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    Default Red Sea Reefer update- 6 months in

    It's been awhile since I have updated. Things were just kind of holding steady. I have just recently started seeing lots of new growth for the first time since this has been set up. Everything is dividing and spreading exactly how it should. It is really fun to watch. I must say this is really rewarding after putting corals in and seeing them just sit and not propagate at all. I think the biggest thing was the learning curve of balancing water chemistry and adjusting the lighting correctly. Too much light enhances algae growth and too little inhibits coral growth.

    The only new things I keep popping in there are Flower Rock Nems since you can put them in tight next to each other and they come in so many colors they become kind of an addiction. The Coral Dudes are local here and do huge online sales. I have the benefit of knowing the owner who is kind enough to hand pick the best two out of the 500 extreme rock nems he just got in for the sale tomorrow. The first one he ever chose for me is still my favorite. Looking forward to seeing what he set aside tomorrow.

    I have had a recent problem with algae again but I know what I need to do to regain balance. I stay on top of it but it is a battle. I don't really have room for reactors or any other crazy stuff in my sump. I really want to keep it simple.

    I did find an interesting stow away today. I had no idea what it was and sent a pick to the reef shop guy. He recognized it as a Bristle Starfish that is in the process of regenerating two arms. It is really tiny. Not sure what it snuck in on but I will let it stay as long as it behaves.
    Anyway here are some pics.

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    Default Re: Red Sea Reefer update- 6 months in

    Looks great. Nice work!!
    Im not illiterate...only my phone's auto correct is

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    Default Re: Red Sea Reefer update- 6 months in

    Really Nice.
    Breeding , interest and goals Wilds Heckels and Cuipeuas and a few Domestics pairs with occasional fry as well as Angels fancy Plecos , corys and shrimps.

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    Thereís my friend! Thanks Ryan- remember when I was playing with this idea? Seems like ages ago. Itís been fun but expensive. You guys have better corals at cheaper prices out there. Your next!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pardal View Post
    Really Nice.
    Thank you!

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    Your tank is looking great Jenene.
    All the hard work, your commitment, and dedication is paying off. I can only imagine how good it would be to watch it all grow and flourishing, as well as discovering new things in there like the star fish...Who knows what other little organisms are hiding in there?
    Photos look a lot clearer as well.

    Thanks for keeping us updated
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenene View Post
    There’s my friend! Thanks Ryan- remember when I was playing with this idea? Seems like ages ago. It’s been fun but expensive. You guys have better corals at cheaper prices out there. Your next!
    No don't give me any ideas!!! No new major projects. Not yet anyway. Was just working on a new one today. We will see how it works out. Will have to unveil it soon
    Im not illiterate...only my phone's auto correct is

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    [QUOTE=Ryan925;1276856]No don't give me any ideas!!! No new major projects. Not yet anyway. Was just working on a new one today. We will see how it works out. Will have to unveil it soon[/QUO
    You crack me up Ryan . No new major projects except the one you are not discussing! Funny! Canít wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by two utes View Post
    Your tank is looking great Jenene.
    All the hard work, your commitment, and dedication is paying off. I can only imagine how good it would be to watch it all grow and flourishing, as well as discovering new things in there like the star fish...Who knows what other little organisms are hiding in there?
    Photos look a lot clearer as well.

    Thanks for keeping us updated
    Thanks Joe,
    Yes finally seeing the growth is really rewarding. The Candy Cane is dividing for the second time. It started at 3 heads and is almost 12 now. There is finally a new baby mushroom and everything else is growing and multiplying.

    I gave in and got a new phone. Helps with the pics. One thing I noticed with the clearer pics is you can actually see the blue feeding tentacles on the Candy Canes. I had never seen them before. That is very cool.

    There is also an unexpected new fun addition I will update soon. Just want to make sure he settles in okay.

    Thanks again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenene View Post
    Thanks Joe,
    Yes finally seeing the growth is really rewarding. The Candy Cane is dividing for the second time. It started at 3 heads and is almost 12 now. There is finally a new baby mushroom and everything else is growing and multiplying.

    I gave in and got a new phone. Helps with the pics. One thing I noticed with the clearer pics is you can actually see the blue feeding tentacles on the Candy Canes. I had never seen them before. That is very cool.

    There is also an unexpected new fun addition I will update soon. Just want to make sure he settles in okay.

    Thanks again!
    Hi Jenene.
    I was looking through some of your other threads in this section about your reef tank, and i really must say that its coming along nicely. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I thought the cucumber was cool and how it had divided in two, and was wondering how its progressed? Did that starfish rear its head again? Or do you think it ended us as a treat? Any new additions, or would that upset the balance?

