Tank’s going well (touch wood), looking nice and clean and hardly any algae about, there’s still a slight white fluffy remnants of it across some of the top of the rock but that’s getting better by the day. I’m pretty sure my rock is leaching Phosphate a little causing the algae so what I’ve been doing is running CPE in the sump for a few weeks which cleans it up, then taking it out and letting it slowly come back a touch, usually over another three weeks or so and then repeat.
This way I don’t have to worry about the tank being to clean to cause problems and I always have a little algae in there for the Hermit, Trochus and Clowns to munch on but never enough to look to bad.
I’ve changed my cleaning schedule.
I was doing a 20% water change once a week along with a sand siphon using a small hose once every 4 days, syphoning the water through a fine media bag and then putting the tank water back in.
Now though I’m just doing the 4 day syphon and adding new water so it works out about 20% every 8 days and no need for the main water change and this seems to really have kicked off some nice growth in my SPS Corals!
My Stylo has been growing really well since I got it but since doing this it’s gone from 7 branches to 11. The biggest change though is my Monti Cap, it’s only shown very small signs of growth since it’s been in there and it must be 6 months or so now. The last few weeks it’s really started to take off and has grown more than the last 6 months combined so really happy about that! It’s growing around from the back so you can’t really see on the pics but I’ll try and get a top down shot at some point.
I think adding the trace elements from the new water every 4 days rather than every 7 is what’s caused the growth increase but that’s just a theory. I’m hoping I can get away without dosing anything by doing this and trying to just keep it pretty simple.
Everything else is growing well! Apart from my Epackers which are being a little off and on, I lost a couple of heads and grew some so still at 5 heads for now.
My “Baby Blues” are up to 5 heads now and going strong, the pics don’t do them justice as they pop so much in real life they look like little LEDs glowing under the actinic lighting and will look so cool when they cover a larger area!
Pallys are doing well, they’ve covered the rock they were on so haven’t changed much.
GSP still growing well, slowed down as it’s covered the rock.
No new heads on my Duncan or Hammer yet but they’ve been increasing in size a nice bit and are so nice to watch! The Duncan especially has become my fav Coral to watch, though I still think the Stylo is my favourite overall as I love seeing how it changes week by week.
I’ve managed to find a spot where the flow’s not to strong for the Hammer around the front of the Tank now so I can see it which is great
I’m thinking about buying some more soft Coral very soon to go on the rock, maybe sone Clove Polyps.
I’ve been holding off on Clove P as I’ve read they’re pretty invasive but I’m thinking I do want a little more of a wild look in there where the Coral can just do it’s thing to some extent and see how it turns out.
Excuse the back wall, I’ve left it like that so if the algae does get to low the Trochus still has something to eat and won’t starve : )
Also my Epackers on the rock aren’t happy here as my (pain in the a**) Hermit moved the big rock they were on looking for algae underneath and they had a bit of a tumble.