Our system has been up and running for 2 years. Here’s a quick video of the tank.
True Percula Clownfish hosting in T. Squamosa Clam
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.
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 Red Wellsophyllia Brain – Photo
Montipora Cap (Red, Orange, Green, Puple, etc) – Far right – Picture
Doughnut Coral (Scolymia australia) – Video
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
Any questions? Send me a message
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! 🙂 New wrasse in the mail today to help with the snail population, will put up some photos soon.
The other day I glanced in and noticed the smaller of the two Squami clams wasn’t looking “normal.” Usually during the noon hour both clams are soaking in all the rays they can from the metal halides but this time the smaller clam’s mantle looked a little sucked in. This is usually a bad sign 😦 . I’ve tested all my parameters and everything looks normal, no sudden changes. All I can do is hope that it pulls through.
Here are a few more pictures from our last reef meeting (earlier post) that thought I would share. Great shots Kim!
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 😉 (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.
I went home for lunch today and the Squamosa Clams were out and happy! The really love the mid-day metal halides.
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. 🙂
We love our clams!
Here are a few photos of the clams that we have had in our system over the past couple of years. Unfortunately, pyramid snails took out a couple of them, another one got stressed because of a bumble bee shrimp was carving off pieces of its mantle. But, we still have our Crocea and Squamosa clams. The biggest Squamosa clam is about 12+” and the smaller is about 6″. The Crocea is probably 6″ long and a bit of a slow grower compared to the squamis.
Here are a few pictures of our current clams:
Here’s a video when we first got the Squamosa above. You can see how big the cleaner shrimp is for comparison so you can see how much the clam has grown over a couple year period. Sorry for the music, it was the only thing available when I made the video, lol.
Here’s our smaller Squami clam (below), it’s grown a couple of inches over the year or so that we’ve had it.
The photo below is of the same Squami clam above when we first got it. The mantle has changed quite a bit.
Here’s our Crocea clam that lives in the back middle of the tank towards the top. I kind of forget about it as it’s behind the blue ridge coral.
Here are some of our past clams:
Purple/Gold Teardrop Maxima
The guy below was a small hitchhiker on another clam that we couldn’t get off.
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.
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!