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My cycle is almost done. I process the ammonia just wasn't sure if high nitrates and nitrite will kill off what's on the ocean rock. So I'm just going to do a waterchange and get some macro and live rock ordered.
 
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Changed 5 gallons. Will start another 5 in the next day. Checking parameters in a few. Not like 5g willpower anything much. Might add ammonia again to keep building bacteria while next 5 mixes.
 
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So I changed 25g out of the tank. Nitrates still show through the roof. So I ordered some macro algea from algea barn. Red ogo sea lettuce and pom pom that arrive Wednesday. All three are edible for fish. Going to try the ogo in the display. Hopefully they survive. I know ulva can tank over a tank. But I'm leaning towards a one spot fox face and small tang in the future. Plus I'd like to try to dry them out and make homemade nori sheets. If not I'll chop them up and add to homemade fish food when I get some herbivore in the tank.

Looking pods now. Tigger pods, apex pods and live phyto feast. I'm starting to get diatoms so time for cuc. Thinking about 5 blue leg hermits, and a couple snails.
 
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So algea arrived. I am super stoked first live anything for this tank. I hope it grows week and I don't regret no cheato. I tried to get macro that herbivore will want to eat. Any input if I placed it all so it will grow? Red ogo in DT and lettuce and pom pom in sump. I know it says to tumble some put my fuge just trust to push it into the return section. So I kinda wedged it like miss in freshwater tanks. Waiting on pods and phyto probably next week. Also nitrates are going down so this means nitrites are going down. Here's to step one
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Added my first pods today. Apex and tigger pods from reef nutrition. The whole system is off right now so they can settle. I should have released closer to the bottom so more would make it down there but there are alot down there. Might leave skimmer off for the night so they can try to find hiding spots. Then I'll clean filter socks out to release caught ones.
My red ogo looks bad. Maybe too early for that macro but only time will tell
 

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Red algae is tough to keep long term honestly.
mid really be curious to see how you do keeping algae and if you find it worth the effort. I’ve always largely thought it’s just easier to buy sheets maybe not as fun. I truly wish you the best of luck with growing the algae as I think saltwater algae is really cool looking.
 
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saltwater60 said:
Red algae is tough to keep long term honestly.
mid really be curious to see how you do keeping algae and if you find it worth the effort. I’ve always largely thought it’s just easier to buy sheets maybe not as fun. I truly wish you the best of luck with growing the algae as I think saltwater algae is really cool looking.
The red ogo is struggling. I hear they are nutrients hogs so maybe just too early. My pom pom is red and seems to be doing good. Pods all over the sand and rocks. It's exciting to see some life in there. I am going to look at Petco for some hermits maybe a few snails. Then PetSmart to look for a trio of mollies to put in there. They can ride the waves for a bit to help build nutrients.
 
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So this happened. I knew it would. Petco had no hermits go figure. Found a couple snails that were moving around the tank. Then I found these
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And this little guy
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No qt so there goes planning lol.
 

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Looking great mate.
What type of Goby is that? I might be getting one similar (well it looks similar). Do you know if that's a 'sand spitter' as I'm going to avoid them as I really don't want to be continuously brushing sand off my sand bed corals and rocks.
 
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saltwater60 said:
Those are some neat colored clowns.
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Looking great mate.
What type of Goby is that? I might be getting one similar (well it looks similar). Do you know if that's a 'sand spitter' as I'm going to avoid them as I really don't want to be continuously brushing sand off my sand bed corals and rocks.
Yes black snowflakes. They are definitely interesting to watch. Amazing how calm the male is and the female is a nut job.
I'm pretty sure it's a diamond watchman goby. I was hoping for a sand sifters but pretty sure it isn't. It found a spot under a rock and just sits there all day and night.
 
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Sorry so blue but this is his spot doesn't move unless scared
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Yes black snowflakes. They are definitely interesting to watch. Amazing how calm the male is and the female is a nut job.
I'm pretty sure it's a diamond watchman goby. I was hoping for a sand sifters but pretty sure it isn't. It found a spot under a rock and just sits there all day and night.
Aren't all females..... yes i said it as i check that my wife isn't looking over my shoulder haha.

I'm pretty sure that's not a diamond watchman goby especially if its not spitting sand out. I might be getting one soon but can't remember what my LFS said it was called.
 
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Maybe I just got lucky and it likes this crevice and didn't need to burrow.
 
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According to Petco that's the only white goby they sell
 

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According to Petco that's the only white goby they sell
Maybe, either way you have a great looking goby. So when are you getting your next additions haha
 
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So here goes to planning. Royal Gramma has a spot on his tail. Could be a injury since he likes to hide inside of the rock. Keep up with feeding well. Live brine quality flake and frozen mysis. Will look out for more spots. Should've waited to qt but too late now
 

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So here goes to planning. Royal Gramma has a spot on his tail. Could be a injury since he likes to hide inside of the rock. Keep up with feeding well. Live brine quality flake and frozen mysis. Will look out for more spots. Should've waited to qt but too late now
Fingers crossed it’s just a rock mark but keep us updated.

A lot of my fish even the clowns don’t like live brine, they just spit them out.... very strange
 
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That sucks they spit them out. Easy live meal. I feed my brine a couple drops of phytoplankton make sure nutritional.

First snail rescue this morning. Seen it on my overflow box. Thought I could get him down. Nope he went down the main drain clogged on 5he gate valve. Had to open it up and get him to fall down. Then had to disassemble both main drains to get in their compartment. There went my 30 minutes of watching this am.

So far so good with the royal Gramma. Still one spot and eating so fingers crossed. Already know I am managing the disease.

Lastly for the morning I am thinking about starting a white worms in a container to versify the food options and slowly work flakes down. Even though the flakes are quality flakes I want to get to more live food. Will also start collecting vitamins and make my own foods.
 

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That sucks they spit them out. Easy live meal. I feed my brine a couple drops of phytoplankton make sure nutritional.

First snail rescue this morning. Seen it on my overflow box. Thought I could get him down. Nope he went down the main drain clogged on 5he gate valve. Had to open it up and get him to fall down. Then had to disassemble both main drains to get in their compartment. There went my 30 minutes of watching this am.

So far so good with the royal Gramma. Still one spot and eating so fingers crossed. Already know I am managing the disease.

Lastly for the morning I am thinking about starting a white worms in a container to versify the food options and slowly work flakes down. Even though the flakes are quality flakes I want to get to more live food. Will also start collecting vitamins and make my own foods.
Its strange, they're not bothered about live food other than what a few of them pick off the rocks and sand bed. I suppose I should be pleased as I don't have a refugium or anywhere to breed my own. Currently my tank inhabitants only get frozen food, algae pellets and soon nori sheets. I add live copepods to the tank regularly so they might be getting eaten by my smaller fish and inverts.

Haha, snail rescue is always fun, however, mine has just been flipping them over. What you had to do sounds like a pain, hopefully you can get that rectified so it doesn't happen again.

Great news about the Royal Gramma.

I've not heard of or seen white worms as food for the fish, I’ve not seen them being sold at any UK fish stores. I don't feed flake and have never done so but making your own food sounds interesting.
 

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