    Sorry about all the questions, but I've often thought about starting a reef tank and was wondering how much time it takes to maintain one.... with all the new found experience you now have? I didn't think about asking you about it at he NADA discus show....We were both distracted by all the beautiful Discus

    I understand that you get rewarded for all the time you put into things no matter what that may be.

    Would love to see an update with pics on how its all going...I bet it's looking great
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    Quote Originally Posted by two utes View Post
    Hi Jenene.
    I was looking through some of your other threads in this section about your reef tank, and i really must say that its coming along nicely. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I thought the cucumber was cool and how it had divided in two, and was wondering how its progressed? Did that starfish rear its head again? Or do you think it ended us as a treat? Any new additions, or would that upset the balance?

    Sorry about all the questions, but I've often thought about starting a reef tank and was wondering how much time it takes to maintain one.... with all the new found experience you now have? I didn't think about asking you about it at he NADA discus show....We were both distracted by all the beautiful Discus

    I understand that you get rewarded for all the time you put into things no matter what that may be.

    Would love to see an update with pics on how its all going...I bet it's looking great
    Thanks Joe! I welcome your questions! They are actually very good ones. I’ll try to be methodical and answer them in order so I don’t miss anything.

    The cucumber... to give you the best answer on that - I went searching for them. The lights had not come on yet so I overrode the system and turned them on. Couldn’t find either one of them! Being filter feeders they are very, very slow movers and tend to just stay put once they find a good spot. I was surprised to not see them. Thinking maybe they “shrink” like the corals do during lights out, I checked back later. Sure enough I found one. The other may have found a cozier spot in the rocks.

    I never did see the bristle star again. Unaware he was even in there at all for months I’m not all that surprised. My instincts tell me the Puffer fish was much smarter than him and most likely finished him off arm by arm a long time ago.

    I do have some new additions Joe! I had been watching a guy on a site called Upstate Reefers (sounds kind of illegal doesn’t it?) and he often offers frags of his pieces at very fair prices. I was after one piece specifically called Todd's Torch. Around here in the shops they can be prohibitively expensive. He also went to his friend’s house and gave me a video tour of things to choose from. He is in the Albany area and I was able to stop and pick them up on the way home from NADA. I was surprised at the quality of them. He sent me home with the torch, a yuma, a Duncan and a small set of cloves. The balance is fine when I add new things. The real issue is finding room. I need to learn to cut some of my collection back to sell or trade. I have a problem getting up the nerve to cut apart a living thing. I told the guy I was afraid and was accused of being “overly dramatic.”

    The older more stable tank takes much less time to maintain than it did when it was new. It took about a full year to mature to that point. Yes it is very rewarding now to see things dividing and flourishing. There’s some “warfare” that goes on between things taking over space. From just growing over the top of something else to sending out poisonous tentacles- there’s never a dull moment. Weekly 25% water changes, water top off, testing and some element dosing are are that is really required at this point. I think the one thing to keep in mind is you can’t just walk away from this tank for a week or more like you do discus. I saw your thread “Who can help?” If you are thinking about reefing and traveling you should probably start training that cute little girl in the art of mixing the perfect salt water. When she can carry a 5 gallon bucket of water across the house you are all set to start one up. (-;

    Thanks for checking in. I welcome your interest and curiosity on the salty side of things.

    Here’s some pics.

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    This is the new torch. I love the thinner tentacles and the dramatic green.

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    The Duncan belongs in a Dr. Seuss book.

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    This is not new but my favorite and best spreading... Passion Fruit Palys some call “Fruit Loops” They started out as a colony of five.

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    This tank has been worth the work as most things worth anything are.
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    Jenene its a beautiful tank...really very beautiful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brewmaster15 View Post
    Jenene its a beautiful tank...really very beautiful!
    al

    Ps..actually Its so beautiful I am nominating it for the pic of the month Club!
    Awe!!! Thanks Al... Itís changed a lot since you saw it. Itís been an experience!

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    Default Re: Red Sea Reefer update- 6 months in

    Wow Jenene.

    Thanks for answering all my questions. You sure have given me lots to think about. I don't think i'm ready to give up my many trips as yet, and will probably put a reef tank off until i either settle down a bit, or gain more volunteers to help.

    I see you have moved some things around, and that everything is thriving. I'm really impressed with how much the Passion Fruit Palys has spread. Obviously you are doing all the right things....Sit back...pour yourself your favorite beverage...and Enjoy!
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    Your tank is fantastic. I’ve been tempted a couple times to try my hand at it. Seeing what you’ve done tempts me once more.
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