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Aquarium Update 10-28-14 – 11 Months


11 month update. Fish and corals are fairly happy. The refugium is full of pods. I still need to get the green hair algae under control. Phosphate levels ~ 0, Nitrates ~7 ppm.

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Aquarium Update 10-28-14 – 11 Months


Wow has life been busy here lately. A few big deadlines at work due by the end of the year… hopefully after that I can get back into water world. I’m still changing water and doing routine maintenance but the hair algae still persists. Water tests this evening showed phosphates registering at ~0 and nitrates at ~7 ppm. The tank has been up and running for 11 months now and I’m hoping to hit the “less green” phase. ūüôā

Here’s an update video of what the refuge and tank looks like:

Aquarium Update 9-15-14 – 9.5 Months


Aquarium Update 9-15-14 – 9.5 Months

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4 Month Tank Update


I took a couple quick videos of the tank yesterday. Everything has been up and running for about 4 months now. My nitrates and phosphates are settling down. The refugium is showing great growth in the bug/pod populations. ūüôā

This video turned out a little choppy but I figured I’d post it anyway.

A meeting at the algae clip!

 

Green ORA Birdsnest Coral (Seriatopora guttatus)


I really enjoy this green birdsnest in the aquarium but since the move I do not have room. Guess I will have to find a new home for it locally. ūüė¶
Green Birdsnest Coral - Aquacultured, ORA (Seriatopora guttatus)

Tearing Down the Tank, Planning a New One


Well I just got the news that we need to move houses this summer… So, that means I need to take our system down.¬†

But, it gives me the opportunity to plan another tank build when we find a new house. This time I will put a tank in a wall and give it its own room. 

So, over the next few months I am going to try and sell my coral, livestock, then my tank. If anyone is interested in my livestock or knows someone interested in my 270 display tank (90″ L x 20″ W x 30″ tall)/oak stand/40 sump/.3 HP chiller/ Mag return pumps, please send me a PM. I hope this won’t be a terribly difficult process but something tells me it will be. I plan on keeping my controller, vortechs, refuge, mixing tanks & rock for the next build.

As we all know this is an expensive hobby to get into so please do a little research and shoot me a fair price via private message of the things you are interested in. Everything needs to be picked up (Missoula, MT) as I will not ship.

I would rather remove my coral from the tank first as catching the fish will be an adventure. I have linked to some photos and videos of my corals and fish but more can be found on my reef blog and youtube channel.

Coral:¬†–¬†Video

Hammer Coral (will break into multiples) –¬†Video
Tree/Stick Polyp –¬†Video
(2) Pagoda Turbinaria Coral –¬†Video
Blue Stag Acro – Top right in video –¬†Video
Purple Stag Acro – Below Blue Stag Acro on right¬†–¬†Video
Green Birdsnest – Top left in video¬†–¬†Video
Orange Birdsnest – Top left in video¬†–¬†Video
Deep water acro – Top middle, left of hammer¬†–¬†Video
Encrusting Monti –¬†Photo
Yellow Scroll Coral – Left of hammer¬†–¬†Video
Green Pavona
Green Red Wellsophyllia¬†Brain –¬†Photo
Montipora Cap (Red, Orange, Green, Puple, etc) – Far right –¬†Picture
Doughnut Coral (Scolymia australia) –¬†Video
Etc.

My livestock:

Squamosa Clam ~ 15″ –¬†Video
Squamosa Clam ~ 7″ –¬†Video
Radiant Wrasse (prefer he goes with the clams) ~ 4″ –¬†Video
Zebra Eel ~ 3′ –¬†Video
Radiant Wrasse ~ 4″ –¬†Video
Achilles Tang ~ 5″ –¬†Video
Two Bar Rabbitfish ~ 4″ –¬†Video
True Percula Clownfish ~ 3″ –¬†Video
Marine Betta ~ 6″ –¬†Video
Red Hawkfish ~ 4″ –¬†Video
Mantis Shrimp ~ 6″ –¬†Video
Lyretail Anthias 3 females (orange) & 1 male (red). –¬†Video
Orange Spot Shrimp Goby
etc.

Misc:

Serpant Star
Dolabella Sea Hare –¬†Video
Orange Pincushion Urchin ~ 3″ –¬†Video

Any questions? Send me a message 

Reef Tank Pan Left to Right


Panning from the left to the right of the tank.

 

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Quick Reef Tank Pan


A quick video pan from right to left of our reef tank.

 

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Overgrown Frag Rack


I think it’s funny that I let my frag rack get this overgrown, it’s more like a coral rack now. ¬†I just recently broke the main stalk of this acropora off as the weight was causing the rack to almost fall off. The rack’s magnets aren’t quite strong enough to support a “Coral Rack.” Remember to not let your frags grown into corals on the rack!

