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Category Archives: Fish

Sick Pajama Cardinal


I started with 5 Pajama Cardinals (Sphaeramia nematoptera) 5-6 years ago and over the years they slowly died off. The last one looked beautiful for at least a year and then slowly started to deteriorate. Today I noticed she was doing this death spiral. I assume the end is near. ūüė¶

 

 

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2 Year Saltwater Aquarium Update


Our¬†system has been up and running for 2 years. Here’s a quick video of the tank.

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Cree Lumia 5.2 Build – 1 Year Update


Well, it’s been about a year since I built my LEDgroupbuy light. I’ve gradually increased the LED intensity from 35% to 60% and am very happy with the results. I may boost the intensity up a little bit but I don’t think much. The only coral I have that seems to not be as colorful is the hammer coral which looks a little lighter. The clams seem to be very happy which makes me happy! ūüôā

The only issue I’ve run into is that one of my MakersDRIVERS 5UP PRO units gave out here last week. I came home and noticed all the LED¬†chips but one were off (far right on). I turned the lights off for a bit and then back on. All the Lumia chips fired up but the right side of my tank looked darker and more actinicly lit. The left side of the tank was bright and white. Turns out that when the MakersDRIVER went out it stop communicating to the other 5UP PROs down the line and the result was each Lumia chip down the line was running at a 100%. This could have been a bad deal for the coral, jumping from 60%-100%, but they weren’t too upset. I dug out an old window screen and placed it over the left¬†side of the tank which seemed to filter out enough light to look consistent with the 60% output.

After the 5UP PRO went out I looked at¬†the LED Group Buy website and saw the 5UP PROs only had a 90-day warranty… Fortunately after emailing LED Group Buy they priority mailed out a replacement at no cost. ūüôā I’m glad I went with a company who stands behind their, and their supplier’s, products!

Cree Lumia 5.2 not working

Here’s what the light looked like after I restarted it (evening). The sunrise/set controller plugs in on the right and daisy chains to the left. The second set of lights you can see are out and all chips¬†to the left are running at 100% :-/.

 

LED group buy 6 foot Makers Light

 

Makers LED Makers DRIVER 5UP PRO failed

 

Cree Lumia 5.2 LED Chip not turning on

Even though the power was turned off to this 5UP Pro it still had about 1% power going to channel 3. I assume the Makers sunset/rise dimmer sends a little power through the audio cables.

 

Bad MakersDRIVER 5UP PRO Burnt Spot

Notice the burn spot between the fuse and fan wires. I’m guessing this is where the issue was.

 

LED Group Buy Makers Reef Light

Back up and running!

 

Happy Squami Clams, Achilles Tang, Rabbitfish, Clownfish

Happy fish and clams!

 

Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles)

Clownfish Bite! Not so Nice Nemo


My friend Kelan’s clownfish isn’t happy about moving the tank! Clownfish truly are the piranhas of the sea (something they forget to tell you on Finding Nemo)! Our true percula clownfish bit my wife why she was trying to feed a piece of nori to the tank. I’m pretty sure that was the last thing she was¬†expecting to happen and when it bit her she screamed and saltwater ended up all over.

Saltwater Aquarium Update


A couple update pictures:

Squamosa Clam and True Percula Clownfish

The big squami leaves just enough room for the clown to sleep.

blotched two bar rabbitfish

The Rabbitfish waking up in the morning looks pretty cool!

Longspine Cardinalfish (Zoramia leptacantha)

A couple new Longspine Cardinalfish (Zoramia leptacantha) for the tank. They are a little scared now but seem to be getting more comfortable with their tank mates.

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True Percula Clownfish hosting in T. Squamosa Clam


True Percula Clownfish hosting in T. Squamosa Clam

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Aquarium Update 10-28-14 – 11 Months


11 month update. Fish and corals are fairly happy. The refugium is full of pods. I still need to get the green hair algae under control. Phosphate levels ~ 0, Nitrates ~7 ppm.

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Aquarium Update 10-28-14 – 11 Months


Wow has life been busy here lately. A few big deadlines at work due by the end of the year… hopefully after that I can get back into water world. I’m still changing water and doing routine maintenance but the hair algae still persists. Water tests this evening showed phosphates registering at ~0 and nitrates at ~7 ppm. The tank has been up and running for 11 months now and I’m hoping to hit the “less green” phase. ūüôā

Here’s an update video of what the refuge and tank looks like:

Aquarium Update 9-15-14 – 9.5 Months


Aquarium Update 9-15-14 – 9.5 Months

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Dragonface Pipefish (Corythoichthys sp.)


