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Plumbing the Refugium

A few pictures of plumbing the refugium.

100 Gallon Rubbermaid Stock Tank Aquarium Sump

Old PVC from the return pump on the right.

PVC Distribution Manifold

New PVC Distribution Manifold

PVC Ball Valve Aquarium Return

Aquarium Sump Return Area

Running the line under the tank and down to the far wall, then through the wall to the left.

Refugium Pluming

Running the 3/4 ” feed line through the wall.

Refuge Plumbing

Up over the door opening.

Refugium PVC Plumbing

Back to the other side of the wall.

90 Gallon Refugium Plumbing

The refugium will be feed on the left side then drain down to the tank on the right side.

90 Gallon Saltwater Refugium

Refuge and saltwater mixing tank in place.

Refugium Return Pluming

The 2″ PVC pipe flows over and dumps into the top of the display tank.

Refugium feeds the aquarium

The drop into the tank. Good place for the fish to wait for pods.

90 Gallon Refugium Video Pan

A quick video pan of the 90 gal. refuge.

90 Gallon Refugium, Refuge, Saltwater Refugium, Saltwater Tank, Saltwater Aquarium

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. ūüôā

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.

Mantis Shrimp Saying “Hello”

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

Feeding Time! Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Here’s a couple short clips, the first is of me feeding our Peacock Mantis Shrimp. I’m curious how big he will actually get in our tank. He’s grown quite a bit over that past couple months it seems. Every time I see him I’m amazed by how intelligent the mantis shrimp appear to be. In the second video I was trying to film the mantis out and about. Pretty sure he was breaking off pieces of a monti cap for building material, but then he saw me. Poof! ūüôā

Baby Peppermint Shrimp EVERYWHERE!

Since removing the blue damselfish from the refugium, the peppermint shrimp population has exploded! There used to be a few in the rocks but now they are everywhere in the 90 gallon refuge. ¬†I guess they aren’t quite large enough for the peacock mantis shrimp to care about. ¬†It will be interesting to see how many of them will make it to maturity. I’d say the biggest shrimp are about 3/8 inch now.

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90 Gallon Salwater Refugium Update

I recently pulled a bunch of algae out of the refuge and thought I would take a couple update photos. The peacock mantis shrimp is the only creature living in the refugium. He pretty much lives in a conch shell buried in the rocks on the right side of the tank. He often chops off pieces of SPS coral to build with, lol. Since the damselfish removal the bug population has exploded! I’m really happy to have the bugs/pods back!

Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) Feeding

Our Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) has been more readily coming out to feed lately.¬† When he darts out to eat his piece of shrimp I can see how much he’s grown! With the removal of the damselfish from the tank, maybe he will be out exploring more.

(My first Mantis Shrimp post)

90 Gallon Refugium Tiny Brittle Starfish, Bristle Worm & Copepod

I wanted to post a few follow-up videos from an earlier post (here) of some creatures in our 90 gallon refugium. I had to move the in-take refugium and found the Brittle Starfish and Worm behind it.

90 Gallon Refugium with in-tank refugium

90 Gallon Refugium Tiny Brittle Starfish

This past weekend I took a few pictures of the refuge.  I have these little brittle starfish all over.

Tiny Brittle Starfish in Refugium

Our Astrea Snail needs a haircut:

Astrea Snail in the Refugium

Anglerfish (Frogfish) in the Refugium

Over the past couple of years we have tried to put different creatures in our 90 gallon refugium, usually creatures that do best when kept alone.¬† One of the first creatures we tried to keep in our refugium was an anlerfish also know as a frogfish (later trying an octopus and peacock mantis shrimp).¬† I’d say that an anglerfish was a great addition to our refuge except for the fact that they died :(. I think it had something to do with the intense lighting I had set up for growing chaetomorpha algae. Both were eating well from a feeding stick. Here are a few pictures from when the Anglers were in the refuge.

Red Anglerfish

Wartskin Anglerfish (below)

4-17-2010 Reef Tank Update Video

Just a short video and some pictures of the tank¬†/ refugium.¬† Lately, I’ve added an Achilles Tang, Ornate Leopard Wrasse, 6 Line Wrasse and some live rock. Oh and a few Eagle Eye Zoanthids from my friend Jim.

A few TearDrop Maximas, Crocea, Maxima etc. in the fuge.

New Ornate Leopard Wrasse ūüôā

Oranate Leopard Wrasse

Eagle Eye Zoanthids .

Eagle Eye Zoanthids

Achilles Tang for the main tank. So far he was been really social and has left all my LPS corals alone. ūüôā

Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles)

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