Submitted by melev on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 20:30
Today is the 2.5 year anniversary of the 400g reef 2.0, which is when all the livestock was re-added to the new 400g reef aquarium. Originally I'd set up my reef in 2011, but after a leak occurred all livestock was moved out while the tank was replaced, and exactly 2.5 years ago I restarted again. Over time, everything has been growing, which you've been tracking via my blogs or youtube videos.
Here's a couple of pictures from November 2013.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 00:08
If a bubble tip anemone moves, that can make a hobbyist nervous. It could sting some corals, or get sucked into a pump's intake. In my anemone cube, that's nearly impossible. Today's event was amusing because not only was the creature shifting to a potentially better spot, but the clownfish were going along for the ride. They were unwilling to accept the change, even though there are plenty of stationary bubble tips available throughout the tank. Here are a series of pictures from this evening's meanderings.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:17
Back in November 2013, I set up the 400g anew after a very long wait for the aquarium to arrive. I got my rockwork just right, added my corals, adjusted the lighting period, and tended to my reef. My general rule is keep my hands out of the tank, something I tell people often. Here's the reef, two years later. Some things have obviously moved, but the majority of what you see is what I had back then, just smaller.
Submitted by melev on Sun, 10/11/2015 - 05:51
From October 2014 to October 2015, here's how my reef has changed for the better.
Yesterday I made this comparison image of my reef, showing where it was Oct 2014 and where it is now. People often ask me how I'm able to grow it out like this, and the first thing I say is "I keep my hands out of the tank as much as possible." Also, I don't frag stuff (although I will be soon). I like to let everything grow nice and big, and only interact to move things if necessary. I definitely never overreact when I see a problem.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 10/10/2015 - 08:08
Today my reef turns 23 months old. I've still got plenty to do: Install the NYOS protein skimmer, plumb in the Vectra L1 return pump, and get a new frag system built. Here's a picture of the two tanks side by side.
More images and discussion about today is here on ReefAddicts.com: http://www.reefaddicts.com/entry.php/29287-Month-23-Day-690
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 12:14
Due to popular request, I'm posting a video that shows the aquariums for a few minutes.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 09:35
The reef continues to do well. I mentioned on the first what I'd done for the reef. I treated the tank with Phosphate Rx to knock down PO4, and have pretty much only kept up with wiping the glass down every couple of days. The CO2 tank ran dry so last Friday I refilled it at the liquor store, which maintains the lower pH in the calcium reactor around the clock. I'm keeping that level at 7.0 to dissolve the media gradually.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:02
Over the last couple of months, I've been busy with work and physical therapy to strengthen muscles in my back that are meant to work with my neck. The surgery corrected one area, but lots of exercises and frequent walks are helping improve and loosen up my neck and upper back muscles. I'm constantly having to remind myself about my posture, most importantly at my computer. (Don't slouch, you'll regret it later!)
Submitted by melev on Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:49
Submitted by melev on Fri, 07/09/2010 - 04:39
Seven days ago, I discovered my carpet was wet where you enter my home. Immediately I checked the angled tank and the plumbing in the closet. Everything was dry. Feeling the carpet as I backed up, I discovered that it was wet all the way back to my reef tank. I opened the left wooden column of the woodwork only to see soaked wood and my tank dripping from the upper left corner. I thought I'd try to save it.