Ok, quick update. Did my weekly water test last night, came up with 1.026 SG
, 0 ammonia, didn't test nitrites, 0 nitrates, pH 8.4, Alk
of 2.0 to 2.4 milliequivalents per liter and calcium at around 430.
On an annoying note, I'm having a slight hair algae outbreak on my sandbed, but I may be able to fix that by just pulling as much hair as I can can then stiring the top a little while doing a water change. As I think it's cause my sandbed kind of "crusted" in a few places.
Picked up my mushrooms yesterday (thus why I'm late on the pics). Almost had a freak out about the shrooms
cause when I got to the store they had moved rock they were on so I couldn't find it at first. I ended up feeling like an idiot cause I asked if they sold it since the only other mushrooms i could find all looked red and the ones I had on hold were blue. No one had ever told me that as a mushroom expands it's color can change. Turns out these are a really nice shade of robin's egg blue when they are closed up, but when they expand they are purple. They are actually really nice looking... though I hate the rock they're on... it looks like the corner peice from my grandma's thanksgiving stuffing cassirole.
I had said that the mushrooms would be my last coral for a while, but I made an impulse hold at the LFS
. They got in a really nice looking Torch coral (Euphyllia glabrescens, i think), but one of the heads looks like it might be having an issue cause there appears to be a barnical growing in the middle of that head. I'm still mostly on the fence on if I should buy it, cause I mostly want it as a host for a pair of Porcelain Anemone Crab (Neopetrolisthes ohshimai) which i've heard will accept this coral as a host much like clowns.
OK, picture time!
Finally got a pic of the xenia that wasn't to blurry. I'm guessing it's doing ok. It's open most of the time, but around "simulated evening" it closes up into what my wife calls "angry fists" but opens back up after the antic goes off. The odd part is that it mostly pulses at night now when only the moon lights are on.
The mushrooms, I'm much happier with this now in my tank than I was with them at the store.
The pink paly frag I moved higher in the tank cause it looked like the polyps were streaching pretty far to get towards the light.
The pink zoa rock, I repositioned it so that the polyps actually touched the larger rock behind it where i wanted them to spread to.
Finally, my GSPs... i really like these... I just hope I don't regret them...