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Just saying hi to all the members, I've been reading thread on here for years and just decided to register. Very knowledgeable site, thanks.
 
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I am just setting up my 12th aquarium and have been reefing and propagating soft coral for 12 years. I was into dosing live phyto and soon I will be dosing live food such as calanoids. My favorite corals are Florida Recordias, Australian Recordia Yuma, Zoanthids and Palythoas.

My only and current set up it is cycling and is a 35G rectangle propagation/display aquarium with 4 x t.5 high output, really blue probably around 14 000K - 18 000K. It is a tap water tank with over 150 ppm, with 3 inches of 70% fine sand and 30% crushed coral, plus over 35 lbs of rock, no coral yet. I also have 3 nanno powerheads 2 x aquaclear 50, hang on the back filter and a fluval 205 canister filter.

For temp control, a heater. I run my tank at 80-82 F, salinity 1.026 or 35 ppm, using instant ocean reef crystals. Nitrate/phosphate don't know. Ammonia calcium, Alk, mag etc, don't know I go by eye sight.

Soon I am going to set up another 50G propagation/display. I will also set up 2 x phytoplankton culture stations for 2 x different strains of phyto. One being nanno and another, a motile one with high (DHA). Just need some advice on this?

Also I will set up a culture for a particular calanoid in which can be feed to the corals mentioned above, softies. Just need some advice on this as well?

Here is an image from my last tank:



It's my favorite Recordia Yuma:

I need to go out and buy a camera to show you my current set up. It is a white with black cracked paint pattern wood stand and matching canopy.

Here is a few images of my last phytoplankton culture station:









 
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Thanks. The tank will only be filled with the highest of ends. no lps or sps thou. Because I propagate to afford the hobby, lol. sps and lps do sell, but I make enough with just the softies. Softies are filter feeders so they like the phyto, they feed through absorption I believe. I get crazy growth is all I know when dosing pyto in large amounts around 1/4 to 1/2 cup on a 20G a day. The other smaller life forms in the tank is also amazing like baby serpents stars, all types of worms and snail breeding that I never had to scrap the glass or stir/siphon out detritus.
 
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My plans for now are small, but i have huge plans that may take 10 years.

For now I am setting up just the 35G filled with coral's. Over the next 6 months, I will have a phytoplankton station, in which I will particularly be culturing a Nannoplankton strain called Nannochloropsis oculata. Then with in a year, I will have 2 x 55G set up aswell, just might be a few corals inside these for a while. The 2 x 55G will be prop/display aquarium too. They are all going to be the same style tanks, natural biological filtration, tap water, simple set ups, mostly for propagating and displaying, along with testing my phyto for purity before I sell them locally. Even my phyto will be made using tap water.

Here is an image of a sliced Florida Recordia:





Here is an image of my shroom cuttings garden:



As you can see, there is a mouth just growing in one of the images, meaning I sliced them into 4 then grew out a bit and then sliced the 4 into half, totaling 8 pieces, propagated from one large shroom. Even if you slice a shroom without a mouth, as long as you care for it right, and have great husbandry, you can do this.

Here are some images of my Diy shroom container:





The only thing I would of done differently, is to drill a few holes right above the gravel line to allow the detritus out and to supply slightly extra current.

Here is an image of a frag plug I designed:






Here a few images that do not belong to me, of Harpacticoid copepods:







This species is called Tigriopus Californicus, they are what I want to culture, with in the next year as well. They are great reef cleaners.
They help control water quality by eating unused food. They are "detritivores", meaning they will scavenge leftover fish poop, fish food, bacteria and non motile micro algae called phytoplankton. They are known to be benthic which means substrate dwelling.

Tigriopus Californicus I love the name. If anyone has any tips please share them, thanks, Clint Johnson from North America living in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Across from Detroit in the USA.
 

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Love the look of the ric garden and also the plug is a nice idea, blends in well. Would like to see this when all the rics have grown out, really love the look of rics. Where would you be getting Harpacticoid copepods from?
 
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No they don't. Market is too small and they have a short shelf life so not worth it to bring it in apparently
My other option, is to just culture the harpacticoids that come in on live rock in my tank. The small ones, and amphipods and mysis shrimp, all in the same culture, if possible?
 
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Here is the inside of an Aussi Recordia Yuma few have seen:



I sliced him in half to get rid of his bacterial infection of the gut.
 
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