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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. 😉

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. 🙂

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.

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)

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