Submitted by melev on Tue, 04/01/2008 - 14:22
I'm heading out to Southern California for the rest of this week. If you need to reach me, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll try to reply when possible. I'll be visiting some local fish stores, some wholesalers, a number of hobbyists' reef tanks, and then Saturday & Sunday I'll be at the Marine Aquarium Expo in Orange County Fairgrounds. If you are in SoCal, I hope to see you there!
Submitted by melev on Tue, 08/17/2004 - 07:37
Here is a picture of the 280g reef as of yesterday.
The new tank is maintaining well. Temperatures range between 79 and 81F from day to day. pH tends to run rather low, around 7.9 to 8.1 but I recently started dripping Kalkwasser to see if that will elevate the levels to 8.3.
I added additional locline to the existing returns, to the point that I could flex them upward like the hump of a camel's back. I drilled several anti-siphon holes in the underside of the hump, and no longer is there a risk of the sump overflowing.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 07/19/2004 - 10:15
Oh my god, I believe I'm about to upgrade to a huge tank! Stay tuned. ;)
Submitted by melev on Sun, 07/18/2004 - 01:26
In an effort to get rid of my Aiptasia, I've tried a number of methods, including kalkwasser paste injections, Joe's Juice, and adding nine Peppermint Shrimp to my 55g. What I'm seeing is more and more of these glass anemones. Yesterday while at the LFS, I saw a baby Copperband Butterfly fish, and wanted to buy it on the spot. However, they advised me not to put it in my reef, and I left empty-handed.
Submitted by melev on Sun, 06/13/2004 - 05:02
While studying my refugium very closely tonight, I saw a tiny shell move. I watched intently, but it was so small that I had to get a magnification loop to see whether it was a itty bitty hermit crab or a snail. The shell is the shape of a Cerith snail, and I didn't try to touch it to see if it was hard or soft. It turns out it is a tiny snail, and it travels on the sand and the acrylic walls. I checked the other refugium and found more of them. I don't know where they came from, and I'm hoping they aren't something I'm going to regret later.
Submitted by melev on Sun, 05/23/2004 - 07:03
All the return pumps were cleaned tonight. While working on that, I pulled out the Aqua C Ev-200 protein skimmer and cleaned it thoroughly, because it wasn't pulling out enough junk for the past few weeks.
When I removed the spray injectors, I found a shell in one - possibly a stomatella shell. That was enough of an obstruction to impede the amount of spray injection, which is why the foam couldn't build up in the tower properly. I replaced some of the plastic hoseclamps on the tubing running from the pump to the skimmer.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 03/06/2004 - 00:26
For the past few days, things have been 'odd' and I couldn't really figure out what was the cause. Both of my tanks were suffering from depressed pH readings, to the point that I became very concerned. pH 8.0 for the high at the peak of the lighting period is not good at all. My zoanthids and bubble tip anemone have looked so much better in the past. Plus the 55g reef has been running hotter and hotter as well!!!! What is the deal?!
Submitted by melev on Sat, 12/27/2003 - 02:47
The Acropora sp. I dipped last night is extending polyps tonight, which I consider to be a good sign.
The Coral Banded Shrimp molted yesterday and now has two arms with pinchers again. I'm sure he's happy about that. Water tests were completed yesterday on all tanks.
Submitted by melev on Sun, 12/07/2003 - 05:02
The Anthias didn't survive the night. At 3:30 am it was already lying upside down on the substrate, gills flared completely open as well as his mouth. I've got no idea why this fish didn't make it. This is so sad. I took that lifeless fish and gave it to the larger rock anemone, who ate it within a minute. Waste not, want not.
I found six more baby whelks, about 1/8" long, 1/16" wide. I used tweezers to pull them out.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 11/27/2003 - 05:45
My son's tank came out really nice with the new canopy (VHO lighting). Because of the many fine scratches on the front glass, I reversed the tank and now the front is the former rear glass. This doesn't have any scratches that I could notice, so viewing the fish & invertebrates will be enjoyable again. I'll add some pictures later to show off the new home the GSM Clowns are exploring.
For now, I put a Remora Pro on that tank with a Mag 5, which is rediculously overkill, but I doubt that any micro algae will grow. LOL