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Well folks, tank set up in April. Caribsea life rock, caribsea Fiji pink live sand and Caribsea Sea Pure, cycled for six weeks until the bacteria were proven to be working hard. Almost 100% water change again using Caribsea Sea Pure parameters checked and rechecked, then a clean up crew of Turbo and nassarius snails introduced, 1 x scarlet Hermit, 1 x green Emerald crab and 1 x Ricordea Yuma Mushroom frag.

All settled nicely CUC doing a splendid job, Yuma seems very happy and appears to be doing strange things as in photos, any ideas folks? scarlet hermit has shed and appears fine, gave me a fright first thing this morning though.

Very pleased with this little tank looks pleasing on the eye and appears to be doing its job nicely the only additional kit added is 1 x jeboa sw-2 wavemaker and controller and a digital max min thermometer.

Apologies for the photos being at the wrong angles , I cant appear to change this no matter how I try. Any advice on this would be gratefully appreciated to save sore necks  :lol:

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Reply #1

Looks great. What's 'funny' about the mushroom? The extended base? Could be it's it high flow forcing it up and back over that rock?
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Thanks for your kind comments HK, that's very much appreciated, it was the extended leg holding onto a piece of rock which appears to have some form of life attached, not sure what it may be but the Yuma has now released it and whatever it is, is growing daily, not sure if its good or bad  :umhum:

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Hey Mark.
Are you keeping a check on your SG level? Doing your RO top up. Just asking as theres a small gap at the water level ; )

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Hi Gareth, thanks for your kind message, greatly appreciated. I check SG daily and so far all remains stable, due to the filter return being incorporated in the hood and lighting unit I have to keep a gap of 3mm , it would have been a nice touch for newa to have frosted this , but all in all I do like this tank and it is now home for a couple of toadstools, Kenya tree and was 5 Zoa frags which are all doing really well and growing, with the exception of one which the Emerald crab decided to assault  :| , spare tank is already to receive him if he continues his career in mugging corals  :scared: . That apart parameters are all spot on and I do 20% water changes weekly. The only worry I have are my CUC Turbos, they have done a marvellous job on any algae and the tank is spotless, so I have been trying to supplement their diet with seaweed but struggling to find a way of securing it within the tank, any ideas would be gratefully received.
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Its sin bin time for the Emerald  :( found him next to what used to be a thriving Zoa colony smacking his lips and looking very content this morning  :damn: have been target feeding him and trying to keep him occupied with nori but there is no doubt he is addicted to Zoas, therefore the trap is set and so far have captured my blue leg hermit but Conan the Destroyer knows its for him and is giving it a wide berth, probably because his belly is full of those stunning Zoas  >:( so its off to the spare tank in the office which I had set up for such an occurence. Never a dull moment in this hobby  :D

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Haha those pesky crabs! I had a tuxedo urchin that would keep me up at night... till he picked a fight with my condy! He wasnt long for this world after i had to wrestle him out its mouth : (
This hobby is so much fun lol.

As for the CUC, ive tried a few diy methods of nori feeding but the magnet clips are a good shout.

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Thanks Gareth, appreciate the heads up on the magnet clips. I am still trying to catch the pesky thing  >:( so far I have trapped the scarlet leg hermit four times and the blue leg three times while mr attitude sits and watches proceedings whilst grabbing floating bait the hermits have disturbed  :s, have just purchased some juicy prawns to try a tempty morsel to see if this brings him into the trap  :D

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