Third week update on the nano reef tank cleanup

April 5, 2020

This week spelled out a lot of change for the saltwater nano reef tank. The transformation has been quite dramatic. Here is how the tank looks today.

Nano Reef Cleanup - week 3

versus how it looked three weeks ago.

Nano Reef Tank Crashed

The two rocks on the right were rinsed in fresh water, and then left to sit for a couple of weeks before a good scrubbing with a stiff-bristled brush. I did not know one of them was purple! It is a beautiful vibrant purple.

The rock on the right was cleaned up quite a bit more too. The three peppermint shrimp have not been able to keep up with the Aiptasia blooms, so I picked up some Aiptasia-X to help out. I had been avoiding this product because the process of killing Aiptasia with it is a manual one. It comes with a syringe that is injected into the mouth of the Aiptasia. A cumbersome process. It worked really quickly! I am a fan of Aiptasia-X now.

Here is a photo of the rock before an application of Aiptasia-X, and again a couple hours after.

The Rose Bubble-Tip Anemone is looking happier by the day.

The crab is still my favorite. We named him Oscar, and he now has his own Instagram profile:

Found a gnarly Bristle Worm also. Attempted a couple times to catch it, but for now it seems it is determined to remain.

Some more photos around the tank:

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