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Old 04-21-2010, 07:22 AM   #21
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Awesome Floyd! That is some nice growth.
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:56 PM   #22
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I love reading your stories Floyd. I'm nice to see your doing a difference in the world. haha.
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:52 PM   #23
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Worm? Ident please!!

I did a 20% PWC today and changed the filter socks, when I dumped one of them out into a bucket, this guy came out of it:





Can anybody tell me what in the world this is, and if I should be worried that I found it in the system??
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:53 PM   #24
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Bristle Worm. It's fine. It scavenges food on the sand. Only comes out at night.
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:33 PM   #25
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Update, pics, Aitapsia!

It's been an interesting month. The temperature issue was addressed by adding ventilation to the vestibule and adding a vent in the ceiling near the tank to help improve circulation. That has kept the tank below 82.5 but we haven't had too many hot days since that week. In addition to that, he is cycling 2 liter bottles of ice in the sump every day to keep it below 80, which is cheaper and less invasive than a chiller, but needs to be done daily.

Today we noticed a 1"+ aitapsia growing at the base of the xenia in the center of the tank. It was hard to see because it's roughly the same shape and color. I've read about these before but never researched how to get rid of them until now. A quick Google search revealed that using a needle/syringe filled with lemon juice from concentrate and injecting that into the base will kill it off in about 2 days, so I'm going to give that a shot. Literally. Just need to find a syringe now!

On the lighter side, here's a current set of pics. I'm going to a Coral Swap this Saturday so this is the "before" set...







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And the fish...






...the green mandarin wouldn't come out to play.
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Great job.
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New Corals!!

I scored a bunch of frags at the Coral Reef Fest here in Des Moines on Saturday, I dipped them last night and put them in a 10g tank until today. It took me a while to find places for all of them based on their needs, and I'm sure I'll be moving a few around to find the right spots, but here's what's new:

ORA Screaming Green Birdsnest from Paul's Corals (paulscorals.com)
Leather Coral from House of Corals House of Corals



Rose Millepora from the VP of GIRS, can't remember his name...



Orange / Red Caps from same guy



In the back right is Tri-Color Valida from same guy

In center is Bubblegum Coral, then in front left is Red/Green War Coral and an Acan from Paul's Corals



Frogspawn from someone I can't recall....



Also from same guy, Kryptonite Candy Cane and another I forgot to write down. Oops. I think it's a Zoanthid

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More Zoanthids from Paul's Corals




Branching Hammer from House of Corals



A Sun Polyp from House of Corals



And finally, an anemone from the Keys from Paul's Corals



All in all, quite an improvement. Also means I have to start watching the KH even closer and the Calcium, and I bought a Magnesium Salifert kit to boot so I can start watching that.
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