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New Year Update And Big Coral Growth In The 300 Gallon Reef

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Travis: What's up, guys. Welcome back to FishofHex, my name is Travis. Today we're going be doing an update/rambling video since I haven't posted any content in what, 11 days? Something like that. First off I want to say thank you for the emails in the comment section asking me if I'm still alive. Definitely appreciate those and they don't go unnoticed. I might not reply to you right away, but believe me, they don't go unnoticed.

In this video I want to talk about why I haven't posted any content, some personal stuff here on my end, and then give you guys a look and an update on the 300.

Yes, the one year update on this video or on this tank, on this video, will be out soon, looking at at least the end of this week or beginning of next. Just keeps getting pushed back and that's just life in general.

Personal stuff with the family, with holidays, with work and then me being sick, I just haven't been able to create content. It's not something that I can get done. I like to take my time, sit back and create the content and make sure it turns out relatively decent before uploading it. If I don't have the time to do that, I won't do it at all, because I just don't like uploading shit. That's just how it is. Sick, with the family getting around, the boys getting sick, it's usually how it works. They get sick because they go off and do stuff and then they come back-- I'm a homebody I don't really get out too much. When all those germs come in, I get messed up and I'm out of commission for a couple of weeks and that's just really just been the process.

Then I have some personal health issues going on that I'm getting treated through the VA. It's a long process, you get a lot of appointments, but I let my health lapse over the last couple of years. I gained a lot of weight with medications and just some personal stuff, PTSD stuff. There's just a lot of personal issues going on that you guys don't see. I let my health go to shit and now I am suffering from it. I've got to take care of it before it's too late.

Other than that, everything else is doing good. We've got to look at the positives and right now I have a beautiful reef tank. I got coral orders and sales coming in all the time, especially the macroalgae. I don't know where that came from, but there's been a ton of macroalgae orders and if you're watching the video, I just want to say thank you and I appreciate the support on that.

There's a lot of positive stuff going on. We can't always focus on the negative. Still hunting season right now. Still doing that and getting out there, trying to get out every other day. It's a flintlock season and I love muzzleloader. I love inline muzzleloader, but Flintlock is a little bit of a pain in the butt. This time of the year, you can't really be sitting in a tree stand. You got to be out moving around because there's not a lot of pressure and the deer aren't moving, at least not in Pennsylvania. You've got to get out and try to spook them.

Between trying to spook them and shooting them with a Flintlock at the same time, it's a little bit of work, but well worth it once you actually snag one, but I've got one tag to fill, it could be either a doe or a buck and I'm going to spend the next two weeks trying to get that filled because it's always nice to have the food here for the family. Other than that, the 300 gallon is doing very well, so well, in fact, that the Corals are just killing themselves, not because they're RTN or anything, but basically, they're growing into each other. It's really hard to see. I don't know, can I do the finger thing?

This guy right here was not supposed to touch this guy, but they decided to grow towards each other instead of upward. Now I've got to remove this guy. I hope that lines up on camera. I'm probably going to put them down here. I have a little bit of room on this bottom rock. I do have a couple of acros that I've put there recently, but other than that, that's really the only room that I have in this tank for acropora, is on that bottom rock. I'm debating if I want to add maybe a smaller pillar in between. I know that I have these rocks here that I'm growing stuff out on. I'm debating if I want to put something out so I could put more acros, because I have these, this acro rock here that the fish keep messing up. I wanted to test those and I can definitely see that acros are growing on the bottom glass. Check out these guys. Unbelievable. Actually selling-- this one's getting shipped today. I wish I remember the name, I'll tell you. That one's getting shipped today. I got to get better pictures for the website because they don't look nearly as good as they do right here on the website.

Basically, these three racks are just stuff that I trim to prevent the acros from killing themselves and then just put them down here to grow. It is an eyesore. I hate it. I've got to figure out another method because for a while there I was actually throwing or putting all these acros in the frag tank and they just weren't keeping their color. It's a totally different system. This system is baby compared to my frag system, there isn't nearly as many fluctuations, of course, the calcium reactor. Corals just do a thousand times better in the 300 gallon.

Honestly, it's a lot cleaner. It's pest free. I don't have to worry about anything ever being in here because I have such a strict regimen before adding anything, fish and coral and basically I just get better color and growth if I leave the frags in here. I want to send people frags that look like the ones in the 300. I don't want to send you something that doesn't look like that. I've got to figure out what I'm going to do, but I'm pretty happy that I can grow everything on the bottom glass so I don't have the rack on the back or it gets knocked over and the snails go to town on it. They're trying right here, they're trying, but luckily enough, they're not really--

They fall over but they don't fall out. You can see over that bird's nest, which is nice. Unfortunately, they do fall over, like this big guy right here, this Hydnophora, he fell and hit my acro over here and just annihilated. It wasn't even 20 minutes. I actually saw him fall, I was like, "Hey, I'll go in there and remove it here in a second." He did a hell of amount of damage to that coral.

Speaking of the Hydnophora, he was actually encrusting all the way up here. He's really easy to take care of management wise, because even though he encrust up towards the other corals, I can just rip that stuff off the rocks. I don't have to worry about them touching anybody. He's actually a lot easier to manage than I thought, which is good because I like the Coral but the amount of damage that he does to other Corals is pretty crazy. Monti cap started-- excuse me, started growing into the acro there and luckily enough, the acro is winning that battle, which is pretty nice. Excuse me. Move. Yes, but everybody's looking good. I'm debating if I want to start trimming.

There's a lot of stuff in here that is for sale on the website. I like trimming it, but then I don't want to trim it because I want the tank to grow out. I'm hesitant on what I want to do. This guy's got to go though. He has grown into everybody. I've been trimming him up, that staghorn. Just everybody, he's touching one, two, three, four different corals right now and he's winning all those battles. I really got to get in there and do some work. If you guys remember this bird's nest from my how to dose nitrates and phosphates, you can see that he finally colored up the rest of the way and looking pretty damn good. The whole tank looks good.

I will have that one year update, like I said, hopefully at the end of the week or the beginning of next and you guys can see it and then I'll probably do some cutting and get some more coral on the website. Other than that I'm really happy with the tank and probably couldn't ask for a better one. I will say, in hindsight, if I knew that this acro was going to grow the way he was, let me see if I can adjust the camera here, if I knew he was going to grow like that, I would've put them on the top. That way we could have avoided all that nonsense, but he does fill a nice gap. I can't really work this camera today. It looks good. I just wish she was in a different area to grow upward opposed to just killing everybody.

That's about it for this video guys. There's a lot of stuff coming out. I really do. I got beginner videos already. The video done, I just got to do the voice-over stuff. There's a lot of top five, top tens and just the beginner basic stuff because as we progress in the hobby, I've noticed here on YouTube, as you progress and make content, you forget what got you started in the first place.

I think that's with everybody and everything you do in life, you forget where you started and you just got to get yourself back to it, because the videos that I've had 30, 40, 100,000 views on, had been some basic stuff from a long time ago, crappy editing, I sound like a troll in there, but those videos do very well. YouTube is a big part of my life, not only in Coral sales, but also the money that I get from YouTube pays for my truck at the moment and all the stuff I need for the fish room. It's just nice to have that and it would always be nice to have a few more subs.

Speaking of that, if you like the channel, definitely subscribe and we'll have more content, but other than that, I will see you guys later. Again, hope you had a good holiday and I'll see you either in a couple of days or next week. All right, peace.

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Travis’ main reef display tank featuring many small-polyp stony coral (SPS) is a 300-gallon custom glass aquarium setting on a welded iron stand, both from Custom Aquariums.

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