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Yeah that was my issue, I managed to find a couple of 48 hour heat pads that you use for back pain. Pack of 3 was about £4.00
Apparently B&M's do microwavable hand warmers that are meant to be pretty good (and reusable) they're roughly a pound each BUT i have never found them

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Thanks Ratvan I'll see if I can find those, I'll have a look in b and m aswell, just trying to keep cost down for peoplalev as much as I can, can anyone that would like a kenya tree frag let me know please so I know how many to order, thanks guys

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So some good and bad news, bad news first my anthia died, I have no idea why it was just on the bottom struggling to breath, all other fish and corals were fine, tested parameters and they were all good aswell so it's a strange one, perhaps just unlucky but I know it should really have been in a shoal in a larger tank, the good news after waiting a week for things to calm after the anthia passing I got some new tank mates, 3 small Allan's damsels, I think 3 may be a bit too much once they get bigger but it was the same price for 3 as it was 2 due to a discount on a group of 3 so took the 3 of them, I'd say that's my evo fully stocked now with 1 clownfish, 3 damsels, 1 firefish and 1 blenny, clean up crew is 1 cleaner shrimp, 2 hermit crabs and 2 nassuris snails, not to worry though this is now when I can stop buying fish and start saving for some nice corals, I'm definitely after some more zoas, I'd also like some torch coral if it's not too difficult to keep but don't want to take on anything too difficult, my zoas seem to all be doing well so I think they are a safe option

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The new damsels

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At least you picked some of the least aggressive and territorial damsels otherwise I was expecting all hell to break lose in the next few weeks as majority of damsels become very territorial and aggressive towards anything that comes in their space. Which is surprisingly large for such a small peaceful looking fish


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Smifs reef your spot on there mate I definitely know about damsel aggression as years ago I used a yellow tail damsel to cycle a tank and then it became the tank bully to anything I added, I only tried these ones because they're supposed to be peaceful and also will only get to about 6 cm, they seem to be getting on well with everyone so far

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Reply #216

The new damsels

Coming along nicely, gorgeous clutch of fishies there as well

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Thanks Ratvan, the tank is really starting to take off now, I'm also noticing the algae on the rocks seems to be getting less and less, there has been some red algae appearing but not too much so I don't expect any crazy blooms, my blenny is doing his job well lol

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Merry Christmas everyone I hope your all enjoying yourself and your tanks run smoothly over the holidays

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And a blithe Yule to you my friend ,
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Dave
Bit late but better a wee bit late than never ,
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Hey everyone I hope your all well and tanks are running smoothly, I've been a bit inactive for a while as unfortunately the setting up of my tank is done and there hasn't really been a lot going on to update you on, I still have all my fish and corals though so I must be doing something right, anyway I have decided to try a little experiment for what might be an absolute bargain find if it does what I hope It does, basically the light I have attached was less than £5 new from a shop posted, it's a 39cm blue waterproof led that will fit into my evos lid beautifully I hope and compliment the stock lighting, I'm not expecting to get growth from this kind of bulb but my main attraction to it is I'd like to add more blue to the stock lighting as I feel the coral looks so much better under just blues however I know on this tank these are not strong enough to grow coral so the white and blues must be used, don't get me wrong the stick lighting looks great but it could have more blue in it just to bring out the corals best colours, has anyone else tried a light like this, if so how did you find it? Once it arrives I'll take some pictures of it in action, again this is not to recommend anyone a good coral light, just a cheap option of seeing your corals better if it works lol, all a bit of fun eh

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Reply #221

Tank’s looking nice mate!


How much growth do you get on them Zoas under the Stock Light? Do you get more Heads monthly?
They’re what I’m looking to stock a big part of my Tank with so I’m interested what this Light can do.

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Reply #222

I think the light works pretty well for zoas I have some at the top of the tank right under the lights and others lower down and all seem to be doing great no matter where they are, zoas and palythoas are the 2 corals I would buy again without hesitating, I have a few different species of zoa one of them is a bit slow although I bought it as a single polyp and has only just produced one new head after about 2 months, another one has popped out 3 in the same amount of time, this one had about 4 heads when I got it, they all seem to be healthy and doing well and my toxic green paly has left the frag plug and I have about 4 new heads on it growing onto the rock work, gsp also grows really well under this aswell as kenya tree and wavey hand, obviously there are better lights if speed of growth is a concern, but it definitely does work

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Reply #223

Oh that’s great news!
I will probably want a Light upgrade somewhere down the line but I’ll be more than happy if I get that kind of growth.
What type is that lovely Zoa Colony of about 30 Heads with the Green middles? They look quality!
Also do you find the GSP to invasive? I love the look of it but always hear bad things about it.

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Reply #224

Tbh that's the only species of zoa I have that I don't know what it is, it was a cheap find in lfs for £8, that was my first coral and has always done well in there, I don't find the gsp too invasive at all, it has started to encrust onto the rocks but it's only grew about 0.5 times its size since I got it so I don't think it could take over without you being able to control it, I love it though so I'd be happy for it to cover that rock and more lol

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