Zebra Eel (Gymnomuraena zebra) in Reef Tank – 8+ Year Update
Saltwater Aquarium Reef Fish Tank
Doug Hoese © Australian Museum
The flaming prawn goby (Discordipinna griessingeri) may well just be the most beautifully frustrating fish I’ve ever kept. Without doubt, it is one of the most stunning fish you can get for a pico aquarium, but from my experience, you will very rarely get to appreciate its magnificence.
This tiny fish is becoming more popular in the aquarium trade and it’s easy to see why. They generally command a higher price than other nano fish, I paid £45 for mine, but I’ve seen them going for as much as £90, which is a lot of money for not a lot of fish. They are carnivorous and inhabit the coastal oceans of the Indo-Pacific.
Although termed a prawn goby, there is no evidence that this particular species actively interacts or lives with pistol shrimp. Unlike those prawn gobies that like to share burrows with…
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Zebra Eel (Gymnomuraena zebra) in Reef Tank – 8+ Year Update
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. 😦
The Dolabella Sea Hare is the horse of the sea! I’ve had quite a few of them over the years and they do one heck of a job cleaning up the green hair algae in the tank. The only problem is that they will starve if you don’t continue to feed them or find friends with tanks full of food so keep that in mind.
Turbo Aquatics L2 Revision 3 algae scrubber update. Starting to grow a bit of dark green hair algae around the edges of the scrubber pad.
Our system has been up and running for 2 years. Here’s a quick video of the tank.
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! 🙂
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. 🙂 I’m glad I went with a company who stands behind their, and their supplier’s, products!
Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 71 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 26 weeks
Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 65 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 20 weeks
Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 62 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 17 weeks
Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 58 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 13 weeks
Out of the corner of my eye I noticed what I thought was an anemone move in my tank. I took a closer look and watched an amphipod run into the anemone and it shot off like a jellyfish! Turns out it was a Hydroid Jellyfish. It might have came in on some chaetomorpha I got from LiveAquaria as that’s the only thing I’ve added to the tank for quite some time. Sounds like they aren’t too big of a problem in a reef tank so I wont worry too much about it.
Algae scrubber update video: SURF2 – 49 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 4 weeks
This small anemone is living in my refugium. Any idea what kind it is? It’s about the size of a nickel, transparent and has arms that branch out like a snowflake. Watch when the amphipod steals food away from it and it pulls its arms in. Figured it out!
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.
I just found what appears to be a patch of Colonial Hydroids in my reef tank. I’ve never noticed them in the past 7-8 years, they just kind of popped up. Not until I changed my lighting over to LEDs did I notice them. Now they kind of glow during sunrise and sunset of my tank (most actinic). Many fellow reefers say they’ve had a lot of problems with them but if I’m just now noticing them maybe they won’t move like wild fire. Have any of you had problems with they in your saltwater tank?
Algae scrubber update video : SURF2 – 47 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 2 weeks
Unable to get my SURF2 algae scrubber from Santa Monica Filtration to produce algae growth, I’ve decided to try an L2 algae scrubber from Turbo’s Aquatics. The purpose of an algae scrubber is to create an environment that out competes the rest of the system for growing algae. As algae is grown and harvested (removed for the system) phosphates and nitrates are also removed from the system as that’s what the algae is feeding on. In this thread I will show you how I installed the Turbo HF/Rev 3 – L2 (two cubes of food per day) algae scrubber on my system. I hope to have far better results with this scrubber than my SURF2.
I must confess, this is the first time I had to look up the instructions. I just wanted to make sure I hooked up the LEDs correctly. I would have felt pretty stupid if I blew them up! Turns out they’re fool proof and I just needed to daisy chain them together. A quick text message to, and quick reply from, Bud Carlson (Owner @ Turbo Aquatic’s) confirmed I was headed in the right direction.
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I will post update videos below so if you are interested please check or visit my YouTube channel.
Lets be honest, corals can appear a little stagnant to the naked eye. I’ve often had guests over wondering if my reef was in fact full of fakes! As we hobbyist know, sitting and watching a reef tank reveals a great complexity of life and behaviour, but some people just don’t have time for this. Enter Italian filmmaker and documentarist Sandro Bocci, who has created a beautiful time-lapse video showing the lives of some coral, revealing all the changes in shape an appearance a coral goes through in a typical day, which may not otherwise be able to be observed by the naked eye.
The video below is a clip taken from his upcoming documentary entitled “an experimental film orbiting scientific and philosophical reflections on time and space, and that through various shooting techniques, fields of magnification, and an exciting soundtrack, weaves a web between science and magic”, catchy!…
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