Thursday, November 10th was the three year anniversary of the 400g reef and the 60g Anemone cube. Here's a big update about everything, including a throwback video of the tank 3 years and 1 day ago to show you where it all started. I also show you a method I use to clean out my sump that you might like to emulate. My trip to New Jersey for the Reef & Reptile Expo is also mentioned -- hope you can make it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Due to popular request, I'm posting a video that shows the aquariums for a few minutes.
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.
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!)