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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.