My Evo 13.5.

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Reply #60

Funny you should ask ajm83 as I was pretty worried about one of them a few days ago but all turned out well.
I’ll add a quick update a bit later when I’ve got some time and fill you in.

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Reply #61

Looking awesome bud, especially under actinic


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Reply #62

Thanks Dusty!
Yeah I love it under the actinic.
It’s a shame as even with this yellow filter it doesn’t do it justice, for some reason it still really struggles to pick up my blue and red Zoas and they really pop in real life like little LEDs.

Ajm83,
Sorry for the late reply mate, haven’t been about on here as been a little busy.
Yeah the Clowns are doing great thanks!
A couple of weeks ago now the slightly bigger, more dominant one which will more than likely become the female when they mature was acting very strange, “she” ate fine in the morning but then just hung out very docile in a low area of flow up against the back wall, usually both Clowns are swimming all over the tank and grazing on little bits of algae and stuff being very active so it was strange seeing “her” do this.
It stayed this way all day and when I put the blue lights on the only time she really moved from the spot was when the other one came near and then “she” just moved out the way, then back.
At one point it looked like “she” twitched and was sick, I looked it up and never saw anything about them being sick like this but I’m sure that’s what happened.

Anyway the next day I was worried about the worst but after about 10 mins of the blue lights coming on “she” was back to her usual self and grazing on Copepods and stuff so well pleased!
I think they might be starting to mature also as they’ve become much closer over the last couple of weeks.


I’ve got another update to do come, I’ll pull my finger out and get it written out very soon.

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Reply #63

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 lol .
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.

Tank pics....
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.

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Reply #64

Really nice,  are you feeding the duncan at all?

Interesting on the water change,  wonder if that's eliminating a slight deficiency of something?

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Thanks mate.

I’ve been feeding the Duncan and Hammer a bit of Mysis every 4 days, 1 for each head.
You can probably see from the pic they’re slightly in the shade of the rock as the flow’s a little to strong if I pull them out anymore so I was a bit worried the back head might not do well, luckily though it’s all doing and growing nicely : ) I think a new head might be forming also but not 100% on that yet.

Yeah it is a bit strange how much the Monti has picked up since the new schedule, it had been growing the last few months but soo slowly! Now it’s really starting to take off so it’s enjoying something about it. I’ve read they can take a short while to settle in before really taking off so could be a coincidence but it’s been in there a long while now so wouldn’t have thought it was that but who knows : )

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I brought a Mushroom and Toadstool that’s been in QT for just over a week now and the Toadstool has been fully extended from about the 4th day, it opened a little from the 2nd but now I can see a hint of green at the tips and the Tentacles are fully out.
The Mushroom wasn’t attached to the plug, I was contacted by the shop and offered a little off the price as it had come loose just before they sent it, or if I wanted to wait for another one to come in but went with this one.
From what I’ve read it seemed the best way to attach it was to place it on some rock rubble in a little pot in low flow so it will attach itself over a couple of weeks so fingers crossed.
Really happy with the colour! Nice deep red/orange with a yellow outer rim, nice bumpy texture to it also and it glows really well under the actinics.

I also added a bit of red Macroalgae that I got from eBay about a month ago, brought a strand for a tenner and it’s grown a nice amount already while in the QT tank.
I think it looks great in the DT adding a good bit of colour and texture so really pleased with that.

Lastly I knocked a branch off my Stylo  >:(
I got real lucky as there were 3 branches all growing up together and somehow I knocked off the one sandwiched between the other 2 so it didn’t really change the look of it, I dodged a bullet there and will make sure I’m more careful around it from now on.
I glued the branch to a piece of rock rubble and placed it in the QT and it’s looking happy in there so I’ve got my first Stylo frag : )
Hopefully next update will be with the Mushroom and Toadstool in the DT.

Few pics....
Took these not long after lights on so the Duncan and Hammer aren’t fully extended and excuse the back wall, I’ve been keeping it for my Snail to eat if needed but I’m probably going to clean it off soon, it comes off easily and I’m pretty sure there’s enough in the Tank for it to eat.
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Reply #67

great pics!

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Reply #68

Cheers Andy  :grin:

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I’ve got the red Ausie Mushroom and Toadstool in the DT now, left it a little longer than usual as I wanted to make sure the mushroom had attached. The Mushroom’s on the sand for now and I’m well happy with it! Great vivid colour under the Fluval lights and it really pops under the actinic.
I’ve glued the Toadstool to the rock at the top left corner, it bends over a little when fully extended so it’s at a bit of an angle but I’m hoping it will lean against the rock when it’s a little bigger and will then grow across it (fingers crossed), if not I’ll just have to reglue it.

I brought three more Coral online the other day and received them Friday, a Zoa colony (Pornstar Martini), Ultra Neon GSP and some Metallic Daisy Polyps and they’re all in the QT. Not sure if the name on the Zoas is a bit of a gimmick as can’t find any others under that name but I payed £14.99 for 10+ Polyps and there’s about 22/23 heads on there so pretty sweet. They’re also very different to my other Zoas as they’re on long stems and a real nice size too, they look neon green in the pic but they’re really bright neon yellow with darker green skirts.
The Neon GSP I’ve wanted since starting the tank and it really glows in both light spectrums but very cool looking under the blues.
Lastly the Metallic Daisy Ps look like they’re gonna be a nice new addition. I’m trying to give the tank a bit more of a wild look but still going to be a little carful with these and the GSP as I don’t want them to completely take over in there! Again I payed for 10+ heads and got around 20.

Not sure where I’m putting any of these yet so something to think about while they’re in QT.


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Reply #70

DT's looking good!
What light have you got over your QT?  Looks like the zoas are stretching a bit so you might want to increase the intensity or raise them in the tank a little?

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Reply #71

Cheers Andy :grin:


The light in the QT isn’t great by any means but it can keep Coral alright.
This pic was taken on only the second day in there so they just came like it, either meant to be this way or the shops lighting stretched them out. I’ll have to see how the new heads form overtime.


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