When a Lyretail changes its sex

Did you know that if you get a harem of female Lyretail anthias, you'll end up with one or more males at some point? Lyretails are beautiful bright orange fish with a purple eyeliner like Cleopatra, when female. When one decides to change to male, the fish will turn bright purple, extending a spike on their dorsal fin and will express dominance over the females. This pictures today were unintentional, the fish swam into my field of view so I snapped a couple to share.

First, here's an example of a female.

That's surprising...

Sometimes we may notice tiny pockets of air building up in the area where the sand touches the glass. Occasionally you'll see worms, or pods, or just an empty tiny cavern to peer at, but this time I saw something different. This is a typical view, captured with my iPhone:

A pest I've not seen in a long time: red bugs

While taking a picture of the blue tort acropora that was recently mounted to the aquascape, I spotted something on the coral that I didn't want to see. To know for sure, I took a few more pictures with a couple of different lenses, trying to capture the exact spot I'd seen the first time.  It turned out to be real, I found two red bugs in my reef today.  

50 months today: The 400g reef & the Anemone Cube

It's been 1522 days, or exactly 50 months since the 400g was restarted. And it's really looking more beautiful each day.  I'm enjoying the open space above the corals, seeing how the acroporas have room to grow upward and the fish to swim. The reef is so colorful, and especially so when it's only lit with XHO lighting. I wish you could see it the way I see it because the camera just can't capture the beauty that the human eye can.  

Trying out Reef Welder in my reef

Several years ago, I got a coral from the LFS that I thought was a green slimer. Turns out, it was a Lime In The Sky, so I call it a Limer. It grew from a 1.5" frag into a decent colony about 12" tall over the years, despite what the Shadowcaster tried to do to it. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a white spot on the colony; clearly something/someone had broken a piece off. Looking beneath, I found it perched in the rockwork behind the Sebae anemone, doing quite well.

I built an aquarium cabinet for a frag tank

After the customer told me he wanted me to build his frag tank, he asked if I'd build the stand as well. I said yes. This is the project I undertook, using cabinet-grade plywood. I did use a lesser quality sheet for the top piece since it would never be seen, as well as the inner bottom panel which also is out of sight. The lumber was purchased at Home Depot, and each sheet was cut up on a CNC machine. The final cuts were cut on a compound miter saw, and then everything was glued and nailed together.

Yes, I'm still dosing Prodibio

Every few weeks, I get a message asking me if I'm dosing Prodibio and what specifically am I dosing.  My preference has always been the big four: Biodigest, Bioptim, Stronti+, and Iodi+ which are all dosed back to back during the same session twice a month, on the 5th and on the 20th.

The above picture was taken with the iPhone X in Portrait Mode. I'm very impressed with the camera in my phone. :)

How do Hippo tangs get to us?

I found this video to be quite interesting. It's 33 minutes long, showcasing how fish are captured in Indonesia, how they are quarantined, measured, and prepared for travel. One moment that caught my eye was how they added air to the bags initially using a hose from an inflated inner tube.  The fisherman are creative, and of course want their efforts to result in success rather than death. Overall, this video gives hobbyists a realistic overview of how fish come from there to our homes. Hopefully you have the time to watch the entire thing.