- In the last month, Reef Diversity
had a close-out on all their corals. I picked up several real nice zoanthids, a "pink lemonade" sps, a green acropora sps (name unkown), a sunset monitpora, a "grape ape" favia, a yellow eyed challice (name unknown).
I'm also noticing that the couple of patches of algae are starting to get a little growth to them. I think I also found a spot of bryopsis growing in what's left of the green star polyps. I've begun to dose algafix again to get on top before it gets much further along.
Back in July it came time to change out the Rowaphos and I decided to try solid carbon dosing with bio pellets. Read here
for detail on that. I've noticed that I don't have to clean the glass as much, but I do see more cyano bacteria. All the tests are still showing 0s, so apparently the algae is beating whatever bacteria form from the carbon to the phosphates. Or it's leaching from the rocks. It's also clear that the snails don't care for it (the algae) once it reaches a certain length.
I'm changing water once a week, 5 gallons at a time. I've also started to dose a little baking soda mixture to the top off water to get the dkh back up to around 8. It's been getting close to 5. With the heavier calcium load from the additional coral, I may have to go to a 2 part dosing method at some point.
We're getting close to the time of year for the sun to set on the tank too, I'll make a video for it since I haven't made a video in a while. I'm also thinking we have the rocks pretty much where I like them now. I think the next task is going to get a background back on the tank.