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5 years, 9 months update

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Today, the reef hits another monthly anniversary, and in three months there will be a full coverage video update to show all the changes that have happened as the reef turns 6 years old.

We are in August now, which is always the hottest month in Texas. Average temperature tends to be between 79° and 81° daily. 



This view never gets old

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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. She's at the bottom in this picture, at 7 o'clock.



The Angled Tank Turns Two!

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My tank turns two years old today! It is in the tiny entry way/foyer of my home. It holds about 20g of water, with an angled front panel to look down upon many of the corals. Here's a picture of it from June 2008 when I installed the light fixture finally.

Current inhabitants

Clean up crew:
3 Emerald Crabs
1 Tigertail Cucumber
2 Tongan Nassarius snails
5 Astreas
1 Fighting Conch


A difficult decision indeed

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A lot has happened in the past few weeks since my last entry.

The biggest event was my decision to not run for a Board of Directors position for DFWMAS again. After 5 years as a BOD member and 3 years as club president, I felt it was time to take a break and recharge. The new president will start his term on July 1, a few days from now. I'm sure he'll do a great job.

Our club had another Tank Tour, with my reef being one of the scheduled stops that day. We had a great time visiting 6 tanks that day, two LFS, and ended with a BBQ at a member's home.


Cyano bacteria - go away

Over the weekend, I decided it was time to treat the tank with Chemi-Clean again. The refugium was full of cyano, and a couple of spots in the reef as well. I'm going to let it run for 72 hours instead of 48, then do a 55g water change and run fresh carbon. And finally restart the skimmer that has been off for the past two days.

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