For the maturity of the tank...all I can say is my water params have been rock solid for the last 3 months...I test practically every other day (pH, SG
, Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite, dKH
, Phos). I have had some issues, but the water has always been good as far as I can tell. I do weekly PWC
's (20%). My Trumpet Coral, Frogspawn, Zoos, Shrooms
and Bubble coral have all grown. As a matter of fact, my Zoos and Trumpet Coral have started growing new buds already. So my water quality cant be all that bad. I am a noob at SW
(as if you couldnt tell), but have had FW
tanks for 14 years.
I will have the LFS
lighting data by end of day Monday. I have:
* 4 power compact fluorescent lamps:
(2) 36W / 10,000 K
(2) 36W / Actinic
* Lunar Blue, (3) Moon Glow LED
Actinics come on around 9:00am
Blue Moon LED
's off around 9:15am
1st 10000K on around 9:30am
2nd 10000k on around 10:00am
1st 10000K off around 6:00pm
2nd 10000k off around 6:30pm
Blue Moon LED
's on around 6:45pm
Actinics off around 7:00pm
Got the BTA early Friday afternoon. 2.5 hour drip acclimation. Placed him in and he seemed to set foot right in the spot I set him. Tips were bubbles and remained that way (as you can see in the picture above). In about an hour the clown started hosting.
Next day at around 3:00pm I checked tank. BTA moved about 2 inches to left and seated its foot into the sand between wall and rock (see picture above for reference). Looked pretty much the same, maybe opened up a bit more.
I was due to feed my corals, so I turned off all my pumps and PH's and mixed up some Phytoplankton, FD Brine Shrimp, Selcon & Zoe. Fed everyone as I usually do, and gave a decent size squirt to BTA. He closed up in an act I assumed was eating. Within 10 min he opened back up and the tips bubbled back out. And clown resumed rubbing around.
I planned on feeding him when I fed my corals, which is about 2-3 times a week. I was going to mainly feed Frozen Silversides, supplemented with FD Brine / Frozen Mysis. All soaked in Selcon & Zoe.
Up until cccapt mentioned it was "bleached" I had no idea it had anything wrong with it. It seemed very happy to me, from what pictures I have seen of them.
All the pics I ever saw of "sick" BTA's were without bubble tips, brown, limp. This guy had full bubble tips, bright color (I didnt know it was bleached), latched right on to the rock and opened right up.