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RSully 11-24-2012 03:46 AM

my 20 gallon set-up
 
Recently set-up a 20 gallon fowlr. Have slowly expanded to a few corals since fish are kinda not much of an option since I have aYellow Tail Blue Damsel. In the tank are 4 hermit crabs, 3 nassarius snails, 1 margarita snail, a coral banded shrimp, star polyp, hammer coral and a mushroom. Oh, and the Damsel. So far, eveything has done good. Only thing i've experienced is the loss of a hermit crab (not sure if he molted ot died as only found the exoskeleton and not the shell he was in. He also changed shells about 10 days ago). The shrimp has already molted after 2 weeks in the tank.

here's my current water test results:
PH 8.2
Amonia- less than .25 (I'd call it 0 but it may have a slight spike due to probably overfeeding last night trying to target feed my corals a bit of flake)
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate- < than 5 but looks closer to 0
Phosphate- < .25 but looks closer to 0

Will be picking up a calcium test kit tomorrow.

Reefing Madness 11-24-2012 10:50 AM

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RSully 11-24-2012 01:51 PM

lol, sorry. These first pics will be of display tank. I wanted to show what the margarita (correct me if I'm wrong) can do to an algae growth. The pics below were of a rock that was covered when I went to bed last night and as you can see, they've wiped out over half of it on this rock. Is this hair algae?

I'll get some more pics up later this evening.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-e...0/PB240120.JPG

RSully 11-24-2012 01:54 PM

Here's a pic of the hammer coral th evening we got it. I'll take some new ones after the lights come on so you can see how much it's opened now. Quite a difference.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-u...0116.JPG?gl=US

RSully 11-24-2012 01:55 PM

The shroom. I'll get one of the base of this and see if you think the shells can be moved now or just leave them be.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-X...0117.JPG?gl=US

RSully 11-24-2012 01:56 PM

Coral banded shrimp, post molt.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-p...0108.JPG?gl=US

Reefing Madness 11-24-2012 01:57 PM

Still looks like Diatoms growing all over. You can leave the Shroom there, looks good. Put a rock under it so it has something to grab onto.

RSully 11-24-2012 01:58 PM

The molt. Thought it was dead at first. Molt this fast never crossed my mind (only been in tank 2 weeks.)

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0...0098.JPG?gl=US

RSully 11-24-2012 01:59 PM

Straight on shot pre corals.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-x...0080.JPG?gl=US

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-m...0082.JPG?gl=US

Reefing Madness 11-24-2012 02:15 PM

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