Kessil

IM 14G Peninsula Nano Reef

Hella_Salty650

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Good :
- OG Godzilla is looking absolutely fantastic!
- Split the colony of Gonzo Golden Dragon Mushroom and ready to rehome! (Pm if interested)

Bad:
- Dragons Breath Macro has some die off
- Pom Pom Gracilaria has a lot of detritus build up

Possible answers:
- Normal for newly acquired macro to have some die off
- Not enough flow (placed in corners of tank)
- Not enough light (over shading)
If anyone has suggestions, please..

Update: 3rd orange Molly placed back into tank. Having 2 submissive mollies helps because the boss was really picking each apart alone
 

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Hella_Salty650

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Watching my pair of mandarin swim up together to spawn is definitely one of my highlights as a hobbiest.

Not too long ago, I was researching as much as I could in how to even keep 2 alive within a smaller ecosystem and now I'm over here researching if anyone has breed them and raised the babies! 2 Wild mandarin, spawning within 2 months of ownership, eating anything I throw in (pellets included, flake it picks at it but no luck)

The next part is being able to capture it! Every time it happens, I bring out my phone but scare them off...
 

Hella_Salty650

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Quick phytoplankton update!

Been attempting to culture phytoplankton over the past month and wanted to share my experience in the case anyone was ever interested in diy!

-Truthfully my first culture crashed… used gallon plastic bottles and maybe dosed too much f2 fertilizer initially.
-follow up was to substitute plastic for glass along with further research on correct amounts to dose
-3 cultures later I think we are making good progress! Corals love it and the pods are everywhere

PSA: I did say this is a diy set up. The goal was make it as simple as possible and use materials around the house aka GHETTO LOL
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UPDATED: 4 cultures of phytoplankton in! Changed set up from culturing every 5 days to each week (7 days) because it’s easier for scheduling. About 1 month into my journey culturing phyto and only contamination was my first culture which I used plastic and maybe doses too much f2 initially.

Truthfully, I thought 2 cultures at 1 gallon each would be enough to handle 4 tanks total (14gal, 150 gal, 180 gal, 35 gal). On this last culture, I have so much excess lol I’m still trying to use up from my second week and here we are almost on the 4th week. I’m over here using any bottle I can find including this nacho cheese glass bottle haha…

My takeaway was that on the 3rd culture the color has seriously darken and I’m starting to get a hand of it. In terms of cleaning… well I filter the phyto out each time completely but cleaning the bottles and tubes could be better. I am kinda half butt as all I really do for the bottle is Rinse with hot water 3 times and uhm yea that’s it…

my next plan is to start my copepod culture :)

If I can do it, you can too
Ended up starting my culture up again! Almost ran out and only had enough for 1 gal bottle but we back to usual! 2nd harvest should be tomorrow 09/23.

Started up my white worm culture as well also!
 

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Hella_Salty650

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Glad to meet some new faces at CFM today! Found a grail piece I've been eyeing but just wasn't my time.

New Additions: Thick Gorgonian, Dragons Breath (YES, THE DRAGON'S BREATH), Red Grape Caulerpa
 

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Hella_Salty650

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New toy :)!

Been learning to frag using a dremmel. Excited to try out my new saw! Looking forward to improving technique
 

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Arvin R

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New toy :)!

Been learning to frag using a dremmel. Excited to try out my new saw! Looking forward to improving technique
Nice toy! I've been on the fence about this or a gryphon. All my research shows that the gryphon is the better saw but I was wondering since my use will be very light if this would perform just fine. I also believe Neptune uses an inland?
 

Hella_Salty650

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Nice toy! I've been on the fence about this or a gryphon. All my research shows that the gryphon is the better saw but I was wondering since my use will be very light if this would perform just fine. I also believe Neptune uses an inland?
I have no clue of the differences between the two, luckily it’s a hand me down :)
 

Hella_Salty650

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Re-arranged my rock work earlier this morning!
Goal:
- Remove Rock
- Create caves and islands throughout aqua scape
- Create more open space for macro growth

In the process, I might have shocked one of the mollies too much.
Started to bang against the glass a few times, at 10pm today, I found it floating in one of the caves.. May it Swim in Peace

I still have 2 more lyre tail but the coloration doesn't really go with my theme so debating to throw it in my tank.
Down to 2 Mollies in the 14IM
 

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Hella_Salty650

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Phytoplankton culture picking up, green is slowly getting there! Excited to use Reef Nutritions new goodies :)
 

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