Nov 2017

The Reef Trace App is here!

By: melev | Tags: reef trace, app

The iOS version of Reef Trace has been out for a few weeks. The Android version comes out next, work starts on it next month. Reef Trace has partnered with Melev's Reef, and provides you with some really cool features. It's $8.99 in the App store.


Nov 2017

This view never gets old

By: melev | Tags:

Each day when I roll out of bed, the first thing to greet me is my reef. The actinics are on, and I get a nice view to start my day. As I work in my office, this is my view. Of course, I refill my coffee cup repeatedly, so I also get to check on all the anemones and clowns. And Dory of course.


Nov 2017

Doing All The Things

By: melev | Tags:

You know how you put off some tasks because they are going to take more time, or because they aren't easily accessible?  I'm not immune either.  I knew that my calcium reactor was in dire need of refilling, the carbon was used up, and the biopellets were consumed.  The skimmer needed a good clean


Nov 2017

Macro growth looks good!

By: melev | Tags: refugium light

A few months ago, I got a Lumilite to try out over my smaller sump's refugium. I wanted to see if it would do the job adequately for my customers that buy my sumps. I placed it over the zone, plugged it into the Apex so it would turn on and off daily.


Oct 2017

Taste test

By: melev | Tags: wet floor

Earlier today, I refilled my top off containers from the RO/DI system in the adjacent room. I noticed while walking into the fishroom that there was a puddle on the floor, and I quickly assumed that the connection to the float valve had failed, leaking out some RODI water.


Oct 2017

Resetting the reef to open up some space

By: melev | Tags: duane

After more than 3.5 years of growth, some colonies were dominating the aquarium blocking light and impeding flow. Duane helped me with this project, which involved cutting out the huge corals and planting smaller choice bits to reset the reef.


Oct 2017

No sucking sound?

By: melev | Tags: reverse

Back in 2013, I built my return assembly for the 400g version 2.0, and when I did so I used a check valve installed backwards, which I refer to as the Reversed Check Valve.


Sep 2017

Pictures from above

By: melev | Tags:

Two days ago I took a few pictures of the corals from the side of the tank, but today I wanted to get a few images from above as well. However, the lenses I have require a minimum focal length that frustrates my process. Basically, the corals are too close to the lens for it to focus.


Sep 2017

How nice is this?

By: melev | Tags:

It's been five days since the reef was reset. I knew I'd need some time getting used to the new look of the reef. Duane begged me to turn on the 20,000K lighting Saturday evening because "your rock is so white!" under 10,000K lighting.


Sep 2017

Out with the old...

By: melev | Tags:

Last Saturday, Melev's Reef had a viewing party.  Locals were invited to watch the transformation of the 400g which was desparately in need of a major clean-out.  Corals had grown into massive colonies, completely shading whatever was beneath.