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TrentN   

That is 100% warrantied damage. That was dropped, thrown, kicked pretty good. If everything else works the lenses can be popped back on in minutes. Just take it by the store tomorrow and it will be taken care of.

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Aviido   

It's done. All setup and cycling. I know it's horrible practice to cycle a tank with a fish but the tank that was housing the clown cracked in the move. 

 

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TrentN   

It's a clown it doesn't have any brain cells for the ammonia to kill off.

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Aviido   

I have yet to see any sign of a cycle on this tank. I dropped a raw shrimp in there the day that I finished setting it up (2/28/17) now all that  remains is a shell. I have also had a clownfish in there that I had to put somewhere after his tank cracked while moving.  I used 58 lbs of live rock from Matt's Corral Connection (about 30 ls was his rock that had been in cultured for a year) along with about 16 lbs of cured dry rock that was acid dipped in muriatic acid. Also 60 lbs of bagged live sand and a handful of cycled sand from Matt's. I have tested diligently everyday at around the same time for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates and they have all tested around 0 using a Red Sea Test Kit. Red Sea tests 0-0.2 on it's lowest detectable level. 2 days test kit for ammonia looked they may have been around .1 but not quite .2. Is it possible this tank just isn't gonna cycle or is already cyled? 

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TrentN   

Do you have diatoms covering your sand bed, a dusting on the glass? If so I'd say it's probably alreay cycled. Mainly due to the rock you got from Matt's CC.

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I agree, one tank I set up with all live rock from another tank and never saw an ammonia cycle. Sounds like you gave it the best chance possible to succeed and it may have.


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Aviido   

It's been awhile since I've done an update on the tank so here goes..

 

Battled heavily with green hair algae for a couple weeks. Hired a clean up crew to no avail then started attacking it manually by hand, along with the normal weekly water changes. Would get as much as I could out on Mondays and have it right back by Wednesday. Figured it was the reused rock from my nano tank leaching PO4 despite the acid bath. Testing gave me a reading of 0 so hair algae must have been consuming it. Got a small reactor for GFO and carbon and that wiped out the hair algae. About a week later started to notice cyano on a lot of the rocks and sand bed. Thought I was increasing my flow but turned out the bushing turning the propellor on my Icecap Gyre had stripped and was getting caught so I was getting a lot less flow than I thought. Finally got that issue resolved. Permanently moved my clownfish to the sump. She's a pain in the butt and nips the crap out of me every time I put my hand in the tank so she can spend her days there until I decide what to do with her. Will probably give her away once my daughter forgets about her. Everything else has been running perfectly. Tank is stable. Corals are growing and the fiancee is happy. 

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Moved the rock work around because I can't leave well enough alone. I liked it more the way that I had it now that I look back on older pix but everything beside two frags of zoas like where they are, so I'm not moving anything again until I have to.

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Three little frags of zoas that we picked up from SB Reefs. Acclimated them to that spot for almost a month and they did fine, take them off the frag plugs and the pinks started stretching for light. Will probably move them at some point. The blue eyed ones have a different color zoa underneath that I really can't get a good picture of. They're green with an orangish center and a brown skirt.

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Best picture I could get of mystery bonus zoas.

 

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Little duncan.

 

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The misses fell in love with these guys, with some help from Trent. I was opposed at first but now I really like them. They have pretty cool personalities and will eat from/on my hand.

 

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Walking around Petland the other day killing time and happened to come across this guy that they had labeled as a ricordea... Pretty sure it's a yuma so I jumped on it for $25 bucks. Once I got it home I noticed it had a little dime sized baby also of the frag plug. SCORE! 2 yummas for $25. This is what it looked like under 100% blues using an orange gel filter when I got it home. Doesn't do it justice at all. It actually has some pretty intense pinkish orangish bulbs with a little bit of green and a brownish purplish base and a green mouth. Stuck it in a low flow low/ low light area to let it acclimate because I read intense lighting is the number 1 killer of yumas. 

 

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Pictured under 35% whites 72%blues. Here you can see the details a lot better but still not as good as in person. It started moving almost the very next morning. Absolutely my favorite coral in the tank thus far.

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Some top down shots including an acan that we also got from SB Reefs. Wasn't doing so hot when we got but it's on the mend and likes it's little spot right now.

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