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The Tank is Running!


After a long weekend everything has been moved into the new tank. ­čÖé Time to rest.

300 Gallon Reef Tank

300 Gallon Saltwater Reef Tank

300 Gallon Saltwater Aquarium

300 Gallon Reef Aquarium

The Achilles Tang likes the tank and the arch!

Big Saltwater Aquarium

Just the actinic lights on. Notice the clownfish living in the clam.

Large Saltwater Aquarium

Notice the Apex controller display unit mounted up top. I love being able to see the pH & temp so easily.

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Tearing Out an Aquarium Overflow Box


After moving the tank and having one of the bulk head fitting break on me, I decided to remove one of my aquarium’s overflow boxes. This was not a fun process and took me a couple days of contorting into strange positions on a ladder. My hands and fingers were not happy!

Armed with 100 razor blades, a box cutter, and a few other razor blade type instruments I started in. Here are a few photos as progress was made.

Taking Out an Overflow 1

First I removed the front piece of glass as it was the easiest to get to.

Taking Out an Aquarium Overflow 2

The bio-balls were packed in there pretty tight. After a year or so of having the tank up I tried to get them out but I couldn’t reach to the bottom.

Taking Out an Aquarium Overflow 3

Bio-balls removed and now to cut the PVC with the saws-all.

Taking Out an Aquarium Overflow 4 - Razor Blade

The skinnier blade of the two razor knives I had worked the best when cutting between the two pieces of glass, but it broke more often.

Taking Out a Fish Tank Overflow with Razor Blade Box Cutter

It was a tight fit!

Taking Out a Glass Overflow Box 6

Left side off.

Taking Out an Saltwater Overflow Box 7

Same process on the right side.

Taking Out an Aquarium Overflow 8

Overflow box removed. Now I just need to pull the bulk heads out and glue a piece of glass over the holes.

Taking Out an Overflow 9

Should have a nice(r) view from the exposed right side of the tank.

Actinic Aquarium Lighting


Giesemann T5 Powerchrome Actinic Lighting - Pure Actinic, Actinic+

A few photos of the actinic lights turning on in the morning. This is the first and last series of lights to be on each day. Lots of blue and purple! The bulbs are Giesemann T5 Powerchrome Pure Actinic & Actinic+.

90 Gallon Refugium Update


Red Mushroom Corals

An update post of our 90 gallon refugium. I don’t see it very often with the lights on as it’s reverse lit (11:30 PM – 7:00 AM). I really like how big the mushrooms are when the lights (48″ Tek Light T5) are on. The mushrooms kind of cover up the mantis shrimp’s PVC cave system.

Inspector Mantis… PI – Gonodactylaceus ternatensis


Mantis Shrimp gonodactylaceus ternatensis

I was trying to get a good video of the mantis shrimp breaking into a snail for lunch but instead he was curious of what I was doing and tried to sneak up on me. ­čÖé

Listen for it… Crack! Every time I hear this I go to make sure he’s not hitting the tank. Thankfully the 90 refugium is made out of half-inch glass.

Green Hair Algae, It’s That Time Again…


Over the past couple weeks I’ve noticed a few crops of green hair algae popping up in the tank. My first reaction to algae is to check my water quality. After seeing my water quality seemed normal I was a bit stumped. So, I changed my RO filters (sediment and carbon) when I first noticed the issue, then changed my DI filter resin (even though my TDS was 0) here last week. Then I tossed out all my top-off water to start out with the “new” stuff. So here’s a picture of one spot where it’s kind of bad. It’s a little over-exposed but it highlights the algae. Hopefully after a week or two I will see a┬ánoticeable┬ádifference.

Green Hair Algae

 

I Have a Big Brain… Coral


Brain Coral

Usually this Brain Coral (┬áRed Wellsophyllia)┬áisn’t as “poofed” up but something was bugging him. He’s since returned to normal size. Lots of crabs and such tend to walk over the edges.

The Eel is Out!


Got home from working out this evening to see my Zebra Eel completely out of the rocks. Looks like he was very hungry!

Zebra Moray Eel (Gymnomuraena zebra)

Zebra Moray Eel (Gymnomuraena zebra)

Mantis Shrimp Cave System Installed & T5’s Ready for Break-in Period


Happy New Year!

The Mantis Shrimp new cave system has been installed.  My last post shows just the PVC.

 

He stayed in his old tube the whole time I was doing construction.

 

 

Oh and here are a couple pictures of the new T5 bulbs installed and raised up 7 inches for the break-in period.

 


New T5 bulbs installed. by devonmorton, on Flickr


New T5 bulbs installed. by devonmorton, on Flickr

Aquarium Update Photos


Thought I would toss up a couple recent photos. I really like the one of the serpent star using corals to climb the wall.

Happy Clams Today


Squamosa Clam

Well for the second day of Summer, the clams are looking pretty happy. The smaller Squami wasn’t looking too good last week so I pulled him out of the tank with a┬ásuspicion┬áthat pyramid snails were to blame, and they were. After removing about two hundred of them from the clam’s underside he looks a lot happier! ­čÖé New wrasse in the mail today to help with the snail population, will put up some photos soon.

Squamosa Clam Not Looking Too Good…


Reef Tank Update Picture 6-15-12

The other day I glanced in and noticed the smaller of the two Squami clams wasn’t looking “normal.” Usually during the noon hour both clams are soaking in all the rays they can from the metal halides but this time the smaller clam’s mantle looked a little sucked in. ┬áThis is usually a bad sign ­čśŽ . ┬áI’ve tested all my parameters and everything looks normal, no sudden changes. All I can do is hope that it pulls through.

Reef Club Meeting – May 2012 cont.


Here are a few more pictures from our last reef meeting (earlier post) that thought I would share. Great shots Kim!

Lyretail Anthias Goldy Marine Fish
True Percula Clownfish in Elephant Ear Mushroom

Giant Squamosa "Squami" Clam Aquarium

Pin cushion Sea Urchine with shell on his back

Red and Green Open Brain Coral

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