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Photos of the Red Devil people eater and toadstool (which unfortunately fell into my hammer overnight but is now recovering)

I have actually rearranged the tank a little today so will post a new FTS tomorrow. The scape had never sat quite right with me and now I think I’ve got it right - I’ve made it looks more like the hardscape come out from the corner of the tank than being a freshwater triangular Aquascape scape which it was before - continuing my marine education here!!

Fairly certain I’ve dealt with the aptasia via use of lemon juice squirted into its hole in the rock. Fairly sure bubble algae issue is resolved now too.
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Reply #136

Nice one,  that toadstool should recover with  no issues.

Are those brown bits red planaria or is that just algae?
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Yep it’s planaria ... did some siphoning work recently but they are back - considering flatworm exit - any experiences out ther??
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Yep it’s planaria ... did some siphoning work recently but they are back - considering flatworm exit - any experiences out ther??

That's annoying, i've not personally used it, but i remember reading that it works but can take a few goes, and you need to filter heavily with carbon after to remove it from the water. 
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Yea that plus remove as many as you can manually first is what I’m reading
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Yea that plus remove as many as you can manually first is what I’m reading

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This is where it gets tricky with nanos.  Normally you could add a wrasse or springers damsel to sort flatworms,  but I think they'd all be too big. 
The springers might just about be okay,  but it depends on the individual as to whether they'll get on with clowns. Good chance they'd squabble.
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Hi @ScapeEasy  how's it going?
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Reply #142

just realised I never attached a photo of the rearranges hardscape which I’ve just done though afraid it’s reflection central!

Flatworm exit I can highly recommend - not used it in the main tank just yet but have in the pico and the planaria almost instantaneously were deceased and the eviotas were picking them out of the water column as they floated by.

I have also dealt with the aptasia - I found another large one near the first which had escaped me first time round. In the end the most effective option wasn’t the lemon juice - it was to lower the water level so the aptasias ‘hole’ was exposed and pour kh booster in the hole. Never came back after that - I was determined not to have to buy a specialist product and that did the trick :) of course I’ve spotted a mojano now... but choosing not to panic about that for the time being!

I have continued to have bad luck with clownfish. I currently have one healthy and very attractive specimen which I’ve had about a month. The other is new and despite spending time in the shop ensuring I picked the healthiest specimen I could shortly after introduction to the tank it lost its caudal fin - it has been treated for parasites and bacterial infection and is eating well and so I’m hopeful it will pull through...

The pico tank seems to be doing much better - macros growing, inhabitants happy. Some fairly fast corraline algae growth in there too. I have sourced a pebble crab to be added into there soon as I’ve nothing to clean the substrate presently.

 I’ve had caulerpa serrulata go sexual now in both tanks - caught it so early in the pico after a freshwater top up that I didn’t bother with doing anything but when it happened in the main tank I did aeration lots of carbon, water change  etc etc that stuff seems very susceptible to it indeed. I will keep only a small amount in each tank going forwards.

I will be shutting the tank down if the clown doesn’t make it. Simple as that, and I doubt I’ll be convinced otherwise. It would be so wrong to keep subjecting fish to whatever is going on here if it doesn’t work out. That’s a decision I don’t want to have to take as I’m nevertheless enjoying the marine hobby greatly and the learning curve has been so very enjoyable for a previously very successful freshwater keeper. Just posting this has got me thinking about how I might go about doing that and I’m getting a few plans together for what I’d do with inhabitants etc...

I’ll try and remember to upload some more pictures tomorrow! Keeping positive for now...
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Reply #143

That is looking so good mate,  i wish i had your skills in aquascaping.  *D

You've really been through the ringer with pests on these tanks, it can be such a brutal hobby at times! I wouldn't blame you for knocking it on the head.  Would be a shame with those beautiful setups though.

Clowns can and do regrow fins,  my big female almost completely lost her dorsal fin at one point (fighting i think), and you could hardly tell now.
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That looks so pretty!! Gotta be honest bit jealous


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Agree with the others that it.is looking good!

Before shutting down might be worth considering a fish free tank? I often find the corals the most interesting bit and if you want a bit of movement you could go.invert only.with some funky shrimp etc?

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Agree with the others that it.is looking good!

Before shutting down might be worth considering a fish free tank? I often find the corals the most interesting bit and if you want a bit of movement you could go.invert only.with some funky shrimp etc?
that’s what I thought too! A fish free tank, I think invertebrates are often more interesting than the fish


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Thanks everyone for the kind words - mush needed at a time like this! 

I am essentially thinking along roughly the same lines as you all I believe - my plan would be to completely remove all rock and sand from the tank and dispose of it. I’d dip the corals / macros and transfer them temporarily to the pico tank along with any remaining invert inhabitants / fish a though some would be returned to ensure compatibility ( eg no emerald crab with macros), I would then clean the heck out of the tank and equipment. I’d then remove the filter section and redesign things so there is a rear filter compartment and black background to the tank ( something I’ve been thinking about anyway) and the honeycomb stuff etc so basically get the tank as close to an aquascaping glass box as possible. I could then transfer from the pico back into the main tank all the contents of the pico and figure out a new scape. Basically I’d increase the size of the pico and add the corals... that was a much easier way of saying it lol.

Currently the clown seems to have lost a little colour but seems stable otherwise, it’s eating which is a plus compared to some of my other purchases!
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