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DevonM

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This evening I went to get another photo of the anemone and it has moved 3 inches since last night! I didn't expect it to move that fast. Now it's not in a good place to get a picture.

After Carla mentioned Hydroids I was actually able to find a small colony in my tank (size of a $.50 piece). :( They must have been in the tank for the last 7-8 years so I guess I'm not too worried about them spreading like wildfire... The new LEDs really make them glow green in the evening or else I probably wouldn't have noticed them for another 7+ years. Has anyone here had problems with them? I guess I could cover them in super glue if they get out of control.

 

sarmo

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so what's the verdict? good, bad, or just another filter feeder???? might not be a good idea to touch one, i'm sure it would sting you!!!
 

DevonM

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so what's the verdict? good, bad, or just another filter feeder???? might not be a good idea to touch one, i'm sure it would sting you!!!
Well not so good but it sounds like they will come and go... maybe eat a few pods a long the way. I thought it was pretty cool the way the jelly shot around the tank. Now that spring is here I've turned my focus towards the yard a bit, trying to remove a couple trees and some dead brush. I will have to shoot another video of my L2 algae scrubber though as it's starting to take off.... I think :). I've been wrong before though...
 

DevonM

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What does the algae look like in the display Devon? Is it starting to go away?
It hasn't made a difference in the display tank yet. I have started up a chaeto ball in my fuge that's taking off too. I really think the move to the new house and die off is what kicked the algae bloom. It took almost a year and a half after the last move to find a balance. I was able to grow a ton of chaeto and then it eventually died off as the nutrients were taken out of the rocks. I know I'm not overfeeding so I think it's just a matter of time. The fish are happy though! :)
 

CarlaW

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The reason I ask is if and when the algae goes away, you are running 3 things that basically are in competition with one another, know what I mean?
 

DevonM

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The reason I ask is if and when the algae goes away, you are running 3 things that basically are in competition with one another, know what I mean?
I see what you mean but at the same time I should be able to tell which one is outperforming the rest. It could be that the algae in the display tank outperforms the others. :/ Or, the chaeto might do the trick... only time will tell. Nothing seems to happen very quickly in this hobby.
 

CarlaW

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LOL.................. don't I know that. My personal guess/hope, is that the chaeto will do the trick for you. If nuthin else, I can grow a veritable ton of caulerpa for you, it seems to do well for me!!
 

DevonM

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The new L2 algae scrubber is starting to produce some algae for export. :) Hopefully in the next couple weeks it will kick it up a notch as I've now increased the photo period from 8 hours to 12 hours.

 

DevonM

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Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 58 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 13 weeks I'm increasing the photo period on the L2 scrubber to 18 hours from 12 hours. The SURF2's photo period is also 18 hours and has been for awhile. I'm happy to start seeing some actual growth out of an algae scrubber! :)

 

DevonM

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Salad anyone?

Good to see some progress finally!
Agreed! The L2 scrubber is starting to kick it into gear. I find that the L2's plastic screen (that the algae grows on) is much easy to clean off than the SURF's box with strings. The algae scrubber project has only taken 406 days to actually produce something to export... guess I should have started with a waterfall style scrubber first. :doh:
 

DevonM

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Ah, what is a year, if the life of a reef? :) :)
This is true. It's kind of like what I'd think shaping a bonsai tree would be like, a long-term project. "It's about the journey, not the destination" they say... I love watching the clownfish shoot in and out of the clam's mantle all day.

I think it might be time for some more anthias, maybe Bartlett's this time. The Lyretails were nice but have now all died off.
 
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