I put my rock in from liverocks this past friday. I was more concerned with getting it in the tank than aquascaping, as it had been sitting for a bit b/c i was at work all day. Throughout the weekend, I found many of what I believe are Aipstasia, in addition to the other living thigs on the rock. Since there are a LOT of aipstasia on my rocks, I will have to dispach them some way. Plus, on the base rock that I cycled with, I have a lot of green algee growth to deal with.
Anyway... get to the point you say...
Well, the way I see it, I have 3 ways to proceed now, and I want some opinions on what I should do next.
1. Leave the rock as is, buy a couple of peppermint shrimp, and some joes juice, and focus on wiping out the aipstasia. I am sure I will have to turn several of the rocks to get all the aipstasia off.
2. Aquascape how I want it and then try to get the aipstaia with joes juice and peppermint shrimps. I am likely to miss a bunch based on the number in the tank right now.
3. Aquascape how I want it and deal with the algee with a cleanup crew. Then deal with the aipstasia after that.
I am thinking that I should kill off as much of the aipstasia first, then aquascape, and then get a clean up crew. I worry that if I get a clean up crew first, before aquascaping, that I will crush some of them when I rearrange the rocks...
let me know what you think...
DIY stand and Hood,
Coralife Lunar Aqualight (4x65W),
60 LB Hirocks Base Rock, 40 LB LR 50/50 Keys/Gulf
150 LB Playsand (~3-4 in DSB)
2 x Blood Red Fire Shrimp, 2 x Cleaner Shrimp
2 x Black and White Percula Clown, 1 x Orange Spotted Blenny, 1 x Red Stripe High Fin Goby