Jan 2016

The new frag tank is running!

By: melev | Tags: frag system, vectra m1, durso

After about a year of saying I needed to do this, it's finally operational. The stand, tank, sump, ATO reservoir, doser container are all built (by me). Plumbing was accomplished and the new Vectra M1 pump is circulating the system. Here are some pictures, less than a day after water was added.


Dec 2015

Christmas time

By: emasis | Tags: fts

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.


Nov 2015

STN event spotted

By: melev | Tags:

I noticed three areas in reef today with white skeleton showing, which seemingly came out of the blue. Not sure why so I did a full set of tests to see what may have changed. Nothing major cropped up but these are my findings.


Nov 2015

Frag Tank Stand - completed

By: melev | Tags:

I've been talking about a new frag tank system all year. It's November and I'm finally getting it done. The frag tank was made a month ago, but I needed a stand. I'd considered a steel stand to match the rest of my setup, but the cost just didn't justify itself.


Nov 2015

Two year comparison (picture)

By: melev | Tags:

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.


Nov 2015

Favorite picture of the day

By: melev | Tags:

I took this picture yesterday, and once I pulled out the blue fog via Lightroom, I was blown away by how pretty this coral is.  I see it from the front of the tank all the time, but I just don't get up on the walkboard to gaze down into my reef nearly enough.


Oct 2015

Running Carbon (GAC) Properly

By: melev | Tags:

Using carbon in your reef will help improve water clarity, which allows better light penetration for your corals to utilize. I've been using GAC in a reactor for years, and never had any problems.  Perhaps because I follow the rule of thumb of using only 1/2 a cup of a carbon per 50g of water.