Each day when I roll out of bed, the first thing to greet me is my reef. The actinics are on, and I get a nice view to start my day. As I work in my office, this is my view. Of course, I refill my coffee cup repeatedly, so I also get to check on all the anemones and clowns. And Dory of course. She's at the bottom in this picture, at 7 o'clock.
Three pictures from today of what my reef looked like. No reef-related gifts this year for me, other than some scuba-related ornaments for the tree.
My tank turns two years old today! It is in the tiny entry way/foyer of my home. It holds about 20g of water, with an angled front panel to look down upon many of the corals. Here's a picture of it from June 2008 when I installed the light fixture finally.
Clean up crew:
3 Emerald Crabs
1 Tigertail Cucumber
2 Tongan Nassarius snails
1 Fighting Conch
The newest page added to my site is a propagation tank I built recently.
This tank is going to be used at each Next Wave conference, allowing us to display the corals offered in the raffle.
Factoids about my tank:
My female red Mandarin came out today briefly. :) She's fat and happy.
A lot has happened in the past few weeks since my last entry.
The biggest event was my decision to not run for a Board of Directors position for DFWMAS again. After 5 years as a BOD member and 3 years as club president, I felt it was time to take a break and recharge. The new president will start his term on July 1, a few days from now. I'm sure he'll do a great job.
Our club had another Tank Tour, with my reef being one of the scheduled stops that day. We had a great time visiting 6 tanks that day, two LFS, and ended with a BBQ at a member's home.
Over the weekend, I decided it was time to treat the tank with Chemi-Clean again. The refugium was full of cyano, and a couple of spots in the reef as well. I'm going to let it run for 72 hours instead of 48, then do a 55g water change and run fresh carbon. And finally restart the skimmer that has been off for the past two days.
The Copperband Butterfly fish that I purchased near the end of December was finally taken out of quarantine and put in the 280g reef. During its time in the quarantine tank, it broke out with some white cottony specks that were attached to the extremities of its fins, and these finally dropped off over a 24 hour period last week. It has been eating mysis with glee during the past month, so I'm hoping it will have the energy and mass to handle the interaction with the rest of my fish now.