



My Blastomussa wellsi is doing well also.





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Old 10/25/2020, 06:25 AM   #48
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So, the last post did not work so well. One of these days I will get better I hope.

Here is a picture of my Blastomussa wellsi. It is doing well. Some new polyps are stating under the larger polyps.



Here is a photo of a coral I purchased from my LFS. No Idea what is is really.



Hope this works.


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