Delivery of the 400g Reef Tank

When you order a huge custom tank, it arrives on a semi truck.  And if you're lucky, a forklift too!  Check out how the driver unloads the forklift from the back of his truck, without the use of a ramp that you'd otherwise expect.

Rose BTA spawns eggs!

In May 2010, the bubble tip anemones (BTAs) in my 280g reef spawned.  The smokey sperm clouded up the water making it hard to see. What amazed me was that the Rose BTA released a clutch of eggs on cue.  This particular anemone was in the 20g satellite tank tied into the 280g system.  Had the eggs and sperm settled out, I might have seen new anemones crop up in my system, but the filtration took it all out that night.  It was amazing none-the-less.

The Eheim Chimney (auto feeder)

To feed the tank automatically each day, as well as when you are away due to travel, the Eheim Autofeeder drops in food to feed your reef.  The Eheim Chimney that I created keeps the food in one spot in the tank, allowing it to saturate with water and drizzle down into the water column, instead of drifting along the surface into the overflow where it is wasted.'s Regulator

This is the regulator I use, which comes highly recommended.  It costs about $180 (free shipping when I bought it), and comes with a three year warranty.  It's flashing red light indicates when each "bubble" heads to the calcium reactor.  The electronic CO2 regulator's black box does the work, eliminating the need for a bubble counter.  You can dial the rate from 10 bubbles per second to one every 10 seconds.

Avoid TDS creep and save DI resin

That first burst of water coming off the membrane contains elevated levels of TDS, and that reduces the DI resin's lifespan.  Watch the TDS meter for the first 60 seconds to see why burning off a minute's worth of water is worthwhile.

The temporary livestock vats

While construction of the new fishroom was underway, the livestock awaited their future home in Rubbermaid feeding troughs.  It was like living in a mad scientist's lab, and no I didn't enjoy it.  But what can you do when your reeflings need a new home?  You improvise.