My first year of reef keeping had its share lessons and mistakes. I had a detritus problem and the filtration was too inadequate to deal with it, so cleaning was a pain in the mass. I had problems dialing the lighting and flow just right, and as a result coral growth was inconsistent. This first year taught me what I really wanted (I think) out of the hobby, so I decided to start anew. I wanted a
I cleaned out the AquaFuge HOB refugium of the detritus that's been accumulating for the past 4 months, and it was much worse than I thought. It was a silt-like layer of grey dirt that lined the bottom of the 'fuge. All that detritus might have been feeding the small patches of cyanobacteria and hair algae in my tank, so hopefully the cleaning will take care of it.
On one hand, I'm glad that it's been collecting in the 'fuge instead of the main tank, but then again it's a sign that
I replaced my quarantine bucket with an actual tank to make it easier light and monitor new additions. Photo isn't great since I'm using a 6500K CFL bulb for the quarantine. Most of what you see above I got from my local frag swap a few weeks ago and I'm excited about the duncan coral and montiporas. I'm especially excited about the Diaseris frag I bought from a semi-local reefer (upper right in photo).
I probably spend more time watching my medusa worms scour the sand for food than I spend looking at my clownfish. I would watch my bristle worms too but they rarely make public appearances. Tonight, I found these guys swimming towards my moonlight:
It's about 6-7mm long, and I'm pretty certain that it's an epitoke, a free-swimming reproductive stage of an annelid worm (bristle worms, medusa worms,
This is my first aquarium video. Nothing special except two of my new additions:
For several weeks I've kept a Caulastrea and a green-tip hammer coral in quarantine and I decided that it was now safe to introduce them to my tank. The hammer coral I picked up from a local club member. I was expecting a small head of coral, but he handed me a huge deli container with a 4-inch tall frag. It's now the largest piece in my tank and it's