Squishie's 90g Saltwater Tank

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THESE ARE NOT MY PHOTOS. These are some of the pics I will be using as reference/ideas for my aquascape, just so you guys have in mind what kind of look I am going for. Much more open, a lot more open sand, lots of arches.

Another fun post! Things I want to get for the tank after the rebuild!

-Pistol shrimp. Going to go with a different kind as I think the kind I had was not the right kind for Roland the Randall’s Goby
-Pom Pom Crab. These are seriously a necessity in every reef tank.
-More sexy shrimp.
-More cool crabs. I love inverts, enough said.
-Watanabei angel pair
-Copperband butterfly. Only if the auto frozen feeder is out.
-Possibly another mandarin. This will be a while after the rebuild.

Started writing up the post for selling all the coral, rock and most of the inverts. Cue epic sadness. It is like when moving and having to leave some things behind for the better of your future. Still sad though.

Emerald crab (who died 2 hours later). Sps coral. Tubastrea. Sps coral and macro (so many little polyps coming out!!). Recent FTS

-20% water change done
-I put in some nori for Van Gogh and he is having a field day. I would put it in more, but I am usually here in the evenings and it does not give him enough time to eat from it, so it just slowly becomes soaked in water and falls apart and goes all over the tank (usually stuck to the powerheads).
-So I am thinking of doing a Watanabei angel pair and maybe another copperband. I am very hopeful of using a soon to be auto frozen food feeder that will keep the butterfly happy and not eating corals. I think it would be awesome to have another pair of fish in the tank, and with the new rockwork it will be nice and open so plenty of swimming room. I may skip doing the purple tang for this tank.

So Dr. Ron Shimek, (his services can be found here- http://ronshimek.com/blog/?cat=231) sent me a wonderfully lengthy response. I have no idea if I am allowed to copy and paste the whole thing and I sincerely doubt you guys want to read it all anyway. So let me give you highlights.

-Yes, I am screwed.
-There are some “natural” predators who may eat the hydroids, like camel shrimp, scarlet cleaner shrimp, and possibly even some snails. Other than the snails these guys have the chance of eating the coral.

So it seems these are my choices. 1. Put in different kinds of shrimp and hope that A) they will get along with my other shrimp and B) eat hydroids and not the corals. 2. Sell the corals. 3. Euthanize the corals. 4. Do some of 2 and 3 and also quarantine.
I don’t know what to do. Part of me really likes the idea of starting fresh, which will allow me to not have to worry about the corals while doing the rebuild, and also the freedom of picking out corals I really want. I am afraid of going with option 1 and it not work, and then I either still have hydroids, or no longer have corals to sell (I guess the corals being a meal is better than being euthanized). I may ask Dr. Ron what he thinks I should do and tell him what I am thinking about doing/not doing.

carrionaway:

squishie90gfowlr:

A direct quote from the Dr’s first reply to me so far, “I went to the forum where you posted images of your array of pests, and I have got to say you certainly have won this year’s lottery for nasty aquarium denizens.”

Yay? -.- Don’t worry, I’m not shocked, so it is just kind of hilarious.

I feel like no one ever talks about all the crazy stuff that happens in saltwater tanks!

Seriously, like my tank is all the types of TV shows in one. There is PLENTY of drama, there is comedy, there is mystery, there is “reality”, there is even some sci-fi!, I have all of it! A saltwater tank can totally replace a tv!

A direct quote from the Dr’s first reply to me so far, “I went to the forum where you posted images of your array of pests, and I have got to say you certainly have won this year’s lottery for nasty aquarium denizens.”

Yay? -.- Don’t worry, I’m not shocked, so it is just kind of hilarious.

So most of my posts lately have been pretty shitty. So here is a fun one.

Some corals I look forward to hopefully owning with the new rockscape!
-Bubble coral. Ugh, I love this coral a lot. I might need to mount in such a special way that the hermits can’t crawl on it.
-Lots of scolys. I adore scolys. They are so simple yet amazing.
-Meat corals/open brains/wellsos. Big fat corals! These guys need lots of sand space so that is why I don’t have any. But I love the colors these guys come in.

Okay that’s all I have for now HA. I did send the e-mail to the Dr, so we will see what he says!

theoceaniswonderful:

SANG26_5_074.jpg by Matthew Oldfield

theoceaniswonderful:

SANG26_5_074.jpg by Matthew Oldfield