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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. 😦

 

 

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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! 🙂

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!

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)

Hydroid Jellyfish ID – Just Poke It!


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.

Refugium Anemone – What is it?


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!

SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 36


36 weeks into running the SURF2 and I’m losing faith. For 9 weeks the GFO in the system has been removed. There are hints of success as algae starts to grow in the box but then it regresses. HELP! If anyone has had a great experience with the SURF2 please let me in on your secrets to success!

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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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 30


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 30

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 27


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 27

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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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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 23


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 23

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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. 🙂

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

SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 16


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 16

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 15


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 15

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Aquarium Update 9-15-14 – 9.5 Months


Aquarium Update 9-15-14 – 9.5 Months

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 14


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 14

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 13


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 13

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SURF2 Update (12 wk) & Aquarium Update (8.5 mo)


SURF2 Update (12 weeks) & Aquarium Update (8.5 mo)


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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 77 (11 Weeks)


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 77 (11 Weeks)


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