Just added 3 Dragonface Pipefish, as known as Reeftop Pipefish, to the display tank this evening. None of the other fish in the tank seem to be bothering them. I hope that two of the three will pair up. It looks like two of them are pretty cozy already. ūüôā


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A True Percula Clownfish and his Giant Squamosa Clam


4 Month Tank Update


I took a couple quick videos of the tank yesterday. Everything has been up and running for about 4 months now. My nitrates and phosphates are settling down. The refugium is showing great growth in the bug/pod populations. ūüôā

This video turned out a little choppy but I figured I’d post it anyway.

A meeting at the algae clip!

 

Tank Update!!!


It’s time for a tank update, lot of stuff happening! I should have probably broke this up into a couple different posts but I’ve not been on the computer much lately and still have lots of work to do.

Here are a couple update photos of the 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank acting as the temporary home for our fish. ¬†We actually really enjoy watching the fish and corals from above. The clams are very neat to look at too! So far the fish and corals haven’t protested the temp setup.

300 Gallon Saltwater Aquarium - Temp with 90 Gallon Refugium

Temp Saltwater Aquarium - 300 Gallon Rubbermaid Stock Tank

Squamosa Clams in Temp Rubbermaid Stock Tank

Squamosa Clam

Squamosa Clam

LPS Coral, Mushrooms, SPS

In the fish room, behind the display tank, I have set up a metal rack to hold the 90 gallon refugium and 90 gallon salt mixing tank. The refugium will go up high and have a drain that drops down into the display tank (to the right). Hopefully the refuge will produce lots of bugs for the fish to eat. ūüôā We’ve also painted everything white in the fish room with Kilz primer, added some can lights, and put in a small sink and hookup for the RO/DI unit.

Metal Rack 90 Gallon Refugium & Salt Mix Stand

Saltwater Aquarium Sink

Just got the ATO (Automatic Top Off) up and running this evening. I used a small pump and a 10 gallon tank for top-off water. I also got my APEX controller back up and running on the temp system.

Auto Top Off (ATO) 10 Gallon Reservoir Tank

While building the stand we ran three new lines to the breaker box, one for lights, one for pumps, and one for the refugium area. I’m really happy to have the aquarium system on its own set of breakers.

Moving the display tank…

6 guys, a trailer, suction cups, straps and an hour of grunting we had the tank moved. We think the tank weighs around 600+ lbs. (.5 inch glass with a bit of re-enforcement glass in the bottom). Luckily everything went well although we did bust off a fitting on the bottom for one of the returns. I think I might actually cut out one overflow (right side), deleting the broken return, and rely on my VorTech MP40s to create the majority of the flow/turnover in the tank. Originally I thought I would get a lot of flow from the return pumps (2 – Mag Drive 24s) but that just didn’t happen.

Moving a Large Aquarium with Suction Cups

Strapping down the tank on the trailer

Moving a Saltwater Aquarium

Moving of the Fish Tank

After a bit more thought and my wife’s “Not to scale” disclaimer drawings (lol) we had the stand figured out. Here’s where we are now.

Saltwater Aquarium Plans/Drawings

300 Gallon Saltwater Display Tank in Progress

Saltwater Tank Canopy Doors

(tops to be installed soon!)

Next time around we should have the tops installed, tank painted and the right side overflow removed… ūüėČ Time for some sleep.

Clam Hosting Clownfish


Squamosa Clam, Giant Clam, Saltwater Tank, Reef Tank, Clam, Squami

Our percula clownfish has decided to take up residence in our biggest squamosa clam. I’m not too sure the clam is excited about it but it seems to put up with it. The one thing that worries me is that the clownfish rubs and cleans on certain parts of the clam’s mantle, especially any parts that protrude like the siphon. Hopefully they will get a long! But, I think I will look for something new for the clownfish to host in.

True Percula, Clownfish, Nemo

Stormy Weather and Down Power Lines… Do you have a generator for your fish tank?


With all of the bad weather lately it’s a good idea to have a generator or backup power source on hand. One of my friends, who lives in a remote location, had some bad weather the other day that knocked his power out for 9+ hours. Luckily for him he had a generator to run his tank’s pumps and heaters. Lack of water circulation will kill corals in a hurry!

