In the past week, a few changes have occured. I added six blue chromis, which look great under VHO lighting. Of course, as of today I only see 5 for some reason...
I talked with Keys Critters, and they suggested I keep them away from the Harlequins. I'll try to retrieve the starfish and put them in a different tank.
Tonight I polished off the rest of a Costco-sized jar of pretzels. While looking at it, I thought how it would make a cool tank. :D After peeling off the label (which is aggravating and takes far too long), I cleaned it up well and filled it up with water to see how much it could hold. That would be two gallons. So what to do?
I decided to test the water for the last day of the year.
At the same time, I did some dosings. So let me start off with that. I've had cyano slowly spreading in my tank for the past couple of weeks, and I finally decided to use my final batch of ChemiClean in my tank. As I've mentioned before, I believe it drops the oxygen level in the water rapidly. Before adding:
Salinity 1.025 sg
A couple of days ago, I tried to take a few pictures of rotifers. Rotifers are needed when you want to feed newly born fry (baby fish), and some reef keepers pour rotifers in their tank to feed their corals. I'll go more into what rotifers are in the future, but for now, here are the pictures. While not as good as I'd hoped, it is better than nothing at all, in case you just wanted to see what they are. A microscope might be better, in the future.
My PO4 levels have been elevating for a couple of months. If you refer to this page, you'll see they were going down, but rose up again for a few simple reasons. http://www.melevsreef.com/parms.html
Oceanic salt issues, lack of water changes, running out of PO4 media remover, skimmer not built for the system's bioload....
Tonight while the return pump was off, I was enjoying the tank. The two Tunze Streams continued to move 6000 gph, but it just doesn't look like it at all... nice and calm, the water crystal clear and serene. All the fish were out and about, waiting for their 9pm dinner, and it was just gorgeous.
I took some water tests today to see what is going on with the water chemistry. Results page
The 55g has 0 nitrates! Pretty hard to believe considering that I feed it more than in the past. I guess my DSB is working perfectly as well as the macro algae growing in the refugium. I need to switch out the light over my 29g's refugium to improve the growth in there too.
Both tanks are continuing to do well without B-Ionic, but my every-other-day dosing of the two Seachem pH/Calcium buffers seems pretty haphazard. Both tanks have high Alkalinity now (14 and 15dKH) and high Calcium (460 and 470ppm), but the livestock seems fine.
The main BTA seems to be moving closer to itself, instead of trying to tear itself in half yet again. In the next few days I'll see what it finally decided upon.