Submitted by melev on Sat, 07/31/2004 - 04:12
I woke up just in time today. My first job was to check the 280g and make sure the fish were swimming right side up. Current pH is 7.8 (but that could be 7.89 because the pH Controller doesn't show the number in hundredths). Then as I was heading back toward my room, something blue caught my eye. My little Hippo Tang was lying on the carpet!
I picked up Tucker, and he was still soft but dry. I quickly immersed him in the 55g's sump and held him as he started breathing again. I didn't know if he'd pull through, especially since I didn't know how long he was out of the water.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 07/24/2004 - 03:01
Sadly, I have to report that the beautiful Copperband Butterfly died today. It looked rather thin last night, which was the first time I noticed it. Since I saw it eat frozen food at the LFS, I wasn't worried about it. Plus it eats featerdusters and aiptasia, right? Well, my son's tank has both of those!
I feel badly, because she was a beauty. *sigh*
Submitted by melev on Mon, 07/12/2004 - 02:46
I've been meaning to update my Blog for some time now, but things keep getting in the way. A few days ago, I took pictures of every creature I could in the 55g reef. Here's the page.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 07/02/2004 - 00:31
I built some cooling fan brackets for a club member, so I felt they needed to be added to a webpage. I incorporated the cooling fans on my 55g to the same page, since they were only listed in these logs and wouldn't be found otherwise.
While feeding the tanks tonight, I noticed Peaches was out a little more, and the brusing I observed seem lessened. There's hope yet.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 06/25/2004 - 03:16
I went to Dallas Marine today because they were giving away the eels they had, and picked up a Snowflake eel. Another club member has one in his reef tank, so I felt it wasn't a huge risk. Still, it is going in my son's 29g where it can't cause too much trouble. Hiding in a piece of LR (live rock), I decided to see what else came with it:
Submitted by melev on Mon, 06/21/2004 - 00:52
More bad news about the Rose BTA. This guy is really going to be a struggle to keep alive. For some reason, my Cleaner Shrimp just loves that anemone and continues to find a way to get past one barrier after another, and I find it standing in the anemone picking it clean. If the anemone was strong and healthy I wouldn't worry, but since the clown fish nibbled off all the tentacles it is pretty darn defenseless.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 06/05/2004 - 00:16
Here is a new bicolor blenny, peeking out from the frilly mushrooms. Interestingly, the lower mushroom didn't like the little guy and deflated pretty quickly. It should be interesting to see where this little guy ends up in the future.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 06/03/2004 - 00:57
My crazy Cleaner Shrimp is hosting in my Rose BTA now. Literally, it stands in the anemone and just hangs out. Amazing.
One of the benefits of selling RO/DI units, I have plenty of filters on hand at any time. So I swapped out the sediment and carbon block prefilters this week, since it is June. I'll change them again in December, as this seems like an easy way to remember.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 05/24/2004 - 05:03
Finally! The BTA is done splitting. It only took about two months for it to finish.
I now have three baby BTAs in my 29g. I would have had four, but one disintegrated due to lack of food. My mistake... I was waiting for it to come out in the open to be fed and didn't make it a priority to feed it, and it just melted away one afternoon to my surprise.
I feed the BTAs every other day with krill or shrimp. Now I'll make sure to feed each one of these guys.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 05/15/2004 - 02:24
Running the T-5s today, I noticed two things. The tank looked the same as when I've run VHO actinics, so the new bulbs are working out perfectly. The other thing I noticed is the tank is running a half degree lower than usual, and that is a good thing. Less heat, less wattage, same look! So far, I'm happy. :)