Overgrown Coral Frag Rack

Easter Weekend Aquarium Update Photos & RO


Between reloading and hitting the range this weekend I took a few update pictures of the tank. Oh and I also ordered a new BRS 75 GPD RO/DI 6 Stage Deluxe System as the Easter Bunny thought I should upgrade ūüėČ (it was actually about time to replace the membrane and filter).

As for the tank, everything seems happy. The Achilles and the Rabbitfish are even getting a long most of the time. It’s kind of funny but the leg that the Serpent Starfish lost is still moving round on the bottom of the tank. It actually looks like the starfish is growing another leg (pictures), I wonder if the leg will try to grow another body, lol.

Reef Tank - Aquarium Update Picture 4-6-2012

NWMRC Meeting – Charlie Ehler’s 300 gallon SPS Tank – Part 1


Here are a few videos from our last Northwest Montana Reef Club (NWMRC) meeting (2-11-2012). Charlie Ehler was nice enough to host our meeting at his house up the Fleathead. Hope you enjoy his 300 gallon SPS reef tank! More pictures to come.

Saltwater Reef Tank Update Video – Right Side SPS


A quick underwater tour of the right side of our reef tank.  Mostly montipora caps, acros and birdsnest.

Yellow Scroll Coral (Turbinaria), Hammer (Euphyllia paranchora), Acropora


A quick macro video highlighting our yellow scroll coral, hammer coral and deep water acropora.

Saltwater Reef Tank Update Video – Center


An underwater adventure update film of the middle section of our display tank. There’s a nice close up of the Hammer coral and a deep water Acropora, etc.

Green Stylophora (Stylophora pistillata) and Pink Birdsnest (Seriatopora Hystrix)


Close up quick video, in the tank, of our Green Stylophora (Stylophora pistillata) and Pink Birdsnest (Seriatopora Hystrix) corals.

Orange Guttatus Birdsnest Coral (Seriatopora guttatus)


Just a short close up video of our Orange Guttatus Birdsnest Coral (Seriatopora guttatus) and a Pajama Cardinalfish. I got this coral from Live Aquaria a few years ago and it has grown pretty well.

Coral Fragging


The EcoTech Marine Facebook crew sent me a small bottle of their coral glue after winning a contest. The new EcoTech Coral glue (gel) makes fragging kind of fun actually as it cures extremely fast! I have to say that I really like it, better than my other fragging glue (BSI IC-GEL).

My friend Kelan and I did a little coral fragging this evening. I hope the montipora caps grow in a neat pattern!

Coral frags by devonmorton, on Flickr Coral fragging by devonmorton, on Flickr

12-31-2011 Aquarium Update Pictures and Videos


Some new pictures from this morning :


Green stylophora by devonmorton, on Flickr


Orange Guttatus Birdsnest Coral – Aquacultured (Seriatopora guttatus) by devonmorton, on Flickr


Green Birdsnest Coral, ORA (Seriatopora guttatus) by devonmorton, on Flickr


Squamosa Clam (tridacna squamosa) by devonmorton, on Flickr


Spiny Sea Cucumber, Green w/Pink & Yellow (Pentacta anceps) by devonmorton, on Flickr


Pink Birdsnest Seriatopora Hystrix, Green stylophora by devonmorton, on Flickr


Squamosa Clam (tridacna squamosa) by devonmorton, on Flickr


Red Green Open Brain Coral by devonmorton, on Flickr


Squamosa Clam (tridacna squmosa) by devonmorton, on Flickr


Deep water Acropora without flash by devonmorton, on Flickr


Blue Acropora, Yellow Scroll Coral by devonmorton, on Flickr


Yellow Scroll Coral, Blue Ridge Coral by devonmorton, on Flickr


Green Blue Montipora Capricornis by devonmorton, on Flickr


Blue White Montipora Capricornis by devonmorton, on Flickr


Aussie Doughnut Coral (Scolymia australis) by devonmorton, on Flickr


Red Orange Green Blue Montipora Capricornis, Blue Staghorn Acropora by devonmorton, on Flickr


Orange Guttatus Birdsnest Coral – Aquacultured (Seriatopora guttatus) by devonmorton, on Flickr

12-21-2010 Saltwater Aquarium Compilation


Another update video of the display tank.¬† A chance to get you¬†classical music fix. Also, I’ve added quite a few new photos to my Flickr page, check them out!

12-12-2010 Update Videos


Here’s an¬†update video of the display tank and of a Peacock (Clown) Mantis Shrimp that I’m putting in the refugium.

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