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Dec 2003

New zoas; hunting pests still

By: melev | Tags: whelks

I added a few new zoos from a local reefer's tank last night. Most of the zoanthids haven't opened up yet, for various reasons. Mostly because my hermit crabs are checking out the new guys and that causes the polyps to remain closed.

27

Dec 2003

Yay, good news for a change.

By: melev | Tags:

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.

24

Dec 2003

Love it when everything is going well

By: melev | Tags:

I've really been impressed with the striking orange of my pair of tank raised True Percula Clownfish. They are 8 months old yesterday (Born 4-23-03), and just a joy to watch as they swim like Orcas in the 55g.

22

Dec 2003

The zoanthids are posing for me

By: melev | Tags:

On Saturday, I picked up some Cheatomorpha from a local reefer and added half to each refugium. I may pulled out all the caulerpa in there and let this be my way of removing nutrients instead.

21

Dec 2003

Actinic pictures (blue warning)

By: melev | Tags:

Taking pictures under actninic lighting only is rather difficult and results can be very disappointing. Using a digital camera, take as many as you like until you achieve success.

21

Dec 2003

Night feedings

By: melev | Tags:

I've been feeding corals at night, with live brine nauptilii (48 hours old, hatched with yolk sac still connected), Cyclop Eeze, or CoralPlankton (as well as Phytoplankton every other day like usual).

20

Dec 2003

Elevated nitrate & BTAs?

By: melev | Tags:

I did a small water change on the 29g last night, and today the BTA was big and fluffy and happy. I need to check the Nitrates, but I think I need to do a series of water changes on this tank to get them lowered further.

12

Dec 2003

Water change time

By: melev | Tags:

Trying to reduce nitrates in the 29g, I did a 10g water change last night. I never like doing water changes, as it exposes corals to air and the pumps blow bubbles everywhere when restarted. The evils of water changes.... :(

09

Dec 2003

Servicing a Danner Supreme Mag pump

By: melev | Tags: danner, mag pump

When you install a Mag drive on your system, such as a return pump or a closed loop, that isn't the end of it. The pump needs to be cleaned and inspected to keep it running at peak performance. Ideally, it should be connected to your plumbing in a way where it can be easily removed.