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Old 11/15/2017, 05:36 PM   #2851
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The Mysis are in!

Tiny little guys swarming in places, looks natural. Time will tell if they can integrate into the local ecosystem and sustain their population. It looks cool now!


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Old 11/15/2017, 08:32 PM   #2852
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The Mysis are in!

Tiny little guys swarming in places, looks natural. Time will tell if they can integrate into the local ecosystem and sustain their population. It looks cool now!
Can you get video? Find any good links on care/info?

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Old 11/15/2017, 08:37 PM   #2853
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Seagrass with ulva.

It's cool how it's coming back lately-looks natural. On the bottom, you may be able to make out the female sailfin blenny. She's lighter, like the substrate. She's definitely stalking mysids! There are so many, she can't decide. I couldn't get any decent pics of them.


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Old 11/15/2017, 10:29 PM   #2854
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Seagrass with ulva.

It's cool how it's coming back lately-looks natural. On the bottom, you may be able to make out the female sailfin blenny. She's lighter, like the substrate. She's definitely stalking mysids! There are so many, she can't decide. I couldn't get any decent pics of them.

I so much like that back wall. What light spectrum is this picture? Is it any differrent than your full daytime lighting.


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Old 11/15/2017, 10:45 PM   #2855
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Yes, I think bristle worms would help. I had them in my last tank, and they just got out of hand-they were everywhere! I admit I think they are ugly, and I'm pretty happy that none have shown up. I'm hoping to get some reproducing micro brittle stars instead. Spaghetti and other sand-dwelling worms do capture particulates. I'm trying to diversify my particulate/detritus crew, to see if I can get the buildup to stop. I'm hoping that a diverse crew can accomplish this.

I see in another thread, you are attempting a Chili Coral, in your new cryptic refugium. I look forward to following your progress, as they are another particulate filter feeder that Steve Tyree mentioned in his book. Good luck!

The red tree sponge should be right at home in the dimmer end of my tank. I'm hoping this one is attached to a rock. Otherwise, it is difficult to get the sponge 'planted' in a stable position. Given that hitchhiker live rock sponges have done well in my tank, I think there is plenty of food for them to eat.

The duster clusters and sponge should be here tomorrow. Stoked!
With respect to Chilli, a rock wall crash on the first night started a ripple effect that put him in my unlit refugium, mud cryptic refugium. Mostly due to neglect on a 25 year old 6 deep Jaubert Plenum I am dealing with much detritus as I gradually siphon sandbed down. A 120G new build will not see a 6 sandbed. I am not interested in de-nitrification chemistry. I want nitrogen to go into growing desirable biomass. Instead, I will copy cat PaulB. Reverse flow undergravel filter with 2 of aroggonite sandbed.


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Old Yesterday, 12:12 AM   #2856
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Video would be great, Pandagobyguy! I couldn't get a good focus on them for stills, but I'll give it a try. I read a few things, but nothing worth noting. They did appear to be feeding on detritus on the bottom, which is good, and the reason I got them. They look so natural!

Thanks Subsea, the wall is coming along nicely. The new MH bulb is 5200K, which is noticeably yellower than the 5500K it replaced, but brighter. Other than a lunar LED for nighttime, that is my only light source.


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It looks like my shoal grass is finally putting up new shoots! As usual it's a mystery. My theory is that the shoal grass actually LIKED hypo salinity, while my manatee grass died. When I brought salinity back up, it took months to readjust, and now it's ready to grow again. I'm still toying with 'the soup' dosing-wise. As plant biomass increases, I'm dealing with a 'bigger mouth to feed', so I have to stay on top of dosing.

I really love plants, and how they fit into ecosystems. This whole ecosystem approach is so much fun! Now I have these cool, tiny shrimp. Will they survive and reproduce? Will they impact detritus buildup? I'm already seeing hunting behavior in the female sailfin blenny. So fun to watch! She doesn't appear to be fast enough to catch any, but I imagine she succeeds occasionally.

I still have a bit of a diatom bloom, but it seems to be diminishing. Between the back wall, the seagrass and ulva, I'm seeing a welcome return of green to the tank's color palate. Greens make the reds look better, reds make the greens look better.


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