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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.

07

Dec 2003

Anthias need plenty of oxygen

By: melev | Tags:

It looks like the reason the Anthias died was suffocation. After talking with a couple of people on Reef Central, it seems reasonable to believe that the large fish in a small amount of water (small bag) would use up oxygen rapidly, and my slow acclimation process was my error.

07

Dec 2003

It didn't make it. :(

By: melev | Tags:

The Anthias didn't survive the night. At 3:30 am it was already lying upside down on the substrate, gills flared completely open as well as his mouth. I've got no idea why this fish didn't make it. This is so sad.

06

Dec 2003

Cool timers available at Costco

By: melev | Tags:

I came across a good deal on digital grounded timers to Costco yesterday. Unlike mechanical timers, these have a rechargeable battery backup to keep the timer on schedule. Two for $10 is really amazing, with 3-hole recepticals. 

02

Dec 2003

Some improvement visible

By: melev | Tags:

The BTA looks a little better today. The mouth is still a little too exposed, the the tentacles are more inflated. Several of the zoa frags I traded for are not doing so well. That could be due to livestock (emerald crab?) pulling them off the rock or just a placement issue.

30

Nov 2003

The anemone isn't well

By: melev | Tags:

The BTA still doesn't look too happy. I think the move from the older tank to the new one was pretty taxing on it. It did take a little food, but....

I'll do some water tests to see if there are any issues that I can pinpoint.