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A couple update pictures:

Squamosa Clam and True Percula Clownfish

The big squami leaves just enough room for the clown to sleep.

blotched two bar rabbitfish

The Rabbitfish waking up in the morning looks pretty cool!

Longspine Cardinalfish (Zoramia leptacantha)

A couple new Longspine Cardinalfish (Zoramia leptacantha) for the tank. They are a little scared now but seem to be getting more comfortable with their tank mates.

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True Percula Clownfish hosting in T. Squamosa Clam


True Percula Clownfish hosting in T. Squamosa Clam

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Tank Update!!!


It’s time for a tank update, lot of stuff happening! I should have probably broke this up into a couple different posts but I’ve not been on the computer much lately and still have lots of work to do.

Here are a couple update photos of the 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank acting as the temporary home for our fish. ¬†We actually really enjoy watching the fish and corals from above. The clams are very neat to look at too! So far the fish and corals haven’t protested the temp setup.

300 Gallon Saltwater Aquarium - Temp with 90 Gallon Refugium

Temp Saltwater Aquarium - 300 Gallon Rubbermaid Stock Tank

Squamosa Clams in Temp Rubbermaid Stock Tank

Squamosa Clam

Squamosa Clam

LPS Coral, Mushrooms, SPS

In the fish room, behind the display tank, I have set up a metal rack to hold the 90 gallon refugium and 90 gallon salt mixing tank. The refugium will go up high and have a drain that drops down into the display tank (to the right). Hopefully the refuge will produce lots of bugs for the fish to eat. ūüôā We’ve also painted everything white in the fish room with Kilz primer, added some can lights, and put in a small sink and hookup for the RO/DI unit.

Metal Rack 90 Gallon Refugium & Salt Mix Stand

Saltwater Aquarium Sink

Just got the ATO (Automatic Top Off) up and running this evening. I used a small pump and a 10 gallon tank for top-off water. I also got my APEX controller back up and running on the temp system.

Auto Top Off (ATO) 10 Gallon Reservoir Tank

While building the stand we ran three new lines to the breaker box, one for lights, one for pumps, and one for the refugium area. I’m really happy to have the aquarium system on its own set of breakers.

Moving the display tank…

6 guys, a trailer, suction cups, straps and an hour of grunting we had the tank moved. We think the tank weighs around 600+ lbs. (.5 inch glass with a bit of re-enforcement glass in the bottom). Luckily everything went well although we did bust off a fitting on the bottom for one of the returns. I think I might actually cut out one overflow (right side), deleting the broken return, and rely on my VorTech MP40s to create the majority of the flow/turnover in the tank. Originally I thought I would get a lot of flow from the return pumps (2 – Mag Drive 24s) but that just didn’t happen.

Moving a Large Aquarium with Suction Cups

Strapping down the tank on the trailer

Moving a Saltwater Aquarium

Moving of the Fish Tank

After a bit more thought and my wife’s “Not to scale” disclaimer drawings (lol) we had the stand figured out. Here’s where we are now.

Saltwater Aquarium Plans/Drawings

300 Gallon Saltwater Display Tank in Progress

Saltwater Tank Canopy Doors

(tops to be installed soon!)

Next time around we should have the tops installed, tank painted and the right side overflow removed… ūüėČ Time for some sleep.

Clam Hosting Clownfish


Squamosa Clam, Giant Clam, Saltwater Tank, Reef Tank, Clam, Squami

Our percula clownfish has decided to take up residence in our biggest squamosa clam. I’m not too sure the clam is excited about it but it seems to put up with it. The one thing that worries me is that the clownfish rubs and cleans on certain parts of the clam’s mantle, especially any parts that protrude like the siphon. Hopefully they will get a long! But, I think I will look for something new for the clownfish to host in.

True Percula, Clownfish, Nemo

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 

Little Squamosa Clam Mantle


A macro view of our smaller clam’s mantle (Squamosa/Squami). I really like this one with all the spots. ūüôā

Squamosa (Squami) Clam Mantle - Macro, Saltwater Aquarium

Squamosa (Squami) Clam Mantle, Reef Tank, Giant Clam, Aquarium tank

Squamosa Clams & Radiant Wrasse


Another shot of the Squamosa clams but this time you can see the Radiant Wrasse patrolling his territory for pyramid snails.

 

Squamosa Clam Mantle, Macro, Squami, Reef, Reef Tank

Squamosa Clam, Giant Clam, Saltwater Tank, Reef Tank, Clam, Squami

Squamosa Clam, Radiant Wrasse, Fish, Marine, Reef Clam, Saltwater Clam, Saltwater Tank, Reef Tank

Squamosa Clam Mantle


A quick zoom out from our largest Squamosa Clam (Squami).

Squamosa Clam Mantle, Macro, Saltwater Tank, Reef Tank, Saltwater Aquarium

Squamosa Clam, Giant Clam, Saltwater Tank, Reef Tank, Clam, Squami

Happy Clams Today


Squamosa Clam

Well for the second day of Summer, the clams are looking pretty happy. The smaller Squami wasn’t looking too good last week so I pulled him out of the tank with a¬†suspicion¬†that pyramid snails were to blame, and they were. After removing about two hundred of them from the clam’s underside he looks a lot happier! ūüôā New wrasse in the mail today to help with the snail population, will put up some photos soon.

Happy Clams! (Tridacna)


I went home for lunch today and the Squamosa Clams were out and happy! The really love the mid-day metal halides.

Orange Pincushion Urchin Walking All Over Squamosa Clam


After the lights went out on the tank I noticed the pincushion urchin (added last week) walking directly over one of the clams.¬† My first instinct was to get in there and pull it off but I decided to wait and see if the urchin did anything destructive. After what seemed an eternity, the urchin made his way across the top of the clam and on to “greener pastures.” The squami was fine. ūüôā

Orange Pincushion Urchin on Squamosa Clam

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

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