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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.

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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!

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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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 23


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 23

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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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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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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 70 (10 Weeks)


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 70 (10 Weeks)


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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 54


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 54

 

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 32


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 32

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 21


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 21

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 16


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 16

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 8


Day 8 Update. SURF2 algae scrubber from Santa Monica Filtration in my 90 gallon refugium.

 

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Installation – Day 1


An easy installation! Now to sit and wait.

90 Gallon Refugium Update – Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum)


Update: 4 months up and running (started ~ 1/1/2014). After planting the refugium with some Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum) on 2/13/14 I am very happy with it’s appearance. I can’t wait for the grass to spread throughout the bottom of the tank. The only issue I had with the turtle grass was a bunch of hitchhikers came with it (flat worms, bubble algae, aiptasia, etc.). After a few peppermint shrimp were added to the fuge the aiptasia were taken care of but only after feeding the aiptasia so the shrimp could find them. I used a turkey baster to suck 10-12 flatworms off the glass, really hope they don’t show up again but they might.

Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum)

Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum)

A bottle of Tigger Pods to help seed the refugium.

A bottle of Tigger Pods to help seed the refugium.

90 Gallon Refugium Cave

Nice hidy hole on the right side of the refuge. 2-13-14

Planted Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum) in the 90 Gallon Refugium

I really like the look of the turtle grass planted in the fuge.

90 Gallon Fuge Rock Arch

The right side of the fuge. Nice little arch/cave for dwarf cuttlefish one day. 🙂

90 Gallon Fuge with Turtle Grass

Update photo as of 3-26-14.

90 Gallon Saltwater Refugium Planted with Turtle Grass

Update photo as of 4-3-14.

Thalassia testudinum (Turtle Grass) Reef Aquarium

Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum) as of 4-3-14.

90 Gallon Refugium - Left Side Clam Shell Cave

The left side of the fuge has a nice clam shell shelter. Should be a great spot of “dark” organisms. 😉

R.I.P Mr. Mantis Shrimp


Well there has been a lot of changes in the system over the past couple of days. I’ve been trying to move everything out of the temporary tanks and into its permanent home. I guess that was a little too much change for the mantis shrimp. He’s been living in the refugium attached to the new system for a couple weeks now. He recently molted over a period of two or three days and in a matter of a couple hours after he was finished, he died. Not sure if it was too much action from the move or if he had a rough molt. We’ve had him for a little over three years but from what I read, they can potentially live for up to twenty years.

Mantis Shrimp (Gonodactylaceus ternatensis)

Mantis Shrimp (Gonodactylaceus ternatensis) living in 2 inch PVC pipe.

90 Gallon Refugium for Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp Molt Remains

Remains of the mantis shrimp molting process.

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