Category Archives: SPS Coral
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.
Did a little “fragging” this past week. Sent a few corals up north to a new home. I think it’s important to cut corals back to keep them healthy. Finding time to frag seems to escape my to-do list though.
I think it’s funny that I let my frag rack get this overgrown, it’s more like a coral rack now. I just recently broke the main stalk of this acropora off as the weight was causing the rack to almost fall off. The rack’s magnets aren’t quite strong enough to support a “Coral Rack.” Remember to not let your frags grown into corals on the rack!
Between reloading and hitting the range this weekend I took a few update pictures of the tank. Oh and I also ordered a new BRS 75 GPD RO/DI 6 Stage Deluxe System as the Easter Bunny thought I should upgrade 😉 (it was actually about time to replace the membrane and filter).
As for the tank, everything seems happy. The Achilles and the Rabbitfish are even getting a long most of the time. It’s kind of funny but the leg that the Serpent Starfish lost is still moving round on the bottom of the tank. It actually looks like the starfish is growing another leg (pictures), I wonder if the leg will try to grow another body, lol.
The other day I noticed my ORP levels had jumped up 30 points, which is kind of unusual, so I began investigating. The only thing that I could find was that my Orange Guttatus Birdsnest Coral (Seriatopora guttatus) frag was turning white. My tank levels tested normal so I took the coral out of the tank. It’s a bummer to lose a coral but I would rather get it out before it caused further problems.
Thought I would post up a recent video of my happy, but skeptical fish.
Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles), Radiant Wrasse (Halichoeres iridis), Lyretail Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis)
Just wanted to follow up from the first post and put up some pictures. Charlie had a lot of various Acropora and Montipora corals in his system.
Here are a few videos from our last Northwest Montana Reef Club (NWMRC) meeting (2-11-2012). Charlie Ehler was nice enough to host our meeting at his house up the Fleathead. Hope you enjoy his 300 gallon SPS reef tank! More pictures to come.
A quick underwater tour of the right side of our reef tank. Mostly montipora caps, acros and birdsnest.
A quick macro video highlighting our yellow scroll coral, hammer coral and deep water acropora.
An underwater adventure update film of the middle section of our display tank. There’s a nice close up of the Hammer coral and a deep water Acropora, etc.
Close up quick video, in the tank, of our Green Stylophora (Stylophora pistillata) and Pink Birdsnest (Seriatopora Hystrix) corals.
The EcoTech Marine Facebook crew sent me a small bottle of their coral glue after winning a contest. The new EcoTech Coral glue (gel) makes fragging kind of fun actually as it cures extremely fast! I have to say that I really like it, better than my other fragging glue (BSI IC-GEL).
My friend Kelan and I did a little coral fragging this evening. I hope the montipora caps grow in a neat pattern!
Some new pictures from this morning :