Thanks for all the feedback - sorry I didn't respond sooner. The tank was set up in the beginning of May so I guess it is about 3 months old. I am very happy with it so far. Still have to tweak a few things and of course add more STUFF! But I am TRYING to take it slow since the "ich" epidemic. I am still trying to find a spot to make that toadstool happy (and open up). He doesn't seem to like this spot in the front either. I'll probably move him tomorrow....
If you do not have a skunk cleaner shrimp, get one. Your fish w/ ick will come over to it and it will pick off the spots of ick and eat it! Very cool. Neon goby's are another cleaner fish that will eat ick. HTH
Ylmaya are you using a turkey baster to squirt debris off the coral? Soft corals benefir from enough flow to help them shed their slime coats when they need to to slough off dead tissue, algae cells and the like. Be sure and get the tank its own brand new baster and label it to avoid uh ohs
OK Doug - I will go out and get a Turkey Baster today.......the cup coral is not white - I think it is just a reflection from the flash in the photo. THere is an area in its center where there aren;'t as many polyps but it is all yellow. No debris settled there. The toadstool has been in a funk since I got it. The first three days it opened beautifully then nothing. I moved it to its current location where it sloughed slime and then opened for one day and again nothing. I will try moving it again today. I was having temp control issues tho and now that is stabilized so I am sure that will help. THanks for all the feedback!
I have a cleaner shrimp....and yes - I was wondering about UV since I know I will have quite a few fish......how does it effect the water column in terms of plankton etc? Will the corals be void of natural food in the water then?