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Old 10-21-2013, 03:37 PM   #1381
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Maintenance day has come to us again!

Sadly, I must continue to report the downfall of my open brains. Def not looking good.

But that is ok, with running Phosguard and Chemipure Elite in my reactor I am reporting not even 1/3 the algae growth from last week. Amazing. That is the biggest victory in my tank over the last 6 months.

Clams! I not only really like my clams, but I have spent all week reading about them even more. This was sparked off by seeing a couple hippopus hippopus in the Eye It Buy It section. Such cool clams. But, I'm getting away from the two I have. The Derasa has been acting odd with closing up, so I inspected him some today and all appears well. I'm assuming he is closing up due to an odd change in flow that started kicking up a small amount of sand this week...I like my powerheads but man would I kill for ones that don't reverse during brownouts, which I get pretty often. The maxima clam is also doing well. I've been watching him closely and using this week's increased reading to monitor since I'm still gun shy after losing the gold maxima awhile back. Unlike the gold, the black/white has attached himself to the small piece of rubble I put under him in the sandbed! First time for it, so my victories continue. Still very excited about having a clam in a color I'd only read about and doing so well.

So this week's summary, I think I'm just not ment to own open brains. Though I love all things to do with the sandbed, from coral, clams, and other livestock, there are still tons of different options out there to fill the real estate...though my tank is full and I should never think about buying anything other than filter media, salt, and water at this point. This has sparked off dreams of a tank bottom covered in clams...I must have a hippopus hippopus!
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:11 PM   #1382
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Blue Symphodium




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Both clams
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:07 PM   #1383
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I love your sympodium!
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:24 PM   #1384
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Thank you. I love it too. I had to move it into the sandbed as it started growing like a weed...as all polyps do IMO. So there are a couple other 'starter' spots in the tank. But it is probably one of the most beautiful colors out of any polyp.
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That's awesome. How long did it take to grow out that much?
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:34 PM   #1386
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A year I think?
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Wow. They seem pretty slow growing. Beautiful though.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:25 PM   #1388
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Well, they grow around the same rate as my zoas. There was an alkalinity issue in the tank that had them closed up for some time.
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I've always wanted some blue sympodium but I can't find it anywhere locally. One place had some they were getting ready to frag then they found nudis that decimated it.
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This is my second round with it. The first was decimated in the tank swap and a nidibranch. The second also came in with a nidibranch. Sure are pretty things, just too bad they eat my polyps. But real hardy once they are established in the tank, considering the nidibranch , alk drops, being moved from the top of the tank into he sandbed...
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