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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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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. 🙂

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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Dragonface Pipefish (Corythoichthys sp.)


Just added 3 Dragonface Pipefish, as known as Reeftop Pipefish, to the display tank this evening. None of the other fish in the tank seem to be bothering them. I hope that two of the three will pair up. It looks like two of them are pretty cozy already. 🙂


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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. 🙂

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

A meeting at the algae clip!

 

BRS GFO Reactor


Got a new toy to add to the system. Hopefully this BRS GFO reactor will knock the heck out of the green hair algae in the long run. More picture when I get it set up! 🙂

BRS GFO Dual Reactor

 

Don’t Overfill Your RO DI Resin Filters!


I was changing my Bulk Reef Supply (BRS) RO DI resin here a bit ago and couldn’t get the filter out of the canister.  Looks like I put too much resin into the filter and is swelled up! I had to take a screw driver to the bottom of the filter to get the resin out. Lesson learned.

Swollen RO DI Resin Canister

Swollen RO DI Resin Canister

Swollen RO DI Resin Canister

Swollen RO DI Resin Canister

Swollen RO DI Resin Canister

Swollen RO DI Resin Canister

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

Reef Tank Pan Left to Right


Panning from the left to the right of the tank.

 

Reef Tank, Saltwater Tank, Reef Aquarium, Saltwater Aquarium

Quick Reef Tank Pan


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

 

Reef Tank, Saltwater Tank, Reef Aquarium, Saltwater Aquarium

An Hour in Water World with New Camera


Reef Tank, Marine Fish, Anthias, Lyretail Anthias

I picked up a new Sony Handycam (HDR-XR260V) for work yesterday and thought I would try it out on the reef tank for an hour. I think it did a pretty good job! Make sure to watch in HD and full screen. 🙂

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.

Green Hair Algae, It’s That Time Again…


Over the past couple weeks I’ve noticed a few crops of green hair algae popping up in the tank. My first reaction to algae is to check my water quality. After seeing my water quality seemed normal I was a bit stumped. So, I changed my RO filters (sediment and carbon) when I first noticed the issue, then changed my DI filter resin (even though my TDS was 0) here last week. Then I tossed out all my top-off water to start out with the “new” stuff. So here’s a picture of one spot where it’s kind of bad. It’s a little over-exposed but it highlights the algae. Hopefully after a week or two I will see a noticeable difference.

Green Hair Algae

 

Squamosa Clam


Looking into a Squamosa Clam

I noticed I could see fairly well into one of my Squamosa clams as it was turned just perfectly towards the glass. Pretty neat inside that clam. 😉

I Have a Big Brain… Coral


Brain Coral

Usually this Brain Coral ( Red Wellsophyllia) isn’t as “poofed” up but something was bugging him. He’s since returned to normal size. Lots of crabs and such tend to walk over the edges.

Explore the Ccean with Google!


This is a neat tool that Google is developing!

Halloween Pencil Urchin Accessorizing


Our Halloween Urchin was sporting a nice line of what I assume is super glue and a mushroom. He must of thought this was way cooler than the rubble he’s been carrying around for the past couple days, lol.

Halloween Pencil Urchin

This jawfish is a more dedicated parent than any human will ever be


What an awesome photo!

Grist

This fish will gestate its babies in its mouth. He doesn’t eat while they’re developing. Would you do that for your babies?

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Bubbles in My Aquarium


Staghorn Acropora slime bubbles

I came home from work the other day and noticed the Automatic Top Off (ATO) did not turn on which caused my sump level to run low thus causing my return pumps to pull in some air.  The tank was pretty full of micro bubbles and lots of coral slime. Soon as I triggered the ATO life was good again.

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