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Old 07/20/2021, 02:49 PM   #2051
Michael Hoaster
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Thanks Kevin!

It's kind words like that keep me going! I almost lost control of it. There's still more to do. I need to get a new water change vac, so I can vacuum up some detritus. I'm waiting for the transplanted grasses to take root, so I can do an erythromycin and blackout treatment. In the meantime, I've been obsessively picking caulerpa stragglers off the sand bed, every few days. Its impossible to get them all in one go.

Not surprisingly, all this work has me thinking about adding new fish to help out. I went ahead and fired up my large (36 gal) quarantine tank today. I'd like to get it properly cycled this time, to avoid ammonia spikes.


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Old 07/21/2021, 08:13 AM   #2052
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Well that didn't take long. Yesterday afternoon, I swung by my 2 LFSs, and picked up some fish! First, I got a juvenile Sailfin Tang at one store, then I got 4 Talbot's Damsels at the other.

Both of these species will help out with tank cleaning. The damsels will eat algae and detritus, the tang will eat algae and hopefully get my Caulerpa under control. There is also a chance he may go after my prized red macros. I imagine that it may eat ALL my macro algae, eventually.

How will I deal with that? At this point, I think I am ready to let things change in my tank, if I end up with less algae labor to do. With my tall tank, it's brutal, back-breaking work, and it's (I'm) getting old.

I've never kept this tang. They get huge! My wife won't have any trouble seeing this one!

These damsels hang towards the bottom, so I'm hoping the Allen's Damsels tolerate them without too much aggression.

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Thanks Dawn!

It's funny. It took A LOT of work, just to get it back to this state. Even the grasses were overgrown. To me it looks a little less impressive than the last pics, but it was time to reign it in!

I'm also amused with how it went from peak lushness to 'rat's nest' in a couple weeks. That's entropy I guess!
LOL, the whole entropy thing is a constant thorn in our side, isn't it! I suppose it keeps us from getting complacent, ha ha.

Speaking of not getting complacent, I see you may be taking your reef eco-sysyem in a new direction? Perhaps I can help by sending some leftovers from my tank. I will PM you about that.
I will be excited to see the new fish plus the new direction. Incorporating everything with your seagrass should be fascinating.


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