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Wow ok so its been a while. Heres an update in short.
Macro from jla melted because of lack of light from green water. Yea it was bad. I found out the reason for it though... dead peppermint shrimp although i didnt find out until i beat the problem.
I had to purchase a UVS to help with the problem. I had it on for almost 2 weeks and the water went crystal clear. Then i decided to trim/ pull up some macroalgae. There was a huge green plume that came out of the sand bed..... green water again. I turned on the UVS again for about a week and the tank was crystal again. I did another trim and the tank is still clear. It has been a month since it has been off.

The green water has taken its toll though. I lost a few corals and my macro suffered. Im actually trying to get it back to growing nicely.

I am looking for another lighting fixture now to boost my lighting and to add a 6500k bulb for the macroalgae.
I am desperatly looking for different macros.
I would like to try red gracillera again (tang heaven), red grape, blue ball, and as many other types as possible. I have to buy everything online because there is NOTHING here.

I am also adding a few corals but those are mushrooms of various types mainly. As well as some softies if i can find them. I would love to try gorgs again both photosynthetic and non photosynthetic.
Here are some pics of the aftermath:







 

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Alright so its been a while and I havent been on here as much as I should be. Heres an update none the less. :)


Im expecting a macro algae order to come in any day now so once things get settled in after that I will take another pic of all the new goodies :)

Oh yes, I also updated my lighting so now I have 4x39T5HO using ATI bulbs.
 

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Are u using any kind of tap water filtering? R/O or D/I? How about protein skimmer? Im new to salty but so far havent lost anything yet. But who knows! My tank is only 2 months old. Lol
 

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I am just using straight tap that sits for at least 24 hours before I use it. I also put in a lot of additives for my macro algae. Actually I need to post a new pic as I just recieved a shipment of macro algaes and should post what my tank looks like now. :)
 

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This are pics from right after arranging everything so its a bit foggy and there are bubbles shooting around everywhere from the skimmer going nuts.
FTS


Tiger Striped serpent starfish (hitch hiker)


Sargassum


Red feather


Red calciferous (unknown)


Botryocladia (Red bubble)


Red mushroom (hitch hiker)


Halmedia optuna


Codium


Calpura Profilera
 

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So, last night I got curious and decided to look at my tanks night life. Very cool stuff. here are a couple of shots before I explain the weird sexual orgey I witnessed.

Candycane sweepers


Hydroids


And now for the weird sex
I was using my sons night light toy thingie to look into my tank and these little maggot things were attracted to the light. There were 2 colours; Pink/peach and blue/purple. There ended up being about 40ish around the light and they would follow it like one of those dog/cat lazer toys. Anyway, when they got to the sandbed I noticed that the blue ones would smear white goo along the glass. It was gross, looked like almost cooked runny egg whites or when a bug hits your windsheild and you have a spray of goo but it was white. And upon even closer inspection I noticed there were little dots in the goo. Then I realized... EWWW SPERM. Eggs too but EWWW. Kind of like salmon if you really think about it. But anyway here are some pics AND a video of the 2 coloured maggot things.



Money Shot... well not really all you can really see are the blue dot eggs under the maggot things and some film (sperm) around the eggs.


Video of these weird creatures


Ok and now a normal video of my tank. A tour basically.
 
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