Personally, I have a large UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to protect against power surges and short-term power outages.  I also have backup batteries on my VorTech MP-40 pumps to keep them running for up to 30 hours. My UPS will keep my big return pumps going for 20+ minutes which is longer than most power interruptions in our town.

What is your fish tank plan for a power outage?

Tearing Down the Tank, Planning a New One


Well I just got the news that we need to move houses this summer… So, that means I need to take our system down.¬†

But, it gives me the opportunity to plan another tank build when we find a new house. This time I will put a tank in a wall and give it its own room. 

So, over the next few months I am going to try and sell my coral, livestock, then my tank. If anyone is interested in my livestock or knows someone interested in my 270 display tank (90″ L x 20″ W x 30″ tall)/oak stand/40 sump/.3 HP chiller/ Mag return pumps, please send me a PM. I hope this won’t be a terribly difficult process but something tells me it will be. I plan on keeping my controller, vortechs, refuge, mixing tanks & rock for the next build.

As we all know this is an expensive hobby to get into so please do a little research and shoot me a fair price via private message of the things you are interested in. Everything needs to be picked up (Missoula, MT) as I will not ship.

I would rather remove my coral from the tank first as catching the fish will be an adventure. I have linked to some photos and videos of my corals and fish but more can be found on my reef blog and youtube channel.

Coral:¬†–¬†Video

Hammer Coral (will break into multiples) –¬†Video
Tree/Stick Polyp –¬†Video
(2) Pagoda Turbinaria Coral –¬†Video
Blue Stag Acro – Top right in video –¬†Video
Purple Stag Acro – Below Blue Stag Acro on right¬†–¬†Video
Green Birdsnest – Top left in video¬†–¬†Video
Orange Birdsnest – Top left in video¬†–¬†Video
Deep water acro – Top middle, left of hammer¬†–¬†Video
Encrusting Monti –¬†Photo
Yellow Scroll Coral – Left of hammer¬†–¬†Video
Green Pavona
Green Red Wellsophyllia¬†Brain –¬†Photo
Montipora Cap (Red, Orange, Green, Puple, etc) – Far right –¬†Picture
Doughnut Coral (Scolymia australia) –¬†Video
Etc.

My livestock:

Squamosa Clam ~ 15″ –¬†Video
Squamosa Clam ~ 7″ –¬†Video
Radiant Wrasse (prefer he goes with the clams) ~ 4″ –¬†Video
Zebra Eel ~ 3′ –¬†Video
Radiant Wrasse ~ 4″ –¬†Video
Achilles Tang ~ 5″ –¬†Video
Two Bar Rabbitfish ~ 4″ –¬†Video
True Percula Clownfish ~ 3″ –¬†Video
Marine Betta ~ 6″ –¬†Video
Red Hawkfish ~ 4″ –¬†Video
Mantis Shrimp ~ 6″ –¬†Video
Lyretail Anthias 3 females (orange) & 1 male (red). –¬†Video
Orange Spot Shrimp Goby
etc.

Misc:

Serpant Star
Dolabella Sea Hare –¬†Video
Orange Pincushion Urchin ~ 3″ –¬†Video

Any questions? Send me a message 

True Percula Clownfish


True Percula, Clownfish, Hammer Coral  True Percula, Clownfish, Nemo

True Percula Clownfish – NEMO!


I think Nemo is taking a liking to the Hammer Coral. The Hammer is big enough that I don’t think it will mind being annoyed by a clownfish. ūüôā

True Percula, Clownfish, Nemo

True Percula, Clownfish, Hammer Coral, Nemo

Squamosa Clams & Radiant Wrasse


Another shot of the Squamosa clams but this time you can see the Radiant Wrasse patrolling his territory for pyramid snails.

 

Squamosa Clam Mantle, Macro, Squami, Reef, Reef Tank

Squamosa Clam, Giant Clam, Saltwater Tank, Reef Tank, Clam, Squami

Squamosa Clam, Radiant Wrasse, Fish, Marine, Reef Clam, Saltwater Clam, Saltwater Tank, Reef Tank

Reef Tank Pan Left to Right


Panning from the left to the right of the tank.

 

Reef Tank, Saltwater Tank, Reef Aquarium, Saltwater Aquarium

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