Jan 2018

When you take pictures with a DSLR

By: melev | Tags: comparison, dslr

I wanted to discuss that feeling that you get when you take a picture of your aquarium. Everything looks perfect to your eye, but the camera gives you a blue picture that seems less focused, slightly rounded, and overall it seems rather meh.


Jan 2018

When a Lyretail changes its sex

By: melev | Tags: male anthias

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.


Jan 2018

That's surprising...

By: melev | Tags: valonia, bubble algae

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:


Jan 2018

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

By: melev | Tags: fts

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.


Jan 2018

Trying out Reef Welder in my reef

By: melev | Tags: reef welder, marine depot

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.


Dec 2017

Yes, I'm still dosing Prodibio

By: melev | Tags: prodibio, coral vits, reefbooster

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.