After 2 months of tank cycling and steadily improving water quality, we made our first additions to the tank. On our way back from camping in Acadia, we stopped by AquaCorals in Fairfield, Maine. Peggy, the owner was absolutely wonderful! After giving us a tour of the nicest reef tanks I've ever seen, she worked with us to pick out a collection of 6 soft corals to start with:
Apparently, some Hawaiian Islanders with serious anger issues, discovered smearing paste made from these corals on a spear tip would ruin your enemy's whole day.
This interesting little fellow actually sets up a little "service station" for the fish where he picks dead scales and parasites from the fish. I saw him actually stick his appendage inside of the gill slits of a fish to remove something from the fish.
We also decided to add some very small livestock to the tank a couple of days later when we saw some good looking livestock at great prices at the PETCO in Nashua, NH.
Now we wait for a while to watch how the water quality responds to new additions and I will slowly turn up the LED lighting over the next couple of weeks to acclimate the corals.